We’re in the midst of a new industrial revolution heading towards the alchemist’s dream.
Advancements in additive manufacturing means we’ll eventually be able to print anything. And similar to sci-fi fantasy, 3D printing will make the Jetson like ability of materializing food at the touch of a button a reality.
Unquestionably traction has been slow; then again 3D printing has occupied the space reserved for much new tech.
How many 3D printers have you actually seen producing tiny little trinkets in your friends’ homes?
Laser printers illustrate this perfectly, having had a similar problem when first introduced, they were too expensive for the average consumer to afford.
Additive manufacturing has suffered the same fate. But two recurring themes amongst this list of the top 3D printing companies to have raised the most funding in the first quarter of 2015 will certainly ease any worries you may have.
The first, speed and the other, price.
The democratization of 3D printing has landed, and it’s being helped along by the backing of the top 3D printing companies by venture capitalists.
It’s worth noting that of the 5 top 3D printing companies listed, all are based in the United States. And with 3 of these 5 based in California, it would seem that the state aims to position itself as a leader in this space.
Nipping at the heels in fifth are Palo Alto based Pirate 3D. Funded from their Kickstarter campaign, their aim is to simplify the process of 3D printing through a cloud-based product which allows you to print straight from your phone. Their chief executive pirate Roger Chang wants to bring printing to the home.
In fourth are NVBOTS, having raised $2 million in funding during Q1 of 2015, their offering of a simplified 3D printing process for schools and educational institutions targets a problem the founders encountered when at University. With no need for human interaction, the NVPro can be operated from any device.
Pasadena-based New Matter managed to raise a hefty $7 million in funding to place third on our list of top 3D printing companies. Differentiating dramatically on price, New Matter aims to provide an end-to-end 3D printing solution for less than $200 dollars. At that kind of price, where do we sign?
A close second is California-based Carbon3D. Raising $10 million in funding for its “new approach to 3D printing”. Known as CLIP (continuous liquid interface production), it claims to be able to produce commercial quality parts at game-changing speeds. Their CEO Joe DeSimone appeared on the TED stage to demonstrate what makes them different.
An interesting first are New York based SOLS. Founded in 2013, they 3D print orthotics by allowing users to scan their feet through an app. SOLS runs a series of processing algorithms that helps to create a custom orthotic. They raised $11 million in 2015 Q1.