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30 Most Innovative 3D Printing Companies in 2016

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3D printing business and the number of 3D printing startups continues to grow. Here are the most innovative 3D printing companies in 2016.

As the 3D printing industry continues to grow, its landscape inevitably continues to shift and evolve. Across the 3D ecosystem, innovative new start-ups are fueling this growth and evolution along with the entry into the market of more established companies and continued R&D from 3D printing companies with decades of longevity.

This feature focuses primarily on innovative and new(er) start-up companies within the additive manufacturing space — those that have identified a new opportunity and/or developed new processes and technology — with one notable exception. This list covers the broad spectrum of the ecosystem and includes 3D printer manufacturers, industrial and consumer services, marketplaces, and materials. Also look out for pioneering software tools and original ideas for 3D printed products.

However, if you think we‘ve missed any important 3D printing companies, please feel free to add your contributions in the comments section.

Most Innovative 3D Printing Companies: Overview

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Company Products / Services Benefits Target Group
3D Hubs 3D printing service Huge local 3D Printing Network consumers, makers, industrial
Carbon 3D printing technology CLIP technology offers new materials and speed industrial
Made in Space 3D printer manufacturer 3D printing in space science
WASP 3D printer manufacturer Delta 3D printers for consumers makers, consumers
Voxel8 3D printing technology conductive inks, composite, sensors for producing circuits industrial
Local Motors Open Source Transportation First 3D printed concept car makers, industrial
SOLS 3D printed orthotics custom-made 3D printed insoles consumers
Simplify3D 3D printing software sophisticated 3D slicing software consumers, makers
Markforged 3D printer manufacturer offers a variety of strong composite materials industrial
XJET 3D printer manufacturer NanoParticle Jetting industrial
HP 3D printer manufacturer Multijet Fusion 3D printer offers speed and multimaterials industrial
Ultimaker 3D printer manufacturer Reliable, open source 3D printers consumers, makers
Formlabs 3D printer manufacturer Affordable SLA 3D Printers consumers, makers, industrial
e-nable 3D printer repository Open community dedicated to creating free 3D printed hands and arms consumers, makers
BigRep 3D printer manufacturer Offers large scale (1m³ build volume) FDM printing makers, industrial
Lulzbot 3D printer manufacturer Open-source 3D printers, loved by the community consumers, makers
BCN3D 3D printer manufacturer Offers high-quality dual extruder 3D printer consumers, makers
Colorfabb 3D printer filament Develops a huge array for FDM filaments consumers, makers
XYZprinting 3D printer manufacturer 3D printers for beginners consumers
Printrbot 3D printer manufacturer Reliable and affordable 3D printers consumers, makers
Doob Group 3D printing services Offers a variety of 3D printing services, known for 3D selfie studios. consumers, industrial
Body Labs 3D printing services offers body scanners industrial
Food Ink / by Flow 3D printer manufacturer offers experimental food 3D printers chefs
E3D 3D printer products Offers innovative add-ons for 3D printers consumer, makers
ComeTrue3D 3D printer manufacturer Binder jetting color printer industrial
3D Slash 3D printer software 3D modeling software consumers, makers
3D Printer OS 3D printer software OS for 3D printers consumers, makers
Rize 3D 3D printer manufacturer 3D printing process with minimal post-processing industrial
Nano Dimensions 3D printer manufacturer Enables nanotech 3D printing science
Cytosurge 3D printer manufacturer Microscopic metal 3D printing industrial, science

Innovative 3D Printing Companies #1: 3D Hubs

Innovative 3D printing companies 3D Hubs

What Does This 3D Printing Company Do? A global 3D printing service, provided locally.

Why Is It One of the Most Innovative 3D Printing Companies? 3D printing services are hardly innovative, with some visionary contract prototyping bureaux buying in early, but 3D Hubs’ approach was wholly original and it was the first of its kind. Since its launch three years ago, growth has been fast and impressive with 3D printing services available for consumers and hobbyists as well as industrial markets.

Essentially, 3D Hubs plans to do for 3D printing what Airbnb and Uber are doing for hotels and personal transport – enabling supply and demand of 3D printed parts, locally and providing an online platform and app to facilitate the ever-growing network.

