3D Printing Market Increases Through Fast Technical Development

Posted by on Mar 15, 2014 in Financing, Investing

3D Printing Market Increases Through Fast Technical Development

These continuous technological developments have helped 3D printing to move towards mainstream industrial manufacturing. Moreover, the benefits provided by this techniques with regards to the traditional manufacturing methods (injection molding, CNC machining, vacuum casting) have made it a more favorable, quicker, and less expensive option for manufacturers, worldwide. 3D printing has a huge growth potential, especially, in markets that are characterized by low volume, complex architecture and highly individualized applications. The main driving factors responsible for the explosive growth of the 3D printing market include new and improved technologies, variety of materials ranging from polymers to living tissue, supportive regulations, government funding, and huge untapped market. Among all the application sectors, automotive industry, consumer products, aerospace, and healthcare have contributed the largest market share. Moreover, aerospace and healthcare are estimated to grow exponentially in the coming future. In geographical analysis of the 3D printing market with regards to the 3D printers, materials and related services-the Americas have been accounting for the largest market share followed by Europe. However, Europe and APAC are expected to be the fastest growing market in the coming future. Supportive government policies, increased financial investments by governments, and huge R&D activities are the major reasons behind this tremendous growth. Some of the major players in the 3D printing market include 3D Systems (U.S.), Stratasys (U.S.), ExOne (U.S.), Arcam (Sweden),Optomec (U.S.), EnvisionTEC (Germany), EOS (Germany), Layerwise (Belgium), microTEC (Germany), and Materialise (Belgium), among...

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3D Printing Radio Show – Interview With 3D Printing VC About the Future Trends of 3D Printing

Posted by on Mar 11, 2014 in Financing, Investing

3D Printing Radio Show – Interview With 3D Printing VC About the Future Trends of 3D Printing

Listen to the latest 3D Printing Podcast Where we interview Brad Feld on the 3D Printing Industry, and where it is going. In this 3D Printing Podcast, Bill Decker interviews Brad Feld, Managing Director of the Foundry Group (http://www.foundrygroup.com). He asks Brad directly about: Why he chose the 3D Printing Industry as an investment space and what trends he sees in 3D Printing. Brad has had successful investments in 3D Printing firms. Interview number 1 of a 3 part...

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3D Printing Mutual Fund – Will This Ease Investment in 3D Printing Firms?

Posted by on Feb 21, 2014 in Financing, Investing

3D Printing Mutual Fund – Will This Ease Investment in 3D Printing Firms?

The 3D Printing and Technology Fund initially will be comprised of global, pure-play 3D printing companies that “develop, distribute or utilize 3D printing equipment and materials” for a variety of applications. The initial offering is limited to a single class under the ticker symbol TDPIX, and a minimum initial investment of $2,500 is required. There is no minimum on subsequent investments. The fund’s adviser uses a “‘top down’ approach to create a universe of securities” for investment and a “bottom up” approach to create the fund’s investment portfolio. Likely inclusions are 3D Systems Corp. (NYSE: DDD) and Stratasys Ltd. (NASDAQ: SSYS), the two largest 3D printing companies by market cap. The fund’s expense limitation is set at...

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3D Printing Investments – What Were the Biggest Hits at the Consumer Electronics Show?

Posted by on Jan 22, 2014 in Financing, Investing

3D Printing Investments – What Were the Biggest Hits at the Consumer Electronics Show?

This year’s Consumer Electronics Show was by far the biggest exhibition in history for 3-D printing. There were dozens of companies present, along with industry leaders Stratasys (NASDAQ: SSYS ) and 3D Systems (NYSE: DDD ) . With so many exhibits and announcements pouring out of the show, it can be difficult for the casual observer to pick up on events that could affect the future of 3-D printing. And here are five key areas investors and 3-D-printing fans should focus on. Sheer size: CES 2014 featured more than 27 different 3-D printing exhibits. 1) Falling prices: We saw professional printers below $5,000 and sub-$1,000 entry-level printers. Price points are down. Anyone can be in the 3D Printing Market 2) Stratasys’ Makerbot pricing: Will Makerbot’s new printers sell at the high price points? 3) 3D Systems’ new products: We saw a dozen new announcements from the industry leader. 4) SLA desktop printers: The all-new stereolithography at-home printers arrived. 5) In the following video, Blake covers these five areas in detail and lets 3-D printing fans and investors know what they should watch going...

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Obama and 3D Printing – Will 3D Printing Companies Save US Manufacturing?

Posted by on Jan 13, 2014 in Financing

Obama and 3D Printing – Will 3D Printing Companies Save US Manufacturing?

Obama bets on 3-D printers, public-private ventures in bid to revive U.S. manufacturing YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — Working in manufacturing can be dangerous and dull. But you would never know that from the excited, smiling faces of children watching a laser beam slowly melt layer upon layer of plastic sand. The 3-D printer could have been producing a cheap, specialized component for a wind turbine or electric vehicle. Helping children experience 3-D printing is exciting, Gorham said, and is similar to NAMII’s larger mission to increase U.S. experience and knowledge in 3-D printing. The application of information technology to improve the business of making things, such as 3-D printing, is known as “advanced manufacturing,” and experts say it is sparking a “third industrial revolution.” The White House and stakeholders are banking on success in advanced manufacturing to revive U.S. manufacturing and to forge ahead in dynamic industries like clean energy. It will also make manufacturing more environmentally sustainable, lowering energy and material consumption, they say. The institutes are not meant to be research laboratories, but they “create space” to convene top talent from universities, large to small companies and government to test and gather data for promising new processes, technologies and materials to make it easier for companies to work with them, Molnar explained. “What is critical for industry using a new material or a new technology is ‘de-risking’ it,” he said. NNMI was the No. 1 recommendation from a 2012 report by the nation’s leading CEOs and universities, including Ford Motor Co., Dow Chemical Co., Stanford University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, gathered by Obama to identify ways to elevate American competitiveness in manufacturing. In this year’s State of the Union address, the president asked for $1 billion over 10 years for 15 NNMI institutes. Last month, Obama upped the ante in a speech on the middle class, saying that the aim should be 45 in total. Congress has yet to fund all of NNMI, but the administration has already moved to set up the first three institutes. They have a federal funding commitment of $200 million over five years drawn from five agencies under existing budget authority, to be awarded by the end of the year, according to the White House. Federal funds would be at least matched from the private-sector consortium awarded any project. The fact that the departments of Defense, Energy and Commerce; NASA; and the National Science Foundation have found the money to fund NNMI in this tight budget environment shows how important this initiative is across the administration, Molnar said. Despite the White House emphasis, however, outside focus on the institutes has been minimal compared with other efforts to support manufacturing, such as the push to revamp the tax structure — which stakeholders agree has more near-term impact — or tax incentives, especially for renewable energy. The various 3D Printing Videos shown on...

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3D Printing Financing – Business Model for 3D Printers

Posted by on Dec 9, 2013 in Financing

3D Printing Financing – Business Model for 3D Printers

The issue of IP and 3D printing materials derives from the economics of the industry. At present, the current business model of the dominant 3D manufacturers appears to be a version of the model that has characterized the 2D printing industry. Thus a 3D manufacturer can sell any given device only once but, in order for the customer to make use of the machine, he must also purchase the material that enables additive manufacture to take place. The sale of the material portion of the 3D printing process is therefore a critical source of recurring...

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