20 Emerging 3D Printing Startups (2021)

by Josh Howarth - May 13, 2021

In 2020, the global market for 3D printing stood at $13 billion.

And is expected to grow more than 26% between 2022 and 2024.

On top of that, the 3D printing market is expected to grow at a CAGR of over 18% into 2025.

All things considered, it’s safe to say that the growth of this industry isn’t slowing down anytime soon, especially with new ventures launching every year. We’ve gathered the best 3D printing startups you should follow in 2021.

1. Fast Radius

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5-year search growth: 100%

Search growth status: Regular

Year founded: 2017

Location: Chicago, IL

Funding: $67.8M (Series B)

What they do: Fast Radius is a 3D printing startup that provides production and logistics assistance to manufacturing companies. They do this by offering on-demand manufacturing services, additive technology, and a cloud-based virtual warehouse. Fast Radius has served around 1.8K customers so far.

2. Glowforge

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5-year search growth: 809%

Search growth status: Exploding

Year founded: 2014

Location: Seattle, WA

Funding: $70.2M (Series Unknown)

What they do: Glowforge manufactures consumer-grade 3D laser printers. Their printers use subtractive manufacturing to print objects with different materials. Last year, Glowforge earned $28 million in pre-order sales.

3. 3YOURMIND

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5-year search growth: 100%

Search growth status: Peaked

Year founded: 2014

Location: Berlin, Germany

Funding: $32.9M (Series A)

What they do: A software company, 3YOURMIND offers a suite of additive manufacturing solutions. Their software suite is designed to automate the additive manufacturing workflows of companies. According to their website, 3YOURMIND is used by the leading companies in the AM industry.

4. Multiply Labs

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5-year search growth: 525%

Search growth status: Regular

Year founded: 2016

Location: San Francisco, CA

Funding: $22.7M (Series A)

What they do: Combining pharma with robotics, Multiply Labs creates 3D printed personalized capsules. Each capsule contains multiple products that are released at different times in the human body. It is estimated that the company currently earns $5M in annual revenue.

5. Additive Industries

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5-year search growth: 100%

Search growth status: Regular

Year founded: 2012

Location: Eindhoven, Netherlands

Funding: $29.1M (Series Unknown)

What they do: Additive Industries specializes in offering metal additive manufacturing solutions to industrial markets. Specifically, they offer 3D metal printers and supporting services to aerospace, automotive, energy, and high-tech companies. In 2019, Additive Industries was shortlisted for the 3D Printing Industry Awards in the “Enterprise 3D Printer (Metals)” category.

6. Fictiv

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5-year search growth: 2800%

Search growth status: Regular

Year founded: 2013

Location: San Francisco, CA

Funding: $92.6M (Series D)

What they do: A fabrication service, Fictiv offers custom on-demand manufacturing. They provide an online platform where their customers can upload 2D/3D files, receive a quote, and track the progress of the manufacturing process. Fictiv claims that they currently have over 250 manufacturing partners worldwide.

7. Relativity Space

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5-year search growth: 4900%

Search growth status: Regular

Year founded: 2016

Location: Long Beach, CA

Funding: $685.7M (Series D)

What they do: Relativity Space is an aerospace startup that designs and manufactures 3D printed autonomous rockets. The company claims that their rockets can be designed and launched in a matter of days, as opposed to years. In 2019, Relativity Space made it to Fast Company’s list of most innovative companies (space sector).

8. Mixed Dimensions

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5-year search growth: 600%

Search growth status: Regular

Year founded: 2009

Location: San Mateo, CA

Funding: $7.5M (Seed)

What they do: Mixed Dimensions is a 3D printing startup that transforms digital products into physical objects. They sculpt 3D collectibles of virtual characters and objects from video games. According to their website, Mixed Dimensions has partnered with some of the leading gaming and technology companies, including CCP Games, Cryptic, and Daz 3D.

9. Formlabs

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5-year search growth: 60%

Search growth status: Regular

Year founded: 2011

Location: Somerville, MA

Funding: $103.7M (Series D)

What they do: A hardware manufacturer, Formlabs builds and sells accessible 3D printers. They also offer material used for 3D printing, along with supporting software. Formlabs says that their users have printed over 40 million parts so far.

10. Mighty Buildings

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5-year search growth: 3000%

Search growth status: Regular

Year founded: 2017

Location: Oakland, CA

Funding: $75.8M (Series B)

What they do: Mighty Buildings is a modular construction technology company that builds 3D printed homes. They do this by leveraging 3D printed panels and prefab technology. The company has completed about a dozen projects so far.

