3D Printing Sector Maturing As Funding Shifts to Later Stage

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As we’ve previously seen, funding into the 3D Printing sector demonstrated robust growth in recent years. Now we are going one level deeper on our 3D Printing research platform to examine its funding by round. From our analysis we can conclude that the 3D Printing sector is maturing.

This conclusion comes from two takeaways:

  •      While funding amounts in all rounds grew, later stage saw the largest increase
  •      Funding counts also increased in the later stage

We’ll explain these takeaways with some graphics that show 3D Printing funding activity by round.

To help set the stage, the graphic below illustrates 3D Printing funding amount over time. As you can see, the sector’s overall funding saw strong growth in recent years.

3D Printing Funding by Quarter

3D Printing Funding Amounts Saw Largest Growth in Later Stage

We’ll start off by examining the annual 3D Printing funding amounts by round.

3D Printing Funding Amount by Round

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3D Printing Startup Highlights  – Q1 2018

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Here is our Q1 2018 summary report on the 3D Printing startup sector. The following report includes an overview, recent activity, and a category deep dive.

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Venture Scanner Sector Maps (Part 1 of 2)

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Our sector maps are snapshots of emerging technology sectors. They show what the different categories in a sector are and how many startups are within each category. They also present a small sampling of the current startups that are innovating in each category.

We will share our most up-to-date sector maps in a two-part series. Below you will find sector maps for the Blockchain Technology, Energy Technology, Financial Technology, Health Technology, Insurance Technology, Video Technology, and 3D Printing sectors.

You can see the other 8 updated sector maps for Artificial Intelligence, Internet of Things, Marketing Technology, Real Estate Technology, Retail Technology, Security Technology, Transportation Technology, and Virtual Reality here

Blockchain Technology: 12 categories, 1007 companies, $6B in funding

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Energy Technology: 12 categories, 790 companies, $63B in funding

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Financial Technology: 16 categories, 2401 companies, $90B in funding

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Health Technology: 22...

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3D Printing Technology Funding by Round - Q3 2017

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The following two graphs summarize the rounds of funding going into the 3D Printing Technology space. Please note these graphics are made using data through June 2017.

3D Printing Funding Amount by Round

The graph above shows the total amount of VC funding broken out by round. From 2006 to 2016, we saw a sharp increase in the overall sector funding, with the total amount peaking in 2015 and then declining thereafter. Series A, B, and C funding have accounted for a substantial amount of total funding.

3D Printing Funding Count by Round

The graph above shows the total count of funding events broken out by round. The general trend over the past few years has been a substantial number of funding events in the Seed stage and a fewer number in the Series A stage, with the funding events in the later stages quickly dropping off.

We are currently tracking 380 3D Printing companies in 9 categories across 40 countries, with a total of $1.6 Billion in funding. Click here to learn more about the full 3D Printing market report.

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3D Printing Technology Exits by Category and by Year - Q3 2017

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The following graphs highlight the exit activity in the 3D Printing Technology sector. The graphics include data through June 2017.

Exit Activity by Category in 3D Printing

The above graph summarizes the number of exits (acquisitions and IPOs) in each 3D Printing Technology category. The 3D Printer Manufacturers category leads the sector with 6 acquisitions and 8 IPOs. The 3D Printing Services category is the runner-up with 8 acquisitions and 3 IPOs.

Exit Activity by Year in 3D Printing

The above graph summarizes the number of exits (acquisitions and IPOs) in 3D Printing Technology by year. 2014 currently leads the sector with 9 acquisitions and 1 IPO. 2013 is the runner-up with 5 acquisitions and 2 IPOs.

We are currently tracking 380 3D Printing Technology companies in 9 categories across 40 countries, with a total of $1.6 Billion in funding. Click here to learn more about the full 3D Printing Technology market report.

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Venture Investing in 3D Printing Technology - Q3 2017

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The following graphs highlight venture investing trends into the 3D Printing Technology sector. The graphics include data through June 2017.

3D Printing Venture Investing Q3 2017

The above graph compares the total venture funding in each 3D Printing category to the number of companies in the category. The 3D Printer Manufacturers category leads in both stats, with a funding at just under $900M and around 110 companies.

