3D printing (3DP) is a kind of rapid prototyping technology, also known as additive manufacturing.
It is a technology that uses adhesive materials such as powder metal or plastic to construct objects by printing layer by layer based on digital model files.
The 17 3D printing companies listed below are also the best 3D printing companies in the world.
1. 3D Systems
The US 3D systems company was established by virtue of the stereoscopic light curing SLA technology created by Charles (“Chuck”) hull, the father of 3D printing technology.
After more than 30 years, it has gradually developed and expanded 3D printing technology (such as color printing and multi head printing), carried out corresponding 3D printing equipment research and development (such as innovative feedback touch devices) and expanded the 3D printing service range (3D software research and development) according to the technology.
So far, it has developed into a global 3D solution provider.
With world-class professional knowledge and advanced digital manufacturing process, it can solve customers’ needs in business, design, engineering and other aspects.
The main businesses of 3D systems include 3D printing raw materials, 3D printing equipment, 3D software, etc.
STRATASYS is a large US 3D printing global enterprise integrating applied additive technology solutions in aerospace, automotive, medical, consumer goods, education and other industries.
In the past 30 years, the company has obtained 1200 approved and pending additive technologies.
These innovations have created new value in the whole product life cycle from prototype design to mold manufacturing to final production parts.
3. SLM Solutions
German SLM solutions group is the world’s leading manufacturer of metal laser additive manufacturing equipment, focusing on the development of metal additives and alloys for selective laser melting (SLM) and 3D printing.
SLM’s two-way powder feeding technology and multi laser head technology have reached the international leading level, which can greatly improve the efficiency of metal printing.
At present, this technology is widely used in the aerospace, medical, energy and automobile industries.
It can provide customers with design and manufacturing methods of parts with high degrees of freedom, and is suitable for personalized customization and small and medium-sized part production.
SLM has always focused on the R & D and manufacturing of metal printing equipment.
Founded in 1989, German EOS is a pioneer and global leader in the field of direct metal laser sintering (DMLS), as well as a supplier of efficient additive manufacturing systems for polymer materials.
Since its establishment, EOS has been committed to the research of selective laser sintering (SLS) technology and selective laser melting (SLM) of polymer materials.
In 1990, SLA technology expanded the laser printing range of EOS.
Based on its technological innovation system, EOS constantly sets the latest and highest technical level standards for additive manufacturing.
At present, the company has established a complete system from 3D software to 3D printing equipment.
Vjet was originally a start-up enterprise of Munich University of technology in Germany.
The purpose of the company was to develop new generation processes for 3D printing to produce castings and plastic parts.
Now it has developed into a company that provides high-speed and large-scale 3D printers and 3D printing services.
Materialise is headquartered in Belgium and has branches all over the world.
It has the largest software development team in the industry and the world’s top 3D printing factory.
It provides innovative 3D printing applications to customers in various industries including healthcare, automotive, aerospace, art and design, and consumer goods.
The company has a proprietary software platform, which can be equipped in 3D printers to enhance the functions of 3D printing operations.
At present, it has become a professional 3D printing company.
Its “rapidfit +” company provides solutions for the modularization of testing fixtures, production tools and design aids;
The company’s business is mainly divided into two parts: 3D software and 3D medical services.
7. Nano dimension
Nano dimension Ltd. (formerly known as z.b.i.ltd.) focuses on the research of advanced 3D printing electronic products, including 3D multilayer printing boards and complementary products of 3D printers such as conductive and insulating inks based on nanotechnology.
The company’s 3D printing equipment is mainly involved in the manufacture of integrated capacitors, antennas, coils, transformers and electromechanical components.
It can meet the needs of iterative development, IP security and rapid market response.
It can be used in household, rapid prototyping and industrial production.
It is an indispensable hardware for autonomous intelligent UAVs, automobiles, satellites, smart phones and in-vivo medical devices.
Founded in 2004, shining 3D is the leading drafting unit of China’s “white light 3D measurement system” industry standard.
It has taken the lead in undertaking national key R & D projects such as “research and development of large-size powder bed laser selective melting additive manufacturing process and equipment”, and has undertaken more than 10 other national, provincial and municipal important scientific and technological projects.
Since its establishment more than ten years ago, the company has focused on 3D digitization and 3D printing technology, mainly engaged in the R & D, production and sales of 3D digitization and 3D printing equipment and related intelligent software.
The company has independently developed a number of core technologies in the 3D field, with more than 300 authorized patents and more than 100 software copyrights.
In 2012, yinbang Co., Ltd. participated in the establishment of feierkang Rapid Manufacturing Technology Co., Ltd., thus entering the field of 3D printing.
At present, FLK has become a complete solution provider of 3D printing, and is also the only titanium alloy powder company in China that can produce, operate and sell titanium alloy powder that meets international aviation standards in large quantities and independently.
It has obtained qualification certificates in aerospace, automotive, biomedical and other application fields.
Founded in 2006, Hunan Dingli Technology Co., Ltd. is a private high-tech military enterprise specializing in R & D and production of new materials and high-end special thermal equipment.
