3D Printing Industry – How Big Is It? Where is the 3D Printing Industry Going?

Posted by on Aug 20, 2014 in Business, Marketplaces

3D Printing Industry – How Big Is It? Where is the 3D Printing Industry Going?

FORT COLLINS, COLORADO, USA, August 19, 2014—Wohlers Associates, Inc. expects worldwide revenues from the additive manufacturing and 3D printing industry to reach $12.8 billion by 2018. According to Wohlers Report 2014, the company’s annual publication on the subject, the industry grew to an estimated $3.07 billion in 2013. By 2020, Wohlers Associates forecasts revenues from all products and services in the industry to exceed $21 billion. Wohlers Associates believes strong growth in the industry will be fueled partly by sales of under $5,000 “personal” 3D printers. An even bigger factor will be the expanded use of the technology for the production of parts, especially in metal, that go into final products. “The industry is transitioning from a prototyping past to a production future,” said Tim Caffrey, senior consultant at Wohlers Associates and a principal author of the report. “Opportunities for AM in production applications are orders of magnitude greater than for modeling and prototyping. The money is in manufacturing, not prototyping.” There will also be a new breed of best selling 3d...

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The Shapeways of Japan – Japanese 3D Printing Marketplace Gets 3D Printing Funding

Posted by on Jun 9, 2014 in Marketplaces

The Shapeways of Japan – Japanese 3D Printing Marketplace Gets 3D Printing Funding

Kabuku, founded in January of 2013, manages a web service very much like Shapeways, but a Japanese version. The service, known as Rinkak, works much the same as its US counterpart, and is looking to expand their business as the 3D printing market grows. Today Kabuku announced that they have raised $2 million in series A funding, which has been led by CyberAgent Ventures. It looks like another 3d printing store. “We will use the funds to enhance its development organization to accelerate service, function, and globalization, in order to rapidly structure and upgrade the platform where creators and companies can conduct production simply by uploading 3D data,” said Kabuku CEO Masahiko Inada. Rinkak utilizes high end 3D printers which are capable of printing in plastics, ceramics, metals, and rubber. The ability to 3D print any design on their website, means that no stock needs to be maintained and stored in a warehouse, which saves money over a typical ecommerce business. “As already seen in the smartphone business, any developers can sell their own applications simply by uploading to the platform,” Inada added. “Similarly in the manufacturing world, Kabuku will create scenes where anyone can easily manufacture, sell and ship their own products simply by uploading 3D data to Rinkak.” Rinkak hopes that they can take advantage of the tremendous growth opportunity within the market today. Shapeways has seen a substantial increase in business over the last 12 months alone. With the funding announced today, Rinkak should be able to get a major head start within the Japanese market, as the go to 3D printing...

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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

The 3D Printing Business Incubator is dedicated to 3D printing startup and early-stage companies. We offer each accepted company funding, access to a massive network of mentors, advisors, and investors and ton of perks and discounts. Some of our 3D Printing Incubator services: Help with business basics Networking activities Marketing assistance High-speed Internet access Help with accounting/financial management Access to bank loans, loan funds and guarantee programs Help with presentation skills Links to higher education resources Links to strategic partners to Get Involved with the 3D Printing Incubator, Apply here:...

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Financing New 3D Printing Businesses

