True benefits for designers

Traditional rules do not apply to 3D printing

An infinite number of complex shapes can be created; organic forms, nested shapes (printing an object in another object), fully aerodynamic shapes and forms that are very strong while requiring only little material.

Variety of printable materials

Many materials can already be printed; at the moment the majority of desktop 3D printing is focused on printing with plastic filament. The development in this area is on a roll and options are expanding fast. For example the use of filaments like laybrick, laywood or nylon can already add a very distinct character to a 3D print.

Designs can be produced anytime and anywhere

The modern artist will be able to reproduce work infinitely by using 3D printing rather than make an exclusive “one of kind” piece. This is a new way of thinking that will also need time to be accepted by artists and designers. Artists can also offer a new way of shopping online. Consumers can buy digital files and print their 3D art at home. This will make it possible for artists to sell their products to anyone with a 3D printer: stores, stock, locations and shipping costs are no longer an issue.

Future of 3D printing for retailers

Although the possibilities for retailers seem great, this is just the tip of the iceberg. Can you imagine?! Retailers will have to experiment with the different techniques and materials to discover all the possibilities of 3D printing. At the same time more techniques and materials will become available in desktop 3D printing making it an ongoing process of discovery. It is not a one-day process but over time you will experience the true potential. Well, that is exciting!


Report adding value for retailers

What is the added value of 3D printers for retailers now and in the future?  We share our research insights in the "Added Value Series" of reports.


Download: 3D Printing for Retailers report


Great benefits with Leapfrog packages

We've put several packages together. The starter pack provides you with all the tools you need to get things going! Or check our educational pack for educational purposes.


What people say about us


The Bolt is a powerful device with industrial mechanics and proved to be easy to use in the test.

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"We recommend this machine for prototyping purposes in most professional environments."


Freeform printing finds the Bolt user friendly. Calibration of the print head and bed is easy to operate and the prints come out as they should with the desired quality.