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3d Printing- Changing the Shape of Our Environment

A definitive guide to 3D printing

From 3D movies like Avatar and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse to VR headsets, 3D technology has taken the centre stage on almost all platforms. Move over-printing on a piece of paper, 3D objects are the future of printing.

3D printing is the process of building a three-dimensional object from a computer-aided design (CAD) model. Since it is usually done by successively adding material layer by layer, it is also called additive manufacturing.

These are plenty of advantages of 3D printing, which makes it a sought-after solution to producing complex-shaped objects in a cost-efficient manner. 3D printing isn’t just pocket-friendly but environmentally-friendly too as there is less wastage of material. This is why 3D manufacturing has attracted the attention of entrepreneurs, and there are various start-ups have attracted funding from investors around the world. Here are a few 3D printing start-ups around the globe that are gaining traction.


  1. Morphedo

Founded in the year 2015, Morphedo is an online 3D printing services platform for rapid prototyping and customized part manufacturing for different companies. It is supported and incubated by Nexus, which is an international incubator established in India jointly by the US government and the University of Texas.

  1. Supercraft3D

Founded in 2016 Maltesh Somasekharappa, Supercraft3D is a Bengaluru-based 3D printing start-up registered in Singapore. It focuses on the healthcare sector and medical applications, providing medical models for end-users such as surgeons and diagnostic centres. This start-up has raised a funding of $1 million from Flipkart co-founder Binny Bansal as well as four angel investors.

  1. 3DFortify

Fortify, the recent winner of the Formnext 2018 startup challenge, has raised $2.5 million in seed funding. Headquartered in Boston, this start-up was founded on the principle of building materials “from the microarchitecture up.” With a focus on composite materials, the company has developed its patented Fluxprint technology adding magnets to DLP 3D printing for the alignment of fibre reinforcements.

  1. Desktop Metal

Headquartered in Burlington, MA, Desktop Metal has raised $436.8 million in venture funding since its founding from investors such as Google Ventures, BMW, and Ford Motor Company. The company has developed Live Parts, an AI software for users to generate printable object designs automatically. This software allows users to input specifications for an object and then creates a computer model which can be printed using 3D printing system.

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