Why a map of additive manufacturing technologies?
After a lot of post-processing and fine-tuning we are ready to present to you, our loyal readers, the first 3dpbm interactive map of commercially available 3D printing technologies. The different technologies are divided into five major material families (metals, polymers, ceramics, composites and bioinks) and listed with the most relevant AM hardware manufacturers for each technology.
By clicking on each company and relative technology (in the outermost boxes, the ones with a white background) you will access the 3D Printing Business Directory page for that company, will all their relevant contact information in case you need to reach out. If you represent a company listed in the Directory and would like to update your company page, you are always free to do so. Basic registration is free for everyone and lets you access your company page (pending our verification and approval of your request) to make sure all information is current.
We hope this map can serve a useful tool for both business development activities and as a reference to contextualize an AM technology among all others, hopefully clarifying a very complex technological landscape. It will also provide a base for our AM Focus on Patents later this year.
How did we select which companies to feature?
Clearly, not all AM hardware manufacturers can be present in the map (in all, we list over 800 AM hardware companies in our directory). So how did we choose the most relevant? These are the criteria we followed:
Premise: the AM systems must be available to purchase (even with limited availability).
- The historical relevance of a company (did they invent the technology? Have they been around for decades?)
- The disruptiveness of a company and its technology (did they invent a particularly innovative process?)
- The financial power of a company (are they well funded? Do they have a large Group behind them?)
- A company’s engagement with 3dpbm (have they reached out to us? Have they worked with us?)
- A company’s commercial success (do they sell a lot of 3D printers?)
Do you think your 3D printing company should be on this map? Do you see anything that you don’t agree with in the criteria we followed for classification? Feel free to reach out to us or comment below and let us know your thoughts!
In the meantime, we hope you will find this map useful. You are free to use it for presentations but please always credit 3dpbm (www.3dpbm.com) when you use the entire map or parts of it.