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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…

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VELO3D Going Public Will Take Metal Powder Bed Fusion to New Territory

Over the last six months, the additive manufacturing industry has been riding a wave not seen in a decade. In March, the rumors that VELO3D—one of the youngest companies in…

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Is Bioprinting a Winner-Takes-All Market?

The current thesis on bioprinting goes a little something like this: bioprinting is a collection of a number of different technologies, all with potential. From inkjet, material extrusion, and stereolithography,…

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Markforged SPAC: Metal 3D Printing Enters New Era

The changes in the additive manufacturing market that have been brought about largely by the impacts of COVID-19 have been, in a word, staggering. It has shifted from an industry…

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The 3D Printing Service Bureau is Dead, Long Live the 3D Printing Service Bureau

The high-touch, high-quality 3D printing service is under threat. With OEMs starting huge services, polymer companies getting into the service game, and giant manufacturing firms looking to be the biggest…

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Resellers or Direct? What to Choose for 3D Printing Hardware

When selling 3D printing hardware, there is a fundamental choice that every company has to make: resellers or direct. Do I, as a business, want to control everything, have offices…

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Are We Finally at the Long-Awaited 3D Printing Inflection Point?

In my near-decade long tenure as a professional analyst to the 3D printing and additive manufacturing space, there has been near continuous talk about market inflection points—a time when the…

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3D Printing Market Outlook 2021: Pro Desktop Material Extrusion (FDM, FFF)

In this 2021 Market Outlook, Trends, and Competitive Landscape for the Desktop Material Extrusion Market, we’re continuing a helicopter view of the desktop material extrusion or Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM,…

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Metal 3D Printing: Who Will Win the Laser Wars?

There’s a war raging in the metal additive manufacturing. It’s particularly interesting timing too, given the current state of uncertainty in manufacturing and key end markets like aerospace and automotive…

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Signs of the Additive Manufacturing Comeback

Return to Growth Hit hard by the initial impacts of coronavirus lockdowns, early predictions for a quick return to growth for additive manufacturing are already moving from fantasy to reality….

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Critical Analysis: Materialise (MTLS) Buys RSscan. What Does It Mean for 3D Printing Applications?

Belgian 3D printing service and software company Materialise (MTLS) has just purchased the remainder of RSscan and RSPrint, including the Phits personalized insole business, for €8.2 million. Here I’ll briefly…

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How Might 3D Printing Give Rise to Movable Factories?

The recent COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the value of additive manufacturing (AM) as a potential stop-gap measure to overcome suddenly clogged supply lines, while also demonstrating the possibility of a…