The Most Groundbreaking 3D Printing Innovations of 2023


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By Charles Goulding on December 16th, 2023 in news, Usage

Tags: bioprinting, concrete, defense, dental, drones, electronics, merger, military, nato, research and development, surgery, ukraine

Charles R. Goulding and Preeti Sulibhavi reflect on some noteworthy 3D printing developments that were covered in 2023.

The year 2023 did not hold back on featuring some major 3D printing developments. Here are a few that we would like to highlight.

The October 7, 2023, terrorist attack led by Hamas propelled the Israel-Hamas War. There was a massive deployment of military weaponry, tanks, and Israeli Army Reservists. This blog outlined how the Israeli Defense Force summoned approximately 360,000 reservists for active service and the great impact this had on major businesses in Israel, such as Stratasys.

We have explored in depth the 3D printing merger narrative involving Stratasys, Desktop Metal, Nano Dimension, and 3D Systems on Fabbaloo. In spite of a lot of expectation in 2023 for Desktop Metal to emerge as the apparent leader, the tale wrapped up quite unpredictably – none of the three contenders managed to acquire Stratasys (amidst all the excitement).

The War in Ukraine prompted various worldwide developments, one of which was the integration of Sweden into NATO. Also investigated were the Danish 3D printing advancements targeted at revitalizing Ukraine’s infrastructure, and how 3D printing can aid in the enhancement of Ukraine’s railways. Ukraine will definitely remain a primary focus for us in 2024.

2023 was a year of significant advancements in the realm of concrete 3D printing, mostly utilized in the construction of residences and other structures. Cemex Ventures showed great strides in optimizing material usage, managing waste, and decreasing carbon emissions, contributing to a more environmentally-friendly construction industry. A recent development saw BIG and ICON collaborating to establish a 3D-printed neighborhood in Austin, Texas.

Explore Ukraine’s unique shift towards 3D printing in drone tech to the growth of drones in Africa, we’ve covered the role of 3D printing in evolving drone technologies in depth.

Significantly, we’ve examined the work of the drone business, Swoop Aero. They’re set on delivering comprehensive logistics services to 100 million people by end of 2025, and 1 billion individuals by 2030. Their ambition is to offer the top technology platform for sustainable, scalable drone logistics. In support of their growth plans, Swoop secured a funding grant of $1.5 million from USAID.

In 2023, from Rice University’s pioneering approach to bioprinting to our interview with researcher Bruna Alice Gomes de Melo, bioprinting gained ground. The tech has even provided support to individuals dealing with personal difficulties, like Martine Rothblatt, CEO at United.

The feasibility of lab-created organs is on the rise, as scientists enhance methods to allow for embedding blood vessel networks in printed cells. Maryland-based biotech firm United Therapeutics is making strides in addressing the organ supply shortage, with a focus on 3D printed organ scaffolds that could be used with a patient’s own stem cells for transplantation back into them.

We discussed in detail how Nano Dimension is venturing into the field of additive manufacturing electronics. We further shed light on the growing prominence of chiplets in the technology sector.

We also mentioned a pivotal breakthrough in electrochemical additive manufacturing by Fabric8Labs, which we have covered earlier this year. The prime focus of the company lies in metal 3D printing, bypassing the use of powders. Fabric8Labs has developed a proprietary Electrochemical Additive Manufacturing technology that allows it to economically 3D print intricate components for its primary target markets, which include semiconductor heat sinks and radio frequency antenna parts.

Whether it’s the utilization of 3D printing for improved elective surgeries during the pandemic, or the joint effort of LimaCorporate and Siemens in producing cementless 3D printed knee implants, we have been constantly updating on the growing demand for elective surgeries post-pandemic throughout this year.

The permanent Research and Development (R&D) Tax Credit is now made available for companies that are engaged in the design of new or improved products, processes and/or software.

Utilizing 3D printing technology can enhance a firm’s R&D Tax Credits. Time used by technical employees for designing, assessing, and modifying 3D printed prototypes may count towards the R&D Tax Credit as a fraction of eligible time. Similarly, time dedicated to incorporating 3D printing systems and software is considered a qualifying activity. Finally, expenditures on filaments used during the product development stage may also be recouped.

3D printing, whether employed for the manufacturing and analysis of prototypes, or for final product fabrication, signifies the occurrence of activities suitable for R&D Credit. Firms adopting this technology at any stage should contemplate capitalizing on the R&D Tax Credits on offer.

Should old acquaintances be forgotten and never remembered? Certainly not. The previous year was one for the books. We trust that you found this retrospective of the past year and the influence of the 3D printing sector across several markets in 2023 engaging.

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Charles Goulding is the Founder and President of R&D Tax Savers, a New York-based firm dedicated to providing clients with quality R&D tax credits available to them. 3D printing carries business implications for companies working in the industry, for which R&D tax credits may be applicable.

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