How has the exit activity for 3D printing developed in the first half of 2019? This blog post explores 3D printing exit metrics through Q2 2019 and compares them to previous years. The graph below shows the number of 3D printing exits by year, stacked by quarters.
As the graphic demonstrates, 3D printing has seen 1 exit event through Q2 of this year. This represents 33% of the total exits in 2018, and 50% of the exits through Q2 in 2018. The sole exit event in 2019 is Structured Polymers’ acquisition by Evonik Industries.
A straight-line projection of the completed exit activity this year would come out to 2 exit events, which falls short of the total exits in 2018 by 33%. By the same token, a weighted quarterly average projection of 2019 exit activity would also come out to 2 exit events. Therefore, based on the mid-year data, 3D printing exit activity in 2019 is projected to be down from the exit activity in 2018.
How has investor appetite in 3D printing evolved throughout the years? In this blog post we examine the total investments by year into this sector to help answer that question. The graph below shows the total number of investors in all deals stacked by quarters.
As the graphic demonstrates, investor activity in 3D printing has been generally shrinking in recent years. The 5-Year CAGR of 3D printing investor activity from 2013 to 2018 is -3%. In addition, the sector has seen a total of 29 investors in all deals through Q2 of this year. This represents 40% of the total investor activity in 2018, and 64% of the investor activity through Q2 in 2018. Taking all these data points together, we can see that investor appetite for 3D printing deals has been on an overall decline in recent years.
For this quarter’s funding analysis, let’s examine how average funding in the 3D printing sector is evolving. The graphic below shows the 3D printing average funding across all deals over time by quarter.
As the graphic demonstrates, 3D printing average funding deal size in Q1 2019 was at $48M, which increased by 171% from the $18M in the same quarter last year. The average funding deal size has experienced skyrocketing growth, with the average funding last quarter a whopping 21 times larger than it was 5 years ago. The top three funding events in Q1 2019 include a $160M round into Desktop Metal, an $82M round into Markforged, and a $33M round into Fictiv.
The 3D printing industry has seen 412 investors and $3B total all time funding. Let’s analyze which 3D printing categories have the most number of investors actively financing the startups. The graphic below highlights 3D printing categories based on the number of investors in each category.
As the graphic demonstrates, 3D Printer Manufacturers has the highest number of investors at 149, with 3D Printing Applications following behind at 132. 3D Printer Manufacturer companies manufacture 3D printers and the accompanying hardware, such as injection heads. 3D Printing Application companies highlight specific use cases and advantages of 3D printing, such as mass customization. In addition, the average number of investors across all 3D printing categories is 64.
This blog post examines the different components of the 3D printing ecosystem. We will illustrate what the categories of innovation are and which categories have the most companies. We will also compare the categories in terms of their funding and maturity.
3D Printer Manufacturers Is The Largest 3D Printing Category
Let’s start off by looking at the Sector Map. We have classified 387 3D printing startups into 9 categories. They have raised $3B from 412 investors. The Sector Map highlights the number of companies in each category. It also shows a random sampling of companies in each category.
We see that 3D Printer Manufacturers is the largest category with 119 companies. These companies manufacture 3D printers and the accompanying hardware, such as injection heads. Some example companies include Carbon, Desktop Metal, 3D Systems, and Markforged.
Let’s now look at our Innovation Quadrant to find out the funding and maturity of these categories in relation to one another.
The Pioneers Quadrant Has the Most 3D Printing Categories
Our Innovation Quadrant divides the 3D printing categories into four different quadrants.
We see that the Pioneers quadrant has the most number of 3D printing categories at 5, accounting for 56% of all 3D printing categories. The 3D Scanners category has the highest average age and the highest average funding. On the other hand, the 3D Printing Networks and 3D Printing Marketplaces categories are low on both average funding and age.