3D Printing Filament Industry Expert Roundup

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Although it started almost as a game, today 3D printing filament manufacturing for affordable 3D printers is an industry. So much so that even polymer giants such as SABIC, Verbatim (Mitsubishi), have begun to target it, while other large companies such as Covestro (Bayer), BASF (InnoFil3D) and Eastman Chemical (colorFabb) partnered directly with companies operating in the low-cost 3D printing arena. Not to mention that NatureWorks, the largest producer of PLA in the world, which has recently begun focusing specifically on 3D printing.

In this expert roundup we have decided to focus on some of the people that first, and before many others, have contributed their expertise and have built the filament industry’s foundations. The people in this list include pioneers such as Ruud Rouleaux, who founded colorFabb and built it into one of the world’s largest filament manufacturers, and Thomas Martzall, who was among the first to offer advanced nylons for extrusion 3D printing.

Dario Negrelli Pizzigoni, Joseph Dolocek and the team a FiloAlfa, along with Matt Howlett from 3DXTech (not included in this article yet), have been at the forefront of advanced and innovative materials development. Others like EUMAKERS, PrintALot, 3D Printlife, Formfutura and eSun (these last two are not yet included but will be in future updates) have brought filament 3D printing to more people and in more parts of the world than ever, targeting specifically consumer and the education segment.

As 3D printing expands it also evolves more and more into a true industrial production newer companies continue to evolve their offer and technological capabilities. Although each company focuses on specific material and specific customer segments (Industrial, Professional, Consumers, Makers and Education), all the experts who participate in this article report explosive growth and are very optimistic for the future. With this roundup we asked them where this industry can and will arrive.

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You can read the roundup on a single page here.

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