Italy

Although you may know it more for beautiful landscapes, monuments, and the best culinary tradition in the world by a longshot, Italy is a key adopter of AM technologies and one of the top global markets for industrial automation. Its healthy design industry – with Milan as its capital – and high-end luxury products, from Ferrari and Lamborghini to yachts and high-end jewelry, make ideal candidates for the opportunities that additive manufacturing offers in terms of short batch production for limited editions, mass customization and high-performance products.


However, there is also another reason why Italy has been such an early adopter of additive manufacturing and today represent one of the top 5 global markets. If one of the promises of AM is distributed manufacturing, Italy has been a distributed manufacturing nation from it’s “industrial miracle” of the 1960s. The Italian industrial landscape is made of thousands of distributed SME’s. These companies specialize in short to medium production of high-quality goods. To many of them, 3D printers offer the solutions they have been looking for.


On the other hand, there are also many factors slowing down Italy’s adoption of AM. One is the very fact that Italian companies are generally small, family-owned businesses with a very localized view of the market and a chronic inability to scale up globally. Many times this is related to a generalized antipathy for making investments that are considered risky, for example in educating the workforce, adequately rewarding the best talents and in marketing their products to a global audience. This is not true for every company and the fashion, food and furniture design industries tell us that when Italian companies do take these steps, they can be some of most successful in the world.


Another factor limiting adoption is that Italian manufacturing is very much tied to traditional approaches. In many cases, the most high-quality materials cannot be processed by AM, or at least not to the highest standards. For this reason, Italian companies were the very first to implement 3D printing for rapid prototyping and even casting but may not be as rapid in adopting 3D printing for part production.


So what kind of AM companies are there in Italy? Some of the key AM adopters are active in the medical field (Lima Corporate invented 3D printed trabecular titanium implants), others are leading in aerospace (Avio Aero, now GE, built the world’s first fully integrated metal AM factory). There are a number of 3D printer manufacturers, led by Sisma and DWS (active in the dental and jewelry segments with stereolithography and metal PBF systems), and growing industrial filament extrusion system producers such as 3ntr and Roboze. Due to the Italian industry former leadership in the field of plastics, there are also a number of high-quality filament manufacturers. Then, of course, all major automotive companies (FCA, Ferrari, Lamborghini, Maserati, Ducati among others) are very important adopters of AM, primarily for prototyping. Meaning that there is also a healthy market for the distribution of high-end prototyping systems by EOS, Stratasys, 3D Systems and all the other AM industry leaders.


In this AM Focus, in collaboration with the team from our Italian sister website Replicatore.it and our 3D Printing Business Directory team, we will look at some of the most interesting Italian companies leading the AM revolution in the most beautiful country in the world.


  • The Politecnico di Milano (PoliMi) Dynamis PRC team has designed a new single-seat racing car, utilizing the RadiciGroup Radilon Adline brand of 3D printing filaments. Over one hundred engineering and design students worked on fine-tuning the new 2022 electric model, which, for the first time, is also designed to work…

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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.

    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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  • AITA rises to unite the Italian AM industry at upcoming PiùAdditive in October, a turning point for the Italian association of AM companies.

    3D printing is becoming increasingly popular in several different manufacturing, medical and consumer sectors. Meaning that, in everyday life, and perhaps without even knowing it, we are increasingly surrounded by products made with additive technology. With this in mind, in 2014, thanks to the initiative by leading Italian AM sector…

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  • Dedem, a leading 3D printing distributor and services provider in Italy, made a big impact at MECSPE 2021, an innovation-focused manufacturing event that took place this week in Bologna. The Dedem Group, which includes Italian companies Selltek and Prototek, presented itself at the event with a giant booth spanning 96…

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  • Prosilas Vanna Menco interview

    Founded in 2003, Prosilas has built itself a strong reputation in the Italian and European 3D printing markets, providing expert additive manufacturing services for a range of industries including automotive, medical, fashion and industrial. With nearly two decades of experience under its belt, Prosilas is now heading in a new…

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  • Swedish 3D printer manufacturer Wematter entered into a partnership with Italian distributor Bologna 3D to establish a sales and service network for the Gravity 3D printers in Italy. The partnership is a step toward Wematter’s internationalization, offering the European market increased access to the full range of Gravity 2022 3D…

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  • JUNO Carbon 3D printing service

    JUNO is an Italian design firm specializing in 3D printing technologies. In fact, the company was one of the first in Italy to adopt Stratasys’ 3D printing back in the day. Today, it has expanded its services significantly, with the integration of EOS, HP and, most recently, Carbon 3D printing…

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  • BCN3D CREA3D distribution

    Barcelona-based 3D printing company BCN3D Technologies has signed a distribution agreement with Italian company Crea3D, which will enable it to grow its presence in the southern European region. Crea3D will now distribute BCN3D’s 3D printing systems, based on its IDEX technology, to the Italian market through its established B2B and…

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  • Lincotek Additive

    Lincotek Additive, the AM division of Italian global contract manufacturer Lincotek, is opening a new state-of-the-art Additive Production Center at its site in Trento. The facility, which houses a high-vacuum furnace and validated heat treatment process for titanium 3D printed parts, will be dedicated to the development and production of…

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  • BEAMIT Nadcap accreditation

    BEAMIT, an Italy-based industrial additive manufacturing service provider, has marked another milestone in its growth: it has received NADCAP (National Aerospace and Defense Contractors Accreditation Program) accreditation for Heat Treating processes. The accreditation will enable BEAMIT to take its services to the next level, meeting the needs of high-end ASD…

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