In 2015, it became a wholly-owned subsidiary of truchum, the largest copper strip enterprise in China, through mergers and acquisitions.
Taking advantage of material R & D, the company has established the first full industrial chain production line of metal 3D printing in Hunan Province.
The technology covers master alloy design, melting, milling, additive manufacturing, heat treatment, performance testing, etc.
The developed metal based 3D printing materials and components such as titanium based, nickel based and aluminum based have reached the international advanced level and have been successfully applied in aerospace, military industry, medical treatment and other fields.
The company adopts the internationally advanced new plasma powder technology (N-PREP), specializing in the production of ultra pure clean metal based 3D printed spherical solid powder.
At present, there are 6 kinds of 3D printing metal powders: spherical titanium and titanium alloy powders, spherical superalloy series powders, spherical cobalt based alloy powders, spherical aluminum alloy series powders, spherical stainless steel alloy powders, and spherical die steel alloy powders.
In addition, the company also provides overall metal 3D printing solutions, including military and civil high-performance metal 3D printing products and services;
Key heat treatment processes and equipment for high-end metal 3D printed products;
Structural mop optimization and lightweight design for 3D printing.
11. Nanfang Ventilator
Nanfang ventilator Co., Ltd. was established in 1997.
As a large additive manufacturing enterprise in China, the company has independently developed electrofusion precision forming technology for heavy metal components.
This technology is a manufacturing method that takes arc heat and resistance heat as composite heat sources, melts metal raw materials, and accumulates metal components with certain shape and size and certain mechanical properties layer by layer through small melting pool, micro metallurgy and rapid solidification technology.
Compared with the common laser additive in the field of 3D printing, the raw material preparation is simple, the molding size is larger, and the printing efficiency is faster.
It can meet the development needs of large-scale, complex, high-performance parameters of high-end major industries and high reliability and long-life service under extreme conditions.
It can be widely used in the manufacturing of million kilowatt nuclear power equipment, million kilowatt supercritical and ultra supercritical thermal power units, and heavy metal components such as alloy steel of major industrial equipment in hydropower, petrochemical, metallurgy, shipbuilding and other industries.
It has outstanding technical and economic advantages and broad market prospects.
With the help of the independently developed electrofusion additive manufacturing technology, the company has equipped the first largest electrofusion precision forming (heavy metal “3D printing”) complete engineering special equipment independently developed, designed, installed and commissioned in China.
It has the ability to produce heavy metal components with a maximum diameter of 6 meters and a weight of 300 tons. Its manufacturing technology is leading at home and abroad.
Founded in 2000, uniontech is one of the first enterprises in China to participate in the application practice of 3D printing technology.
At present, uniontech has the largest market share and user group of photocurable 3D printing technology (SLA) in China.
It has more than 800 customers worldwide. Its products have been exported to more than 30 countries and has more than 50 agents.
In the early stage of development, the company signed a comprehensive agency cooperation with the world’s largest additive manufacturing software supplier – materalize of Belgium and photosensitive resin supplier – DSM of the United States.
With the continuous development of enterprises, a unique 3D printing ecosystem has gradually been formed.
The perfect 3D printing equipment product line covers almost the whole field of non-metallic 3D printing, focuses on the docking service and layout of industry 4.0 in the future, and realizes the functions of “small batch production” and “product R & D trial production”.
Three rounds of financing were completed in 2019, and the IPO process is currently under way.
The company is committed to the research of resin materials, such as engineering plastics, ceramic materials and rubber materials.
It can meet the needs of different users in terms of cost, appearance, details, mechanical properties, mechanical properties, chemical stability and special application environment.
The product has the characteristics of high fineness, high toughness, high hardness, high transparency, flexibility and temperature resistance.
There are 14 series of 3D printing equipment independently developed by the company, which are suitable for SLA, DLP, SLS, FDM, 3D colorful, scanner and other processes, and are widely used in many high-precision manufacturing and end consumption fields such as automobiles, electronics, footwear, education, stomatology and medical treatment.
The forming range covers desktop and industrial equipment, with a maximum size of 1400mm700mm500mm.
Founded in August 2014, apalt is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Jiangsu Asia Pacific light alloy technology Co., Ltd. (hereinafter referred to as “Asia Pacific Technology”) in the construction of metal additive manufacturing technology research and industrialization project.
The company is committed to R & D and manufacturing of 3D printing equipment and manufacturing of metal products, precision molds and metal parts.
The company invested more than 40 million yuan in the initial stage of the project to purchase a total of 6 sets of the world’s most advanced laser 3D printing and laser cladding equipment.
Focusing on the metal additive manufacturing industrial chain, BLT carries out the R & D, production and sales of metal 3D raw materials, metal 3D printing customized products and metal 3D printing equipment.
At the same time, BLT provides customers with metal 3D printing process design and development and related technical services, and builds a relatively complete metal 3D printing industrial ecological chain.
Its overall strength is in the leading position in the field of metal additive manufacturing at home and abroad.
The company’s products and services are widely used in aerospace, industrial machinery, energy and power, scientific research institutes, medical research, automobile manufacturing, shipbuilding, electronic industry and other fields.