To date, 3D Hubs has successfully closed three rounds of funding, and the number of registered hubs (personal 3D printers and industrial services) has grown to a 40,000 strong network.

Who: 3D Hubs is the brainchild of Brian Garret and Bram De Zwart.

When: Launched 2013.

HQ: The Netherlands

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Innovative 3D Printing Companies #2: Carbon

Innovative 3D printing companies Carbon

What Does This 3D Printing Company Do? 3D printing process (CLIP) and 3D printer platform (M1) with a palette of unprecedented industrial grade materials.

Why Is It One of the Most Innovative 3D Printing Companies? The M1 is a 3D printer that processes true elastomer materials and is capable of producing isotropic parts with mechanical properties and surface finish that have not been achievable with 3D printing previously. In addition, the CLIP process can demonstrably print parts up to 100 times faster than comparable 3D printing processes.

Since commercial launch earlier this year, Carbon has continued to roll out an impressive list of beta testers that are all reporting impressive results, including Ford, Legacy Effects, BMW and a number of services. In this vein, the CLIP process is available to consumers via long-standing 3D printing service provider Sculpteo.

Who: Co-founded by father and son, Joseph (CEO) and Phil DeSimone.

When: Founded 2014, introduced 2015, commercially launched 2016.

HQ: USA

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Innovative 3D Printing Companies #3: Made In Space

Innovative 3D printing companies Made in Space

What Does This 3D Printing Company Do? An “off world” 3D printing ecosystem.

Why Is It One of the Most Innovative 3D Printing Companies? The over-arching premise of Made in Space is the development of additive manufacturing technology for use in the space environment with the aim of providing more sustainable manufacturing capabilities on demand. The intent is to produce space assets in space rather than launching them from Earth.

Working in partnership with NASA to prove out the advantages of manufacturing in zero gravity, the current research focus is on the International Space Station (ISS) ahead of taking additive technology further afield to even harsher environments on distant planets.

Currently, Made In Space has developed a zero-gravity 3D printer, a microgravity-optimized, miniature fiber drawing system, and the R3DO — a zero-gravity material recycler.

So far, Made in Space reports 25 parts have been built “off-world.”

Who: Co-founded by Jason Dunn (CTO) and Michael Snyder (Chief Engineer). President is Andrew Rush.

When: Founded 2010.

HQ: USA

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Innovative 3D Printing Companies #4: WASP

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What Does This 3D Printing Company Do? A 3D printer company which wants to save the world.

Why Is It One of the Most Innovative 3D Printing Companies? Just in case you think the above premise is an over-statement, first consider what the WASP acronym stands for: “World’s Advanced Saving Project.” From the outset, the vision behind WASP has been about making the world a better place with the ultimate goal of developing huge scale 3D printers to produce low-cost housing units (see image above), using low energy and local resources.

Operating as a non-profit, WASP develops and sells various sizes of delta 3D printers to finance the greater vision, which has proven itself several times and is currently in use in Italy. Offering some of the best, low-cost delta 3D printers that can support an efficient system for the pneumatic extrusion of clay, the organization has recently begun expansion overseas to the US market.

Who: Founder Massimo Moretti.

When: Founded 2012.

HQ: Italy.

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Innovative 3D Printing Companies #5: Voxel8

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What Does This 3D Printing Company Do? 3D printer for producing circuits.

Why Is It One of the Most Innovative 3D Printing Companies? The team behind Voxel8 were born out of the “The Lewis Group” at Harvard University (previously Illinois University). The core additive technology platform from the team demonstrates advances in multi-material manufacturing most notably with conductive inks for printed electronics. However, the team is also working on lightweight composite materials and embedded sensors in stretchable matrices.  Working towards a full commercial release of a fully integrated 3D electronics platform, currently the Voxel8 Developer’s Kit is available.

The potential of this technology breakthrough has been acknowledged with numerous accolades and has attracted Autodesk’s Spark Investment Fund. Most notably, Voxel8 raised $12 million in their Series A round for further development.

Who: Founder, Jennifer Lewis. Co-founders Michael Bell, Travis Busbee, and Jack Minardi.

