Impossible Objects raises $6.4M to grow staff in marketing, sales and R&D

Additive manufacturing startup Impossible Objects just stacked up a $6.4 million Series A.

Returning investor OCA Ventures led the round, which was also joined by IDEA Fund Partners, Mason Avenue Investments, Huizenga Capital Management and Inflection Equity Partners.

“3D printing is on a trajectory to disrupt traditional manufacturing,” said CEO Larry Kaplan. “We believe that we’ll accelerate that trajectory and be at the forefront of it.”

Impossible Objects uses composite-based additive manufacturing technology –– or CBAM –– to create functional parts and tools quickly and at scale.

Like most 3D printing, this technology relies on adding layers of material on top of each other to create a three-dimensional object. But Impossible Objects’s technology lets users use higher-strength materials and print at a faster pace.

To Kaplan, those features mean 3D printers can replace some of the equipment used in traditional manufacturing.

“The process involves feeding 2D sheets of composite materials into what is essentially an ink jet printer,” Kaplan said. “Ordinary [ink jet] heads wet the part shape onto the fabric, and the sheet goes through a system that drops thermoplastic powder across it. The powder sticks to where the sheet was wet, and the final stack of sheets is heated and pressed. The polymer bonds the sheets together to form the part.”

Impossible Objects is currently forming partnerships with original equipment manufacturers to test pilot versions of its printers. The company’s flagship printer, the Model One, will be commercially available sometime in 2018. 

Kaplan says the company’s printers have the capability to produce everything from automotive parts to medical devices.

“Impossible Objects is leading the way by using its technology to transform how the largest corporations manufacture,” said OCA Ventures general partner Ian Drury in a statement. “The market opportunity for a revolutionary industrial additive manufacturing solution such as Impossible Objects’ CBAM is enormous and the company has huge momentum right now.”

Impossible Objects plans to use its funding to grow its research and development team along with its sales and marketing staff. The company has a current headcount of 17 full-time employees, and Kaplan said he could easily foresee the team doubling in size during 2018.


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Global 3D Printing Market in Electronics Industry to Grow at a CAGR of 18.94% over Forecast 2015 …

ResearchMoz added Latest Research Report titled ” Global 3D Printing Market in Electronics Industry 2015-2019: Worldwide Market Size, Shares, Trends, Growth, Survey and Forecast report ” to it’s Large Report database.

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Albany, NY — (SBWIRE) — 11/22/2016 — 3D printing, also known as AM, is the process of making a 3D model by laying down many successive layers of a 3D material. It helps in manufacturing customized products at a mass level without incurring extra costs and other environmental impacts. During the advent of this technology, these models were restricted to prototyping purposes, but in recent times 3D printing technology has made a paradigm shift toward conventional product manufacturing in industries extending from aerospace to consumer products.

The global 3D printing market in the electronics industry 2015-2019 to grow at a CAGR of 18.94 % over the period 2014-2019. This report covers the present scenario and the growth prospects of the global 3D printing market in the electronics industry for the period 2015-2019. To calculate the market size and vendor share, the report considers revenue generated from services and sales of printers and materials.

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Key vendors
- 3D Systems
- Arcam
- ExOne
- Stratasys

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- Autodesk
- EnvisionTEC
- Graphene 3D Lab
- Materialise
- Optomec
- Voxeljet

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- Advances in technology and manufacturing processes
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Edible Inventions: Cooking Hacks and Yummy Recipes You Can Build, Mix, Bake, and Grow

Believe it or not, there’s a lot of inventing going on in the kitchen. Unless you only eat fruits and veggies right off the plant, you are using tools and techniques invented by humans to make food more tasty and easier to digest. When you cook food, you start to break it down into a form your body can absorb. When you add chemicals to make it thicker, gooey-er, or puffy-er, you turn a bunch of boring ingredients into a mouth-watering snack. Edible Inventions: Cooking Hacks and Yummy Recipes You Can Build, Mix, Bake, and Grow will show you some unusual ways to create a meal, and help you invent some of your own. Projects include:

  • 3D printing with food
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  • Prepared foods like jellies and pickles at home
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  • Cooking off the grid

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Margins grow at 3D Systems, up 1.3% after in-line Q1 profit

3D Systems Corporation was founded in 1986 and is headquartered in Rock Hill, South Carolina. DDD was included in 27 notes of analysts from July 22, 2015.

