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Formnext 2022: The Most Important Takeaways

Formnext 2022 was a fantastic, truly global show with attendees from all over the world. Messago Messe Frankfurt suggests that the event saw 29,581 attendees and 802 exhibitors from from…

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With SLM Acquisition, Will Nikon Become the Next GE in 3D Printing?

Maturation of the additive manufacturing (AM) market in the post-pandemic era continued last month with Nikon announcing its intent to make a third acquisition in the space—this time a premiere,…

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Who Owns the US 3D Printing Market? The Top AM Institutional Investors

While we like to think of company executives as those in charge of businesses at large, that isn’t entirely the case once those firms become publicly traded. Some of the…

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AM Drilldown: Opportunities for 3D Printing in Canada

According to Credit Suisse (PDF), Canada is the ninth wealthiest nation on the planet, representing about 2.4 percent of the globe’s riches. Though it falls far below the U.S. (30…

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Examining the Best Opportunities in Polymer 3D Printing via Opportunity Factor Analysis

At this point, everybody knows that the additive manufacturing (AM) market (as well as many other industries) went through a rapid evolution brought on by the onset of the COVID-19…

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Markforged Buys Digital Metal: What Does it Mean for the 3D Printing Industry?

This PRO article was originally published in July 2022 and is being re-shared here as Markforged has completed its acquisition of Digital Metal.  It’s been a few months since the additive…

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A Look at 3D Printing M&A since 2016

Earlier this month, 3D Systems (NYSE: DDD) acquired industrial 3D printing manufacturer dp polar. The new addition will help 3D Systems build a solid foundation to accelerate high-volume AM and…

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What a Market Dip Means for 3D Printing Consolidation

So far, startups in 3D printing have mainly consisted of bootstrapped firms aiming for profitability, control over their own futures, and long-term growth. We have comparatively few turbocharged, venture capital…

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Raising Capital: 3D Printing CEOs on Getting Funding without Going Public – Part II

In the realm of 3D printing startups, finding the right investors, tracking down capital sources, and generating demand for a product can make or break the future of a business….

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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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Raising Capital: 3D Printing CEOs on Getting Funding 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…