The partnership will include development of new materials for the RICOH AM S5500P, which has been installed by BASF in its 3D-P Application Technology Centre in Heidelberg, Germany. The agreement will increase the capabilities of the high-end plastic sintering production machines.

Says Tim Carter, commercial print sales director at Ricoh: “The wider success of the AM market in the coming years rests on the crucial advances made in material sciences. These improvements will pave the way for creative implementations in new verticals and industries. By partnering with BASF as one of the largest material manufacturers in the world, we can jointly enhance our development expertise to meet specific and advanced customer requirements for end-use parts.”

Adds Dr Dirk Simon, global business director of BASF 3D Printing Solutions GmbH: “This partnership brings together Ricoh’s status as a renowned SLS hardware manufacturer with our expertise on materials and their applications for series production. This collaboration will enable our customers to expand into industrial usage of additive manufacturing while enjoying increased productivity and more efficient working.”