On Friday, Shares of Zynga Inc (NASDAQ:ZNGA), subtact -0.78% and is trading at $2.53 in the last trading session. The company said it had $0.05 in earnings per share (EPS) on $152.6 million in revenue.

Earnings to Watch: Investors considering DDD stock at the going market price of $14.51/share should know the stock will next release quarterly results for the March 2016 quarter.

3D Systems Corporation (NYSE:DDD), a NYQ public traded firm has 112077000 outstanding shares and 105834000 shares floating.

A number of investment brokers have recently updated their price targets on shares of 3D Systems Corporation (NYSE:DDD).

The 52-week high of the share price is -65.03% and 52-week low of the share price is 36.77%.

The stock of 3D Systems Corporation (NYSE:DDD) gapped down by $0.17 today and has $12.10 target or 8.00% below today’s $13.15 share price. The last trading range of the stock ranges between $2.51 and $2.54. The company reported non-GAAP income of $5.2 million, or $0.05 earnings per share. 3D Systems now has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $18.65. Revenue came in at 183.36M versus consensus estimate of 166.38M. Current stock price is in the upbeat territory taking into account of 20 days moving average with -25.04% and continued bullish run for 50 days moving average with -15.15%. The stock’s market capitalization is $1.43 billion. On the books, cash and cash equivalents totaled $169.8 million at the end of the quarter, compared to $155.6 million at the end of 2015. If the $12.10 price target is reached, the company will be worth $109.60 million less. The business’s revenue for the quarter was down 5.0% on a year-over-year basis. However, 3D Systems had not issued guidance for the first quarter due to uncertain industry outlook. The average estimation of sales for the current is $674.91M by 17 analysts. Douglas Lane & Associates LLC bought a new position in shares of 3D Systems during the first quarter valued at approximately $2,665,000. Creative Planning now owns 115,430 shares of the 3D printing company’s stock valued at $1,003,000 after buying an additional 68,500 shares during the period.

3D Systems and Stratasys (SSYS) are the two largest providers of 3D printers. The company is also focusing on enhancing its existing 3D printers line, reinforcing partnerships and boosting productivity. Further, it offers proprietary software and drivers that provide part preparation, part placement, support placement, build platform management, and print queue management; and 3D virtual reality simulators and simulator modules for medical applications, as well as digitizing scanners for medical and mechanical applications.

3DP Materials Market is Expected to Grow at a CAGR of 29.5% From 2014 to 2020, due to its …

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3D printing has begun to flourish in various application areas including aerospace, automobile, consumer, and medical. The materials used for these purposes vary accordingly. As per IndustryARC analysis the 3DP materials market has revenue of $351.4m as of 2013 where consumer 3D printing is the major market share of46% in 2013. Consumer 3D printers majorly uses plastic and the consumption of plastics is expected to increase dramatically in the future as the number of consumer printers shipped are showing the trend to double till 2020 which will also affect the consumption of plastics in a positive way. Metals have unique properties which increases their demand in various applications. At present, 3D printing of metals is widely used in applications such as aerospace and defense, automobiles and so on and it is slowly penetrating into various other applications.

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Aerospace industry widely uses titanium which is very much lighter compared to other metals and has great strength. So using these parts will increase the efficiency of the spacecraft. But its use is limited because of high cost, for instance: one kilo of 3D printing titanium will cost around $200-$300 as compared with other metals such as aluminum, steel and so on. But its consumption is expected to increase not only in aerospace but also in other applications as the cost of 3D printed titanium powder is expected to fall below $100 (a kilo) as the U.K. based Metalysis have developed a cost efficient way to produce low cost titanium powder for 3D printing.

