3D Start Ups That Changed the 3D Printing Industry Forever

Posted by on Jun 3, 2014 in Startups

3D Start Ups That Changed the 3D Printing Industry Forever

Here are 3 startups putting 3D printing to work, even though they aren’t start ups today! They helped found the 3d printing revolution. Shapeways Founded in 2007, Shapeways is a virtual 3D printing marketplace for making, buying and selling 3D-printed creations. Shop owners- or anyone else with a 3D-printable idea- can build a virtual model of their product and have it printed by Shapeways. From sterling silver jewelry to the world’s tiniest Rubik’s cube, Shapeways has a host of beautiful- and weird- items for sale. When you order something from a shop, Shapeways prints it, ships it and compensates the shop owner. This modern marketplace is popular with 3D enthusiasts all over the world and provides a great platform for designers that want to create innovative products or prototypes without spending all their money on manufacturing. MakerBot Arguably the trendiest name in 3D printing, Brooklyn-based MakerBot is a leading producers of desktop 3D printers. Anyone from engineers to hobbyists can purchase a MakerBot printer and get to work manufacturing their own creations. In fact, many of the other startups on this list put MakerBots to work in unique ways. Founded in 2009, MakerBot is also a valuable resource for the 3D printing community. The company’s Thingiverse site is home to hundreds of free project downloads, providing an open-source platform for sharing ideas and designs. Pirate 3D Another startup making waves in the 3D printing world is Pirate 3D, a Palo Alto-based company with dreams of bringing 3D printers into everyones’ home office. The company’s Buccaneer desktop 3D printer, which has raised nearly $1 million on Kickstarter, can print wirelessly from Android and iOS devices and is allegedly very user-friendly. The Buccaneer is also very wallet-friendly, with an anticipated sale price of about $350. That’s a sixth of the price of MakerBot’s most recent desktop model, the Replicator...

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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 Crowdfunding – 2013 Crowdfunding Stories on 3D Printing Deals

Posted by on Feb 16, 2014 in 3D Printers, Startups

3D Printing Crowdfunding – 2013 Crowdfunding Stories on 3D Printing Deals

3D printing gets crowdfunded in a big way 3doodler The 3Doodler is tiny but powerful. 2013 was a tremendously successful year for 3D printers on Kickstarter. Products like the 3Doodler ($2.3 million), the Buccaneer (nearly $1.5 million), and Peachy Printer ($650,000) vastly overshot their funding goals and proved that Kickstarter is still a powerful platform for getting complicated hardware projects off the ground. We fully expect 2014 to bring us a whole new crop of crowdfunded 3D printing projects. 2013 was year that big brands finally discovered what 3D printing can do for their marketing. Consider Coca-C0la, which used 3D printing to give customers miniature versions of themselves, or Disney, which took the same approach with 3D printed Imperial Stormtroopers for park visitors. Victoria’s Secret brought 3D printing into the fashion world via a partnership with Shapeways, and Neiman Marcus pushed it into jewelry when it started selling 3D printed items in its stores. Even big retailers have signed on: In the retail world, both Staples and Office Depot announced their plans to sell 3D printers in their stores. Online, Amazon opened a section of its site dedicated just to 3D printing. Hollywood, too, got involved via films: The Hobbit and Enders Game both showed pretty clearly that 3D printing can be a friend to...

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3D FigureWorks

Posted by on Jan 21, 2014 in 3D Printing, 3D Scanning, Startups

3D FigureWorks

We help businesses use 3D scanning and 3D printing technologies to integrate 3D figurines into their novelty product offerings. Our proprietary 3D scanner is 10x less expensive than existing camera-based rigs and our unique business model allows business owners to focus on sales and marketing without ever touching a 3D printer. Our flagship store in Chicago, IL proves the consumer demand for 3D printed figurines of kids, pets, wedding couples, athletes, and more! We are seeking partners who see the opportunity....

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Hex Airbot

Posted by on Nov 23, 2013 in Education, Entertainment, Startups

Hex Airbot

Hex Airbot designs and creates open source flying robots with applications for entertainment and education. Hex Airbot’s design objective is to create shareable, minimalistic and customizable products. Core philosophy: “Design, Make, and Share”. Founders Angelo Yu – Founder Hex Airbot Jianjun...

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Cambrian Genomics

Posted by on Nov 23, 2013 in Biotech, Startups

Cambrian Genomics

Cambrian Genomics makes the first hardware/systems for DNA laser printing. Researchers in academia and industry order or clone over $1b/year of DNA. Cambrian Genomics plans to deliver high quality sequence verified DNA to buyers in this existing and growing worldwide market. Founders Austen Heinz – CEO of Cambrian Genomics Reese Jones John Mulligan Anselm Levskaya Lukman Winoto Sagar Indurkhya George...

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