Global Startup Heat Map highlights 10 3D Printing Startups to Watch in 2023
Through the Big Data & Artificial Intelligence (AI)-powered StartUs Insights Discovery Platform, which covers over 3 790 000+ startups & scaleups globally, we identified 397 3D printing startups. The Global Startup Heat Map below highlights the 10 3D printing startups you should watch in 2023 as well as the geo-distribution of all 397 startups & scaleups we analyzed for this research. Based on the heat map, we see high startup activity in the UK, followed by the US and India. These 3D printing startups work on solutions ranging from production automation and supply chain digitization to large-scale and industrial additive manufacturing.
As the world’s largest resource for data on emerging companies, the SaaS platform enables you to identify relevant technologies and industry trends quickly & exhaustively. Based on the data from the platform, the Top 5 3D Printing Startup Hubs are in London, New York City, Los Angeles, Bangalore & Singapore. The 10 hand-picked startups highlighted in this report are chosen from all over the world and develop solutions for continuous isotropic printing, workflow optimization, ceramic printing, and process monitoring.
10 Top 3D Printing Startups to Watch in 2023
Advances in 3D printing, or additive manufacturing, include faster and more precise 3D printers, high-performance materials, and more. Novel 3D printers are capable of producing complex designs with intricate details. They improve the efficiency and accuracy of prototyping, production, and customization processes. Other innovations include compatible materials for medical applications, high-performance materials for aerospace and automotive industries, and metal additive manufacturing. Further, the integration of advanced software and design tools simplifies the creation and optimization of 3D models, enhancing design capabilities and reducing time-to-market. Multi-material and multi-color 3D printing also enables more realistic and functional prototypes.
- REV3RD – Large-scale 3D Printing
- 1A Technologies – Industrial 3D Printing
- Rapid Dimension – AM Supply Chain Digitization
- Axtra3D – Continuous Isotropic Printing
- Samisan Tech – AM Workflow Optimization
- Synteris – High-Temperature Ceramic Printing
- Alpha Powders – Waste Plastic Valorization
- Moso3D – Multi-Material 3D Printing
- AMiquam – Real-Time Print Monitoring
- 2oneLab – Fast Metal 3D Printing
REV3RD offers Large-scale 3D Printing
Italian startup REV3RD specializes in large-scale additive manufacturing with recycled materials. RD-HUGE is the startup’s large-format 3D printing machine that facilitates the 3D printing of very large engineered parts. It is an effective industrial solution to create full-scale geometrically complex products. The printer’s proprietary pellet extrusion system also supports a range of compounded materials. These include very soft rubber plastics to strong, high-temperature, or carbon-fiber-filled plastics. The solution thus allows engineers to realize prototypes and projects.
1A Technologies provides Industrial 3D Printing
German startup 1A Technologies utilizes its proprietary screw extrusion additive manufacturing for industrial 3D printing. The startup’s extrusion units are integrable with 5-axis machines, hexapod tables, and gantry machines. This enables additive and subtractive processing in one machine, decreases part production time, and eliminates the need for support structures. The technology also allows the use of cost-effective standard granulates compared to conventional plastic printing materials. This way, the startup reduces printing costs while maintaining high throughput.
Rapid Dimension aids AM Supply Chain Digitization
Swedish startup Rapid Dimension develops a fast and accurate fusion deposition modeling (FDM) system that enables the easier adoption of additive manufacturing. The startup’s solution combines rapid manufacturing, digital warehousing, and inventory management in a single platform. Its cloud-based inventory software stores digitalized parts and facilitates central control of the printer fleet. Further, the startup’s bio-based approach to material development allows a wide range of functional materials, ensuring a high conversion rate from raw materials to the final product. This allows manufacturing units to coordinate additive manufacturing and related material movement with no software infrastructure.
Axtra3D enables Continuous Isotropic Printing
US-based startup Axtra3D develops additive manufacturing solutions based on optoelectronics. The startup’s proprietary Hybrid PhotoSynthesis technology combines laser and projector techniques to enable a print speed surpassing conventional stereolithography printers. The high resolution of Axtra3D’s Lumia 3D printer eliminates the need for post-print refinishing while ensuring a smoother surface without aliasing or stair-stepping. The resultant printed products are suitable for orthodontic models, biocompatible surgical guides, and high-resolution industrial prototypes.
Samisan Tech facilitates AM Workflow Optimization
Indian startup Samisan Tech offers build processing software for 3D printing. MIRA3D is the startup’s machine-independent software that aids in build preparation for 3D printing and requires minimal operator input. The startup’s software enables automatic model repair and supports 2D nesting, re-meshing, slicing, and lattice infill. This solution thus streamlines the workflow in additive manufacturing stations.
Synteris enables High-Temperature Ceramic Printing
US-based startup Synteris develops a selective laser sintering (SLS) process that enables additive manufacturing of ceramic parts. The startup’s proprietary SLRS technology utilizes a reactive shielding gas to break down elemental particles into non-oxide ceramics. The process is material agnostic, enabling the 3D printing of any carbide or nitride ceramics. Synteris’ manufacturing method avoids the need for post-processing and plastic binders, unlike other non-oxide ceramic AM solutions. This greatly reduces the turnaround time for non-oxide ceramic parts and uses less energy compared to other methods. The low lead time for ceramic parts aids electric vehicle manufacturers in the industry’s move towards zero-emission transportation.
Alpha Powders advances Waste Plastic Valorization
Polish startup Alpha Powders provides a spheroidization technology for the development and improvement of 3D printing materials. The startup’s benchtop polymer powder spheroidizator, SphereNANO, converts waste polymer material into feedstock for powder bed fusion (PBF). Its process does not use any solvents and the device is quickly scalable. The solution thus provides powders of higher quality, bringing down the cost for the final user and contributing to the widespread adoption of PBF.
Moso3D enables Multi-Material 3D Printing
Spanish startup Moso3D develops custom tools to facilitate multi-material 3D printing. Moso MT is the startup’s multi-tool, a multi-material 3D printer that prints a variety of materials, including PLA, ABS, PETG, and nylon. The startup’s extruder tools are capable of auto-alignment and auto-offset allowing automatic tool changes. This makes it suitable for printing multi-material objects for medical models, prosthetics, and custom industrial devices.
AMiquam ensures Real-Time Print Monitoring
Swiss startup AMiquam creates a non-destructive testing (NDT) solution to monitor the quality of AM processes and parts. Its autonomous electromagnetic systems deliver compliance information about the stability of the AM process. This provides real-time information on part quality, including porosity and defects. AMiquam’s NDT instrument collects information layer by layer without affecting the productivity of the printing process. Moreover, the solution is machine-agnostic and requires minimal infrastructure and no wire interfaces for integration.
2oneLab enables Fast Metal 3D Printing
German startup 2oneLab develops a metal 3D printer for small and medium-sized parts. 2CREATE is the startup’s metal 3D printer that supports a range of materials like aluminum and titanium alloys. It streamlines fast scalable workflows while ensuring the surface quality of the components. This way, 2oneLab’s printing machine delivers cost-effective and efficient 3D printing for the medical, industrial, and research and development industries.
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