3D Printing Technology Market Overview and Innovation Quadrant – Q1 2017

The following post highlights how Venture Scanner categorizes the 3D Printing Technology startup landscape, and presents our Innovation Quadrant showing how those categories compare to one another. The data for this post is through March 2017.

3D Printing Q1 2017 Logo Map

The above sector map organizes the sector into 9 categories and shows a sampling of companies in each category.

3D Printing Q1 2017 Innovation Quadrant

Our Innovation Quadrant provides a snapshot of the average funding and average age for the different 3D Printing Technology categories and how they compare with one another.

  • Heavyweights: These categories are comprised of companies that have reached maturity with significant financing.
  • Established: These categories are comprised of companies that have reached maturity with less financing.
  • Disruptors: These categories are comprised of companies that are less mature with significant financing.
  • Pioneers: These categories are comprised of companies that are less mature with earlier stages of financing.

The definitions of the 3D Printing Technology categories are as follows

3D Printer Manufacturers: Companies that manufacture 3D printers and accompanying hardware (e.g. injection heads). There are numerous players in this space from large incumbents, to emerging crowdfunded projects.

3D Printing Applications: Companies that highlight specific use cases and advantages of 3D printing (e.g. mass customization). Emerging trends in the space are health, dental, consumer applications (e.g. custom eyewear), rapid manufacturing.

3D Printing CAD Software: Computer Aided Design software that enables users to upload, create, and modify 3D models. Some of the newer CAD software can be used directly through the browser, reducing friction for e-commerce websites or consumer facing services.

3D Printing Communities: Groups and websites that organize multiple users around 3D printing.

3D Printing Marketplaces: Marketplaces that connect two parties around 3D printing products and services. This can include the finalized 3D products (e.g. jewelry, action figures), CAD files, and proposals (e.g. designers looking for bids from manufacturers).

3D Printing Materials: Providers of 3D printing materials such as proprietary plastic filament (e.g. acrylonitrile butadiene styrene) or resin.

3D Printing Networks: 3D printing networks connect to printers via the cloud and enable features such as wireless printing and job reporting.

3D Printing Services: Companies in this category provide 3D printing as an outsourced service for their customers. Services can vary on a spectrum from consulting (e.g. design, create, scan, print) to only managing one aspect of the value chain (e.g. upload your design to print, scanning service only).

3D Scanners: Companies that manufacture scanning equipment used to create digital models of 3D objects. Models can then be reprinted or modified and shared using compatible software. Includes industrial 3D scanners, consumer-focused scanners, and do-it-yourself scanners on crowdfunding websites.

We are currently tracking 375 3D Printing Technology companies in 9 categories across 41 countries, with a total of $1.4 Billion in funding. Click here to learn more about the full 3D Printing Technology report and database.

3D Printing Technology Exits by Category and by Year – Q1 2017

The following graphs highlight the exit activity in the 3D Printing Technology sector. The graphics include data through March 2017.

Exit Activity by Category in 3D Printing Technology
Exit Activity by Category in 3D Printing Technology

The above graph summarizes the number of exits (acquisitions and IPOs) in each 3D Printing Technology category. The 3D Printer Manufacturers category leads the sector with 5 acquisitions and 8 IPOs. The 3D Printing Services category is the runner-up with 7 acquisitions and 3 IPOs.

Exit Activity by Year in 3D Printing Technology
Exit Activity by Year in 3D Printing Technology

The above graph summarizes the number of exits (acquisitions and IPOs) in 3D Printing Technology by year. 2014 currently leads the sector with 8 acquisitions and 1 IPO. 2013 is the runner-up with 5 acquisitions and 2 IPOs.

We are currently tracking 375 3D Printing Technology companies in 9 categories across 41 countries, with a total of $1.4 Billion in funding. Click here to learn more about the full 3D Printing Technology landscape report and database.

3D Printing Technology Landscape Trends and Insights  – Q1 2017

Here is our Q1 2017 summary report on the 3D Printing Technology startup sector. The following report includes a startup landscape overview, graphical trends and insights, and recent funding and exit events.

We are currently tracking 374 3D Printing Technology companies in 9 categories across 41 countries, with a total of $1.4 Billion in funding. Click here to learn more about the full 3D Printing Technology landscape report and database.

Venture Investing in 3D Printing Technology – Q1 2017

The following graphs highlight venture investing trends into the 3D Printing Technology sector. The graphics include data through March 2017.

3D Printing Venture Investing Q1 2017

The above graph compares the total venture funding in each 3D Printing category to the number of companies in the category. The 3D Printer Manufacturers category is leading in both metrics, with just over $850M in funding and around 110 startups.

3D Printing Average Funding by Category Q1 2017

The above analysis summarizes the average company funding in each 3D Printing category. The 3D Printing Materials category leads the sector with around $33M in average funding per company, followed by the 3D Scanners and 3D Printing CAD Software categories.

We are currently tracking 374 3D Printing Technology companies in 9 categories across 41 countries, with a total of $14B in funding. Click here to learn more about the full 3D Printing Technology landscape report and database.

Average and Median Age by 3D Printing Category – Q1 2017

The following graph shows average and median age in the 3D Printing sector. The graphic includes data through October 2016.

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Average and Median Age by 3D Printing Category

The above graph summarizes the average age and median age of companies in each 3D Printing category. The 3D Scanners category ranks as the most mature 3D Printing category with an average age of 14 years and a median age of 15 years. The 3D Printing CAD Software category comes in as the second oldest category, with an average age of 13 years and a median age of 15 years.

We are currently tracking 373 3D Printing companies in 9 categories across 41 countries, with a total of $1.3B in funding. Click here to learn more about the full 3D Printing landscape report and database.

Where in the world are 3D Printing startups?

The analyses below summarize where 3D Printing innovations are occurring. The graphic includes data through October 2016.

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The above map shows the number of 3D Printing companies located in different countries. The United States ranks as the top country with over 170 companies.

3D Printing VC Funding by Country

The above map shows the amount of total 3D Printing startup venture capital funding in different countries. The United States has the most VC funding at around $1.1B.

We are currently tracking 372 3D Printing companies in 9 categories across 41 countries, with a total of $1.3B in funding. Click here to learn more about the full 3D Printing landscape report and database.

3D Printing Companies Founded by Year – Q1 2017

The following graph shows the founding year distribution in the 3D Printing sector. The graphic includes data through October 2016.

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3D Printing Companies Founded by Year
The above graph summarizes the number of 3D Printing companies founded in a certain year. 2013 ranks at the top with around 76 companies founded in that year alone. 2012 is the runner-up with 40 companies founded in that year.

We are currently tracking 371 3D Printing companies in 9 categories across 41 countries, with a total of $1.3 Billion in funding. Click here to learn more about the full 3D Printing report and database.