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:

MIT Media Lab and artist Thom Kubli explore floating 3D printed sculptures

Artist Thom Kubli has partnered with MIT Media Lab’s Tangible Media Group to create a 3D printer that defies gravity…

6 days ago

Harvard Semitic Museum 3D scans Ancient Egyptian sarcophagi

A team from the Harvard Semitic Museum has 3D scanned a series of three sarcophagi from Ancient Egypt, which are…

2 weeks ago

Mimaki launches new Mimaki 3DGD-1800 large format 3D printer

Mimaki's 3D printing business has been intertwined with Israeli technologies from the start. The Japanese company is a leader in…

2 weeks ago

Amy Karle uses 3D printing in thought-provoking futurist art

To mark Women’s History month this March, 3D printing company HP is highlighting an ongoing collaboration with artist Amy Karle.…

3 weeks ago

Factum Arte digitally unveils life-size partly 3D printed replica of Raffaello’s tomb

The Covid-19 pandemic is forcing all social venues - including museums and exhibits - to close their doors to slow…

3 weeks ago

Sketchfab introduces 3D model CC0 dedication for cultural institutions

3D content platform Sketchfab made an announcement this week which will see high-quality 3D scans and models of cultural artefacts…

1 month ago

CUPRA streamlines racecar production with HP 3D printing

Spanish sports car brand CUPRA is seeing the benefits of adopting 3D printing on the racetrack. The company, which has…

2 months ago

New Sauber Alfa Romeo F1 features 143 3D printed parts

Showing off during tests at the Barcelona Circuit, Additive Industries' Technology Partner F1 team Alfa Romeo Racing Orlen dropped its…

2 months ago

NOW presents world’s first snowboard binding designed by AI

NOW, an innovative Swiss snowboarding products company (part of the Nidecker Group), and Addit-ion, a Barcelona-based studio of Artificial Intelligence design specialists,…

2 months ago

NFL awards Protect3d $50K for customized 3D printed protective devices

Protect3d, a North Carolina-based startup specializing in customized medical devices for athletes, has been awarded $50,000 by the National Football…

2 months ago