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3D printing creates real, solid objects one layer at a time using digital data. 3D printing may therefore soon do for manufacturing and medicine what computers and the Internet have already done for the creation, processing and storage of information. For an explanation of 3D printing technologies, opportunities and implications, please see the 3D Printing page, my 3D Printing videos, or my book 3D Printing: Second Edition.
The 3D printing marketplace is now evolving extremely quickly. This directory brings together links to many of those organizations currently developing and producing 3D printers, as well as some of those pioneering their application. If you know of a site that should be included, please let me know.
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Industrial 3D Printer Manufacturers
The following are just some of the companies that sell 3D printers (and 3D printer kits) with a smaller price tag, and which are intended for personal/desktop use. Some of these models do, nevertheless, have the potential for small-scale commercial application.
3D Printing Software
The following all offer 3D printing and related services:
3D Printer Resellers
The following are online repositories of 3D objects just waiting to be 3D printed:
Direct Digital Manufacturing Pioneers
The following online communities are crowdsourcing the development of 3D printers, with all designs and construction information freely shared online:
Here are links to some of my favourite videos that showcase 3D printing developments:
3D Printing - Further Information