Posted by on Apr 1, 2014 in Business, Marketplaces, Startups

Financing New 3D Printing Businesses

Over the past few years, the internet has democratized the creation and the funding of start-up ventures. One sector benefiting greatly from the rise of alternative funding mediums is the 3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing sector (“sector”), which has experienced a recent transformation. Historically, sourcing entrepreneurial capital has proved to be the most difficult capital formation aspect.  However, online crowdfunding communities, specifically Kickstarter, have been extremely successful for 3D ventures by allowing access to a wide community of enthusiasts that provide contributions and help determine market demand greatly assists procuring the next capital funding stage. Another important financing trend is online equity-based crowdfunding that supplements Series A investments by matching accredited private investors with direct investment opportunities available from individual real estate, i.e. Reality Mogul, to ground-floor start-ups, i.e. AngelList and EquityNet. Much of the growth driving the 3D printing industry is a result of individual entrepreneurs that lack experience and sophistication within primary and secondary markets, defined by complex regulation. By filling a void and brokering initial equity investments, online equity crowdfunding has allowed traditional venture capital to strategically move further up the “funding stack, focusing on later-stage rounds,” lowering their investment risk and required rates of return. Also, concentrating on more sophisticated capital investment rounds within more developed companies allows venture capital firms to add more immediate strategic value, especially considering the increased sector attention among public capital markets. Specifically, public 3D companies, led by 3D Systems and Stratasys, are generating significant attention from the major investment banks, including Goldman Sachs and Credit Suisse, and being viewed as a unique sector, with a new sector mutual fund (TDPIX). Increased sector legitimacy and interest have driven significantly growing market caps encouraging firms to seek acquisition targets, which, importantly, generates another viable exit strategy for Series A capital investors. Moreover, increasing public market interest in the sector encourages a potential influx of IPO’s, thus, providing another exit for Series A investors. Increasing equity capital exit strategies is vital for Series A investors because, being focused in multiple early-stage company high-risk/return profiles, they seek to redeploy its capital to fund the next group of start-ups. Equity-based, publicly advertised crowdfunding online platforms currently allowed via IPONet and Title II of the JOBS Act, as well as an eventual regulation removing the investor accreditation requirement, should continue to have significantly positive effect on successful capital finance strategies that start-ups, specifically 3D printing ventures, are able to...

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3D Printing Model

Posted by on Nov 20, 2013 in Marketplaces, Startups

3D Printing Model

3D Printing Model is a marketplace for 3D printing models and design plans. Buy and sell 3D printing models and design plans, then print and build them using your 3D printer. Founders Eran Savir – Founder and Board Member of...

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Twitter IPO – Dot Com IPO’s Mirror 3D Printing Investment

Posted by on Nov 7, 2013 in Marketplaces

Does Twitter’s IPO leave any clues for 3D Printing IPOs? 1. The magic number is $26. Twitter priced shares at $26 a pop, above the $23-$25 that had been predicted. The $26 price values the company at $18.34 billion. That’s more than Macy’s, which has a market capitalization of $17 billion, and Bed Bath & Beyond, which is around $16 billion. According to markets service Dealogic, Twitter becomes the second largest Internet IPO by an American company, trailing only Facebook. It’s also the third-largest U.S. IPO this year. TWITTER IPO: All eyes on New York Stock Exchange 2. A busy debut. As with many high-profile IPOs, Twitter will see plenty of activity on day one at the stock exchange. “We’re going to see enormous trading volume,” says Global X Funds CEO Bruno del Ama, who expects a bump in Twitter’s share price by the close of the markets. Once the initial Twitter buzz hits, the company’s share price will eventually fall back down. “In a few days after the IPO, you’re going to start seeing the stock price settling down a little bit,” says del Ama. 3. The world’s newest billionaires. Twitter co-founder Evan Williams, owner of the largest stake in the company, will reap the most rewards from the IPO launch. He’s expected to rake about $1 billion. If the stock price doubles, fellow co-founder and Square CEO Jack Dorsey would join Williams in the billionaires club. On March 21, 2006, Dorsey posted the world’s first tweet: “Just setting up my twttr.” 4. How prepared is the NYSE? There is some concern Twitter’s arrival could feature the same scattered technical glitches that plagued Facebook when it joined the Nasdaq last spring. However, following a successful test run, the NYSE appears confident it can handle the extra volume. “We are being very methodical in our planning for Twitter’s IPO, and are working together with the industry to ensure a world-class experience for Twitter, retail investors and all market participants,” said NYSE spokeswoman Marissa Arnold in a statement. 5. Should you get shares of Twitter? There are several ways for regular investors to snag Twitter shares, from working with a brokerage firm to buying through a mutual fund. But should you? As USA TODAY”s Matt Krantz explains, if you don’t know how to buy shares of IPOs, then don’t try. But even if you do invest regularly, you might want to hold off. As Krantz notes: “If the large, wealthy investors aren’t snapping up the shares, you should ask why...

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