11. Markforged

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5-year search growth: 261%

Search growth status: Regular

Year founded: 2013

Location: Watertown, MA

Funding: $136.8M (Series D)

What they do: Markforged is a hardware company that offers industrial-grade additive manufacturing solutions. Specifically, they offer 3D printers, materials, and software. Markforged claims that their 3D printers are used by the world’s top 9 manufacturing companies.

12. VELO3D

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5-year search growth: 562%

Search growth status: Regular

Year founded: 2014

Location: Campbell, CA

Funding: $50.1M (Series D)

What they do: A digital manufacturing company, VELO3D offers 3D metal printers and custom-printed components. Their platform is designed to provide end-to-end AM solutions for manufacturing problems. VELO3D made it to the Fast Company’s list of the most innovative manufacturing companies in 2021.

13. Xometry

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5-year search growth: 266%

Search growth status: Exploding

Year founded: 2013

Location: Gaithersburg, MD

Funding: $197.2M (Series E)

What they do: Xometry is an online marketplace where customers can find suppliers for custom 3D components and prototypes. In addition to 3D printing, users can also find suppliers for CNC machining, injection molding, and more. Xometry says that they currently have 4,000+ manufacturing partners in their network.

14. 9T Labs

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5-year search growth: 7600%

Search growth status: Regular

Year founded: 2018

Location: Zurich, Switzerland

Funding: $5.5M (Seed)

What they do: 9T Labs offers 3D printing solutions focused on carbon composites. Their solutions, which consist of both hardware and software, are designed to help their customers produce carbon composites in high volumes. According to their website, they are trusted by the leading manufacturing organizations, including ESA BIC Switzerland, Ansys, and ETH Zurich.

15. nTopology

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5-year search growth: 99X+

Search growth status: Regular

Year founded: 2015

Location: New York, NY

Funding: $70.2M (Series C)

What they do: A software company, nTopology creates tools for design, engineering, and simulation. Their software solutions are designed to support and make the fabrication/3D printing processes smoother. nTopology’s solutions have been used to create +2,200 parts so far.

16. NEXA3D

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5-year search growth: 355%

Search growth status: Regular

Year founded: 2014

Location: Ventura, CA

Funding: $40M (Series B)

What they do: NEXA3D is a manufacturing company that builds polymer 3D printers and supportive software. The company has aimed to make its products accessible to businesses of all sizes. NEXA3D claims that their solutions can deliver a 20X productivity gain.

17. Equispheres

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5-year search growth: -100%

Search growth status: Regular

Year founded: 2015

Location: Ottawa, Canada

Funding: $23.1M (Series B)

What they do: A materials science company, Equispheres offers additive manufacturing products. Specifically, they manufacture metal powders that the company claims have superior mechanical properties. In 2019, Equispheres received $8M in cleantech funding from BDC.

18. Arevo

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5-year search growth: 100%

Search growth status: Peaked

Year founded: 2013

Location: Milpitas, CA

Funding: $44.5M (Series B)

What they do: Arevo is a manufacturing company that develops 3D printed components for end-use. They do this by offering software solutions, carbon fiber material, and hardware designed for mass production. In 2019, Arevo won the startup prize at JEC World.

19. Dyndrite

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5-year search growth: 8800%

Search growth status: Regular

Year founded: 2016

Location: Seattle, WA

Funding: $13M (Series A)

What they do: Dyndrite offers digital manufacturing software solutions. Their core platform, called “Dyndrite Accelerated Computation Engine,” supports the creation of software and hardware used in additive manufacturing. The startup was selected as one of the “Best Small Companies to Work For” by Built In Seattle in 2020.

20. 3DEO

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5-year search growth: 1900%

Search growth status: Regular

Year founded: 2016

Location: Gardena, CA

Funding: $31.1M (Series Unknown)

What they do: A 3D printing technology company, 3DEO builds and supplies metal components. They also offer a cloud-based manufacturing platform designed to manage the entire development process. Last year, 3DEO announced that they shipped 150,000 production parts for end-use applications.

conclusion

And that wraps up our list of 3D printing startups.

As additive manufacturing and prefab technologies become necessities, the industry for 3D printing products and services is set to see continued growth in the years to come.

Written By
Josh Howarth
Co-founder of Exploding Topics.
548 Market St. Suite 95149
San Francisco, California
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