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.

  • Drone mass production is taking off with 3D printing

    Personal and unmanned mobility is rapidly changing as drones bring us closer and closer to humanity’s long-standing vision of flying cars. Amolak Badesha, CEO of Orbital Composites, a specialist in large-scale composites additive manufacturing, once pointed out to 3dpbm that this new generation of mobility products will not be able…

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  • The Sapphire XC with a diagram showing its build volume

    ADDMAN Engineering orders two VELO 3D Sapphire XC systems

    ADDMAN Engineering, a North American provider of advanced AM solutions, has selected VELO3D metal 3D printers to meet growing demand from energy and aerospace customers. In addition to owning and operating the first VELO3D metal AM solution in the Indianapolis area, ADDMAN holds two reservations for the new VELO3D Sapphire…

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  • Materialise Nikon HP Essentium

    Materialise reports stable revenues in Q1 2021

    Materialise (NASDAQ:MTLS), a leading global provider of 3D printing services and software, registered total revenue of €45.5 million for the first quarter of 2021, a slight decrease compared to €46.2 million for the 2020 period. Adjusted EBITDA was €5,.3 million for the first quarter of 2021 compared to €3.6 million…

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  • 1zu1 buys EOS P 500, assesses system as most productive on the market

    EOS, a leading supplier for responsible manufacturing solutions based on industrial 3D printing technology, has completed extensive testing of its EOS P 500 polymer system, assessing production suitability for series applications together with its Austrian customer 1zu1 Prototypen from Dornbirn. Together, both have concluded that the system has the highest…

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  • JUNO Carbon 3D printing service

    Italy’s JUNO adds Carbon DLS series production to 3D printing services

    JUNO is an Italian design firm specializing in 3D printing technologies. In fact, the company was one of the first in Italy to adopt Stratasys’ 3D printing back in the day. Today, it has expanded its services significantly, with the integration of EOS, HP and, most recently, Carbon 3D printing…

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  • Airbus’ Eurostar Neo satellites integrate more than 500 AM parts

    Radiofrequency components are at the heart of every telecommunications satellite, and such parts are now being produced by Airbus in large volumes with innovative Additive Layer Manufacturing (ALM) technology – which is the Airbus uses for additive manufacturing/3D printing  – for its latest spacecraft: the Eurostar Neo-series relay platform. A…

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  • Morf3D opens new 90,000 sq. ft. Applied Digital Manufacturing Center

    On the heels of the recent acquisition by Nikon, metal AM service provider Morf3D has secured a new headquarters in Long Beach, California. Located at 3550 Carson Street, Long Beach, CA. The 90,000 sq. ft. space will house both the company’s business operations and an unprecedented advanced manufacturing facility. These…

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  • ADDMAN Engineering acquires 3rd Dimension Industrial 3D Printing

    ADDMAN Engineering group, an American Industrial Partners company, has closed on its acquisition of 3rd Dimension Industrial Printing (Westfield, IN). 3rd Dimension is a premier provider of metal Additive Manufacturing and CNC engineered solutions. With this acquisition, ADDMAN adds a wide range of metal printing capabilities as well as traditional…

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  • Zenith Tecnica GE Additive Arcam

    New AM service provider in India PRIMAEAM installs EBM system

    PRIMAEAM (pronounced as “PREMIUM”), a new entrant to Additive Manufacturing in India, is betting on GE Additive’s Electron Beam Melting technology. The company, which already provides polymer 3D printing services with FDM and MJF technology, just installed a new Arcam Q10 system. Karthik Rajendiran, Managing Director at PRIMAEAM said the…

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  • PrintParts installs 20 more Markforged systems

    PrintParts, the aptly named New York City-based additive manufacturing service, has expanded its fleet of Markforged machines by 20 printers, to increase production capacity of carbon fiber reinforced parts. PrintParts uses Markforged Industrial Composite and Desktop systems to produce end-use parts for defense, industrial and medical applications, using engineering-grade materials…

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