What Really Matters: Materials
Together with 3D software, materials are a key ingredient to unlocking the full potential of 3D printing for manufacturing. Larger material companies are now investing significantly to cater to the rapid adoption and evolution of 3D printing technologies. Thus the AM industry drives the development of new materials which can offer better performances and also higher degrees of sustainability.

3D printing materials include four major families. Polymers refer to thermopolymers, which react to heat by melting, and photopolymers which react to light by hardening. To a lesser extent, 3D printable polymers also include silicones, and thermosets, which solidify when heated. Metals include pure metals (such as steel, iron titanium, aluminum, nickel). In addition they can include precious metals as well as a new superalloys. These are available for 3D printing in powder form or – in some cases – in wire form.

Other materials with great potential for 3D printing include advanced ceramics, like zirconia and alumina or traditional silica sand. Finally, 3D printing technologies and material manufacturers can focus specifically on composites. This family of materials includes carbon fiber and glass fiber with polymer matrices. Composites in 3D printing can take many forms.

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GUZMAN POLYMERS is a family-run company that specializes in the international distribution of raw materials for the Plastic Industry. We boast a diversified product portfolio that supplies to more than 3000 clients in our field. Our head office is in Valencia and we have subsidiaries in Portugal, Italy and Turkey. With more than 80 years of experience, in 2020 Guzman Polymers joined the Hromatka Group, a European Leader in the distribution of plastics.
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Axjo is a global company. We operate in more than 30 countries with manufacturing facilities in Sweden, China, Portugal and the USA. We also have our own storage facilities at 13 locations throughout Europe and the USA. As a customer, you can always rely on us to have the capacity to accompany you out into the world and into new growth markets. At the same time, we can provide local service, right where it is needed most.
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Ecogensus is a global sustainable resources company. We are on a mission to end waste and reduce carbon/GHG emissions. Our capabilities include equipment manufacturing, materials science, I&C/distributed infrastructure network development and systems engineering.
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Printerior is a pioneering technology startup specializing in mass production and large-format 3D printing services. With a focus on innovation, sustainability, and precision, Printerior empowers clients across diverse industries to redefine what's possible in design, manufacturing, and beyond.
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Powder Alloy Corporation (PAC) is a privately held firm that was founded in 1973. Our core business is the manufacturing and distribution of metallic, ceramic and thermal spray powders and wires that are used in coating enhancement and joining industries. PAC both markets directly to the marketplace as well as use strategic alliances to distribute its product globally.
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Guiding the sectors it works with on both filament and 3D printers, Microzey aims to be the most accessible company in the 3D printer industry by offering the highest quality at the most affordable price . Our team, which has 21st century skills in business, design and education, works efficiently for all our business partners and users and carries this approach everywhere.
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#tide started as a little side project and – as soon as the potential became clear – quickly turned into a full blown company. From our humble beginnings to this day, our journey has been defined by entrepreneurs, engineers and scientists willing to push the envelope of what is considered to be possible. And we've only just started.
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Magnus Metal is taking casting, a 4000-year-old technology, to the digital, Industry 4.0 era, with its breakthrough volume alloy Digital CastingTM System, process, and proprietary materials.
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Specialising in bespoke products, Innocrete3D combines optimised design with unmatched efficiency. Utilising advanced 3D printing concrete techniques, we transform traditional construction processes, delivering tailored solutions for each client. Beyond affording housing/buildings, Innocrete3D signifies a shift towards a future of sustainable, cost-effective, and highly exclusive construction. With a commitment to precision engineering and creative freedom, Innocrete3D shapes the landscape of modern architecture.
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SHASHIN KAGAKU Co., Ltd. – SK FINE
SK Fine Co., Ltd. was established as a subsidiary of SHASHIN KAGAKU Co., Ltd., on October 17, 2018 with the aim of commercializing 3D ceramic printing. Based on equipment and materials formulation technology (classification, agitation, and molding) developed by SHASHIN KAGAKU, we engage in production and sales of 3D printers and ceramic parts, etc., and also respond to research and development according to market needs.
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We are a biodesign studio combining methods of microbiology and computational design technologies with expertise in 3D printed and robotically fabricated biomaterials. Our work sets out to uncover and highlight the beauty, intelligence, and complexity of microbial life for design systems. Our aim is to make products that reduce natural resources extraction and consumption, promoting long-term environmental health.
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With more than 100 years of alumina expertise, Almatis is the world's leading producer of alumina materials for Refractory, Ceramics and Polishing applications. Our company name stands for “Alumina Materials and Innovative Solutions” and clearly summarizes our commitment to delivering high quality specialty alumina products and cutting edge services throughout the world.
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Makers of Electrifi conductive filaments
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Fluent Metal is developing production-grade liquid metal printing technology for more functional, sustainable, and economical metal parts. Our direct-wire to drop-on-demand approach allows for high scalability and process tunability, making high-quality metal AM more attainable than ever. Our mission is to revolutionize metal additive manufacturing by offering cost-effective and reliable metal 3D printing technology, fostering innovation across industries.
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Additive manufacturing with highest strength, multiple materials and integrated electronic. Utilizing our CFFP (Collision Free Fiber Placement) Process, we can additive manufacture these continuous fibers, precisely directing fiber alignment based on the load path of the part.
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Mantis Composites
Unlike other technologies, our process uses continuous carbon fiber to produce the strongest parts possible. By combining the full strength of carbon fiber with the geometric optimization attainable with our multi-axis printing capability, we can make parts far lighter than the best existing alternatives.
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About Asahi Kasei The Asahi Kasei Group contributes to life and living for people around the world. Since its foundation in 1922 with ammonia and cellulose fiber businesses, Asahi Kasei has consistently grown through the proactive transformation of its business portfolio to meet the evolving needs of every age. With more than 48,000 employees worldwide, the company contributes to a sustainable society by providing solutions to the world's challenges through its three business sectors of Material, Homes, and Health Care. Its Material sector, comprised of Environmental Solutions, Mobility & Industrial, and Life Innovation, includes a wide array of products from battery separators and biodegradable textiles to engineering plastics and sound solutions. For more information, visit www.asahi-kasei.com.
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We upgrade industrial 3D printers with our continuous fiber technology. In our partner program, we work with industrial 3D printer manufacturers to upgrade their machine lineup with continuous fiber capabilities.
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Coriolis Composites is a company that designs, develops and manufactures innovative equipment and software for the production of composite material structures, in particular for the aerospace market. The technology and its derivatives, protected by patents, apply to the manufacturing of aircraft fuselage made of composite materials. Coriolis Composites proven technology is qualified by major aerospace OEM for industrial production: Airbus, Safran, Premium Aerotech, Stelia and Bombardier.
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