Editorials / Opinions

Design for Disruption: 3D Printing Design for Installation

With 3D printing we have the ability to redesign existing parts. We can do this to get them to work in a 3D printed form, or to optimize for cost….

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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…

AM Investment Strategies Profile: 3D Systems

3D Systems (NYSE: DDD) CEO Jeff Graves attended the SmarTech – Stifel AM Investment Strategies 2021 summit on September 9, 2021. His leadership of 3D Systems has seen the firm…

Startup Accelerator, Singapore: Zenyum, Star3D, 3D Metal Forge

In this third installment of Startup Accelerator, Singapore, we’ll be looking at the ship-and-noodle loving nation state’s 3D printing startup community. Zenyum Zenyum is a direct competitor to Align Technology…

AM Investment Strategies Profile: Stratasys

Stratasys CEO Yoav Zief will be taking part in the SmarTech Stifel AM Investment Strategies event on September 9th. We’re incredibly proud that we’ve got a set of very exciting…

Hug the Panda, Part 7: Wide Body Aircraft

In the previous article, we saw how China’s current inability to make the best and newest jet engines was slowing its independence. In order to truly be its own master…

Hug the Panda, Part 6: What China Needs to Make a Jet Engine

Of all the things in the world, there are probably only three things that China can not make: wide-body commercial aircraft, world class aero engines, and latest generation EUV chip…

AM Investment Strategies Profile: Ultimaker

Ultimaker‘s Jos Burger will be taking part in the SmarTech – Stifel AM Investment Strategies 2021 summit on September 9, 2021. Jos is a seasoned executive who was instrumental in…

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Why Are 3D Printing Projects Always Delayed?

You may have noticed that industrial 3D printing projects seem to perennially be delayed. Desktop 3D printers also always suck, initially. New designs for systems are finicky and underperform no…

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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…

Hug the Panda, Part 4: Embrace and Extend

China has publicly advocated for increased adoption of high-tech and innovative technologies across the country. The Made in China 2025 industrial policy is just a part of a concerted effort…

Hug the Panda, Part 3: Moving up in the World

If we look at the way that China advances technologically then we can define a few trends and generally look at how it is occurring. On the whole China is…

Hug the Panda: No Thanks, We Have Everything Already

The remarkable Chinese technological and economic miracle of the past five decades is an astounding feat. Off of the back of famines, failed harvests, problematic five-year plans, deaths, a schism…

Why is 3D Printing Developing at a Snail’s Pace?

In 2009, I gave a presentation on the state of 3D printing and, out of 18 slides, I’d only have to change one for that talk to be accurate today….

The Brittle Spear, a Manifesto: We Will 3D Print All of the Things that Matter

Recently, I was rather shocked to discover that some people outside our market still think of 3D printing as a toy technology for making Yoda heads. One individual reminded me…

Each Part a Material: 3D Printing to Modify Material Properties

I’ve mentioned this before in passing, but I think that the point is important enough to devote an entire post to it. With 3D printing, we can control, to a…

3D Printing, A Pedalution – Part Eight: The E-Bike Apocalypse

All in all, we’ve learned which 3D printed parts are being used by bike companies and how people are using 3D printing. We’ve learned how the technology may be able…

3D Printing Bullets Before Cannibals & the Innovators Dilemma

The concept of “Fire Bullets, Then Cannonballs” comes from Jim Collins’ book Great by Choice. It boils down to the following: “First, you fire bullets (low-cost, low-risk, low-distraction experiments) to…

3D Printed Furniture and Design, The Time is Now.

A decade ago, many designers were making chairs, couches and all manner of furniture using 3D printing. These were statement pieces. Star designers planting their 3D printed tree to showcase…

3D Printing: A Pedalution, Part Five – 13 Scenarios for Market Entry

In the previous articles in the Pedalution series, we looked at the prevalence of 3D printing in cycling and bike components. We’ve also explored what companies are doing with 3D…

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Dream 3D Printing IPOs We’d Like to See: Ultimaker, Carbon & More

Given the great deal of activity related to mergers, acquisitions and IPOs in 3D printing, we’ve started brainstorming about what other IPOs we’d like to see in the industry. Ultimaker…

3D Printing Bikes: A Pedalution, Part 4 – The Five 40s

In the first installment of this series, we looked at how 3D printing is being used in bicycles before going deeper and also exploring the use into 3D printing for…

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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…

3D Printing Bikes: A Pedalution, Part 2

In the first part of this series, we looked at what has been going with the 3D printing of bicycles and tried to show you why certain things will become…