The Witness - Wheels - - TRENDS - — Wheels Re­porter.

BMW i Ven­tures has an­nounced a strate­gic in­vest­ment in Desk­top Metal, an emerg­ing start-up with the mis­sion to bring metal 3D print­ing within reach of all de­sign and man­u­fac­tur­ing teams.

Desk­top Metal is com­mit­ted to ac­cel­er­at­ing the adop­tion of metal 3D print­ing in man­u­fac­tur­ing through the cre­ation of in­no­va­tive tech­nol­ogy that pro­duces com­plex parts.

New York-based BMW i Ven­tures is a cor­po­rate ven­ture cap­i­tal team founded by BMW Group in 2011, which pro­vides eq­uity fi­nanc­ing to high-po­ten­tial star­tups and high-growth com­pa­nies ded­i­cated to shape the fu­ture of global mo­bil­ity.

Through its pre­vi­ous in­vest­ments in the fields of e-mo­bil­ity, nav­i­ga­tion, park­ing, car shar­ing and in­ter­modal­ity, BMW i Ven­tures has al­ready en­tered into strate­gic part­ner­ships with in­no­va­tive providers such as Scoop, Zirx, RiceCell, Charge­point, Life360, Moovit, JustPark, Charge­mas­ter and Zen­drive, Rever Moto and STRIVR.

Ric Fu­lop, CEO and co-founder of Desk­top Metal, said ad­vances in metal 3D print­ing are driv­ing in­no­va­tion across a wide range of au­to­mo­tive ap­pli­ca­tions. Uwe Higgen, man­ag­ing part­ner of BMW i Ven­tures, said these in­no­va­tions ranged from rapid pro­to­typ­ing and print­ing ex­cep­tional qual­ity parts for end-use pro­duc­tion, to free­dom of de­sign and mass cus­tomi­sa­tion. “Desk­top Metal is shap­ing the way cars will be im­aged, de­signed and man­u­fac­tured,” Higgen said.

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