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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3D Printing Stocks – And What Is Happening With 3D Printing Firm Organovo?

Posted by on Aug 6, 2015 in Biotech, Business

3D Printing Stocks – And What Is Happening With 3D Printing Firm Organovo?

The recent slide over the last few weeks has been spawned from the company’s latest secondary offering in which they raised an additional $40 million at a $4.25 share price. This struck a nerve with investors and provided yet another opportunity to rake in the profits. While the market didn’t love this news, in my opinion, as well as that of the company, this was a move to insure that Organovo remains a market leader within the bioprinting space. With around $90 million in cash on hand and no debt, Organovo now has a balance sheet which would make any biotech company envious. While analysts don’t expect the company to realize a profit until sometime in 2019, the magnitude of what Organovo is trying to do certainly makes their market cap of $345 million seem appealing, especially when the company recently estimated their current planned areas of research could lead to $400+ in annual revenue in the long run. Nothing is a certainly, especially in the bioprinting industry, much less the 3D printed biotech industry, but Organovo has a significant lead on the competition and has built a strong foundation for future success with partnerships with companies like L’Oréal and Merck. Any hint at a wildly successful product, either through these partnerships or their own R&D, could lead to a $1 billion+ buyout offer in the long run even if the company is not yet...

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Short Selling in 3D Printing Stocks?

Posted by on Jul 7, 2015 in Education

Short Selling in 3D Printing Stocks?

Short interest in 3D Systems Corp. (NYSE: DDD) fell 0.3% to 38.5 million shares. Some 36.5% of the company’s float is short. Days to cover rose to 22. In the two-week short interest period to March 31, the share price fell about 1.5%. The stock’s 52-week range is $26.29 to $69.56, and shares closed at $29.79 on Friday. 3D Systems is scheduled to release its earnings on April 27. Stratasys Ltd. (NASDAQ: SSYS) saw short interest decline 4.8% in the final two weeks of March to about 10 million shares, or about 22.3% of the company’s float. Days to cover remained at 10. The share price fell about 11.2% in the two-week period. The stock closed most recently at $57.06, and the 52-week range is $51.50 to $130.83. Short interest in The ExOne Co. (NASDAQ: XONE) fell 1.5% to 3.52 million shares. About 39% of the company’s shares are now short. Shares of ExOne fell about 5.7% in the two-week period. The stock’s 52-week range is $13.19 to $48.66, and shares closed at $15.72 on Friday. Days to cover rose to 12. Voxeljet A.G. (NYSE: VJET) saw short interest fall 4.2% to 1.99 million shares, with days to cover falling to 11. The share price fell about 5.7% in the two-week period to March 31. The stock ended last week at $9.15, in a 52-week range of $7.13 to...

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3D Printing Investments – Carbon 3D Prints Up A $10 Million Deal With Autodesk

Posted by on Apr 9, 2015 in 3D Imaging, 3D Modeling

3D Printing Investments – Carbon 3D Prints Up A $10 Million Deal With Autodesk

In late 2014, Autodesk launched the Spark Investment Fund with the aim of investing up to $100 million in entrepreneurs, innovators and startups who push the boundaries of 3D printing. The Spark Investment Fund is the first venture fund exclusively dedicated to driving the overall growth of the 3D printing ecosystem. “Carbon3D embodies the innovation that’s required to change how products are made. The incredible speed of its CLIP technology makes 3D printing accessible for true manufacturing, beyond the prototyping and the one-offs we see it being used for now.” William Dante, of the Association of 3D Printing feels that “this new technology will once again be a game changer in the industry.” Current layer-by-layer 3D printing technology is slow and often produces parts that are mechanically weak due to their shale-like layers. Using a tunable photochemical process instead of the traditional mechanical approach, Carbon3D’s CLIP technology eliminates these shortcomings to rapidly transform 3D models into physical objects. By carefully balancing the interaction of UV light, which triggers photo polymerization, and oxygen, which inhibits the reaction, CLIP continuously grows molecularly solid objects from a pool of resin at speeds of up to 100 times faster than conventional 3D printing...

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