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Pete Basiliere
Research Vice President
12 years at Gartner
18 years IT Industry

Mr. Basiliere provides research-based insights on 3D printing and digital printing hardware, software and materials. Mr. Basiliere's Maverick research coined the term Generation AI, people born after 2010 who will not know a world without application intelligence in their lives. Read Full Bio

The First New 3D Printer Technology in Years

by Pete Basiliere  |  April 12, 2018

Evolve Additive’s “Selective Thermoplastic Electrophotographic Process,” or STEP for short came out of stealth mode last week. The samples produced by its alpha printer that I handled had very impressive detail. With STEP another 2D printing technology migrates to 3D printing — electrophotographic printing, better known as EP or laser printing. EP technology is found […]

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Who you gonna call? (ghostbusters)

by Pete Basiliere  |  April 2, 2018

“If there’s something weird, And it don’t look good,” call the Ghostbusters. But a “freaky” 3D print? If you are considering additive manufacturing then engaging a 3D print service bureau mitigates your investment risk. Complicating the adoption of 3D printers by more organizations is the fact the price of enterprise-class devices ranges from $2,500 to […]

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Why ship atoms when you can transmit bits?

by Pete Basiliere  |  March 8, 2018

Think about it. Why would we want to move product from here to there when we can leapfrog mountains and oceans? We wouldn’t, of course, and that is why we 3D print. Nicholas Negroponte, founder of the MIT Media Lab and co-founder of WIRED magazine, raised a similar question in 1995. In his seminal book, […]

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Made In Metal — Stratasys’ Big Reveal Was A Long Time Coming

by Pete Basiliere  |  February 28, 2018

Clients have asked for years whether Stratasys would offer metal 3D printing. The answer is near, but what does it mean? Investors have also been clamoring for Stratasys to introduce metal 3D printing for years. Indeed, while founder Scott Crump invented material extrusion technology, it was Desktop Metal and Mark Forged (a 2015 Gartner Cool Vendor) […]

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3D Printing from the Mountain Top, a Supply Chain Perspective

by Pete Basiliere  |  January 24, 2018

3D printing is fast evolving into a capability employed to manufacture unique product designs and tools. Will supply chain leaders be able to reliably deliver 3D printed goods without supply risk? Supply chain leaders, as they look out over their domain, see sunny areas — and storm clouds. 85% of supply chain practitioners that Gartner […]

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Of all the 3D Printer Manufacturers in all the towns in all the world, she chose…

by Pete Basiliere  |  January 5, 2018

(With apologies to Humphrey Bogart and my favorite movie of all time, Casablanca.) More than 80 manufacturers of enterprise-class 3D printers exist worldwide. Who are you going to investigate? Whose hardware, software and materials will you choose? Your decision will cost tens, hundreds, even millions of dollars. Can you afford to be wrong? Most of […]

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Gartner Predicts 2018: 3D Printing Changes Business Models

by Pete Basiliere  |  December 12, 2017

Organizations are using 3DP to change their business models. It changes many of the calculations that have been made around specialty manufacturing. 3DP may never be as efficient as a three-story stamping press at banging out ribbons of metal into panels, but, in one shot, 3D printers can form complex — indeed impossible-to-make — parts […]

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Accelerating 3D Printing from Prototype to Production

by Pete Basiliere  |  November 21, 2017

Formnext is a leading indicator of where the industry is headed — up. This year’s exhibition had 50% more 3D print technology providers (470 from 33 countries), 100% more hall space (two expansive floors of equipment) and 60% more attendees (21,500 total) than the 2016 event. Moreover, from what I could see in the aisles […]

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HP and the 3D Print Market Opportunity

by Pete Basiliere  |  November 3, 2017

Can it capitalize on its metal, plastic and color capabilities? HP’s mission is to expand its revenue sources and to this end has invested in multiple markets over the last 18 months, including the 3D printing market. Already in plastics 3D printing, HP is also entering the metals and color 3D printing markets. HP must determine […]

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Of Baseball, 3D Printed Hands and You

by Pete Basiliere  |  October 31, 2017

Hailey Dawson’s pitch won World Series viewers’ hearts. But there is more. To me, the most exciting aspect of 3D printing is medical devices — prosthetics and implants. 3D printed medical devices are truly life altering. And a mechanical hand such as 7 year old Hailey’s prosthetic can cost as little at $25 in materials […]

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