10 Inspiring 3D Printing Startup Companies

3D printing is the latest manufacturing technique which continues to grow every day. It uses an advanced type of additive manufacturing process which creates a 3-dimensional object layer by layer. 3D printer allows creating things easy, fast and affordable. The technology can also be used on a larger scale in many industries including medicine, construction, art, science and manufacturing. Nowadays, some people are making few 3D printed illegal things, so government is deciding to limit the use of 3D printer for commercial use. There are many developing 3D printing companies which revolutionized the 3D printing industry. Here are 10 inspiring 3D printing startup companies which are shaping the future.

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10. Cambrian Genomics

The San Francisco based Cambrian Genomics is using 3D printing technology in DNA printing. Cambrian Genomics is the world’s first company who designed the hardware and systems for laser printing DNA. This could be the first step to a real world Jurassic park. The co-founder of the company, Austen Heinz tells that this technology will bring back dinosaurs and other extinct species. The problem is cost and do you believe that billion dollars is spent to develop only one set of human genome. This is due to the high rate of failure and arranging billions of DNA strands takes time.



3DLT LLC was working in stealth mode for last many years and made headlines when officially launched in April 2013. It is a platform for 3D printing service and co-founded by John Hauer. They connect designer, producer and consumer and help them offering 3D printable products online and in store. The company offers a wide variety of materials for users and has more than 500 3D printers worldwide. Now they are working with some of the biggest brands in the world such as Microsoft, eBay and Amazon.

8. Thinker Thing

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What happens if you could create an object just by thinking about it? Chilean based 3D printing startup Thinker Thing developed a printer that does the same thing. They use the brain computer interface (BCI) technology with 3D printing technology. The user has to wear an electroencephalography (EEG) headset to think about the picture they want to print. You can say that, the users are developing their imagination into reality.

7. MadeSolid

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MadeSolid was founded in 2013 in Oakland, California. There are many types of 3D printer’s materials and this firm creates and sells advanced materials for filament and UV curable printing technology. Their aim is to improve the capabilities of 3D printers through better raw materials. They are solving the biggest problem of 3D printer and print better and quality products. They create the materials with Polyethylene terephatalate (PET) and it is more flexible than ABS and PLA materials. There are many other features including it is heat resistance, recyclable and hydrophobic.

6. The Dreambox

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The Dreambox is a founded by three undergraduates at the University of California Berkeley. Dreambox is a 3D printing machine that can create any limited size objects in few minutes. The headquarter is in the University and started receiving funding for their startup. In the first two months, they had over 800 customers and this is rapidly growing. The Dreambox has a wide variety of 3D printed goodies that are available for purchase.

5. Pirate 3D

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Pirate 3D is another startup in 3D printing industries that made headlines all over the world. It is a Palo Alto based company that comes into the market with some new techniques. They created a 3D printer, Baccaneer printer which already raised more than $1.4 million. The best part is that it can print wirelessly and can be connected to any Android and iOS device. It also features cloud WiFi printing and Ethernet support. It is one of the cheapest 3D printers with only sale price of $350.

4. Shapeways

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Shapeways is a Dutch founded and headquartered in New York 3D printing startup company. They offer an e-commerce market where user uploads their design and they print the objects for them. They print everything from jewelry to playing toys. In 2012, Shapeways sold more than one million 3D printed objects. Nowadays, this feature is popular worldwide that allows you to create a prototype and save your money on direct manufacturing.

3. Spuni

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Spuni is a New York based 3D printing manufacturer which developed a 3D printed spoon that ease an infant’s transition to solid food. The Spuni team invested around $2000 on first Makerbot 3D printer and it costs $5 to make one spoon. It was developed by two undergraduates at MIT University. They tested it on hungry babies and the prototype worked well. They choose the 3D printers for their products and this technique gained popularity.

2. MakerBot

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MakerBot Industry is a worldwide popular 3D printer industry, founded in New York in 2009. The company was founded by Bre Pettis, Adam Mayer and Zach Hoeken. It is a leading producer of desktop 3D printers. Between 2009 and 2011, the firm sold more than 3500 units. They designed many 3D desktop printers but the most popular is Replicator. They also offer hundreds of free projects for downloads and provide an open source platform for sharing ideas and designs.

1. Formlabs

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Formlabs is a Somerville based company founded by Maxim Lobovsky, David Cranor and Natan Linder in September 2011. The company designs and manufacturers desktop 3D printers and known for funded $3 million by Kickstarter. In 2012, they released their first 3D printer, Form 1 that raised a record breaking $2.9 million in funding. Recently in June 2014, they launched their second 3D printer, Form 1+ which has a more advanced design than previous including speed, quality and reliability.

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Varun Kumar

Varun Kumar is an experienced science and technology journalist interested in machines, AI, and space exploration. He received a Master's degree in computer science from Indraprastha University. To find out what his latest project is, feel free to directly email him at [email protected] 

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