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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    It’s no longer about the fastest or most luxurious car. Citroën and BASF have unveiled an all-electric concept car oli [all-ë], as a manifesto on how much can be saved by reducing weight and resource usage. “This concept car shows what can be achieved when partners trust one another and…

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  • Quickparts acquires Xcentric Mold & Engineering

    Quickparts, an on-demand manufacturing services offering custom 3D printing and traditional manufacturing capabilities, and a portfolio company of Trilantic North America formed in partnership with George Votis, Avi Reichental and Ziad Abou, has acquired Xcentric Mold & Engineering (“Xcentric”), an innovator of on-demand digital manufacturing. Terms of the transaction, considered to…

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  • Shaping the metal AM factories of tomorrow

    Metal AM service providers represent a key transitional step to evolve metal AM from its current status as niche prototyping technology and small-batch production technology to digital serial production and, eventually, mass production within real metal AM factories. It is no coincidence that, after the largest 3D software companies, such…

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  • Roboze joins CIM4.0 Competence Center as Activity Partner. The Competence Centre has activated several strategic collaborations.

    Roboze joins CIM4.0 Competence Center as Activity Partner

    Roboze, a supplier of some of the most accurate 3D printers in the world that are capable of replacing metal with super polymers and composite materials, has entered the National Competence Center CIM4.0 (Competence Industry Manufacturing 4.0) as Activity Partner. CIM4.0 is a net­work made of Poli­tec­ni­co and Uni­ve­ri­sty of…

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  • Tapmaster, Canada, launches new SumMetal Printing division

    Tapmaster Incorporated has launched a new division – under SumMetal Printing – to provide rapid prototyping and short-run production to Albertan businesses and entrepreneurs. Tapmaster currently owns the only Desktop Metal Shop System printing in 316L stainless steel for direct contract use in Canada. Since its founding in 1994, Tapmaster…

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  • Quickparts enters foundational partnership with Nexa3D. For Nexa3D’s Quantum Laser Sintering (QLS) platform, the QLS 820.

    Quickparts enters foundational partnership with Nexa3D

    Quickparts, a global leader in on-demand custom parts manufacturing for 3D printing and traditional manufacturing with six global design and production centers around the world, has become a Foundation Partner with Nexa3D, the maker of professional and industrial polymer 3D printers, on Nexa3D’s Quantum Laser Sintering (QLS) platform, the QLS…

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  • Roboze invests in the future of super materials. With the construction of a 2000m² cutting-edge laboratory.

    Roboze invests in the future of super materials

    Roboze has started the construction of a cutting-edge laboratory dedicated to the development of future super materials. The new 2000m² facility, located in Bari, Italy, will aim to accelerate the transition to sustainable manufacturing and will add to the other already consolidated two offices of the company in the same…

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  • Materialise acquires encryption software developer Identify3D

    Materialise, a global leader in 3D printing solutions, has acquired Identify3D, a company that develops software to encrypt, distribute and trace the flow of digital parts across complex supply chains. Data security and integrity have become top of mind for companies that want to retain control over their design and…

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  • Gogo turns to Quickparts for inflight Wi-Fi antenna prototyping

    Gogo is the world’s largest provider of broadband connectivity services for the business aviation market. The company offers a customizable suite of smart cabin systems for highly integrated connectivity, inflight entertainment and voice solutions. Gogo’s products and services are installed on thousands of business aircraft of all sizes and mission…

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  • Ward Ripmeester appointed as COO of MakerVerse. Bringing a decade of AM supply chain and operations experience to the company.

    Ward Ripmeester appointed as COO of MakerVerse

    MakerVerse, the additive manufacturing platform for sourcing industrial grade parts on demand, has appointed Ward Ripmeester as the company’s Chief Operations Officer. Ward Ripmeester brings a decade of additive manufacturing supply chain and operations experience to this newly created role. “I’m excited to be part of what MakerVerse is building,”…

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