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3D Printing Is Key to the New Energy Space

While it’s difficult to observe from the standpoint of a subjective individual, human society is currently undergoing a fundamental transformation. Driven primarily by resource depletion and lack of deeper economic…

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AM & Trade Wars: China Imposes Export Controls on Aerospace and Defense Tech

At the end of May, China’s Commerce Ministry announced that, starting on July 1, the Chinese government will tighten export controls on certain hardware and technology vital to manufacturing in…

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3D Printing, China, and the Struggle to Produce Exactly Enough

Global supply chains have demonstrated an almost eerie resilience in the face of one ongoing crisis after another in the last half a decade. Still, one often gets the feeling…

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Can Higher Power Density Engines Lead to Broader 3D Printing Use?

Traditionally, when it comes to sports cars, interest has centered around metrics such as horsepower per cubic inch and power-to-weight ratios. These metrics are calculated and interpreted differently by various…

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Supply Chain Management and the Role of 3D Printing Digital Inventories

As the additive manufacturing (AM) industry grows beyond its humble roots as a rapid prototyping technology, it has been adopted by some of the world’s leading companies to produce not…

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To Tax Credit or Not to Tax Credit: Navigating R&D Opportunities in the 3D Printing Industry

When it comes to research and development (R&D), the landscape can be downright Kafkaesque, with startups and established firms alike grappling with whether to use tax credits—particularly as new developments…

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This Isn’t the End for Boeing. It’s a New Beginning for AM

Boeing is a terrible company. Right? It depends on what you mean by “terrible” — and, I suppose, what you mean by “company.” Boeing is less a company than it…

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What the Pentagon’s Interest in Ursa Major Says about 3D Printing as an Industry

In the last couple of weeks, mainstream media attention has put a spotlight on Ursa Major Technologies, a Denver-based company dedicated exclusively to developing and producing rocket motors built with…

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Evolution and Strategy: M&A Insights in the 3D Printing Industry, 2022-2023

As 2024 unfolds, the 3D printing industry remains busy with mergers and acquisitions (M&As), showing it continues on a path of innovation and market expansion. While much of 2023 was…

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Where Have All AM’s Unicorns Gone?

In the rapidly evolving world of 3D printing, startups valued at over a billion dollars, known as unicorns, once seemed as fantastical as the mythical creatures themselves. While a few…

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3D Printing Resilience: the Case of Fiber Lasers

Since at least 2020, additive manufacturing (AM) has become more and more synonymous with the concept of supply chain resilience. In 2024, there is almost guaranteed to be a striking…

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How 3D Printing Can Speed up Biden’s $30B Rail Strategy

In a groundbreaking move, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) has announced a monumental $8.2 billion investment in 10 passenger rail projects spanning the nation, including high-speed…

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Reshaping Global Supply Chains: The UK’s First Advanced Manufacturing Plan

The day before the Biden administration announced around 30 broad-sweeping economic actions planned by the White House for 2024 and beyond — all surrounding the establishment of a new Council…

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The U.S. Navy’s 3D Printing Innovation Is just Getting Warmed up

Back in September, Bechtel Plant Machinery Inc. (BPMI) awarded a contract to ATI Inc. to build a metal additive manufacturing (AM) facility in the Ft. Lauderdale, Florida area, in support…

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The Role of Private Equity in 3D Printing Service Consolidation

Amid looming concerns about a shaky economy, rising inflation, and climbing interest rates, private equity (PE) is stepping into the spotlight as a major player in the 3D printing world….

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The Current Market Landscape of Metal 3D Printing in Japan

Japan’s metal additive manufacturing (AM) sector is at a crossroads, caught between a ‘wait-and-see’ approach and the potential for widespread adoption. This article is the second in a series that…

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3D Printing is Stuck in a Growth Cycle: Here’s What We Can Do About It

With the publication of Q2 market numbers for the additive manufacturing (AM) space, as well as the official rebranding of SmarTech Analysis to Additive Manufacturing Research (AMR), it’s time we…

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The History of 3D Printing in Japan

Japan has long held a leading position in global manufacturing and is celebrated for its unparalleled quality control and cutting-edge technologies. Although its achievements in traditional manufacturing are widely acknowledged,…

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Entering Asia with Your 3D Printing Business

Asia, a diverse and dynamic market, has emerged as a fertile ground for additive manufacturing (AM). With a market size that continues to expand, the region offers unparalleled opportunities for…

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How Can 3D Printing Impact the Semiconductor Supply Chain?

Just as AM as a whole is being used as a tool to ensure more flexible, sustainable supply chains, 3D printing will be used to do the same for microchip…

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How Has the Microchip Shortage Impacted the 3D Printing Supply Chain?

It’s no secret that issues related to the semiconductor supply chain have impacted industry globally, including the additive manufacturing (AM) sector. The exact effect on AM has yet to be…

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America’s Solar Revolution Will Be 3D Printed

Alongside and interdependent to the AI-driven growth of the semiconductor sector, the industries supporting the energy transition will collectively offer the most promising investment opportunity for at least a generation….

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Data Shows 2023 Funding for Space 3D Printing Climbs after Slow 2022

In space technology, there is a powerful revival taking place, fueled by innovation, advanced tools, and, most crucially, funding. Entering the second half of 2023, 3DPrint.com is examining the financial…

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How Will Chinese Manufacturers Impact LPBF Metal 3D Printing?

A number of Chinese manufacturers of laser powder bed fusion (LPBF) metal 3D printers have emerged and expanded beyond their national borders. Given the role of China as a world…