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7 Major Threats to 3D Printing Service Bureaus

It is not easy being a 3D printing service bureau. A lot of skill, labor power, capex, and continued excellence are needed to perform in the service market. Meanwhile, competitive…

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CEOs Dive Into Raising Capital Without Going Public – Part I

After several years of watching a handful of 3D printing companies follow the SPAC trend to go public, it became even more evident that most of the businesses in the…

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3D Printed Alt Meats over Killed Animal Cuts? Investors Agree

For a while, it seemed as though 3D printed alternative meats were just one side of an industry, targeted mainly at the vegan or vegetarian population (roughly 14% globally). Now,…

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5 Ways Biden’s AM Forward Strategy Will Grow 3D Printing in the US

On May 6, 2022, President Joe Biden paid a visit to United Performance Metals in Hamilton, Ohio, where he announced the launch of a new federal 3D printing program dubbed…

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When 3D Printing Mergers Collapse: Essentium SPAC Fallout with Collider

Before investors pulled the rug out from mergers with special purpose acquisition companies (SPACs), 2021 was a record-breaking year as 604 blank-check deals raised $144 billion. The timing was crucial…

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The Top 10 3D Printing Venture Capital Funds and Investors

If you’re anything like me, then you endlessly come up with business ideas that you think could really be worthwhile. For instance, what about an advanced AI that will create…

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3D Printing Satellites’ Soaring Success: A Billion-Dollar Opportunity

The commercial space industry has astounded us with visuals of reusable rockets landing on barges and visions of Martian colonies. Firms such as SpaceX have ignited both passions and portfolios…

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Who Will Win in Metal Binder Jet 3D Printing for the Mid-Market?

For several years now, it has seemed as if 2022 would be the year for metal binder jetting technologies in the world of additive manufacturing (AM). In a market where…

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Are 3D Printing Startups Thriving or Just Surviving in the US?

It is commonly believed that less than half of startups will make it to their fifth year. Usually attributed to a lack of early-stage funding, many startups in the US…

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Why Local Motors Failed: The Local 3D Printing Factory Myth

For close to two decades now, there has been hype about the idea of local factories. These facilities would quickly be able to make local goods, which could conform to…

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Electronics 3D Printing: Analysis of Rogers Corp’s New Dielectric Material for AM

Rogers Corporation (NYSE:ROG) has launched its Radix 3D Printable Dielectrics series of products at the IPC APEX EXPO 2022 currently taking place in San Diego. The materials signify an important…

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What Do Earnings Reports Tell Us About the 3D Printing Industry?

Over a dozen 3D printing companies have announced their transition from private to public in the last two years. That’s more than double the number of companies that went public…

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Bosch’s Ceramics 3D Printing Unit & the Future of AM

Bosch is an absolutely huge company that makes batteries, drills, e-bike motors, vacuums, powertrain components, infotainment systems, lawnmowers, MEMS sensors, air conditioning systems, security cameras and much more. The multinational…

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Design for Disruption: 3D Printed Spares and MRO

If we want to make millions of parts or make millions from parts, we will have to disrupt existing production with additive manufacturing (AM). In order to do that, we…

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Who Will Be the First Billion Dollar Additive Manufacturing Company?

Earlier in the year, SmarTech Analysis co-hosted an online-only event with Stifel where some of the most notable leaders in additive manufacturing got together for an investment strategies panel in…

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Prusa Debuts Automated 3D Printing Farm: Implications & Analysis

Prusa Research announced that it is launching an automated print farm at Expo 2020 Dubai. Prusa Research is Josef Prusa’s firm, which has developed the most prevalent 3D printer line…

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How Additive Manufacturing is Quietly Revolutionizing the Defense Industry

During the inaugural AM Investment Strategies summit, which was held virtually this September, I was fortunate enough to speak on a panel of industry leaders about trends in additive manufacturing…

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What Makes Materialise So Good? And Where Is It Weak?

Materialise (Nasdaq: MTLS) is a thirty-year-old Belgian, now public, 3D printing software and service company. Since inception, it has been lead by Fried Vancraen, a brilliant scientist-turned-entrepreneur who has instilled…

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What the State of the AM Service Bureau Market Says About the Future of Additive

It’s been quite the wild ride for the additive manufacturing (AM) market over the last eighteen months—probably unlike any in history, which, in AM, is saying a lot. Looking back…

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What Makes EOS so Good? And Where Is It Weak?

EOS is a privately held company that leads the world in polymer laser powder bed fusion (PBF). It is also the leading player in metal PBF. In this article, we…

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Stifel’s Global Technology Investment Banking: Never Been a Better Time to Be in 3D Printing

The 3D printing industry is currently undergoing another growth spurt. Though it bears some resemblance to the stock boom that occurred circa 2013-2014, the technology and the market are much…

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How Will 3D Printing Fit into Biden’s $1.8T Infrastructure Plan

At the start of his presidency, Joe Biden presented the Build Back Better plan, calling on over $2 trillion spending to revitalize U.S. infrastructure over the next eight years. Aspects…

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No, the Additive Manufacturing Industry Did Not Expand by Double Digits in 2020

Big shifts, changes, and excitement have been an annual staple in the additive manufacturing industry for the past ten years. Ever since the advent of desktop and inexpensive 3D printers,…

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Part Renting, Parts-as-a-Service, and Build Volume Subscriptions in 3D Printing

More 3D printers are being leased. Vendors are looking at all-in-service models, as well. Following on from Carbon, subscriptions, including materials, are coming into vogue. HP has a hardware-as-a-service model…