Additive manufacturing is one of the key technologies in modern production that is increasing the flexibility and efficiency of many industrial companies. This is impressively reflected in current statistics and forecasts.
In 2021 alone, the global 3D printing industry generated EUR 8.33 billion. By 2025, this value is expected to increase to EUR 19 billion. This corresponds to a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 18.2 % from 2021 to 2025.
(Source: AMPOWER Report, 2022)
„Formlabs is a young, innovative company that produces user-friendly and affordable 3-D printing systems. These are used worldwide in mechanical engineering and manufacturing, dentistry, education, and research. Our headquarters are in Boston but our EMEA location in Berlin has been growing rapidly since 2015, thanks to the high availability of young international talent here as well as the excellent start-up ecosystem and the distinctive 3D printing community.“
„With its wide range of materials including polymers, ceramics, and metals, additive manufacturing is highly relevant for many of BAM's research areas. Its applicability to automotive, aerospace, and medical technology is being actively researched in Berlin. Our global cooperation and research projects often result in innovations and patents that meet BAM's goal of industrial usefulness.“
Berlin has recognised the potential of these innovative manufacturing methods. In the capital region, additive manufacturing projects have been an integral part of the Master Plan for Industry for some time and are supported accordingly. The region is home to an ideal, well-functioning value chain covering all aspects of additive manufacturing from R&D and software and printer producers to material suppliers and global networks for professional 3-D printing.
AMBER - Additive Manufacturing Berlin Brandenburg
With AMBER, an innovation network and a new regional umbrella brand are being created on behalf of the Berlin Senate with significant participation by Berlin Partner. The aim is to create a platform for players from the fields of business and science to tap regionally available competencies as well as synergies. Berlin is thus becoming a showroom as well as a testing ground for new types of production technologies, for innovative value networks and is a catalyst for the rapid transfer of research results into sustainable, internationally competitive innovations.
IAM Hub Berlin
The establishment of a hub for additive manufacturing methods in Marienpark has been an important milestone. In addition to co-working spaces for innovative 3D printing companies and scientific institutes, the Industrial Additive Manufacturing Hub Berlin (IAM Hub) offers a Demo Center as a testing and experimentation ground for novel 3D printing technologies.
Additive Manufacturing Forum
The annual Additive Manufacturing Forum sponsored by Berlin Partner draws an increasing number of participants to Berlin each year and is becoming one of the most important international gatherings of the 3-D printing industry. The AM Medical Days have also been taking place since 2021, another major format with a focus on additive manufacturing in the medical sector.
Selection of research institutions
- Fraunhofer IPK
- Fraunhofer IZM
- Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung und -prüfung
- Technische Universität Berlin
- Hochschule für Wirtschaft und Technik HTW Berlin
- Berliner Hochschule für Technik
- Kunsthochschule Weißensee
- Internationales Design Zentrum
- Brandenburgische Technische Universität Cottbus Senftenberg
Selection of associations
Mobility goes Additive
MGA is the leading international network of companies, institutions, and research organisations developing 3-D printing applications for professional use in various industries.
Medical goes Additive
The recently founded network seeks to exploit the full potential of 3-D printing for use in medicine and to improve the quality of life, taking advantage of synergies from the Mobility goes Additive network.
This federal association promotes strategic alliances with all stakeholders committed to the development of additive manufacturing in Germany and Europe.
Selection of company builders, incubators, accelerators, and labs
Advanced Materials Competition (AdMaCom)
Lighter, smaller, firmer, more conductive, more resistant, more sustainable, less expensive: just a few of the requirements for new materials. Young materials researchers are supported in the search for the materials of the future by mentoring and coaching programs offered as part of the Advanced Materials Competition.
Motion.Lab.Berlin is a prototyping space for hardware-oriented startups, which promotes synergies in a creative way.
IAM Hub Berlin
The IAM Hub in Berlin is a Co-working space that is intended to be the home of all 3D printing activities and help bring the technology into industrial mass production.