"3D printing is a dynamic, growing industry. Materials giant BASF knows this well, having spent years strategizing its entry into and participation in additive manufacturing.
In 2017 the company introduced its focused subsidiary, BASF 3D Printing Solutions (B3DPS). It is through this business arm that the global chemicals giant is working with partners and customers in, appropriately, solutions for 3D printing.
One important aspect of B3DPS is that it is a wholly-owned subsidiary of one of the world’s largest material companies. BASF, to put it plainly, is a Big Deal. Such massive entities do not tend to undertake new business ventures lightly; many regard these operations as a startup within the larger company.
Part of BASF’s strategy in entering the 3D printing industry has been to partner with other participants. Among these collaborative partners is Essentium. The Texan company is behind interesting innovations in materials and high-speed extrusion-based 3D printing — and is currently beleaguered by a high-profile lawsuit."
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