Especially in the aerospace field, the company has a high market share.
The company has become a qualified supplier of financial additive manufacturing services of Airbus.
On August 28, 2018, BLT and Airbus Engineering Technology Center Co., Ltd. signed a joint development agreement on Metal 3D printing of large precision parts of a certain model of aircraft, moving from a supplier to a joint development partner.
On the evening of March 27, 2020, BLT received the certification result of an additive manufacturing part of A330NEO manufactured by Pt Lite from the Airbus parts certification team. The part was printed by BLT-S310, and the performance of the part met the installation requirements of Airbus civil aviation parts.
The company’s additive manufacturing capacity and service level were once again confirmed.
15. Desktop Metal
Desktop metal was founded in 2015. The company is committed to accelerating the transformation of traditional manufacturing industry through “Metal 3D printing solution”.
By promoting the application of metal 3D printing technology in non highly specialized industries, the production cost and turnover cycle of metal product companies can be reduced, and the optimization among cost, speed and quality can be realized.
With its strong technical team and R & D strength, desktop mental has become the 3D printing enterprise with the highest financing amount in American history.
In January 2019, it obtained a round of corporate financing of 160 million US dollars and was listed on the New York Stock Exchange in May of the same year.
The company’s customers cover all walks of life, including Ford, Goodyear, Stanley Black & Decker, 3M, etc., as well as the Department of Defense (DoD and DHS) and relevant educational institutions.
In terms of materials, desktop metal has mainly developed two materials. The first material is a system composed of one or more binders, which is used to manufacture support structures.
The second material is powder metallurgy material, including metal, ceramic powder, metal infiltrating agent, ceramic infiltrating agent, etc.
In terms of technology, the general support structure will affect the performance of 3D printed products.
First, its deformation or contraction will affect the structure of parts and components; second, subsequent processing steps such as debonding and sintering are required.
The “separable support technology” patent developed by desktop metal can realize 3D printing and manufacturing of large and complex parts through metal sintering and manual removal of metal support structures.
In terms of equipment, the single channel jet (SPJ) technology adopted by desktop metal’s DM production system can greatly achieve precise and complex geometries, including fine lattice lattice lattice mechanisms, which is almost the same as the currently widely used powder bed molten metal 3D printing technology.
16. Sunshine Laser & Electronics Technology
Shenzhen Sunshine Laser & Electronics Technology Co., Ltd. – Provider of precision laser innovative applications.
The company uses “precision laser technology” + “intelligent control technology” to break through the traditional production mode, achieve high precision, high integration and personalization of products, and provide a full range of precision laser manufacturing services and comprehensive innovative solutions for the global manufacturing industry.
The company’s main business is based on laser application services, developing vertically to the full laser industry chain, gradually expanding the laser + intelligent equipment industry in the midstream, and expanding to the upstream laser light source, forming the full laser industry ecological chain.
The main services include additive manufacturing (3D printing), laser three-dimensional circuit (3d-lds), precision laser template, flexible circuit board laser forming, precision laser drilling, aerospace and military parts manufacturing.
The main products include: 3D printing equipment (imported from EOS company), laser light source and key parts manufacturing.
Metal 3D printing is usually manufactured by SLS (selective laser sintering) and SLM (selective laser melting) combined with specific metal powder.
Metal 3D printing is inseparable from the support of laser source, the core component.
At present, the laser heads of large-scale 3D printing manufacturing equipment in China are mainly purchased from abroad, which increases the uncertainty of operation and costs.
Guangyunda is a leading laser manufacturing supplier in China, providing support for the R & D and production of metal 3D printing equipment in China.
In October 2019, guangyunda provided cluster laser system matching technology for truprint 1000 compact laser processing machine, the 3D printing system of global high-tech enterprise tongkuai, which improved truprint 1000 production efficiency by 80%, effectively ensuring that users can flexibly arrange orders.
Guangyunda designs automotive, medical, aerospace and other fields through 3D printing business.
17. AK Medical
AK medical, founded in 2003, is a leading enterprise in China’s orthopaedic implant industry.
It has successively obtained the nmpa registration license of domestic metal 3D printed implants (hip joint system, artificial vertebral body system and intervertebral fusion cage system).
In August 2015, 3D act artificial hip joint system was clinically verified and approved to be listed.
In 2018, AK medical took an important step in artificial joint surface technology and overseas market expansion through the acquisition of British JRI company;
The acquisition of liebel, a subsidiary of Medtronic, in early 2020 was another major move of the company in the field of spine and trauma.
Since 2009, AK medical has invested in the purchase of powder materials and Arcam additive equipment made by GE additive for research, design and product manufacturing of three types of orthopedic implants.
According to our survey, in the next two to five years, 86% of enterprises will at least double the use of 3D printing, and about 40% of them will increase by five times or more.
With the application of 3D printing technology, enterprises will be able to achieve smaller scale production, develop and launch new products faster, and finally apply it to mass production when the cost curve intersects.
We are now laying the foundation for the development of 3D printing, and the distributed manufacturing mode is also poised to be launched. It is not difficult to see that the future of 3D printing technology is bright.