BASF New Business GmbH, Ludwigshafen, Germany, recently acquired online Additive Manufacturing service provider Sculpteo, based in Paris, France, and San Francisco, California, USA, pending regulatory approval by the relevant authorities. The acquisition is expected to enable BASF 3D Printing Solutions GmbH, a wholly-owned subsidiary of BASF New Business GmbH, to market and establish new industrial AM materials more quickly.
Sculpteo operates an online platform with integrated production for the manufacturing of prototypes, individual objects, and serial production components by a range of different Additive Manufacturing technologies, including metal Binder Jetting and Laser Powder Bed Fusion (L-PBF) alongside a range of polymer-based processes. BASF reported that it will develop this platform into a global network, offering an additional channel to market BASF 3D Printing Solutions’ services and expand its customer bases.
Dr Dietmar Bender, Managing Director BASF 3D Printing Solutions, explained, “Through the acquisition of Sculpteo, we can provide customers and partners with even faster access to our innovative 3D printing solutions. In addition, our customers will benefit from an extended range of services. Together with Sculpteo, we are pursuing our goal of establishing Additive Manufacturing as a proven technology for industrial mass production.”
“We are excited to join the BASF team and thus benefit from BASF’s outstanding R&D to provide our customers with innovative solutions,” added Clément Moreau, CEO and Co-Founder of Sculpteo. Moreau will remain Sculpteo’s CEO following the acquisition.
It was also reported that the Sculpteo Design Studio and BASF’s technical experts will collaborate to support customers with their AM projects from early planning phase through to the final part. This will enable BASF to offer its customers end-to-end industrial AM solutions.