Markforged: Using 3D Printers to Revolutionize Manufacturing

Top 15 3D TECH STARTUPS - 2019

3D technology has been a game-changer in many ways. Several industries, including healthcare, automobile, aerospace, defense, manufacturing, and entertainment, have been experiencing impactful production and business transformations within crucial areas of their business by leveraging 3D technology. 

Many experts hail 3D technology as a catalyst for the next industrial revolution. Companies are experimenting with 3D printed products such as automobile parts, micro-batteries, and even prosthetic limbs. In fact, healthcare is one field that is making the most of 3D printing, from 3D printing artificial human-sized bones, cartilage, and muscle to carrying out complex surgeries with the help of 3D models. Further, 3D imaging technology has also caught the imagination of manufacturers, delivering high accuracy and precision at every stage of the manufacturing process, thus helping save time and raw materials. With 3D imaging, designers have in their possession a tool that provides an intuitive understanding of the feasibility of any product right at the initial stages. In the consumer sector, the increasing popularity of 3D cinema and 3D televisions has made it the second-highest revenue-generating segment in the entertainment industry.   

With a comprehensive understanding of these new developments, StartupCity has compiled a list of 15 most promising 3D tech startups that provide innovative solutions for a variety of use cases.

We are glad to feature Massachusetts based Markforged, a company that provides innovative metal and carbon fiber 3D printing materials to bolster industrial applications of the final components. Unlike traditional metal 3D printers, Markforged’s metal printing system utilizes metal 3D filaments that combine the simplicity and safety of fused filament fabrication printing with superior properties of advanced metals. Another featured firm is R3 Printing, which develops cutting-edge 3D printing hardware and cloud-based management software for an affordable 3D-printed future. The company’s R3 printer is an automated, scalable, additive manufacturing platform that enables on-demand manufacturers to scale up their production and price themselves competitively.

With several innovative technological capabilities and success stories up the sleeves, these firms are constantly proving their mettle in the field of 3D technology. We hope this edition of StartupCity helps you build the partnership you and your firm needs to adopt an innovative 3D technology solution.

We present to you StartupCity’s “15 Most Promising 3D Tech Startups – 2019.”

TOP 3D TECH STARTUPS

Markforged was founded on the belief that there is a better way to make things. The company is transforming manufacturing by addressing 3D printing as a holistic problem. Markforged is a manufacturer of industrial 3D printers, print systems, and software, as well as an innovator in the technologies and materials that continue to define this emerging industry. Their innovations involve a combined effort in advanced cloud computing, cutting-edge materials science, and industrial design. The company looks forward to increasing manufacturing system efficiency through better and faster ways of making functional prototypes, tools and fixtures, and end-use parts—at scale

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Develops novel MIMS/LiDAR tools for 3D mapping, reality modeling, object tracking, and classification. Mezmeriz combines its proprietary eye-safe MEMS/LiDAR laser scanning technology and silicon nanophotonics devices with signal processing algorithms to build a unique 3D mapping apparatus, ‘Lightsphere Camera. This approach allows for an easy, fast, and inexpensive means of accurately capturing a 3D space. The Lightsphere Camera can instantaneously map 20mx20mx20m with a 360x240 degree field of view at a rate of up to one million points per second. Users can obtain dimensionally-accurate and photorealistic 3D models—with an absolute accuracy of nearly one centimeter—on a mobile or virtual reality device of their choice within 90 seconds.Develops novel MIMS/LiDAR tools for 3D mapping, reality modeling, object tracking, and classification. Mezmeriz combines its proprietary eye-safe MEMS/LiDAR laser scanning technology and silicon nanophotonics devices with signal processing algorithms to build a unique 3D mapping apparatus, ‘Lightsphere Camera. This approach allows for an easy, fast, and inexpensive means of accurately capturing a 3D space. The Lightsphere Camera can instantaneously map 20mx20mx20m with a 360x240 degree field of view at a rate of up to one million points per second. Users can obtain dimensionally-accurate and photorealistic 3D models—with an absolute accuracy of nearly one centimeter—on a mobile or virtual reality device of their choice within 90 seconds

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R3 Printer has been designed with the rapid advancement of materials science in mind. Its printhead is capable of reaching ultra-high temperatures, and the nozzles are made of hardened tool steel with a proprietary abrasion-resistant coating. They’ve designed the build surface to be upgradeable to a version that can withstand the sintering process required to densify metal parts to their final all-metal form. “It wasn’t easy, but we’re proud to offer our customers a solution that enables them to leverage the latest and greatest in materials science as part of their service offering to their clients,” states Sieradzki

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3co

3co

3co provides the simplest solution for selling beautiful products through augmented reality to its customers. The company develop 3D scanning robotics & augmented reality APIs for iOS & Android e-commerce apps to help businesses increase customer conversion rate and decrease the likelihood of return. The company is headquartered in London, England. The company relies on building intelligent simultaneous localization and mapping algorithms that understand shape and function o the real-world objects. The company was founded in the year 2008. The technological innovations the company built could be applied across numerous fields, including robotics, autonomous vehicles, manufacturing, and healthcare

