Research & Education

Additive manufacturing is transforming how products are designed, produced, and serviced. AM lets us produce on-demand, without dedicated equipment or tooling. This unparalleled flexibility enables new digital design and production tools that can create components and products with breakthrough performance: in order to truly unlock the potential of AM, research & education is of fundamental importance.


Knowledge of the fundamentals of AM, its design principles, applications, and implications is one of the greatest barriers to its wider adoption. In recent years the key importance of integrating additive manufacturing in educational curricula has begun to be considered worldwide.


Additive manufacturing centered research & education initiatives by both governments and corporations – as well as individuals – have begun to focus on raising the next generation of additive manufacturing designers and engineers.


The main areas of exploration for educational activities are in software and hardware. While AM hardware learning is currently mostly limited to exploring the current additive production process and its applications, the software offers some of the most significant opportunities in terms of learning to fully exploit the AM process in the future.

  • Stryker, a major adopter of AM for implants production is establishing a new medical R&D Lab in Queensland, Australia that builds on existing partnerships with hospitals, researchers, universities and local governments to drive the transformation of research into viable, commercially available precision medical device technology. With a research grant from…

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  • 3dpbm Research, a leading market analysis company specialized in tracking the global additive manufacturing (AM) industry, released the results of its comprehensive study on the ceramic additive manufacturing segment. The study, Ceramic AM Market Opportunities and Trends 2020–2030, was conducted during Q2 and Q3 of 2021 and collects information on…

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  • The time has come for Titans of CNC, a CNC shop-turned educational institution and TV series with a 300K-follower YouTube channel, to move on to 3D printing. The team is also moving on to a huge new facility with multiple industrial machines, from EDMs to the largest CNCs and it’s…

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  • Caracol, an Italian innovative startup SME specialized in advanced composites AM solutions, closed a €3.5 million seed investment round. This round sees Primo Ventures with Primo Space Fund and EUREKA! Venture SGR with EUREKA! Fund joins the company as lead investors, together with a group of business angels. The operation…

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  • Researchers at the University of Wolverhampton have developed 3D printable copper-silver alloys that demonstrate superior strength and heat transfer performance in comparison to those that are currently available. The project was initiated by the increasing industry demand for 3D printable heat transfer materials and devices. The study was led by…

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  • The ExOne Company (Nasdaq: XONE) and the Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Technology and Advanced Materials (IFAM) are deepening their partnership on binder and materials development projects following the success of CleanFuse metal binder. Fraunhofer IFAM’s relationship with ExOne on metal binder jetting development spans more than two decades. They have…

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  • Bio-convergence company BICO has acquired all outstanding shares in Advanced BioMatrix Corp, an American company focusing on 3D research applications. The company’s portfolio includes collagen bioinks, high purity extracellular matrix proteins, chemically modified proteins, and polysaccharides, and other reagents and cell assays, sold to research institutions, and pharmaceutical and biotech companies.…

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  • Stratasys and Berlin-based innovation studio & venture builder, nFrontier, have entered a partnership aiming at jointly taking a leap into the future of impact-driven innovation in Additive Manufacturing. A creative powerhouse, the newly established nFrontier Emerging Technologies Center [EmTeCe], the core of the nFrontier Innovation Studio, established in 2020, aims…

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  • TU/e researchers have solved issues associated with the 3D printing of cholesteric liquid crystal ink materials and developed a new light-reflective liquid crystal ink that can be used with existing 3D printing techniques. The research has been published in the journal Advanced Materials. In nature, iridescent materials, which exhibit a…

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  • The latest nanofabrication tool to arrive at the University of Canterbury Nanolab (the Nanofabrication Laboratory) is a Photonic Professional GT2 (PPGT2) two-photon polymerization 3D printer from Nanoscribe GmbH in Germany. This is currently the world’s highest-precision commercial 3D printer, enabling high-speed fabrication of three-dimensional nano- and micro-scale structures with lateral…

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