Investing in 3D Printing Technology – Market Leaders and Big Brands Crowding the Growing 3D Printing Field

Posted by on Oct 18, 2016 in 3D Printers, 3D Printing, Investing

Investing in 3D Printing Technology – Market Leaders and Big Brands Crowding the Growing 3D Printing Field

“…market leaders 3D Systems (DDD) and Stratasys (SSYS) ran into operational challenges as the real-world demand failed to live up to the initial hype of a 3D print revolution.” “HP made its long-awaited entry into the 3D printer market five months ago, with partners that include Nike (NKE), Autodesk (ADSK), Proto Labs (PRLB) and BMW. HP announced two industrial 3D printers, with plans to begin shipping product later this year.” “General Electric, which had already invested about $1.5 billion since 2010 in what it calls additive manufacturing technology…” READ...

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Who Is Funding 3D Printing Startups?

Posted by on Jul 17, 2016 in 3D Printing, Business, Investing, Metal 3D Printing, Startups

Who Is Funding 3D Printing Startups?

HP Tech Ventures VC Investing In 3D Printing, Virtual Reality And Internet Of Things HP Tech Venture’s goal will be to invest in and help nurture tech startups in the most advanced technology and communication fields. It will focus mainly on strategic Series A deals in five key areas: immersive experiences (augmented and virtual reality); smart machines (home and commercial robots); the Internet of Things; and finally 3D printing and the broader 3D ecosystem of hardware, software, and materials. READ MORE   GE Ventures Investing In 3D Printing Startup Desktop Metal, a Lexington startup that aims to create an affordable and efficient metal 3D printer, has disclosed that it has landed $52 million in total funding from investors including GE Ventures and Saudi Aramco Energy Ventures. According to its website, Desktop Metal is “the effortless way to go from 3D (computer-aided design) to robust metal parts.” Its 3D printers claim to build complex parts “beautifully and at a price that makes it attainable by every design and manufacturing team.” READ MORE   The Top 10 Investors In 3D Printing Who is funding the startups? By virtue of being an angel investor Kima Ventures positions itself in such a way that it makes more smaller investments, thereby arguably explaining why it has invested in so many new 3D printing startups. Having said that, if you’re a 3D printing entrepreneur you should probably give them a call. READ MORE   Why Do Top Funds Choose Proto Labs Over Other 3D Printing Stocks? When it comes to picking the leaders in the 3D printing industry, see why top-performing fund managers are placing their bets on Proto Labs over 3D Systems, Stratasys, ExOne and even tech giant...

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3D Printing Industry Investments Ripe For Investors

Posted by on Jul 13, 2015 in Business, Investing, Startups

3D Printing Industry Investments Ripe For Investors

3D Printing Industry Set to Explode: 3 Promising Picks The 3D Printing industry seems to be on the brink of major transformation, with expanding end markets, influx of players and burgeoning applications for the technology. We believe that as 3D printing begins to permeate across more sectors, the time is ripe for investors to enter the arena and ride the impending wave of growth. READ FULL ARTICLE     “Digital Cobbler” Feetz Walks Off With $1.3 Million for 3-D Printed Shoes Feetz Inc., a Tennessee-based startup that calls itself a “digital cobbler,” as it makes custom footwear with 3-D printers, has raised $1.25 million in seed funding to begin offering its goods to consumers, the company said. READ FULL ARTICLE     Metal 3D Printing Startup MatterFab Raises $5.75 Million From GE Ventures MatterFab wants to change the way metal 3D printing is done by making the process more scalable and affordable. It’s raised $5.75 million in funding to continue to refine its 3D printing technology and get its printers onto the production lines of industrial manufacturers. GE is an interesting investor, considering the manufacturer’s decision to adopt 3D printing for some custom parts was part of the inspiration for MatterFab’s founding. READ FULL...

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Revisiting 3D Printing Investment

