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Future of 3D Printing Is in U.S. and Europe Patenting

  • American, German companies got the most patents in 3D space
  • Patents for 3D printing are fastest growing technology field
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The future of manufacturing may lie with companies like Italy’s Isinnova SRL, which saw a need for respirator valves in its Covid-stricken area and was able make hundreds in two days using 3D printing rather than waiting a week for ones made in Chinese factories.

It’s an example of how the U.S. and Europe are leading in innovation in additive manufacturing, better known as 3D printing, according to a new study by the European Patent Office. While a relatively small number of patents are issued each year, it’s the fastest-growing technology field, with companies like General Electric Co., Raytheon Technologies Corp. and Siemens AG getting the most patents.