BASF 3D Printing Solutions, a subsidiary of the German chemicals manufacturer, has announced it is collaborating with shoe group Ecco to develop what it calls “a wholly new approach to footwear production”.

The third party in this endeavour is Origin, an open-platform additive manufacturing printer provider. The project involves this company’s platform and BASF’s Ultracur3D photopolymer materials. Trials, which took place at Ecco’s research and development centre in Denmark, have shown “outstanding detail accuracy and mechanical stability”, according to BASF.

The declared goal of this project is to establish additive manufacturing as a viable solution for mass production of footwear. By tuning Origin’s printing system to BASF’s Ultracur3D materials, the partners have managed to achieve high processing speeds and good surface stability.