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3D printing: Who’s investing now and what’s coming next

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Printing has come a long way since Gutenberg and the first printing press in 1439. The printing industry has evolved from the golden age of printing blocks to modern 2D printers capable of mass-producing documents in minutes. We have seen these devices become an integral part of our lives, but today’s technology is taking them even further for the everyday consumer. What once seemed like science fiction is now a reality, with 3D printers creating anything from mechanical parts to prosthetics.

The trends: The rise of 3D printing

The 3D industry itself is not new. A few companies, such as 3D Systems and Stratasys, have been around for decades, and hundreds more have emerged since then.

However, it has taken over 20 years for the industry to gain traction and attract real interest from investors. Historically, this could be attributed to the fact that, in the beginning, there were only a handful of companies worth mentioning. From 2011 to…

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