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3D printing in the EU

The EU has identified 3D printing as one of the technologies that will drive forward the development of future products and services.

It started funding research into 3D printing during the first ever research funding round, which ran from 1984 to 1987.

Under the latest round of research funding, which ran from 2007 to 2013, it spent over EUR 160 million on over 60 research projects in 3D printing.

Under Horizon 2020, the funding round that runs from 2014 to 2020, it plans to continue funding 3D printing, and it is asking researchers to submit their proposals.