BigRep and BASF securing strategic agreement to develop industrial 3D printing materials

BigRep & BASF agreement

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BigRep and BASF closed on a strategic partnership agreement to jointly develop 3D printing solutions for industrial applications. The collaboration includes the joint development of materials and printers for industrial customer requirements. On the other hand, BASF is investing in the company in order to further strengthen the area of 3D printing.

Although BigRep was only launched four years ago, the Berlin-based company has quickly become one of the leading global providers of large-format 3D printing technology for industrial users. The announcement of a cooperation with the world’s largest chemical company BASF is a further signifier of its continuing dedication to engineering and manufacturing cutting-edge solutions.

“We strive to provide our customers with the most innovative 3D printing solutions using BigRep equipment, and now BASF industrial materials help take us to the next level,” said René Gurka, CEO of BigRep, of the partnership. “BASF is the strongest materials partner. Together, we can help our customers solve their challenges with innovative 3D printing processes.”

BASF brings to the partnership extensive knowledge of materials and their industrial applications. It also has the broadest portfolio of materials in the chemical industry that can be used to develop 3D printing materials. "The forward-looking partnership with the combined expertise of both companies enables our customers to realize industrial applications faster," says Volker Hammes, Managing Director of BASF 3D Printing Solutions GmbH.

The announcement marks the second closing of a growth round initiated in the second half of last year for the Berlin-based 3D Printer manufacturer BigRep, which provides hardware, software, materials and services for large-scale 3D printing, and counts Körber Group, KfW, b-to-v Partners S.à.r.l., Koehler Invest GmbH and kloeckner.v GmbH among its investors. In addition to its headquarters in Berlin, BigRep has expanded its operations to the USA and Singapore, and established a network of resellers across every continent.

About BigRep:

BigRep is a technology start-up based in Berlin with offices in Boston, New York and Singapore, which develops and manufactures the world's largest 3D printers. One of the ground-breaking developments of the company founded in 2014 is the BigRep ONE, which is supplemented by the smaller BigRep STUDIO.
Interdisciplinarity and well-founded experience in the field of additive manufacturing characterizes the multinational team of BigRep, now comprised of more than 90 employees. In addition to new products, the Berlin company is now concentrating on complete solutions for industrial customers in the form of integrated additive manufacturing systems. The goal of the highly innovative engineering company is to revolutionize design, prototyping and industrial production from the ground up.

For further information as well as pictures and video material please contact:

Maik Dobberack
PR & Communication
BigRep GmbH
T +49 (0) 30 208 4826-38
E [email protected]

Filling in the Filament Blanks

Black Propeller Detail, printed in one of BigRep's filaments the PRO HT

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To truly harness the potential of FDM technology, a few things need to fit together in a neat puzzle: the hardware (the machine) needs to work tirelessly and with accuracy; the software must function seamlessly; the 3D printer materials need to be of high quality and suit the nature of the print project. For industrial 3D printers, the stakes become higher when printing large-scale objects for either prototyping or end-use. In these situations, the printing time is longer and therefore printing failures can waste valuable time and money.

To ensure this triad of quality is complete, and that its high standards for hardware, software and innovation are complemented by the best printing materials, BigRep develops its own 3d printer filaments for its large-scale printers. We toil over a new generation of high-thermoplastic materials that are suitable for industrial applications. Only when 3D printers and materials are developed side by side, can it be possible to ensure optimal stability and high quality results.

Over the coming weeks, we will dive deeper into each kind of filament that BigRep produces to learn more about their mechanical properties, possible applications and share some tips and tricks on how best to use and post-process them to achieve superb large-scale parts.

We marry up German machinery with self-developed dedicated thermoplastics, offering a powerful solution for producing large objects for both concept and functional prototyping. Innovation is central to the BigRep philosophy, so there are numerous R&D projects currently running to develop exciting new filaments for its materials portfolio, which currently includes:

BIGREP PLA

Perfect solution for prototyping, art projects, producing end-use parts and rapid tooling applications. This filament extrudes very well and has very low moisture absorption.

