Additive Manufacturing Materials: Proprietary or Open?

| The Essentium Team


The maturation of the additive manufacturing market has led to a spike in consolidation among vendors in both metal- and polymer-based 3D printing.

Alongside these consolidating moves has come the great debate of the digital age—namely, is it more advantageous to offer an open or proprietary system to the market? Given that the terms of this debate have been well established in the historiography of tech, one has to wonder whether an open or a proprietary paradigm for materials is best suited for the further development and adoption of AM for large-scale manufacturing?

Essentium’s CEO Blake Teipel comments on his company’s findings.

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