Why a map of additive manufacturing technologies?
After a lot of post-processing and fine-tuning, we are ready to present the VoxelMatters interactive map of commercially available 3D printing technologies. The different additive manufacturing technologies are divided into five major material families (metals, polymers, ceramics, composites and bioinks) and listed with the most relevant AM hardware manufacturers for each technology.
By clicking on each company and relative technology (in the outermost boxes, the ones with a white background), you will access the VoxelMatters Directory page for that company, which includes all their relevant contact information in case you need to reach out. If you represent a company listed in the Directory and would like to update your company page, you are always free to do so, just contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org with the updated information. Accessing the VoxelMatters Directory is free for everyone.
We hope this map can serve as a useful tool for both business development activities and as a reference to contextualize an AM technology among all others, helping to clarify a complex technological landscape.
How did we select which companies to feature?
Not all AM hardware manufacturers can be present on the map (in all, we list over 1000 AM hardware companies in our directory). So how did we choose the most relevant? These are the criteria we followed:
Premise: the AM systems must be available to purchase (even with limited availability).
- The historical relevance of a company (did they invent the technology? Have they been around for decades?)
- The disruptiveness of a company and its technology (did they invent a particularly innovative process?)
- The financial power of a company (are they well funded? Do they have a large Group behind them?)
- A company’s engagement with VoxelMatters (have they reached out to us? Have they worked with us?)
- A company’s commercial success (do they sell a lot of 3D printers?)
Do you think your 3D printing company should be on this map? Do you see anything that you don’t agree with in the criteria we followed for classification? While we cannot update the map regularly, the map will be updated periodically so if you think a technology should be present, please let us know at email@example.com. Feel free to reach out to us anytime or comment below and let us know your thoughts!
In the meantime, we hope you will find this map useful. You are free to use it for presentations but please always credit VoxelMatters (www.voxelmatters.com) when you use the entire map or parts of it.