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Startups Push 3D Printers As Industry Leaders Falter

gthuang88 writes: Given the hype around 3D printing, you’d never guess that established leaders like 3D Systems and Stratasys have seen their stock fall by 75 percent in the last year. Big companies like HP, Amazon, and Boeing are getting into the field, too, but startups are still where a lot of the action is. Now Formlabs, a Boston-area startup, has released a new 3D printer that is supposed to be more reliable and higher quality than its predecessors. The device uses stereolithography and is aimed at professional designers and engineers. The question is whether Formlabs—and other startups like MarkForged, Voxel8, and Desktop Metal—can find enough of a market to survive until 3D printing becomes a more mainstream form of manufacturing.


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