One example of how BigRep PLA can be used was demonstrated by BigRep customer Geiger, with its concrete casting formwork. Our e-book on this use case provides further details on the use of this filament for a complex building restoration.

Our experts with +25,000 hours of experience in industrial 3D printing are waiting to sink their teeth into your unique and challenging use case.

BIGREP PVA

BigRep PVA is a water-soluble support filament. The warmer the water, the faster it dissolves, so users can spend more time creating prints and less time refining the results.

BigRep PVA Support Structure Filament
BigRep PVA Support Structure Filament

BIGREP PRO HS

The PRO HS is a robust biodegradable material matching the mechanical properties of BigRep’s PLA. However, its distinguishable by its particularly high extrusion rate, which enables large-scale 3D printing at higher speeds.

Shelf Unit in fast-printing PRO HS Filament
Shelf Unit in fast-printing PRO HS Filament

BIGREP PETG

PETG is characterized by its strength, toughness and thermal resistance, as well as very low warping behavior – it is a real alternative to ABS.

BigRep’s mechanically and thermally resistant PETG Filament
BigRep’s mechanically and thermally resistant PETG Filament

BIGREP PRO HT

In the BigRep PRO HT (HT = high temperature), users have a high-performance filament as an ABS alternative that can easily be used in low-temperature printers, providing even better thermal and mechanical properties.

Learn more about modeling, building and testing custom products fast and cost-efficiently.

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With over 22 years in the printing industry, Gil Lavi is a Sr. 3D-Printing Specialist with vast experience in implementing diverse 3D-printing technologies in design and manufacturing processes.

Connect with Gil on Linkedin HERE.

A Big Perspective On BigRep

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We’ve been following the development of BigRep for some time now, and at this point the company is a significant player in the 3D space.

Started only a few years ago, the idea was to build a large-format 3D printer based on technology that had, at the time, only been used within smaller desktop models.

Since then the company has gradually improved their products and just last week announced their second machine. Actually, they have a third product in a way also, as they’ve partnered with Germany-based Kühling&Kühling to rebrand their massive delta-style heat-controlled 3D printer through BigRep’s globe-spanning sales and service network.

BigRep is itself now big: they boast of around 70 staff, 40 resellers and have multiple offices: Europe, North America and Asia. This globally-spaced office configuration permits them to deploy “follow the sun” support services: there’s always someone awake to provide assistance to their customers. BigRep says they are able to provide 4-hour response time all day long now.

Keep reading… (on fabbaloo.com)

BigRep teams up with Autodesk’s Spark

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For us, the New Year started in Las Vegas. There, on 6 January, the Consumer Electronics Show CES in Las Vegas opened the doors. CES is not only a showcase for gadgets of every kind, from autonomous vehicles to wearable electronics. It´s also increasingly important for 3D printing. We took the opportunity to announce our next important step: BigRep is teaming up with Autodesk´s Spark, an open 3D-printing platform.

Spark is a complete, open and free platform for 3D printing that will connect digital information to 3D printers in a new way. It´s objectives are improving information exchange between design software and the printer, optimizing design before production begins and providing open APIs for a broad group of users to access and innovate the 3D printing pipeline.

We at BigRep are absolutely convinced, that simple 3D-printing just won´t be enough in the near future. Instead, we´ll need a complete ecosystem consisting of full scale printers and a cloud-printing service. Not for much longer, BigRep will be connecting thousands of printers globally enabling truly distributed manufacturing and innovative printable materials for industrial and professional use. Adopting Spark is a first but important step for us to realize this vision.

Production ramping up

The production started for the BigRep ONE

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This summer we moved to our new premises in Berlin-Kreuzberg. At the beginning the spacey loft was empty but quickly it filled up with our fast growing team, and now it is packed with printers, because the production of our brand new model BigRep ONE.2 is in full swing. These days transport boxes are lining up in our premises in Kreuzberg, waiting to be packed with printers and then shipped to our customers all over the world. At this very moment, we are shipping printers to universities, world known software companies, mold makers, foundries, service providers, designers, artists and diverse users in the field of rapid prototyping in Europe, the USA and Asia.

