Additive Manufacturing Startups
Analysis of the global Additive Manufacturing startup landscape
Over the last decade there was a significant uptake of Additive Manufacturing usage in industrial applications. The versatile use of Additive Manufacturing in countless areas has led to the formation of many new companies that continued to drive innovation in this field. New products and services introduced by startups are revolutionizing the way AM is used. Examples of startups with high impact are CARBON, DESKTOP METAL, RELATIVITY SPACE and HUBS.
In this study, AMPOWER presents an overview of its research on the current AM startup landscape. For this study, 852 different AM startups from all over the world were investigated and evaluated. The period of interest was from 2011 to 2021. This analysis includes assessment of the regional distribution, time of formation, segmentation by activity and analysis about the financing structure. Furthermore, insights from investors and founders are provided.
Most AM startups are active in the supply chain providing hardware and services to end users. Startups using AM to create a unique product or service are mostly active in the verticals of consumer goods, medical devices and space. Here, startups active in space industry were able to collect the largest funding. The financial analysis shows that most AM startups are funded through venture capital. The invested money has continuously increased to reach more than EUR 1 billion per year.