3D printing startups are tackling everything from bioprinting living tissues to developing desktop printers for the consumer market.
The hype around 3D printing hit a fever pitch in 2014, when high-profile companies like MakerBot Industries began popularizing the “maker” movement with consumer desktop 3D printers.
But by 2015, the industry was losing momentum, in part due to a massive correction in public 3D printing tech stocks. As former high-fliers in the industry began to experience write-downs, layoffs, and shutdowns, 3D printing went through a trough of disillusionment, particularly in the consumer segment.
Lately, however, the industry appears to be rebuilding itself. The past year or so has seen large funding raises from commercial heavyweights Carbon3D and Desktop Metal, as well as two large M&A deals by GE to acquire Arcam and Concept Laser.
With 3D printing gaining renewed interest, especially at a commercial scale, we used CB Insights data to uncover 64 startups shaping the future of the sector. (Previously, we’ve also mapped out the advanced manufacturing industry, which encompasses 3D printing.)
See the full market map below.
This market map is not meant to be exhaustive of companies in the space. Categories are not mutually exclusive.
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