When: 2014

HQ: USA

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Innovative 3D Printing Companies #6: Local Motors

Innovative 3D printing company Local Motors

What Does This 3D Printing Company Do? A new automotive manufacturing model – on demand, locally.

Why Is It One of the Most Innovative 3D Printing Companies? When it comes to innovation, Local Motors is pushing the boundaries — both with additive manufacturing and motor vehicle manufacturing. Local Motors is seeking to completely rethink how cars are made and supplied, with a focus on open source, co-creation, low volumes and local manufacturing via multiple micro-factories. 3D printing is a cornerstone technology for their business model.

To date, they have proven the concept with the Strati, the first “3D printed car” and has followed up with the LM3D (a highway-ready car) and OLLI, an autonomous electric-powered shuttle which they call ‘forward thinking transportation.’

Who: Co-founder and CEO, John (Jay) Rogers.

When: Founded 2007

HQ: USA

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Innovative 3D Printing Companies #7: SOLS

Innovative 3D printing companies Sols

What Does This 3D Printing Company Do? Personalized, 3D printed Orthotics.

Why Is It One of the Most Innovative 3D Printing Companies? SOLS were the first to offer a holistic service in the provision of customized, 3D printed orthotics. As the CEO reveals, being the first in this market has brought key advantages and many challenges, but the release of the ExoSOLS app and foot support product illustrates how SOLS is learning and moving forward. According to them, ExoSOLS combines “tried-and-true manufacturing techniques with on-demand 3D printing, to deliver a superior level of fit and comfort to our customers.”

Who: Founder and CEO, Kegan Schouwenburg.

When: 2013

HQ: USA

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Innovative 3D Printing Companies #8: Simplify3D

Innovative 3D printing companies Simplify 3D

What Does This 3D Printing Company Do? Simplify 3D offers a highly versatile 3D slicer software.

Why Is It One of the Most Innovative 3D Printing Companies? For any 3D printer to work, slicing software is a prerequisite, and that is a major function of Simplify3D. But it goes way beyond slicing and offers so much more. This versatile software also checks the model for problems, repairs them, shows a preview of the fabrication process (ideal for spotting potential problems) and then slices the model.

Simplify3D supports 90% of all current desktop 3D printers on the market and is compatible with the Marlin, Sprinter, Repetier, XYZprinting, FlashForge, Sailfish and MakerBot firmware. Simplify3D can also be used as 3D printer host software for direct control over a machine, but the 3D printer needs to be connected to the PC for the duration.

Who: Founder and CEO, Clayton Webster.

When: 2013

HQ: USA

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Innovative 3D Printing Companies #9: Markforged

Innovative 3D printing companies MarkForged

What Does This 3D Printing Company Do? 3D printer ecosystem for strong, reinforced prints.

Why Is It One of the Most Innovative 3D Printing Companies? Markforged was the first 3D printer company to focus on processing composite, reinforced materials. Their filament deposition platform can work with proprietary reinforced filament materials that incorporate carbon fiber, fiberglass, and even Kevlar. The result, according to the Markforged, is 3D printed parts that exhibit much more functionality, and in some cases parts that are 20 times stiffer than comparable plastic filaments.

Who: Founder & CEO, Gregory Mark.

When: Founded 2013

HQ: USA

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Innovative 3D Printing Companies #10: XJET

Innovative 3D printing company XJET

What Does This 3D Printing Company Do? Metal jetting process called NanoParticle Jetting.

Why Is It One of the Most Innovative 3D Printing Companies? XJet is a pioneering start-up behind the first commercial metal jetting additive manufacturing process. Earlier this year the 3D printing company introduced its proprietary NanoParticle Jetting technology, which uses solid metal nanoparticles suspended in liquid “ink” in sealed cartridges.

While still in the beta testing phase and not fully commercially available, this process undoubtedly sets a new precedent in the metals sector of the industry in terms of precision and surface finish. Surely a highly innovative 3D printing company.

Who: Founder, Hanan Gothait

When: Founded 2005 focused on solar technology, entered the additive manufacturing industry in 2013. The new process was introduced earlier this year.

