Professional Additive Manufacturing

By “professional additive manufacturing”, we intend all those categories of 3D printing adoption that relate to the creative and artistic spheres. These include applications in architecture, construction, design, arts & crafts as well as entertainment (movies and animation) and designer consumer products such as furniture and jewelry.

This category of adopters has grown enormously in recent years as the cost of professional level AM systems has decreased from over $100,000 to between $20,000 and $5,000. This enormous paradigm shift has opened up 3D printing to a wide demographic of users that have innovated and imagined new application possibilities for AM. The process is still very much ongoing as the abundance of news and articles in this section clearly indicate.

Several artists and creatives have embraced plastic and in many cases ceramics based technologies to explore new possibilities in both end-use products and their supply to the final user. 3D printing is seen as the key technology that will enable the production of mass customized items, produced on-demand, on location, by professionals in any part of the world.

Global professional and B2C additive manufacturing services such as Shapeways, iMaterialise and Sculpteo have also contributed to expanding this area of AM by making high-end 3D printing technologies easily accessible and affordable for more people all over the world.

Latest professional AM news:

  • Jozeph Forakis presents the world's first 3D printed superyacht. The 88m vessel, titled 'PEGASUS', will be made using robotic LFAM.

    Jozeph Forakis, a world-renowned designer, has just presented his latest PEGASUS project – an 88m long, solar-electric/hydrogen hybrid-powered, 3D printed superyacht with reflective ‘solar wings’. Conceived on a beach on Koufonissi island, in Greece – the superyacht was designed to fit seamlessly into nature, and become almost invisible when on…

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  • ITV's Emmerdale trailer features 3D printed cast members. Europac3D used the Mimaki 3DUJ-553 printer to print the model stars.

    Cast members of ITV’s Emmerdale soap opera have been printed as full-color 3D printed models on the Mimaki 3DUJ-553 printer, for a trailer that aired in the weeks prior to the show’s 50th birthday episode, on the 16th of October. ITV contacted Cheshire-based 3D scanning and printing specialist Europac3D to…

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  • MX3D prints 340kg installation designed by Alyson Shotz. The work of art is installed at Skidmore College, in New York.

    MX3D, an Amsterdam-based metal 3D printing company specializing in large-scale WAAM, has created yet another 3D printed work of art – ‘Entangled’ – in collaboration with Alyson Shotz. The sculpture is installed in the new Billie Tisch Center for Integrated Sciences (BTCIS) of Skidmore College, in New York. The sculpture…

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  • UMaine, in partnership with ORNL, prints BioHome3D using bio-based materials - such as wood fibers and bio-resins.

    The University of Maine (UMaine) Advanced Structures and Composites Center (ASCC) has unveiled ‘BioHome3D’ – the first 3D printed house made entirely with bio-based materials. BioHome3D was developed with funding from the US Department of Energy’s Hub and Spoke program between the UMaine and Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). Partners…

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  • adidas and Carbon bring 'Black Panther: Wakanda Forever' Lexus to life. Using Carbon's DLS technology to create the headrests.

    Lexus, adidas, adidas’ S.E.E.D (School for Experiential Education in Design), Calty Design Research, and 3D printing company, Carbon, have partnered to create an all-new Lexus RX 500h F SPORT – inspired by Marvel Studios’ ‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’. To celebrate the recent launch of adidas’ ‘Wakanda Forever Collection,’ the team…

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  • Michael Hansmeyer brings form to life using generative design and 3D printing technology to create his 'Digital Grotesque' series.

    Given the previously-closed doors that the development of 3D printing technologies have now opened, it is no surprise that this technology is as appealing to artists and designers, as it is to big businesses and industry. Although the latter tend to have more access, for obvious reasons. However, artworks such…

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  • LGM turns to Quickparts for on-demand architectural modeling. Using Quickparts’ online, instant-quote system.

    For more than 25 years, LGM has provided architectural models primarily for high-end residential and resort areas. LGM marries 3D printing to the fields of architecture, engineering, and development to provide state-of-the-art visualization and modeling, enabling their clients to efficiently design, build, and market products. LGM is highly skilled at…

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  • Ogle Models creates one-third scale Nissan Ariya concept car model for Nissan's UK Design Centre reception in Paddington, London.

    Back in December last year, Nissan unveiled its Ariya single-seater concept car using the powertrain of the all-electric Ariya SUV. The development of the ground-breaking, bespoke, single-seater car chassis, with its futuristic and sleek appearance, showed what a fully electrified performance motor could look like. The concept car’s Formula E…

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  • 3D printed pedestrian Smart Bridge unveiled at Autodesk University 2022 - designed in partnership with Autodesk, and Dar Al-Handasah.

    According to Arabian Business, the first prototype of a real-scale, five-meter long, 3D printed pedestrian Smart Bridge was unveiled at the Autodesk University (AU) 2022 conference, which took place on September 27-29 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The bridge was designed in the UAE, in partnership with American software company, Autodesk,…

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  • Julia Koerner's (JK3D) 3D printed Crystal Lamellas installation, at the Gritti Palace, blends nature, technology, and material innovation.

    Award-winning Austrian Designer and Creative Director of JK3D, Julia Koerner, presented her 3D printed Crystal Lamellas installation at The Gritti Palace, a Luxury Collection Hotel in Venice. The installation formed part of the Italian Glass Weeks within the emblematic setting of the Explorer’s Library in one of the most historic and…

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