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.

  • ExOne binder jetting materials portfolio

    Metal binder jetting takes off at Shapeways and Xometry

    Metal binder jetting, in particular via ExOne‘s more established technology, is finally entering large-scale production. In particular, two major AM service providers  Xometry and Shapeways, which target different audiences, have both scaled up their activities with this technology. Xometry, a leading AI-enabled marketplace for on-demand manufacturing, just introduced instant quoting…

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  • Burloak Technologies scales capacity with California AM facility

    Burloak Technologies, a division of Samuel, Son & Co. established its second additive manufacturing center in Camarillo, California. With the addition of this facility, Burloak Technologies becomes North America’s first multi-site additive manufacturing services provider, offering full Design for Additive Manufacturing (DFAM) expertise at scale. The new 25,000-square-foot (2,300-square-meter) facility…

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  • Digital Metal vision

    Mitsubishi Heavy industries adds metal binder jetting to AM services

    Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Machine Tool Co., Ltd., a group company of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) based in Ritto, Shiga Prefecture, is expanding its offer of metal 3D printing services with the addition of Digital Metal‘s metal binder jetting system. The new service, commencing on July 15th, includes prototype production…

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  • ExOne opens new Metal 3D Printing Adoption Center in Germany

    ExOne, a global leader in industrial sand and metal 3D printers using binder jetting technology, opened its new Metal 3D Printing Adoption Center at its European headquarter in Gersthofen (Germany). “Now, manufacturers throughout Europe can benefit from locally produced binder jetted metal designs and benchmarks along with world-class engineering consultation…

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  • Laser Prototypes Europe adds Stratasys NEO450S 3D printer to Belfast facility

    Stratasys today installed a Neo450s stereolithography 3D printer at Belfast-based service bureau LPE, bolstering its extensive range of 3D printing solutions for its UK and Ireland client base. Stratasys acquired UK-based RP Support (RPS) in February. LPE provides additive manufacturing services for a range of industries including aerospace, automotive, consumer…

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  • Ziggzagg is targeting lights-off AM production of 200,000-part series

    During the recent AM Trends in EMEA study conducted in collaboration with HP, 3pdbm worked on understanding AM’s role in the digitalization of manufacturing among leading industrial parts producers, across the major European markets. Ziggzagg’s CEO Stijn Paridaens offered a key contribution in understanding these dynamics and digitalization strategies. The…

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  • 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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  • rpm awarded public funding to research complex elastic lattices

    rpm – rapid product manufacturing is the leading partner in a ZIM research grant to develop complex elastic lattices using 3D printing. The grant, “Development of elastic lattice structures using additive manufacturing for various applications”, came from the German AiF. Central to the project is the Digital Light Synthesis process…

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  • ExOne Adoption Center surpasses 2 million metal parts delivered

    The ExOne Company (ExOne), a global leader in industrial sand and metal 3D printers using binder jetting technology, has produced over 2 million metal parts at the Exone Adoption Center and shipped them to customers worldwide. The company has just added two X1 25Pro metal printers for dedicated production of…

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  • CeramTec offers 3D printed SiSiC parts with new ROCAR 3D material

    CeramTec has implemented a 3D printing process for the production of construction elements made from a new technical ceramics material: with ROCAR 3D, the internationally operating specialist for technical ceramics adds a new material to its portfolio and thereby combines the special material properties of silicon carbide (SiSiC) with the…

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