HQ: Israel

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Innovative 3D Printing Companies #11: HP

Innovative 3D printing companies HP Hewlett Packard

What Does This 3D Printing Company Do? A professional 3D printer with a new proprietary process — MultiJet Fusion.

Why Is It One of the Most Innovative 3D Printing Companies? While HP is obviously not a 3D printing start-up, it has introduced a completely new, and proprietary process that is set to change the landscape of the industry dramatically in the coming year. Anecdotal reports suggest a slowdown in capital purchases of equipment across a number of vertical sectors as potential buyers wait for the full commercial release of HP’s MultiJet Fusion platforms that promise improved strength and functionality — at the voxel level — with increased printing speeds and reduced costs (both capital and consumables).

When: HP formally announced its entrance into the 3D printing industry in 2014. Currently in beta testing and available for pre-order.

HQ: USA

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Innovative 3D Printing Companies #12: Ultimaker

Innovative 3D printing companies ultimaker

What Does This 3D Printing Company Do? Desktop filament deposition 3D printers.

Why Is It One of the Most Innovative 3D Printing Companies? Across a global scene where there are hundreds of filament deposition desktop 3D printers, what makes a 3D printer company stand out? We believe a primary reason is being able to take quality and reliability of the machine for granted. And this is where Ultimaker has certainly made a name for itself. Their current flagship product, the Ultimaker 2+, makes it one of the most prolific 3D printing companies and one that continues to innovate with a focus on industrial uptake and portability.

To retain pole position in the long term, Ultimaker has a complex challenge to maintain its public commitment to open source hardware and software, whilst also staying at the forefront of innovation.

Who: Founders Martijn Elserman, Erik de Bruijn, and Siert Wijnia. CEO, Jos Burger.

When: 2011

HQ: The Netherlands

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Innovative 3D Printing Companies #13: Formlabs

Innovative 3D printing company formlabs

What Does This 3D Printing Company Do? Accessible desktop Stereolithography (SL) 3D printer.

Why Is It One of the Most Innovative 3D Printing Companies? Founded by MIT graduates after a very successful Kickstarter run, Formlabs was the first 3D printer company to bring an SL 3D printer to a mass market. Today, it has offices and two assembly plants in the US and Europe. In early 2016, Formlabs also acquired 3D marketplace Pinshape. Recently, Formlabs managed to win Autodesk as main investor.

From a purely numerical standpoint, the Massachusetts-based firm has already sold more SL 3D printers than all other SL 3D printers cumulatively sold since the technology was invented in 1986.

If you want to know more about the culture of this 3D printer company, we highly recommend the documentary Print the Legend, that shows the origins and early years of the 3D printing company.

Who: Co-founder and CEO, Max Lobovsky.

When: 2011

HQ: USA

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Innovative 3D Printing Companies #14: e-NABLE

Innovative 3D printing companies e-NABLE

What Does This 3D Printing Company Do? A grassroots, open community dedicated to creating free 3D printed hands and arms for those in need of an upper limb assistive device.

Why Is It One of the Most Innovative 3D Printing Companies? e-NABLE brings together an amazing group of individuals from all over the world to collaborate on ways to help improve the open source 3D printable designs for hands and arms for those who were born missing fingers or who have lost them due to war, disease or natural disaster.

Providing some of the most inspiring stories across the ecosystem, 3D printing company e-NABLE community comprises teachers, students, engineers, scientists, medical professionals, tinkerers, designers, parents and children who just want to make a difference and help to “Give The World A Helping Hand.”

Who: Ivan Owen

When: 2011

HQ: USA

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Innovative 3D Printing Companies #15: BigRep

Innovative 3D printing companies BigRep

What Does This 3D Printing Company Do? A large scale (1m³ build volume) filament deposition 3D printer.

Why Is It One of the Most Innovative 3D Printing Companies? BigRep developed and commercialized the biggest filament deposition 3D printer to date. The BigRep One boasts a build volume of 1m³ and has found favor with engineers, architects, and designers that can now economically 3D print large parts, to scale, in a single build.

The 3D printing company has experienced rapid, and sustained growth as a result and has also risen to the challenge of supplying high-quality filament materials in quantities that match the demands of such large builds (1kg spools don’t cut it!).

