This blog post examines the different components of the 3D printing ecosystem. We will illustrate what the categories of innovation are and which categories have the most companies. We will also compare the categories in terms of their funding and maturity.
Let’s start off by looking at the Sector Map. We have classified 387 3D printing startups into 9 categories. They have raised $3B from 412 investors. The Sector Map highlights the number of companies in each category. It also shows a random sampling of companies in each category.
We see that 3D Printer Manufacturers is the largest category with 119 companies. These companies manufacture 3D printers and the accompanying hardware, such as injection heads. Some example companies include Carbon, Desktop Metal, 3D Systems, and Markforged.
Let’s now look at our Innovation Quadrant to find out the funding and maturity of these categories in relation to one another.
Our Innovation Quadrant divides the 3D printing categories into four different quadrants.
We see that the Pioneers quadrant has the most number of 3D printing categories at 5, accounting for 56% of all 3D printing categories. The 3D Scanners category has the highest average age and the highest average funding. On the other hand, the 3D Printing Networks and 3D Printing Marketplaces categories are low on both average funding and age.