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BASF Forward AM adds Farsoon Flight HT403P-2 machine in AMATC Detroit

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Farsoon Technologies first introduced Flight Technology, aka Fiber light Technology, addressing the needs of industrial-scale series production with plastic laser powder bed fusion. With more customers taking advantage of the powerful fiber lasers for volume production, the demand of operating specific materials for industrial applications is rapidly growing. Recently, BASF Forward AM invested in Farsoon’s Flight Dual-laser HT403P-2 machine, which is located in the new Additive Manufacturing (AM) Application Technology Center (ATC) in Detroit, Michigan.

“We chose the Farsoon Flight for our Detroit Application Technology Center because the platform offers the speed and flexibility our customers are looking for. That speed combined with the build box size make the Farsoon Flight® technology a winning combination for our customers who are industrializing additive manufacturing,” explained Todd McInally, Head of 3D Printing Technologies BASF Forward AM Americas.

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As a strategic partner since 2013, Farsoon has been collaborating with BASF Forward AM on numerous R&D projects that focus on high-temperature and specialized engineering materials development for laser powder bed fusion technology. This latest investment aims to strengthen regional service capabilities and co-innovation efforts with Farsoon in the development of new material targeted for fiber laser SLS technology. With the high throughput dual-laser machine configuration, the facility and equipment allow for quicker and more in-depth material validation such as PA11 CF, PA11 ESD, TPU, and PP. Our collaboration with BASF Forward AM emphasizes our commitment to developing scalable machine and material combinations that provide reliable printing solutions for our customers.

“Farsoon is proud to partner with material leader BASF Forward AM for nearly 10 years, keep supporting industrial customers with our truly open, productive machine solution. The combination of great machine operational flexibility and high-quality engineering material options will allow users to achieve their industrial application success sooner,” commented Jim Braddick, Director of Sales Farsoon Americas.

Several among the growing numbers of Farsoon Flight SLS platform users in the US have been using BASF Forward AM specialized engineering materials from functional prototyping to scale production runs. Sofos Robotics Co. located in Ham Lake, MN is currently using BASF Forward AM Ultrasint PA11 ESD, Ultrasint TPU 88A Black and Ultrasint PA11 Black CF in their robotic integration and automation projects. Bru Tek LLC in Shelby Township, Michigan, has been using BASF Forward AM Ultrasint PA11 ESD and Ultrasint TPU 88A Black in a number of industrial projects.

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Davide Sher

Since 2002, Davide has built up extensive experience as a technology journalist, market analyst and consultant for the additive manufacturing industry. Born in Milan, Italy, he spent 12 years in the United States, where he completed his studies at SUNY USB. As a journalist covering the tech and videogame industry for over 10 years, he began covering the AM industry in 2013, first as an international journalist and subsequently as a market analyst, focusing on the additive manufacturing industry and relative vertical markets. In 2016 he co-founded London-based VoxelMatters. Today the company publishes the leading news and insights websites VoxelMatters.com and Replicatore.it, as well as VoxelMatters Directory, the largest global directory of companies in the additive manufacturing industry.

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