Who: CEO, Rene Gurka

When: 2014

HQ: Germany

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Innovative 3D Printing Companies #16: Lulzbot
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What Does This 3D Printing Company Do? Open-source 3D printers, very much loved by the community.

Why Is It One of the Most Innovative 3D Printing Companies? The central premise of Lulzbot’s parent company, Aleph Objects, is the production of electronic and mechanical hardware using a fully open source approach. Applying this approach to desktop 3D printers resulted in the Lulzbot brand, which as a result of its commitment to an open source philosophy, is growing extremely fast.

The Lulzbot Mini and Lulzbot Taz machines, even while they sacrifice an elegant appearance for reliability and quality, are selling in impressive volumes, likely the result of the advantage of Aleph Objects being based in the US — a highly receptive market for open source products.

Who: Founder, Jeff Moe.

When: 2011

HQ: USA

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Innovative 3D Printing Companies #17: BCN3D

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What Does This 3D Printing Company Do? 3D Printer manufacturer.

Why Is It One of the Most Innovative 3D Printing Companies? Based in sunny Barcelona, 3D printing company BCN3D is flying the flag for open source and education. With machines like the BCN3D Sigma, they are proving that filament deposition 3D printers are still capable of innovation while reaffirming their dedication to the RepRap movement — the BCN3D Sigma is fully open source.

This 3D printer company does not just design and building 3D printers, it also provides FabLab facilities for students from the nearby technical university and training classes for adult learners. Moreover, the 3D printing company offers a full range of FDM, SL and LS additive manufacturing services, and is in the process of expanding distribution in Europe and the US.

Who: A spin out from Barcelona tech university and FabLab (Fundacio CIM). CEO: Prof Roger Uceda.

When: 2013

HQ: Spain

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Innovative 3D Printing Companies #18: colorfabb

Innovative 3D printing companies ColorFabb

What Does This 3D Printing Company Do? 3D printer filament developer.

Why Is It One of the Most Innovative 3D Printing Companies? When you need filament for your desktop deposition 3D printer, there’s a dizzying array to choose from. Whether that filament is recycled or glows in the dark, or made from coffee grounds, there’s something for everyone. But when you need the absolute best in quality, the market leader is ColorFabb — singularly focused on material development to deliver best-in-class performance. Colorfabb’s extensive material palette includes typical PLA offering along with Carbon Fibre reinforced filaments, Copolyesters like the brand new nGen filament, and, of course, the metal-fill range of filaments (copper / bronze / brass / steel).

Who: Founder, Ruud Rouleaux

When: Founded 2012, launched 2013.

HQ: The Netherlands

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Innovative 3D Printing Companies #19: XYZprinting

Innovative 3D printing companies XYZprinting

What Does This 3D Printing Company Do? Desktop filament 3D printers.

Why Is It One of the Most Innovative 3D Printing Companies? While the desktop filament deposition 3D printers of XYZprinting are not singular in their design or capabilities, what sets them apart from its many competitors is its market penetration. 3D printing company XYZprinting reportedly shipped more devices than any of its peers in 2015.

Offering a broad range of affordable consumer and ‘prosumer’ desktop 3D printers XYZprinting’s business model benefits greatly from its geographic location, labor markets and the experience of its parent company New Kinpo Group (NKG), whose long-standing reputation was garnered through developing and manufacturing traditional paper printers.

Who: The parent company of XYZprinting is New Kinpo Group.

When: Founded in 2013.

HQ: Taiwan.

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Innovative 3D Printing Companies #20: Printrbot

Innovative 3D printing companies Printrbot

What Does This 3D Printing Company Do? Desktop 3D printers.

Why Is It One of the Most Innovative 3D Printing Companies? Printrbot is among the most widely recognized brands for consumer 3D printers in America — and it is probably the most widely praised. That’s largely down to the charismatic CEO Brook Drumm, a chap with forthright opinions and engineering savvy, and a frequent guest on TV shows like “All-American Makers” and a collaborator with MAKE magazine.

Of course, it helps that the Printrbot machines are very reliable and friendly on the wallet, with generous discounts available for the education sector. One of the most interesting 3D printer companies, for sure.

Who: Founder and CEO, Brook Drumm.