On the road again … to EuroMold2014

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At EuroMold2014 from 25-28 November in Frankfurt we presented our updated serial model, the BigRep ONE.2. Prototypes, models or molds as well as products for end users like designer furniture can be printed out directly due to the giant printing volume of 1,3m³. As a proof of our concept we brought a real case study for manufacturing with us to Frankfurt: BigRep ONE.2 printed full-scale molds for glass blowing in a size of 40 x 60 cm. With these molds, a glassmaking factory produced full-size glass cups.

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The sale is on

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What´s the use of the best 3D printer in the world, if you can´t buy it? At BigRep we have been literally overwhelmed by the huge interest in our giant printers from the beginning. Now, the first printers have been shipped, production is ramping up and we have established a worldwide resellers network which is growing every month. In September, we hosted our first BigRep global resellers meeting. Here´s the list of our partners (in alphabetical order): China, Czech Republic, France, Israel, Italy, India, Jordan, Lithuania, UK, United Arab Emirates and Russia. This only for the time being, our resellers is growing by every month. So, if you are interested in buying one of our printers (sure you are!), you should have a look here from time to time. You´ll find all the updated contact details by contacting us here. Or send us an e-mail and we will route you to the next BigRep dealer.

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The man who prints houses visits BigRep

René Gurka meets the guy who 3D printed houses

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We at BigRep are used to think in large scales. Our printers have a printing volume of up to 1,5 cubic meters (53 cubic feet) and they are the largest serial 3D printers on the market at the moment. But this Italian Gentleman, who popped in at our booth at 3D Printshow in London today is a real giant. He was the first to build a working 3D printer for printing buildings and became world famous as “The Man Who Prints Houses’.

Dini spent a fortune on the development of his machine and the promotion of his ideas. He even ruined his privat life, but he is still going on. Two years ago, Dini developed the “Moebius House”. The house has the shape of a Moebius strip and is made up of printed elements. And Dini is even printing houses for fish! He printed an artificial coral reef, which is being tested in Bahrain. The elements serve as breakwaters, but their complex organic shapes also offers protection to fish and other sea creatures.

Dini´s visit was a great inspiration for us. We can learn a whole lot from this brilliant visionary. And on thing is for sure: Think big and never give up!

Resellers from all over the world at BigRep HQ

BigRep's reseller

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The pace is high at BigRep. We barely had unpacked our stuff from moving into our new, 1000 square meters loft in Berlin-Kreuzberg, when last week our Resellers from all over the world flew in for the first BigRep global resellers meeting. Our partners come from UK, France, Israel, Russia, Lithuania, China and India. During two Days we discussed technical features, customer´s support, trade shows and pricing. And had fun eating giant Wiener Schnitzels at “Austria”, a famous Austrian Restaurant two blocks from our premises. We are looking forward to working with you guys and building a strong network for seamless customer support.

Now we pack again and head for 3D Printshow in London from September 4th to 6th. We are nominated there as “Business Newcomer of the Year”. You can vote for us here: http://3dprintshow.com/global-awards/best-business-newcomer/

BigRep on Tech Open Air

Logo of the Tech Open Air in July 2014 in Berlin

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Meet us and BigRep ONE at TOA Berlin.

Tech Open Air Berlin is Europe’s leading interdisciplinary technology festival: this year we expect 2,500+ visitors, 100+ international speakers (including Indiegogo’s Danae Ringelmann, SXSW’s James Minor, SKULLY's Marcus Weller, AKQA’s James Hilton and many others) from 30+ countries as well as 75+ satellite events (incl. Twitter, Spotify, Apple, Ableton, Soundcloud, Indiegogo, TechCrunch) and 100+ international media outlets including CNN, BBC, WSJ, ARD, ZDF, RTL, TechCrunch, TNW, Bild, Vice and Welt.

TOA14 will be presented in cooperation with MINI (BMW) and will take place from July 16-17 at Alte Teppichfabrik, a formerly abandoned factory in Berlin’s city centre. On the first day will curate an "unconference” which also features live music and art installations, while on the second day the community takes over with satellite events all over town.


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