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 (DAMP).

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. The second 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.

  • Knust-Godwin Renishaw

    Knust-Godwin acquires a Velo3D Sapphire XC system

    Knust-Godwin, a precision contract manufacturer, has received a Sapphire XC from Velo3D to expand its metal additive manufacturing (AM) capabilities. The acquisition of an additional Sapphire family printer from Velo3D further expands Knust-Godwin’s additive manufacturing offering by unlocking high-volume production and lower costs for its largest customers. Knust-Godwin’s Sapphire XC…

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  • Alstom partners with Replique to implement first AM serial production part. Enabling Alstom to digitize its supply chain

    Alstom turns to Replique for serial AM part production

    Alstom, a global leader in green and smart mobility, has partnered with Replique – using the company’s on-demand additive manufacturing platform to produce customized industrial-grade, serial production parts. By digitizing its supply chain, Alstom is now able to produce small batches, on-demand and decentrally – enabling the company to respond even…

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  • Michelin star restaurant creates unique 3D printed centrepiece. The piece was printed by Holit, in Holland, for Locanda Margon, in Italy.

    Locanda Margon creates unique 3D printed centrepiece

    When Chef, Edoardo Fumagalli, and Sous Chef, Federico Sarzi Amadè, at Locanda Margon – a one Michelin star restaurant located in the countryside of Trento, Italy, and surrounded by natural terraces and endless vineyards – wanted to create a unique centerpiece that was reminiscent of the beautiful, natural surroundings, the…

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  • TOP CONSULTANT seal 2022 awarded to EOS Additive Minds. Representing the highest level of consulting competence in medium-sized businesses.

    TOP CONSULTANT seal 2022 awarded to EOS Additive Minds

    EOS’ Additive Minds Consultancy team has been awarded the TOP CONSULTANT seal 2022 at the German SME Summit in Frankfurt, for the 4th time, and was congratulated by former German Federal President Christian Wolf, who accompanies the competition as a mentor. EOS also received the award in 2017, 2019, and…

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  • Collins Aerospace opens new Monroe additive manufacturing center. Joining the company’s existing network of additive production centers.

    Collins Aerospace opens new Monroe additive manufacturing center

    Collins Aerospace has opened a new additive manufacturing center and expanded its maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) capabilities at its campus in Monroe, North Carolina. The company completed a $30 million expansion of the site in 2021 and has since invested an additional $15 million – as part of the…

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  • Hawk Ridge Systems opens new additive manufacturing center. Based in San Jose, the center offers both printing and post-processing solutions.

    Hawk Ridge Systems opens new additive manufacturing center

    Hawk Ridge Systems has opened the doors to its new additive manufacturing center in the Santa Clara Valley, San Jose. The new AM center is a response to the demand for a more robust facility – something the company believes is necessary, based on its experience over the years, as…

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  • Shree Rapid Technologies partners with BCN3D. Brining BCN3D's IDEX printing technology to manufacturers in India.

    Shree Rapid Technologies partners with BCN3D

    Barcelona-based 3D printer manufacturer, BCN3D, has partnered with Shree Rapid Technologies, one of the largest 3D printing and 3D scanning solutions providers in India. The partnership aims to help manufacturers in India to drive innovation, increase productivity, cut costs, and streamline workflows with the advanced 3D printing technologies from BCN3D,…

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  • MADIT purchases fourth metal 3D printer from Renishaw

    During the recent BIEMH/ADDIT3D exhibition and coinciding with its second anniversary, the Basque engineering company MADIT acquired its fourth Renishaw metal additive manufacturing system. On this occasion, the company’s founders chose a RenAM 500Q system. The RenAM 500Q is a high-productivity multi-laser additive manufacturing system that features four 500W lasers,…

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  • Airtech 3D named as Brumos Racing Technical Partner. Aerodynamically enhancing the Porsche racecar using 3D printed composite mold tooling.

    Airtech 3D named as Brumos Racing Technical Partner

    Airtech Advanced Materials Group, a leading manufacturer of composite tooling solutions, has announced that it has been named a Brumos Racing Technical Partner. Airtech has teamed up with BBi Autosport to produce 3D printed molds and composite production parts for a newly updated Porsche GT2 RS Clubsport racecar, for the…

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  • M2 Optics Inc. launches new 3D printing design and manufacturing service. Offering designing, prototyping, and full-scale production runs.

    M2 Optics Inc. launches new 3D printing design and manufacturing service

    M2 Optics Inc., a US manufacturer of customized fiber optic solutions for communications testing and networking applications, has launched a new 3D design and printing service business. The services will help companies solve critical and timely challenges that require customized, or non-standard, parts not readily available in the marketplace. M2…

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