When: 2011

HQ: USA

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Innovative 3D Printing Companies #21: Doob Group

Innovative 3D printing companies DOOB

What Does This 3D Printing Company Do? Personalized 3D printed replicas.

Why Is It One of the Most Innovative 3D Printing Companies? Doob Group is a 3D startup based in Düsseldorf that has achieved notable results in the huge business of 3D selfies using 3D scanning and 3D printing technologies in combination.

While there are other successful stories in this segment, we believe Doob is the only one that offers fully tailored solutions — both with 3D software and 3D printing processes— as well as several branded stores with its proprietary “Dooblicator” photogrammetric 3D scanner.

These stores are located in some of the biggest world capitals, including New York, Los Angeles, Tokyo, Berlin and Barcelona. The physical photography business is just beginning, and 3D printing company Doob is poised to be at the forefront of its evolution and one of the most advanced 3D printing companies in their field.

Who: Founder, Miki Devic; CEO, Vladimir Puhalac

When: Founded in 2013.

HQ: Germany

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Innovative 3D Printing Companies #22: Body Labs

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What Does This 3D Printing Company Do? 3D scanning the human body.

Why Is It One of the Most Innovative 3D Printing Companies? Based in New York City, Body Labs is at the forefront of technology that makes it easier to create virtual copies of oneself, either to use in health and fitness or for online shopping.

Both applications can result in either virtual or 3D printed physical products, customized according to one’s exact body measurements and data. It’s still early days, but this 3D printing company is certainly breaking new ground.

Who: Co-founded by Bill O’Farrell (CEO), Eric Rachlin (VP Product Design), Alex Weiss (VP Software Dev) and Michael Black.

When: 2013

HQ: USA

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Innovative 3D Printing Companies #23: Food Ink / By Flow

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What Does This 3D Printing Company Do? Pop-up restaurant dedicated to 3D printed food.

Why Is It One of the Most Innovative 3D Printing Companies? This is a 3d printing start-up with a difference, and one fully dedicated to the synergy of 3D printing and food. Food Ink has been developed, by the team behind Byflow, to offer a one-of-a-kind gourmet experience to diners around the world. Rather than setting up a bricks-n-mortar static restaurant, Food Ink is a conceptual pop-up dinner series — that will tour the world — where the food (and the utensils and furniture) are produced on demand in the restaurant.

Having already popped up in its homeland — the Netherlands — and more recently in London, to great acclaim, Food Ink will continue to travel further afield to bring the 3D printed food experience to a wider audience.

Who: Co-founders Antony Dobrzensky and Marcio Barradas.

When: 2014

HQ: The Netherlands

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Innovative 3D Printing Companies #24: E3D
Innovative 3D printing companies e3D

What Does This 3D Printing Company Do? Provides a lot of innovative products for FDM 3D printers.

Why Is It One of the Most Innovative 3D Printing Companies? E3D brings together a wide group with a lot of fingers in a lot of pies. In a very short space of time, this 3D printing company has gone from offering innovative hot-ends and 3D printers, to extrusion systems and filament. With the exception of software, they’re spanning the entire desktop filament deposition ecosystem. And their ambitions in all categories is to be best in class… and very nearly succeeding.

Their operation is very engaged with the maker community, and this open dialogue with their customers and fans lends them a lot of grassroots support. There are worse ways to run a business.

Who: Co-founders Sanjay Mortimer and Dave Lamb.

When: 2011

HQ: UK

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Innovative 3D Printing Companies #25: ComeTrue3D

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What Does This 3D Printing Company Do? Desktop binder jetting, color 3D printer.

Why Is It One of the Most Innovative 3D Printing Companies? ComeTrue is a new desktop binder jetting 3D printer that benefits from the integration of Microjet’s proprietary inkjet printhead technology. The hardware is supported the ComeTrue print software to slice the 3D files and is the first desktop 3D printer of this type.

Who: Parent company MicroJet Technology Co Ltd

When: 2015

HQ: Taiwan

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Innovative 3D Printing Companies #26: 3D Slash

Innovative 3D printing company 3D Slash

What Does This 3D Printing Company Do? Cloud-based 3D modeling software.

