3D Printing Service Providers

The world of additive manufacturing is highly dependent on 3D printing service providers. These firms are the first adopters of AM technologies and the primary drivers of AM industry 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, AM factories, are emerging to focus 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 build larger 3D printer fleets, more and more firms are entering the industry offering rapid prototyping and small-batch production services, creating a global network of firms that are thus starting to enable one of AM’s ultimate goals: distributed manufacturing. At the same time, the larger AM service firms are now evolving into actual AM factories, introducing higher degrees of automation and streamlined digital end-to-end workflows for digital additive mass production.

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 technology, 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 providers and application-specific AM service providers. The first are firms that possess deep know-how in a variety of different AM technology types. As such they are able to provide AM services to a variety of adopting industries.

There are firms that possess 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, including AM factories.

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    3DPRINTUK increases MJF capacity by 50%

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  • Immensa and CEAD sign distribution deal for the Middle East

    After launching the largest robotic LFAM system in Dubai last week, Dutch company CEAD is looking to strengthen its presence in the Middle East by signing Immensa as its distributor for the region. Immensa and CEAD will partner on several fronts. With offices in Dubai, Kuwait, Amman (Jordan), Dammam (Saudi…

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  • Sculpteo to purchase AM-VISION, AM-SORT and AM-BAGGING systems

    Sculpteo, part of BASF and a leading online 3D printing service provider in France, signed a contract with Dutch company AM-Flow to purchase multiple AM-Flow systems and specifically the AM-VISION, AM-SORT and AM-BAGGING systems. The combined cutting-edge system will help revolutionize Sculpteo’s production process by using advanced vision technology to…

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  • Xometry Europe Expands into the UK

    Xometry, Inc. (NASDAQ: XMTR), a global online marketplace connecting enterprise buyers with suppliers of manufacturing services, continues to expand its footprint in Europe, with the launch of xometry.uk, a localized marketplace for UK customers. With the expansion into the UK, Xometry Europe now offers localized marketplaces in 9 languages: English,…

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  • LACE by Jenny Wu teams up with 3DEO to created 3D printed chain-link bracelet using 3DEO’s proprietary Intelligent Layering technology.

    LACE teams up with 3DEO to create 3D printed chain-link bracelet

    LACE by Jenny Wu is teaming up with the additive manufacturing company, 3DEO, to release ‘Link’ – a new 3D printed chain-link bracelet that combines LACE’s innovative jewelry design with 3DEO’s proprietary Intelligent Layering technology. The design of Link completely reinvents traditional chain link manufacturing techniques – as each link…

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  • Dinsmore joins ADDMAN Group

    ADDMAN, a leading US-based metal AM service provider, has added Dinsmore, a leading provider of polymer 3D printing services, to its manufacturing solutions network. This transaction marks the fifth acquisition for ADDMAN over the past 24 months, including high-profile companies such as 3rd dimension and Castheon. The addition of Dinsmore…

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  • 3D Metalforge closes Singapore and US subsidiaries

    3D Metalforge, a metal AM service originating in Australia (where it is publicly listed on the ASX index since a $10 million AD IPO in 2021), and operating subsidiaries in Singapore and Texas, has officially closed both its overseas activities after struggling with operational efficiency and insolvency since mid-2022. 3D…

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  • Oman's national oil company (PDO) partners with Spare Parts 3D (SP3D) to assess the 3D printability of 150,000 unique spare parts.

    Oman’s national oil company partners with Spare Parts 3D (SP3D)

    According to an article published by TradeArabia News Service, Petroleum Development Oman (PDO), Oman’s national oil company, has partnered with the French startup Spare Parts 3D (SP3D), to assess the 3D printability of 150,000 unique spare parts. Within a period of six months, the team processed 150,000 coded spare parts…

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  • NICE Rapid introduces injection molding 3D printing services

    According to newsfile, NICE Rapid, a specialist in injection molding and rapid tooling, has introduced 3D printing as part of the company’s service offerings related to injection molding – increasing the speed of production and innovative capabilities of high-performance materials. As we already know – manufacturing has traditionally been expensive,…

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  • 3DPRINTUK achieves ISO 9001:2015 for 3D printed parts service

    As 2022 closes out, 3DPRINTUK reports that it has passed Stage 2 of the ISO 9001:2015 standard audit with ZERO findings, after completing Stage 1 earlier in the year. This means that the London-based 3D printing service provider operates at the highest levels for quality assurance and validation of 3D…

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