Posted by on Apr 27, 2015 in 3D Printing, Business, Investing

Revisiting 3D Printing Investment

Back in 2013, 3D printing technology created a ton of buzz for the potential impact it could have on our daily lives and future capabilities in a number of industries. As a result, 3D printing stocks shot up, giving a taste of the glory days of emerging technology in the 90’s and 2000’s. This trend didn’t continue into 2014, though, stocks dove as the barrier for entry into the 3D printing business was too high for most people. Fast-forward to today, and you have most leaders of 3D printing business down over two-thirds from then. A New Hope? Now that all the sci-fi dreaming and initial uncertainty about what 3D printing could accomplish has been replaced with real-world progress and increased accessibility, 3D printing companies are able to paint a clearer picture of what types of solutions they can achieve in the near future. We are now seeing the world’s largest industries of medical, energy, agriculture, and defense use this technology on much grander scale. 3D printed tissues and organs are now a reality, custom-fitted medical devices, custom-made engine parts, custom-made replacement parts for large equipment; these are all major resource-saving solutions to businesses involved in 3D printing ventures. According to analytical firm Canalys, the 3D printing market will grow to $16.2 billion by 2018. IDC expects worldwide 3D printer unit sales and installed base to grow at a combined compound annual growth rate of 59% through 2017. These are certainly numbers that would make anyone interested in 3D printing stocks. That’s why 2015 is being pegged as the year of 3D printing investment. The next step in 3D printing investment prospects is getting a piece of the pie by means of acquiring smaller 3D printing companies that can bring big returns for little investment capital. Will 3D Printing Ventures Reinvigorate Interest? If you haven’t been paying attention to the 3D printing industry lately, some multi-national corporations have been throwing huge sums of cash into the pot. Folks like General Electric and Hewlett Packard are really starting to throw their weight around. GE, for example is already expanding their production to include a $32 million dollar 3D printing facility in Pittsburgh, PA. This isn’t just a test plant, either, it will set the precedent for all major competitors in their related industries, like Philips, Sony, Black and Decker, and so-on. Hewlett Packard is reviving their own 3D printing investments by introducing their own 3D printing technology called Multi-Jet Fusion. As you might gather from the name, Hewlett Packard is speeding things up by reducing the price point of 3D printers and increasing the print speed by a factor of 10 times the competitors on the market. This prospect will be huge for grabbing more attention from the average consumer, as we all know, it is much more visually impressive to witness something being printed before your own eyes. For...

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News on HP and the 3D Printing Industry From Market Realist

Posted by on Dec 11, 2014 in Investing

News on HP and the 3D Printing Industry From Market Realist

HP announcement leads to huge volatility for industry players “Despite the gains [in 2013], all the above-mentioned 3D Printing stocks suffered major declines in 2014 too. As of November 2014, 3D Systems and Stratasys stocks were respectively down 58% and 8% year-to-date. The primary reason for this decline is thought to be HP’s announcement that it will target the 3D printing industry for its future growth. According to 3D Systems CEO Avi Reichental, HP’s entry into the 3D printing industry is expected to pose significant challenges to existing players in the industry. Wohlers Associates analyst Terry Wohlers expressed optimism about HP’s Multi Fusion Jet technology. He believes that HP’s technology has the potential to throw many other firms “out of business.” HP’s lower costs and faster throughput is expected to make the 3D printing industry more...

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3D Printing Investments in 3D Printing Companies – $10 Million Invested in 3D Printing Firm Ion Core

Posted by on Jul 9, 2014 in Investing, Startups

3D Printing Investments in 3D Printing Companies – $10 Million Invested in 3D Printing Firm Ion Core

UK-based 3D printer manufacturer Ion Core Ltd, the company behind the Zinter PRO 3D Printer, has secured a funding investment of $10 million from Hedge Fund Managers Jonathan Bailey and BJ Eastwood, with the purpose of expanding production and sales throughout Europe and the United States. Ion Core Ltd is a relatively new company that currently sells only the Zinter PRO 3D Printer, which was launched in January 2014. According to Ion Core, the printer will be “a challenge” to MakerBot’s series of printers and 3D Systems’ Cube series. However, it’s $4030 price tag (compared to the approx. $1000 Cube for example) may suggest otherwise. “This investment allows us to really push the boundaries of 3D printing and get ahead of the major competitors,” said Dinan. We already have some amazing new products coming out later this year that will totally change the way people can design and manufacture in their own home.” Print technology: Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF)/Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) Build Volume: 200mm x 200mm x 200mm Filament Diameter: 1.75mm Number of Extruders: 2 Print Materials: ABS, PLA, Nylon, PVA, PC Software compatibility: Windows XP or greater, Mac OS X 10.6 or greater, Ubuntu Linux 12.10 or greater Connectivity: Standalone SD card and USB cable Summary The majority of specifications seem relatively similar if not slightly better than similar desktop printers on the market. However, there are existing comparable printers that use the higher quality SLA print technology and are also priced less. The M-One for example, which recently launched on Kickstarter, sold to its first ten backers for just $1699. Compare this with Amazon’s Best Selling 3D...

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