3D Printing Service Providers


The world of additive manufacturing is highly dependent on 3D printing service providers. These firms were the first adopters and the primary drivers of the industry’s growth. In the early days, 3D printing service providers were mainly rapid prototyping services, that could offer design and printing capabilities to help firms with product development. As AM technologies evolved a new “breed” of service providers began to emerge focusing on customized final parts production (either tools or actual product parts and even complete end-use products), for both businesses and consumers.

As the leading global 3D printing services began to build larger machine parks more and more firms entered the industry offering rapid prototyping and small-batch production services, creating a global network of firms that begin to enable one of AM’s ultimate goals: distributed manufacturing. At the same time, the larger AM service firms began to evolve into actual additive manufacturing factories, introducing higher degrees of automation and streamlined digital workflows.

Now, with AM becoming more ubiquitous throughout global manufacturing, AM service providers will continue to be one of the key access points to on-demand, additive digital production, by allowing access to their technologies on-demand, without requiring high initial CapEx. In doing so they continue to enable firms to familiarize themselves with the needs and benefits of AM technologies, as they build the necessary know-how to internalize them, at least to some extent.

In 3dpbm‘s definition, AM service providers generally fit into two main categories: application-agnostic AM service provider and application-specific AM service providers. The first are firms that possess deep know-how in a variety of different AM technologies. As such they are able to provide AM services to a variety of adopting industries. The second are firms that possess a deep know-how of a particular vertical of manufacturing and begin to introduce additive manufacturing to either offer specialized AM services for other firms operating in the same segment, or even directly 3D printed parts. There are also several sub-categories: all these are presented in the dedicated section of 3dpbm’s 3D Printing Business Directory, where we list more than 1,200 verified service bureaus, divided into 12 key subcategories.

  • Photo of Centralized shipping for additive manufactured parts

    Centralized shipping for additive manufactured parts

    . The world’s largest networked manufacturing services provider takes a further step to leverage its international operations for bulk orders. Shipments will be routed through two warehouses, with quoted prices to include customs and brokerage charges. 3D printed parts remain exempt from this change because 3D Hubs has re-emphasized its…

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  • Photo of 3DPrintUK adds two EOS P396 SLS systems to roster

    3DPrintUK adds two EOS P396 SLS systems to roster

    3DPrintUK has purchased two new selective laser sintering systems that promise enhanced capacity for a growing client base. The announcement follows on 3DPrintUK’s recent introduction of new SLS Flexible material, a new shot peening finishing service and new color options. The new machines are the fourth step in a five-step…

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  • Photo of AM at your service: a conversation with Namitech

    AM at your service: a conversation with Namitech

    This interview with Namitech was originally published in the 3dpbm AM Focus eBook on 3D Printing Services. Namitech is one of the most interesting young companies in the Italian additive manufacturing scene. Founded in 2017, this young AM service provider is located near Bergamo, the beating heart of industrial manufacturing…

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  • Photo of 3DPRINTUK installs new DyeMansion DM60 for more color 3D printing options

    3DPRINTUK installs new DyeMansion DM60 for more color 3D printing options

    3DPRINTUK, a pioneer in production 3D printing and London’s leading service provider of polymer PBF 3D printing processes, now offers multiple new color options through a £50K investment in a new DyeMansion DM60. The expansion is part of 3DPRINTUK’s continuous effort to increase the range of services and materials for…

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  • Photo of Making AM work from the materials side

    Making AM work from the materials side

    This interview with Carpenter Additive was originally published in the 3dpbm AM Focus eBook on 3D Printing Services. With over 130 years of experience in specialty alloys, it was no surprise when Carpenter Technology expressed an interest in additive manufacturing. At the time, the company’s in-depth knowledge of metal materials…

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  • Photo of Twist 3D Printing service by Slant3D offers any part you want for $29

    Twist 3D Printing service by Slant3D offers any part you want for $29

    Ohio-based Slant 3D released Twist 3D Printing, a quick-turn 3D printing prototyping service. The offer stands out from other online offers as there is no quoting and there are no estimates. There also is no price checking. It is a flat-rate print service: If it (the part) fits, it (the…

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  • Photo of KW Special Projects to open Digital Manufacturing Centre in early 2021

    KW Special Projects to open Digital Manufacturing Centre in early 2021

    KW Special Projects (KWSP), a UK-based engineering services provider, has announced its plans to open a Digital Manufacturing Centre (DMC) in Silverstone Park in Q1 2021. The new facility, which will house state-of-the-art additive manufacturing technologies, is aligned with the UK’s Industrial Strategy to focus increasingly on advanced manufacturing. The…

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  • Photo of Meet Make, a San Fran-based digital manufacturing platform

    Meet Make, a San Fran-based digital manufacturing platform

    Based in San Francisco, Make, Inc. is a relative newcomer to the manufacturing services market, but it hopes to make a big impact. The company was founded in 2017 by Nishat Rustagi, a computer sciences graduate of the University of California, San Diego, and functions as a digital manufacturing workflow…

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  • Photo of Jellypipe now offering 3D printing B2B ecosystem in UK and Ireland

    Jellypipe now offering 3D printing B2B ecosystem in UK and Ireland

    Swiss company Jellypipe, which has a B2B professional online ecosystem for 3D printing, is expanding its offering beyond continental Europe to the UK and Ireland. Jellypipe’s ecosystem brings together AM experts, manufacturers with 3D printing capabilities and professionals seeking 3D printed parts and components. Jellypipe was founded in 2018 and…

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  • Photo of Fictiv launches new transparency features for Digital Manufacturing Ecosystem

    Fictiv launches new transparency features for Digital Manufacturing Ecosystem

    Manufacturing service provider Fictiv has today unveiled new features in its Digital Manufacturing Ecosystem (DME) which will unlock new levels of visibility, traceability, speed and quality for its customers. The new features, which will apply to the production of mechanical parts for prototyping or end-use applications, will improve the transparency…

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