Why Is It One of the Most Innovative 3D Printing Companies? 3DSlash is a startup with one simple but brilliant idea. To develop cloud-based 3D modeling software, that’s as easy to use as a set of LEGO bricks or a game of Minecraft. And once you’re done, it’s a simple process to convert the model into an STL file or to send the file directly to a 3D printing service.

There’s a working beta of the software already available, on desktop computers and tablets, and plans are underway to collaborate with various partners in bringing 3DSlash to as wide an audience as possible.

Since May 2016, 3D Slash is now also tightly integrated into Thingiverse, making the French 3D printing start-up one of the most interesting 3D printing companies today. You now can customize every object on Thingiverse using their editor, if you wish to do so.

When: 2015

HQ: France

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Innovative 3D Printing Companies #27: 3DPrinterOS

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What Does This 3D Printing Company Do? 3D printing operating system.

Why Is It One of the Most Innovative 3D Printing Companies? Both personal computers and mobile devices have seen technology companies that “dominate” hardware platforms through software. We all know that Windows, iOS, and Android are the keys to PCs, smartphones, and tablets.

For 3D printer operating systems, 3DPrinterOS is leading the charge; they want to create a universal, open operating system for 3D printers that is both easy to use and with comprehensive features. It’s a daunting task, but it has to start somewhere. In the cloud, presumably!

Who: Co-founder, John Dogru

When: 2013

HQ: USA

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Innovative 3D Printing Companies #28: Rize 3D

Innovative 3D printing companies Rize 3D

What Does This 3D Printing Company Do? A new 3D printing process called Augmented Polymer Deposition (APD) that promises minimal post-processing.

Why Is It One of the Most Innovative 3D Printing Companies? In July 2016, Rize introduced the Rize One 3D printer, which is utilizing a new and proprietary process, namely Augmented Polymer Deposition or APD, and running a new, proprietary material: Rizium One. The main USP for APD is “zero post-processing” but another impressive one is the 3D printer’s pre-processing software. Regarding actual printing capabilities, APD is promising improved accuracy and surface level, again at the voxel level, with superior functionality and overall speeds.

The promise of this process is great, but it is only at 28 on this list because it is so new to market consciousness, with no parts in the public domain yet. If it comes anywhere close to meeting the claims, expect it to rise in the rankings (pun intended!!)

Who: A team of experienced professionals – from Objet and Zcorp, as well as PTC software developer. Frank Marangell (CEO), Eugene Giller (Co-founder) & Leonid Raiz (Co-founder).

When: The Rize One was unveiled earlier this year and is due for commercial release soon, following more beta testing.

HQ: USA

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Innovative 3D Printing Companies #29: Nano Dimensions

Innovative 3D printing companies Nano Dimension

What Does This 3D Printing Company Do? 3D printed electronics.

Why Is It One of the Most Innovative 3D Printing Companies? Nano Dimension is focused on the research and development of advanced 3D printed electronics and has very recently introduced a 3D printer for multilayer printed circuit boards, and the development of nanotechnology-based conductive and dielectric inks, which are complementary products for 3D printers. Nano Dimension’s PCB 3D printer is the result of combining advanced breakthroughs in inkjet technology, 3D printing, and nanotechnology, but like Rize (above) it is very new and untested, hence its position on this list of the most innovative 3D printing companies.

Who: CEO, Amit Dror

When: Founded 2012

HQ: USA & Israel

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Innovative 3D Printing Companies #30: Cytosurge

Innovative 3D printing company Cytosurge

What Does This 3D Printing Company Do? Microscopic metal 3D printing process.

Why Is It One of the Most Innovative 3D Printing Companies? Cytosurge is an ETH Zurich spin-off that provides a new generation of tools to stimulate novel applications at the forefront of nanotechnology, additive manufacturing, life sciences and single cell biology. The Swiss 3D printing company developed the patented FluidFM technology which is a direct enabler for micro metal 3D printing, which is only at the early stages of commercialization.

Who: Founders, Dr. Michael Gabi (CTO) and Dr. Pascal Behr (CEO).

When: Founded in 2009 as a spin-off of ETH Zurich. FluidFM technology was introduced early 2016.

HQ: Switzerland

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