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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 Materials
The following can all be used to produce digital objects for 3D printout, and/or to manipulate 3D object files.
3D Printing Bureau
The following sell and support 3D printers:
3D Object Repositories
The following are already manufacturing products using 3D printers:
Here are links to some of my favourite videos that showcase 3D printing developments:
3D Printing - Further Information