3D Printing Category Average Funding Q3 2017

The above analysis summarizes the average company funding in each 3D Printing category. The 3D Printing Materials category leads the sector with over $33M in average funding per company, followed by the 3D Scanners and the 3D Printing CAD Software categories.

We are currently tracking 378 3D Printing companies in 9 categories across 40 countries, with a total of $1.5 Billion in funding. Click here to learn more about the full 3D Printing market report.

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Average and Median Age by 3D Printing Category - Q3 2017

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The following graph shows average and median age in the 3D Printing sector. The graphic includes data through June 2017.

Age by 3D Printing Category

The above graph summarizes the average age and median age of companies in each 3D Printing category. The 3D Scanners category ranks as the most mature 3D Printing category with an average age of 13 years and a median age of 10 years. The 3D Printing CAD Software category comes in as the second oldest category, with an average age of around 13 years and a median age of around 12 years.

We are currently tracking 378 3D Printing companies in 9 categories across 40 countries, with a total of $1.5B in funding. Click here to learn more about the full 3D Printing market report.

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Where in the world are 3D Printing startups? Q3 2017

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The analyses below summarize where 3D Printing innovations are occurring. The graphic includes data through June 2017.

3D Printing Company Count by Country Q3 2017

The above map shows the number of 3D Printing companies located in different countries. The United States ranks as the top country with around 175 companies.

3D Printing VC Funding by Country Q3 2017

The above map shows the amount of total 3D Printing startup venture capital funding in different countries. The United States has the most VC funding at around $1B.

We are currently tracking 379 3D Printing companies in 9 categories across 40 countries, with a total of $1.4B in funding. Click here to learn more about the full 3D Printing market report. 

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3D Printing Technology Companies Founded by Year - Q3 2017

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The following graph shows the founding year distribution in the 3D Printing Technology sector. The graphic includes data through June 2017.

3D Printing Companies Founded by Year

The above graph summarizes the number of 3D Printing Technology companies founded in a certain year. 2013 ranks at the top with around 84 companies founded in that year alone. 2012 is the runner-up with 41 companies founded in that year.

We are currently tracking 379 3D Printing Technology 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 Technology market report.

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3D Printing Funding Trends through Q3 2017

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The following graphs highlight recent trends in 3D Printing startup funding activity. The graphics include data through June 2017.

3D Printing Funding by Year Q3 2017

The above graph summarizes the total funding raised by 3D Printing startups for each year. 2015 has the most funding to date at just under $400M. 

3D Printing Funding by Vintage Year Q3 2017

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 over $350M.

We are currently tracking 379 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 market report.

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3D Printing Technology Funding by Round - Q2 2017

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The following two graphs summarize the rounds of funding going into the 3D Printing Technology space. Please note these graphics are made using data through June 2017.

3D Printing Funding Amount by Round

The graph above shows the total amount of VC funding broken out by round. From 2006 to 2016, we saw a sharp increase in the overall sector funding, with the total amount peaking in 2015 and then declining thereafter. Series A, B, and C funding have accounted for a substantial amount of total funding.

3D Printing Funding Count by Round

The graph above shows the total count of funding events broken out by round. The general trend over the past few years has been a substantial number of funding events in the Seed stage and a fewer number in the Series A stage, with the funding events in the later stages quickly dropping off.

We are currently tracking 379 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 market report.

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3D Printing Activity by Selected Investors through Q2 2017

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The following graph summarizes investor activity in the 3D Printing Technology space. These graphics are made using data through June 2017.

3D Printing Investor Activity Q2 2017

The above analysis summarizes the total number of investment rounds 3D Printing investors participated in, and the number of unique companies funded by selected investors. Major investors include Lux Capital, North Bridge, Matrix Partners, VTT Ventures, and Atlas.

We are currently tracking 379 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 market report. 

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3D Printing Technology Exits by Category and by Year - Q2 2017

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The following graphs highlight the exit activity in the 3D Printing Technology sector. The graphics include data through June 2017.

Exit Activity by Category in 3D Printing

The above graph summarizes the number of exits (acquisitions and IPOs) in each 3D Printing Technology category. The 3D Printer Manufacturers category leads the sector with 6 acquisitions and 8 IPOs. The 3D Printing Services category is the runner-up with 8 acquisitions and 3 IPOs.

