Onshape, the leading 3D cloud CAD platform, announced a strategic partnership with BMF Material Technology, a world leader in micro/nano-scale 3D printing and disruptive precision manufacturing. Micro/nano-scale 3D printing is a breakthrough technology now in high demand by manufacturers of extremely small and complex parts such as connectors, endoscopes, cardiac stents and tiny springs.

BMF plans to use Onshape’s real-time data management platform to speed up collaboration and communication with its customers, helping them optimize their CAD models for the most accurate printed parts.

“On a daily basis, there are companies all over the world – throughout Asia, Europe and the United States – contacting us for printing small parts with our nanoArch® printers,” says BMF’s CEO, Dr. Xiaoning He. “Before using Onshape, we had to email CAD files back and forth with our customers. But now we can have our team in China and our customers overseas work together on the same model at the same time. It has really improved our efficiency and speed, and Onshape is the only CAD system that can deliver this capability.”

As BMF customers collaborate with the company’s additive manufacturing experts to refine their CAD models, Onshape records every edit in a comprehensive history log. By clicking on any point in the timeline, Onshape users can instantly go back to any prior state of the design.

“The edit history log is a huge advantage for us,” adds He. “It speeds up the learning curve for our customers. We’re in the 3D printing business, not the design business. Onshape will help us teach our clients how to deliver better designs the next time.”

“We’re excited to partner with BMF, which is radically changing the way manufacturers make ultra-high precision parts,” says David Katzman, Vice President of Strategic Accounts and Business Development for Onshape. “It’s gratifying to not only help BMF achieve their goals, but also help their customers produce better products.”

“This partnership demonstrates how Onshape is much more than a modern cloud CAD system – it’s a full data management platform with CAD built in,” Katzman adds. “We look forward to seeing how the BMF team continues to leverage this advantage for their customers.”

Onshape is the only CAD system to combine advanced 3D modeling tools with design data management in a secure cloud workspace. Its unique database architecture eliminates the security risk and version control problems created by uncontrolled file copies – because only one master copy of the CAD data is stored in the cloud, accessible only by different levels of permissions (edit, view-only, commenting, etc.)

“Onshape gives BMF customers the confidence that their intellectual property is safe. You can’t put a price on that,” says He. “Our customers also appreciate having immediate access to their designs. I just have to add their emails to our account and there is no delay. Onshape helps us collaborate in a very fast and convenient way.”

About BMF

As a pioneer in ultra-high-resolution micro/nano-scale 3D printing, BMF Material Technology is one of the world’s leading companies in precision manufacturing. The nanoArch® printers of BMF produce complex, minute components at high volume with less waste and less cost than traditional high-end precision manufacturing. In addition, the precision of the nanoArch® printers is able to reach a resolution of 2 microns. BMF’s micro-scale 3D printing technology and related products were recognized as one of “10 Breakthrough Technologies” by MIT Technology Review in 2014 and 2015.

BMF’s research-grade 3D printers have been adopted by some of the world’s top scientific institutions, including Masdar Institute in UAE, City University of Hong Kong, Chinese Academy of Sciences - SINANO, Nanjing University, as well as leading industrial partners. BMF has offices in Boston, Hong Kong, WuXi and Shenzhen. For more information, contact bmf@bmftec.cn or visit http://www.bmftec.com/