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 the past three years alone, additive manufacturing processes have seen a 29% annual increase in global revenues. By 2023, annual sales are expected to increase to approximately $27 billion.
(Quelle: EY, 2019)
„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.
IAM Hub Berlin
The establishment of a hub for additive manufacturing methods in Marienpark has been an important milestone. The Industrial Additive Manufacturing Hub Berlin (IAM Hub) will not only house innovative 3-D printing companies and research institutions, but will also serve as a test and experimentation site for new 3-D 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
- Beuth Hochschule für Technik Berlin
- 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.
Fab Lab Berlin is a co-working space which enables inventors and tinkerers to realise their own invention with the help of high-tech tools. The open development workshop offers a place for architects, students, engineers, and designers to work and collaborate.
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.