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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3D Printing Investments – Google, Autodesk & GE Investing in Technology, Printers, Software and Start Ups

Posted by on Jun 29, 2014 in Financing, Investing

3D Printing Investments – Google, Autodesk & GE Investing in Technology, Printers, Software and Start Ups

Google Google has already shown a great deal of interest in 3D printing. In fact they are working on what could be a multi-billion dollar project, with 3D Systems on “project Ara”. It is unknown what, if anything, Google has contributed to the development of the new technology that is coming, but if Project Ara is a success, we could see Google begin spending heavily on R&D related to mass production 3D printing. This wasn’t Google’s only foray into getting involved with 3D printing. In fact, just a couple weeks ago, Google announced that they had partnered with 3D printing service provider Shapeways to print free bracelets out for young women, in their initiative to get more school-aged girls interested in coding. Google has billions of dollars in cash, and isn’t afraid to spend it like some other companies. What may be the entire annual revenue stream of a company like 3D Systems, is pocket change for Google. They could pump $1 billion into 3D printing R&D and shareholders would barely notice the money missing. General Electric GE has known for years that 3D printing would play a part in manufacturing in the coming years. The company is already spending decent money on additive manufacturing, but as they begin seeing a point where 3D printing’s benefits are greater than that of traditional manufacturing, they will begin ramping up their R&D budget. Just as with Google, GE could drop a billion dollars a year into R&D and very few would notice. For a company as large as General Electric, in house, company developed, 3D printers may work best, as they need specialized parts made to cater to their specific needs; parts which currently may not be able to be produced with machines on the market today. As GE begins investing heavily into the technology, this will spur on comparable investments from competing corporations among a variety of industries. AutoDesk The significance of Autodesk is the fact that they are currently the largest company in the United States, and perhaps even the world that is producing a 3D printer. Earlier this year the company, known for their CAD software, unveiled details on their upcoming SLA 3D printer, aimed towards consumers and small businesses. Why this matters, is that overnight the large 3D printing companies like 3D Systems and Stratasys, suddenly found themselves competing with a company more than twice as large as them. This will do two things in helping to spur on R&D into the space. First, the long time players in the field, such as Stratasys and 3D Systems, will now feel that they need to up their research budgets, and second, if it’s a success, Autodesk’s maneuver will prove to other large companies like the Apples, IBMs, Googles and Microsofts of the world, that maybe it is time for them to consider entering the consumer side of things....

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3D Printing Firms Stratysys vs HP – Which 3D Printing Stock is the Long Term Stock Buy?

Posted by on May 11, 2014 in 3D Printing, Investing, Manufacturing

3D Printing Firms Stratysys vs HP – Which 3D Printing Stock is the Long Term Stock Buy?

Strategic moves Its new releases like the Objet500 Connex3 Color Multi-material 3D Printer have not only strengthened its product line, but also hopes and expectation in the Multi-Material 3D Printing business that will fetch comprehensively better results for the company in the coming quarters. Stratasys, hence, expects the printer’s triple jet technology, which allows users to combine color with a virtually unlimited combination of rigidity, flexibility, and transparency, to attract more users. In addition, the company is coming up with new apps for the MakerBot replicator platform with unmatched speed, reliability, quality, and connectivity that will certainly increase its market share in the 3D printing business. Moreover, its technology is very user friendly and easy-to-use, and offers reliable desktop 3D printing platforms with its new apps and focuses to cover the full range of consumer, prosumer, and professional users. Additionally to supplement growth in its product line, it has recently announced new PolyJet material for the Connex platforms, including Digital ABS2, which creates realistic, precise prototypes that are heat-resistant. The company anticipates better results from its new Connex3 Color 3D Printer that is combined with the three new color-enabling materials. Moreover, its strategy to expand its business overseas in regions such as Singapore, Japan, and China looks lucrative. Also, Stratasys is looking for a solid start with its recently established and fully-owned subsidiary in Korea. In addition, Stratasys has also entered into a distribution agreement with Dell to provide MakerBot Replicator 3D printers bundled with Dell Precision Workstations for small and medium-sized businesses. This will definitely enhance the reach of Stratasys’ printers going forward. Further, it’s very interesting to notice that Stratasys is seeing growth opportunities in the dental and medical fields as well, and to tap that market, it has announced the Objet Eden 260V Dental Advantage 3D printer and VeroGlaze dental material for Objet Eden V and OrthoDesk printers. Overall, the company has performed significantly well and I think it will continue to perform well on the back of strategic investments in R&D investments, expansion plans, and entry into new market segments. HP’s move But, investors must keep an eye on HP’s move into the 3D printing market as it sees strong growth opportunity here. Also, HP’s management is of the opinion that worldwide sales of 3D printers and related software and services will grow at a terrific pace to hit $11 billion by 2021. This will be a solid jump from just $2.2 billion two years ago. Also, according to Reuters, HP CEO Meg Whitman believes that “HP’s in-house researchers have resolved limitations involved with the quality of substrates used in the process, which affects the durability of finished products.” Therefore, Stratasys has to accelerate its business and ensure that its 3D printing offerings are cutting...

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3D Printing Incubator – It’s About Time for the 3D Printing Industry to Take This Step

Posted by on May 1, 2014 in Investing, Marketplaces

3D Printing Incubator – It’s About Time for the 3D Printing Industry to Take This Step

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3D Printing Venture Capital – Are VC’s Hot To Invest in 3D Printing?

Posted by on Apr 23, 2014 in Financing, Investing

3D Printing Venture Capital – Are VC’s Hot To Invest in 3D Printing?

Despite the buzz around 3D Printing, VCs sat on the sidelines through most of 2012. MakerBot’s acquisition by Stratasys (deal value of $403M which could climb to $603 million with performance earnouts) was one of the highlights in 2013 which also see VCs come around to 3D printing. Funding growth YoY stood at 319% and deals also grew by nearly 88% in the same 12 month period. In the past two years Shapeways,received a $6.2M Series B in June 2012, and a $30M Series-C in April 2013. Early-stage investment funding tallies were driven largely by Matterport’s partial Series A of $2.8M, and Formlabs $19M Series A financing. The 2 rounds cumulatively made up almost 45% of total early-stage funding dollars deployed in the space. The large proportion of early-stage seed and angel deals in the past four quarters highlights the relative nascency of the space. 3D Printing news touts the benefits of the industry, and investors haven’t been ignoring it. Much like the early-stage funding breakout, a few major deals drove the bulk of the investment dollars in each region for 3D printing. Silicon Valley led the pack with 22%, with NYC coming in a close second with nearly 17%. A a large percentage concentrated in the “other” category which indicates a number of the deals are happening outside the main US venture hubs. There were only three exits in the past four quarters in the 3D Printing space. Acquisitions of MakerBot Industries, Arcam, and an IPO by German large-format 3D printer manufacturer, Voxeljet. Despite exits being down 70% year-over-year, the $403M (potentially $604 million) purchase of MakerBot Industries by Stratasys in August 2013 marked the largest M&A deal in recent years. While traditional venture capital continues to fund companies within the space, 3D printing startups aiming to create affordable 3D printers have found great success on crowdfunding platforms such as Kickstarter. Whether the capital that these companies receive from the campaigns leads to more venture funding (as was the case with FormLabs and their Form1 printer which raised $2.95M in October 2012 on Kickstarter), or allows the founders to focus on growing a company without dilutive capital remains to be seen. See below for a breakdown of recent 3D printing crowdfunding successes. Will crowdfunding overtake VC’s...

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