As industry pioneers, we at Materialise have always been prescient of future potential based on the leaps and bounds being made across the board in 3D printing technology. The same is true in the era of Industry 4.0, in which the manufacturing industry is eager to integrate additive manufacturing (AM) into the overall production process.
As Materialise CEO Fried Vancraen underlined, it is important that we form alliances and work together so as to provide more control (but also more freedom), vaster choices in terms of materials and systems, and lower costs down the line. Materialise is a major player in spearheading the movement towards a more open market model, partnering with industry leaders to pave the way.
It was in this spirit that Materialise formed a strategic alliance with our valued partner BASF and Essentium, Inc., a Texas-based developer of innovative hardware solutions for disruptive, industrial AM. The three companies combine their strengths to advance 3D printing technology and customer value. BASF contributes their comprehensive material expertise while Essentium provides the hardware with their industrial additive platform and Materialise the software backbone.
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