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.
3D Printer Manufacturers Is The Largest 3D Printing Category
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...
The following graphs highlight recent trends in 3D Printing startup funding activity. The graphics include data through March 2017.
The above graph summarizes the total funding raised by 3D Printing startups for each year. 2015 is the best year with over $350M in funding. 2016 comes in at second with around $275M in funding.
The above graph summarizes the total amount of funding raised by 3D Printing companies founded in a certain year. Companies founded in 2013 have raised the most funding at just over $350M.
We are currently tracking 377 3D Printing companies in 9 categories across 40 countries, with a total of $1.4 Billion in funding. Click here to learn more about the full 3D Printing report.