3D Printing Startup Exit Activity – Q4 2016

The following two graphs show exit activity in the 3D Printing sector. The graphics include data through October 2016.

3D Printing Exit Activity by Category
3D Printing Exit Activity by Category

The above graph summarizes the number of exits (acquisitions and IPOs) in each 3D Printing category. The 3D Printer Manufacturers category is leading the sector with 12 exits, followed by 3D Printing Services and 3D Printing CAD Software.

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The above graph summarizes the number of exits (acquisitions and IPOs) in the 3D Printing sector by year. 2014 leads the sector with 10 exit events (8 acquisitions and 2 IPOs).

We are currently tracking 365 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 landscape report and database.

Average and Median Age by 3D Printing Category – Q4 2016

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Average and Median Age by 3D Printing Category
The above graph summarizes the average and median age of companies in each 3D Printing category. The 3D Scanners category has the highest average age at 14 years, followed by the 3D Printing CAD Software category with an average age of 13 years. Both the 3D Scanners and 3D Printing CAD Software categories have the highest median age at 15 years.

We are currently tracking 365 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 landscape report and database.

3D Printing Funding by Type – Q4 2016

The following two graphs summarize the types of funding going into the 3D Printing space.

3D Printing Funding Amount by Type

The graph above shows the total amount of VC funding broken out by type. In recent years, mid-stage funding type events (Series B and Series C) have accounted for a substantial amount of total funding.

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The graph above shows the total count of funding events broken out by type. The general trend over the past few years has been a substantial number of funding events in the Seed stage.

We are currently tracking 363 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 landscape report and database.

3D Printing Category Innovation Quadrant – Q4

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3D Printing Category Innovation Quadrant

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

  • Heavyweights: Categories with high average funding and high average age. These categories are comprised of companies that have reached maturity with significant financing.
  • Established: Categories with low average funding and high average age. These categories are comprised of companies that have reached maturity with less financing.
  • Disruptors: Categories with high average funding and low average age. These categories are comprised of companies that are less mature with significant financing.
  • Pioneers: Categories with low average funding and low average age. These categories are comprised of companies that are less mature with earlier stages of financing.

The definitions of the 3D Printing categories represented in the above Innovation Quadrant 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 363 3D Printing companies in 9 categories across 41 countries, with a total of $1.2 Billion in funding. Click here to learn more about the full 3D Printing landscape report and database.

Venture Investing In 3D Printing – Q4 2016

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Venture Investing in 3D Printing
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 leads the sector in the Total Funding stat with around $782M in funding. It also leads in the Company Count stat with over 111 companies.

We are currently tracking 363 3D Printing companies in 9 categories across 41 countries, with a total of $1.27B in funding. Click here to learn more about the full 3D Printing landscape report and database.

Where in the World are 3D Printing Startups? – Q4 2016

The analyses below summarize where 3D Printing innovations are occurring.

3D Printing Startup Count by Country

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.

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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 $1B.

We are currently tracking 366 3D Printing companies in 9 categories across 41 countries, with a total of $1.28B in funding. Click here to learn more about the full 3D Printing landscape report and database.

3D Printing Market Overview – Q4 2016

3D Printing Market Overview Map

The above sector map organizes the 3D Printing sector into 9 categories and shows a sampling of companies in each category.

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 365 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 landscape report and database.