Tech Innovation in 3D Printing: Activity, Momentum, and Startup Trends

December 28, 2018 | State of the Market Report

The 3D printing (3DP) space is rapidly changing. There are many startups and larger companies developing and commercializing various technologies and applications. This report provides an overview of recent 3DP innovation trends. To begin, we analyze the innovation interest, track record, and momentum of top 3DP processes and materials. Next, we identify and illustrate eight common innovation trends in the polymer and metal 3DP space. Importantly, we find that the development path of each technology is strongly dependent on the technology’s technical maturity.

Coverage Areas

  • Accelerating Materials Innovation
  • Digital Transformation
  • Materials Design and Manufacturing

Table of Contents

  • Title page
  • Executive summary
  • Outline
  • 1. Introduction
  • 2. Analysis of innovation activity, track record, and momentum
  • 3. Recent innovation trends with startup examples
  • 4. Summary and outlook
  • 5. Appendix

Lead Analyst

Tugce Uslu, PDEng


Matthew Wagner, Ph.D.
Ross Kozarsky
Cosmin Laslau, Ph.D.

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