Farsoon Technologies, Hyperganic, and BASF Forward AM have united their collective strengths in hardware, software, and materials to provide an integrated, seamless and accessible solution for creating high-performance, first-time-right lattice structures across a diverse spectrum of industrial applications. This innovative collaboration represents a significant advancement in the field of Additive Manufacturing (AM), and is set to launch at the highly anticipated Formnext 2023 event, renowned as the global hub for the AM industry.
Figure 1: A variety of 3D lattice structures produced with Ultrasint® TPU 88A on Farsoon Plastic PBF system. Courtesy: Farsoon
A key focus of this collaboration is on lattice generation, a process made significantly easier and less time-consuming through the Ultrasim® 3D Lattice Engine, which is powered by Hyperganic’s software, BASF Forward AM’s material expertise and lattice library, and Farsoon’s extensive testing. Within the scope of this partnership, lattices made of Ultrasint® TPU 88A were characterized on Farsoon hardware to provide validated lattices.
These technological advancements help to facilitate lattice generation without the need for expensive specialized tools, ensuring accessibility and efficiency. The end result is that lattice generation is democratized, empowering more end users to develop their own lattice applications based on pre-selected, validated lattice and printing settings. With a data-driven approach, based on BASF Forward AM’s material expertise and Farsoon’s processes, the Ultrasim® 3D Lattice Engine has a groundbreaking impact on soft polymer applications such as close-to-body products used in protection, seating and consumer goods.
“Engineering structures has been an endless game of trial and error. Hyperganic catalyzes engineering knowledge into accessible workflows,” says Markus Finke, Director of Sales and Business Development at Hyperganic. “Through this partnership with Farsoon and BASF Forward AM, this vision is realized for thousands of their users, enabling them to perfect lattice structures from the outset.”
Oliver Li, Managing Director of Farsoon Europe GmbH, states, “Our open-platform hardware is capable of integrating a wide range of materials and software, making it ideal for swiftly bringing industrial products to market, leveraging Hyperganic’s technology to democratize lattice generation and accelerate the development of next-generation products. Our partnership with BASF Forward AM and Hyperganic will introduce integrated and accessible additive manufacturing solutions for industrial users, and highlights our commitment towards driving innovation within the industry.”
Finally, Stefan Josupeit, Head of Powder Bed Fusion at BASF Forward AM, highlights the versatility of BASF Forward AM materials portfolio. “By translating BASF Forward AM proprietary expertise in TPU materials into accessible software powered by Hyperganic,” he says, “we’ve democratized the creation of highly functional and intricate lattices. Our collaboration, powered by our lattice library, empowers engineers to achieve remarkable results in the world of additive manufacturing.”
Looking towards the future, this groundbreaking collaboration represents the transformative power of AM and the value that its ecosystem can generate. The three companies may be found at Formnext in Frankfurt, Germany from 7-10 November, where they will be driving innovation, redefining possibilities, and shaping an ever-evolving future for the AM industry. Demonstration parts designed on the Ultrasim® 3D Lattice Engine under this collaboration will be showcased by Farsoon at Hall 11.1, Booth C11, and BASF Forward AM will be hosting a Lattice Generation Workshop at Hall 12.1, Booth D61 from 10.30-11.30am on Thursday 9 November.
About BASF Forward AM:
BASF 3D Printing Solutions GmbH, headquartered in Heidelberg, Germany, is a 100% subsidiary of BASF. It focuses on establishing and expanding the industrialization of 3D printing applications under the Forward AM brand with advanced materials, system solutions, components, and services in the field of 3D printing. BASF 3D Printing Solutions operates in an agile structure to create customer value with complete 3D printing solutions, in collaboration with partners, for the most innovative applications. It cooperates closely with the global research platforms and application technologies of various departments at BASF and with research institutes, universities, startups and industrial partners. Potential customers are primarily companies that intend to use 3D printing for industrial manufacturing. Typical industries include automotive, aerospace and consumer goods. For further information please visit: www.forward-am.com.
About Farsoon Technologies:
A leading supplier of industrial-level polymer and metal Laser Powder Bed Fusion (LPBF) systems, Farsoon is dedicated to establishing an additive manufacturing ecosystem through co-innovation in machine, material, and software development with industrial partners. As an open-platform manufacturer that is not material-locked, users of Farsoon systems have access to all key parameter sets to customize processing solutions that can be tailored to their specialized application needs. Farsoon’s subsidiary FARSOON Europe GmbH (Stuttgart, Germany) provides a wide range of machines as well as local service and maintenance activities. For more information please contact: email@example.com.
Hyperganic is a deep-tech company pioneering physics-driven Algorithmic Engineering software to scale Additive Manufacturing applications globally. With its advanced geometry and simulation technologies, it aims to solve the world’s hardest problems by fostering partnerships and enabling engineers to create reusable, accessible, and optimized solutions for design, simulation, and manufacturing. More information can be found at: www.hyperganic.com