3D Printing Funding Bubble? Did It Break?

Posted by on Aug 22, 2017 in Education

3D Printing Funding Bubble? Did It Break?

After the hype bubble sent 3D printing stocks tumbling in 2014, the industry is starting to recover, shedding much of the fat associated with consumer 3D printing. Instead, industrial 3D printers have become the focus, with even desktop 3D printer manufacturers focusing heavily on the application of affordable 3D printing for prototyping and designing, rather than the idea of a 3D printer in every home. That shift in focus still hasn’t managed to affect 3D printer companies much as our Nanalyze 3D Printing Stocks motif has return -8% over the past year compared to a +2.5% change in the S&P500. According the the largest 3D Printing E-learning site, many of the new inventors are now being replaced with serious business executives. Its no easier to start a 3D Printing Business than any other type of...

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3D Printing Firm Receives $7 Million In Funding

Posted by on Jul 12, 2017 in 3D Printers

3D Printing Firm Receives $7 Million In Funding

AREVO has just announced that it has received a $7 million Series A round of funding led by Menlo Park-based venture capital firm Khosla Ventures. Khosla Ventures currently manages more than $1.3 billion of investor capital for startups and early stage companies developing products for internet technology, advanced computing, clean technology and mobile technologies, and is one of the five largest active investors in the commercial space sector. As part of the investment, venture partner at Khosla Ventures Vijit Sabnis will be joining the AREVO Board of Directors, where he well help guide the young company. AREVO is primarily known for their line of next-generation 3D printing composite materials, their six-axis 3D printing platform and their cloud-based software that optimizes composite material deposition to maximize durability. The company also recently won the first Autodesk REAL Deal Startup competition, which focuses on the development of technologies that seamlessly combine hardware and software applications to create an ecosystem of converging 3D technologies. It was AREVO’s composite materials that stood out in the competition. They are up to five times stronger than many titanium-based materials, and the software that helps orientate the materials’ carbon fibers into microscale structures that produce some of the highest strength-to-weight ratio in the...

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3D Printing Funding Ventures – Israeli Firm Receives $25 Million

Posted by on May 9, 2017 in 3D Printers, Financing

3D Printing Funding Ventures – Israeli Firm Receives $25 Million

XJet is an Israeli 3D printing company that places an emphasis on metal 3D printing and is also the 4th most funded 3D printing company in 2016 (Formlabs was 3rd). To date they have raised $25 million through one round of venture funding. The Company boasts the “world’s first direct 3D metal jetting system,” driven by their innovative NanoParticle Jetting technology. While most metal 3D printers require that the operator handle metal powders which can be dangerous, the XJet system delivers the required metal nanoparticles in sealed cartridges, which are then easily loaded into the XJet system. In that way, the XJet system isn’t much more difficult to use than your standard desktop inkjet printer. The system allows for complete design freedom with no geometric limitations. NPJ is entirely unique from other metal printing technologies both in terms of process and output. XJet claims unprecedented layer thicknesses of 2 microns, unheard of in metal 3D printing, and printing speeds five times faster than laser sintering techniques. The speed of the process is further enhanced by the lack of post-processing required. The company also recently announced that their printers were capable of 3D printing ceramic objects, and said that they are targeting ceramic 3D printing for dental, medical and some industrial applications. According to the 3D Printing Trade Association “Xjet is typical of the types of deals that are being funded now. Superior technology that the market can quickly...

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3D Printing Joint Ventures – Trumpf

Posted by on Oct 13, 2016 in Business

TRUMPF has agreed on a joint venture in the additive manufacturing sector. The partner is Italy’s biggest laser manufacturer SISMA S.p.A., which has a 45-percent stake in the new enterprise while TRUMPF has a 55-percent interest. Both partners are bringing expertise, human resources and capital to the joint venture. TRUMPF SISMA S.r.l. is based in Piovene Rocchette near Vicenza, Italy. There, TRUMPF and SISMA plan to co-develop latest-generation production systems for the 3D printing of metal components. The technology known as ‘additive manufacturing’ enables any component to be built up directly from a 3D design program. The parts are created layer by layer from metallic powder, using the power of the laser. The technology has the potential of partially replacing methods such as milling or casting. The components are just as durable and long-lasting as their conventionally produced counterparts. Today, companies from the most diverse sectors are qualifying components and products suited to additive manufacturing rather than the conventional methods utilized until now. To offer solutions here, TRUMPF is working on rapid entry into this market – at its headquarters in Ditzingen as well as together with SISMA. The two joint venture partners, with their high level of expertise in laser and mechanical engineering, want to provide robust and productive machines for mass production. “Many machines on the market today are aimed more at prototype construction,” explains Dr. Peter Leibinger, head of TRUMPF Laser Technology. “In the future, however, the most important criterion where additive manufacturing lines are concerned will be their suitability for industrial...

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