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And it’s a wrap! We are back at this time of year where we need to pause, reflect, and create/rethink a vision for ourselves of where we want to go – as a person or as a company – and who we want to be.

In the AM industry, a lot (has) happened and a lot still needs to be done. While many of us agree with the fact that 2021 is the year of recovery across all industries, Formnext reminded us of something more important: we need to be well surrounded to do business in this industry.

So cheers to those people with whom you invest the extra mile to advance AM to the next level, cheers to those who remain in the shadow – our invisible strength -, cheers to you, simply.

Season’s greetings from the 3D ADEPT Media Team. Stay healthy

Exclusive features

2021 in Review: The Year of Recovery

We have categorized the main trends that marked 2021 into three: Business, Manufacturing and Vertical Industries.

Interview of the Month

 Additae Digital on the 2021 AM Labour Market: It’s all about “People, Place and Progression”

As we currently go through 2021 and its highlights, we came to realize that there is one specific vertical industry that we did not talk about much: recruitment.

Opinion | Materials

What are the Micro-Trends in Major Materials? 

30 years on from the invention of the first 3D printer, the 3D printing market has proven to be disruptive for so many industries. Within what she describes as a year of recovery, IDTechEx Technology Analyst Sona Dadhania shares a few thoughts on the development and/or continuation of micro-trends within each major 3D printing subspecialty: polymer, ceramic, composite, and metal additive manufacturing. She identifies and explains the micro-trends that are worth keeping an eye on going into 2022.

Guest Column | Software

The Increasing Relevance of Smart Data in 3D Printing

As the walls between AM and conventional manufacturing environments disappear, these two eco-systems now start to connect and create a more integrated production environment. During their traditional end of year’s reflections, Materialise’ experts highlight the relevance and ownership of smart data in AM and its impact on the need for human expertise.


Downfalls and Opportunities in Post-Printing

By expediting the use of AM across industries, the Covid-19 pandemic has also expedited the need for appropriate post-processing solutions per application. But, how fast?

Post-processing | Advertorial

Solukon continues to enhance depowdering phase of metal 3D printed parts with new automated depowdering system

The new machine completes a portfolio that already includes four systems designed for metal parts, each of them optimized for different part sizes and applications. 


12 3D Printing Start-ups That Have Been Founded In The Midst Of the Pandemic

How many times have you heard that start-ups are the propeller of the Additive Manufacturing industry? Enough to know that we need to keep an eye out for those entrepreneurs who can become the next unicorn in the industry.


3D printing in the service of underprivileged communities

Recently, a steadily increasing number of NGOs and initiatives from AM-focused companies have been conceived and put into action for the specific purpose of using 3D printing for ethical and social purposes.


People, Production & Costs: Highlights of Formnext 2021 & More

Throwback to what has become the main highlight in the trade fair industry.