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.

  • Fictiv raises $35M from 40 North Ventures and Honeywell

    As the pace of digital transformation in manufacturing continues to accelerate, Fictiv has become the latest digital manufacturing network to obtain major investments, along with 3D Hubs and Xometry. The Californian firm closed a new $35M round of funding led by 40 North Ventures to aggressively expand Fictiv’s Digital Manufacturing…

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  • 3DPRINTUK acquires Additive in formal merger

    3DPRINTUK, a leading service provider of polymer powder bed fusion (PBF) 3D printing processes for prototyping and manufacturing applications, is acquiring Additive (formerly Digits2Widgets). Commenting on the deal, Nick Allen, CEO at 3DPRINTUK said: “With both companies being located in London, Additive and 3DPRINTUK have long been friends in the…

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  • Shapeways has 3D printed over 20 million parts to date

    Shapeways, a full-service 3D printing platform, has reached important milestones in scaling its manufacturing solutions to meet diverse customer requirements worldwide. To date, the company has produced more than 20 million parts using 10 different printing technologies and 90 different materials and finishes. “This is a great milestone as we…

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  • New Xometry Pay invoicing platform launches to help with cash flow

    Xometry, the largest US marketplace for custom manufacturing, released Xometry Pay, its new suite of payment products that allows machine shops and custom manufacturers to quickly accept credit cards and offer payment terms for their customers, backed by Xometry. This product is now available to manufacturers currently in Xometry’s network…

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  • InterPRO adds three new Origin One 3D printers to triple production capacity

    InterPRO Additive Manufacturing Group, a service bureau offering an array of 3D printing services to companies with manufacturing challenges, has acquired three new Origin One printers, tripling the number of parts the company can print. Stratasys acquired Origin in December to add a 3D printing technology for production-oriented applications to…

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  • Google uses Stratasys tech to release the Jacquard

    Google’s Advanced Technology and Projects (ATAP) division has created Jacquard, a wearable platform that brings the digital world into everyday experiences. The Jacquard team used Stratasys‘ PolyJet technology to create a product that fits seamlessly into its user’s lifestyle. ATAP focuses on creating novel products that enhance humans’ tech experiences.…

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  • PrintParts expands 3D printing capabilities with Formlabs Fuse 1

    PrintParts Inc., a New York City-based additive manufacturing service provider, is expanding its production part offerings with the addition of the Formlabs Fuse 1 selective laser sintering (SLS) system. The newly released SLS additive manufacturing system utilizes a laser to precisely fuse nylon powder into lightweight, robust parts. Founded in 2016,…

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  • DMM.make to offer PostPro3D post processing for B2B and B2C AM services in Japan

    Leveraging technical support from 3D Printing Corporation, DMM’s 3D printing service division DMM.make started offering post-processing capabilities for its B2B and B2C online 3D printing services in Japan. DMM.make, which offers online 3D printing services using HP MJF and Markforged CFF technologies among others, has now added AMT‘s PostPro3D system…

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  • Sintavia expands rocket manufacturing capability with two M4K-4 printers from AMCM

    Sintavia, a designer and additive manufacturer of critical thermal components for the Aerospace, Defense, & Space industry, acquired two M4K-4 printers from the German EOS 3D printer “modder” firm AMCM. Each of the two new M4K-4s, which are stretched versions of the commercially successful EOS M400-4 printer, uses four 1kW…

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  • Prototek, the “jewel” of Italian 3D printing services is expanding

    Prototek is one of the pioneers in the Italian 3D printing scene. Founded in 2007, and still operating in CAD design and rapid prototyping in the jewelry and industrial sector, it represents one of the most qualified 3D printing services in Italy. Along with the sister firm Selltek, Prototek recently…

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