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20 3D Printing Companies That Matter

Let’s take a look at the 20 3D printing companies that matter. This is the past and the future.

Rob Spiegel

October 18, 2021

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In looking at leading 3D printing companies, we took a wide view, including companies working in a variety of materials, in a variety of industries, with a variety of software. Some of these companies are involved in generative design, which is not exclusively used for 3D printing. Yet generative design has had an incalculable impact on 3D printing.

While 3D printing has been around for 30-odd years, in the last 10 years it has exploded with new applications in medical, aerospace, automotive, and way more. Just three or four years ago, an expert insisted 3D printing would never become a production form of manufacturing. Those are famous last words.

Additive manufacturing more than proved its value during the pandemic when 3D printing came to the rescue in producing medical supplies. Design News did a ton of stories following this herculean effort. It was quite a head-turner.

Many of the developments in 3D printing in recent years have come about in the shops and studios of 3D printing companies. Here’s a collection of the 3D printing companies that have helped to further this technology.

About the Author(s)

Rob Spiegel

Rob Spiegel serves as a senior editor for Design News. He started with Design News in 2002 as a freelancer and hired on full-time in 2011. He covers automation, manufacturing, 3D printing, robotics, AI, and more.

Prior to Design News, he worked as a senior editor for Electronic News and Ecommerce Business. He has contributed to a wide range of industrial technology publications, including Automation World, Supply Chain Management Review, and Logistics Management. He is the author of six books.

Before covering technology, Rob spent 10 years as publisher and owner of Chile Pepper Magazine, a national consumer food publication.

As well as writing for Design News, Rob also participates in IME shows, webinars, and ebooks.

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