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:

Singapore housing board to trial concrete 3D printing at new estates

Singapore’s Housing and Development Board (HDB) is reportedly preparing to introduce 3D printed landscape furniture and architectural elements to new…

5 days ago

COBOD showcases growth by re-printing original BOD building

One of the moments that will likely stand out when we look back at the history of construction 3D printing…

1 week ago

From retail to entertainment, 3D printing is changing everything

Perhaps one of the most exciting developments in the field of visual communications is the adoption of large-format 3D printing.…

2 weeks ago

Composite Images 3D print spectacular Nespresso Vertuo window display

Working with graphic studio Construction Effects for Nespresso, Australia-based digital design studio Composite Images 3D printed two incredible oversized milk splashes…

3 weeks ago

Art Filament by Graft Milk is now available on Kickstarter for the artist in you

New York City startup Graft Milk has launched the world’s first 3D printing filament designed specifically for the creative arts,…

3 weeks ago

Discover the latest in jewelry 3D printing technology at T.Evolution in September 2019

T.Evolution, the technological and innovative section of the Vicenzaoro fair, will again take place during Vicenzaoro September, the leading European…

2 months ago

DWS’ first Open Factory Week is a success

Italian 3D printing company DWS recently wrapped up its Open Factory Week event at its headquarters in Thiene. The event,…

2 months ago

Digital Building Technologies 3D prints Concrete Choreography for Origen Festival in Switzerland

A collaboration between Digital Building Technologies and the Origen Festival in Riom, Switzerland, the installation Concrete Choreography consists of nine,…

2 months ago

Recreating Rembrandt’s ‘Night Watch’ with 3D printing and photography

If you’ve ever been lucky enough to walk the many halls of the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, you’ll likely have come…

2 months ago

Ultimaker relocates HQ, unveils new branding

Dutch 3D printing company Ultimaker this week announced the relocation of its headquarters to Utrecht, a city in the central…

3 months ago