Exit Activity by Year in 3D Printing

The above graph summarizes the number of exits (acquisitions and IPOs) in 3D Printing Technology by year. 2014 currently leads the sector with 9 acquisitions and 1 IPO. 2013 is the runner-up with 5 acquisitions and 2 IPOs.

We are currently tracking 379 3D Printing Technology 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 Technology market report.

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3D Printing Market Overview and Innovation Quadrant - Q2 2017

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The following post highlights how Venture Scanner categorizes the 3D Printing startup landscape, and presents our Innovation Quadrant showing how those categories compare to one another. The data for this post is through June 2017.

3D Printing Logo Map Q2 2017

The above sector map organizes the sector into 9 categories and shows a sampling of companies in each category.

3D Printing Innovation Quadrant Q2 2017

Our Innovation Quadrant provides a snapshot of the average funding and average age for the different 3D Printing categories and how they compare with one another.

Heavyweights: These categories are comprised of companies that have reached maturity with significant financing.
Established: These categories are comprised of companies that have reached maturity with less financing.
Disruptors: These categories are comprised of companies that are less mature with significant financing.
Pioneers: These categories are comprised of companies that are less mature with earlier stages of financing.

The definitions of the 3D Printing categories are as...

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3D Printing Startup Market Trends and Insights  – Q2 2017

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Here is our Q2 2017 summary report on the 3D Printing startup sector. The following report includes a startup landscape overview, graphical trends with insights, and recent funding and exit events.

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We are currently tracking 379 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 market report.

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Venture Investing in 3D Printing through Q2 2017

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The following graphs highlight venture investing trends into the 3D Printing sector. The graphics include data through March 2017.

3D Printing Venture Investing through Q2 2017

The above graph compares the total venture funding in each 3D Printing category to the number of companies in the category. The 3D Printer Manufacturers category leads in both stats, with a total funding of over $850M and about 110 startups.  

3D Printing Average Category Funding through Q2 2017

The above analysis summarizes the average company funding in each 3D Printing category. The 3D Printing Materials category leads the sector with just under $35M in average funding per company, followed by the 3D Scanners and 3D Printing CAD Software categories.

We are currently tracking 379 3D Printing companies in 9 categories across 40 countries, with a total of $1.4B in funding. Click here to learn more about the full 3D Printing market report. 

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Average and Median Age by 3D Printing Category - Q2 2017

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The following graph shows average and median age in the 3D Printing sector. The graphic includes data through March 2017.

Average and Median Age by 3D Printing Category

The above graph summarizes the average age and median age of companies in each 3D Printing category. The 3D Scanners category ranks as the most mature 3D Printing category with an average age of 13 years and a median age of 10 years. The 3D Printing CAD Software category comes in as the second oldest category, with an average age and a median age of around 12 years.

We are currently tracking 379 3D Printing companies in 9 categories across 40 countries, with a total of $1.4B in funding. Click here to learn more about the full 3D Printing market report.

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Where in the world are 3D Printing startups? Q2 2017

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The analyses below summarize where 3D Printing innovations are occurring. The graphic includes data through March 2017.

3D Printing Company Count By Country Q2 2017

The above map shows the number of 3D Printing companies located in different countries. The United States ranks as the top country with around 175 companies.

3D Printing VC Funding By Country Q2 2017

The above map shows the amount of total 3D Printing startup venture capital funding in different countries. The United States has the most VC funding at around $1.1B.

We are currently tracking 377 3D Printing companies in 9 categories across 40 countries, with a total of $1.4B in funding. Click here to learn more about the full 3D Printing market report.

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3D Printing Technology Companies Founded by Year - Q2 2017

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The following graph shows the founding year distribution in the 3D Printing Technology sector. The graphic includes data through March 2017.

3d Printing Technology Companies Founded by Year

The above graph summarizes the number of 3D Printing Technology companies founded in a certain year. 2013 ranks at the top with around 83 companies founded in that year alone. 2012 is the runner-up with 41 companies founded in that year.

We are currently tracking 377 3D Printing Technology 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 Technology market report.

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3D Printing Technology Funding Trends - Q2 2017

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The following graphs highlight recent trends in 3D Printing startup funding activity. The graphics include data through March 2017.

3D Printing Funding by Year Q2 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.

3D Printing Funding by Vintage Year Q2 2017

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.

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