3YOURMIND

3YOURMIND

3YOURMIND is a company that digitizes Additive Manufacturing processes to make industrial 3D printing efficient, maximize 3D machine utilization, and spread adoption throughout organizations. The future of product innovation is linked to efficient Additive Manufacturing. The company’s digital platforms eliminate the current barriers that are slowing the adoption of AM across every sector of manufacturing. 3YOURMIND directly partners with industry leaders (DAX 30 companies) to identify and respond to specific demands. The Enterprise platform digitizes the organization of 3D production flows. 3D print services use the eCommerce platform to commercialize their production capacity instantly. These innovative solutions have propelled the company grew to produce industrial 3D printing software

axial3D

axial3D

3D printing is revolutionizing healthcare, and axial3D is at the forefront of this innovation with a vision to make 3D printing a part of mainstream medical practice. The company focus on creating precise, patient-specific 3D printed models generated directly from patient CT and MRI scan data. 3D printed models facilitate a better understanding of abnormalities, encourage novel surgical techniques, and improve the surgical outcome for patients. Providing a unique Online Ordering Portal to upload scans in minutes securely, the firm with an expert team uses the latest 3D printing technology to create precise physical 3D printed models of their patient’s anatomy and offers directly to the consultant

CARBON

CARBON

Enables companies to craft Innovations in software, hardware, and materials to deliver breakthrough products

Creative 3D Technologies

Creative 3D Technologies

3D Creative is a 3D printing company in the Baltic States - more than 300 engineerings, automotive and aerospace industries, dentistry, medical, architecture and jewelry, educational institutions, and other professionals trust the professional competence, quality, and accuracy of services and equipment. Along with 3D scanning, modeling, and printing, 3D Creative has the experience of design, simulation, and manufacturing of metal casting molds. 3D Creative's services enable its customers to improve their work efficiency and production costs by utilizing the most advanced additive manufacturing methods instantly

Desktop Metal

Desktop Metal

Desktop Metal reinvents the way engineering and manufacturing teams produce metal parts from prototyping through mass production. It has a team of world-leading experts in materials science, engineering, and 3D printing who address the problem of how to make metal 3D printing accessible for engineering teams. Developed by a group of world-leading materials scientists and 3D printing experts, the Studio System fabrication process is designed to take the guesswork out of achieving parts with unique metallurgical properties. Similar to metal injection molding (MIM) it also leverages bulk sintering to deliver parts with high densities and reliable performance

Matterport

Matterport

The world leader in immersive 3D technology that offers a platform for prosumers and professionals to easily capture, edit and share 3D models of physical spaces

Size Stream

Size Stream

Founded in 2012, Size Stream, LLC is a leader in 3D body scanning technology. Located in the renowned Research Triangle Park in NC and a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Apparel Group, headquartered in Dallas, TX, Size Stream focuses on several markets including apparel, fitness and uniforms. With over 100 years of combined engineer and software developer experience in 3D body scanning and measurement extraction technology, Size Stream offers accurate, affordable body scanning technology. With their products clients can scan themselves, unassisted, at any time, to obtain their personalized full body scan—and all within seconds

Sketchfab

Sketchfab

Sketchfab is empowering a new era of creativity by making it easy for anyone to publish and find 3D content online. Sketchfab is the largest platform for immersive and interactive 3D. Additionally, their store lets buyers and sellers transact 3D models with confidence using their real-time viewer and model inspector. Their technology is integrated with every major 3D creation tool and publishing platform and is compatible across every browser, operating system, desktop and mobile. They also support VR and AR on compatible hardware. Their robust APIs let developers support direct uploading and downloading of 3D models, and configure embeddable 3D viewer as needed

Terrafilum

Terrafilum

Terrafilum Engineered Filaments is a company that develops and provides a 3D printer to the users with the highest-quality, eco-friendly filament solutions on the market for all of their printing needs. The company is one of the organizations that prioritize the demands of consumers. It provides several types of recycled and recyclable filaments to meet any level of demand required by their clients. The company with a team of experts specializes in 3D Printing, Chemical Engineering, Additive Manufacturing, 3D Print Prototyping, and Sustainability. The company also provides a recycling program that ensures the maximum amount of material that might otherwise be discarded as waste, is returned to the company where it is recycled and repurposed into more of our wonderful products

unity

unity

Forged in gaming, Unity's flexible real-time tools offer incredible possibilities for all industries and applications. Unity is the preferred development tool for the majority of XR creators. From games to aerospace, medical to manufacturing and beyond, Unity is the go-to solution for creating world-class interactive and immersive real-time experiences that bring products and ideas to life. The Unity Editor features multiple tools that enable rapid editing and iteration in development cycles, including Play mode for quick previews of work in real-time. Their built-in UI system allows you to create user interfaces fast and intuitively.

Velo3D

Velo3D

VELO3D addresses the tough additive manufacturing challenges by delivering a comprehensive, end-to-end solution that takes additive manufacturing abilities far beyond today’s standard. The company envisions a future in which products are designed without constraints, are optimized for best performance, which is affordable and environmentally sound. VELO3D designed and successfully printed dozens of parts before, which was considered impossible to make and unlocked new critical applications for the customers. These capabilities are already in volume manufacturing. It enables an end-to-end integrated workflow where Intelligent Fusion is the technology that powers the Flow pre-print software and the Sapphire hardware system