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Currently, plastics are the most widely used materials in additive manufacturing due to the growth in consumer 3D printing industry and some of the important plastics include ABS, PLA, PVA and PET. ABS and PLA together accounted for 70.0% of the global 3D printing plastics market. With the invention of home 3D printers that uses plastic filaments to 3D print of any object, the demand for these materials has grown tremendously and this trend is expected to continue in the next five years.

Metals like steel, titanium, aluminum, copper, silver, gold, nickel, cobalt and others are available in the market but are expensive. Metal 3D printing is a costly method and hence, metal materials are limited to high-end applications like aerospace and automobiles. A range of other manufacturing materials that can be used for 3D printing include: nylon, glass-filled polyamide, epoxy resins, wax and paper. This report published by IndustryARC has defined market for each of these materials with respective applications for each region and major countries.Major manufacturers of 3D printing materials like 3D Systems, Stratasys, Materialise N.V., and EOS GmbH and so on are analyzed and profiled in this report. Stratasys Ltd. and 3D Systems are the two key market players in the 3DP materials industry. While Stratasys occupies 34% of the market, 3D Systems has a market share of 32% of the global additive manufacturing materials market.

Huge investments are pouring into this industry through various sources for various research purposes, which would result decrease in prices of available products and also develop new 3DP materials in the future which would increase the demand of these products. Even various government bodies like National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and others have also started to explore the 3D printing market.Consumer 3D printing industry is growing at a rapid rate of approximately 40% compared to any other industry in 3D printing and the consumer 3D printers were expected to reach 1 million shipments in 2013 with most of its demand from North America.

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The cost of professional and industrial 3D printers manufactured by major companies such as Stratasys, 3D systems and so on are as high as $1m per unit, making it affordable for only large organizations. This has indirectly affecting the demand for industrial 3D printing metal materials as these industries which uses only metal powders. However, with the growing demand, the market will reflect in the reduction of prices for both printers and materials and is expected to see high growth in future.

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Multiple applications fueling the 3D printing market to grow at CAGR of 16.8% from 2013 to 2019

Transparency Market Research, U.S.-based market intelligence firm recently published a report titled “Global 3D Printing Market – Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends, and Forecast, 2013 – 2019”.

According to the report, the global 3D printing market was worth US$2,200 million in 2012 and is expected to grow at a rapid pace during the forecast period, registering a CAGR of 16.8% from 2013 to 2019. The report assesses the global 3D printing market with special focus on geographical segmentation, technologies involved, and applications.

3D printing refers to additive manufacturing that uses the process of layering printing material in order to create 3D objects.

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To put it simply, 3D printing is a technology that makes three dimensional objects from a digital file.

The output is achieved through an additive process which cleverly places thinly-sliced horizontal cross-sections made out of 3D printing material, one on top of the other until the desired object is created. The salient features of 3D printing are translation of code into visible pattern, material cartridges, and flexibility of output.

Though the 3D printing market is still in a nascent stage, analysts predict it will successfully catch up with a frenzied fervor as several industries are adopting this technology. The biggest advantage 3D printing offers its users is the elimination of expensive tools, molding, and labor as objects can be customized as per need.

3D printing has also enabled users to cut down on material wastage, create high-performance products as compared to traditional manufacturing, and improve efficiency by saving time.

Three-dimensional printing technology has found apt usage in rapid prototyping, customization, expediting manufacturing processes, and mass production of certain items. As the manufacturing industry holds a promise of robust growth in a recovering economy, the need for 3D printing is only going to rise.

In the coming years, 3D printing will have a huge impact on the commercial and personal application segment.

The global 3D printing market is segmented on the basis of its usage, the technology it uses, its application in various industries, and geography. On the basis of use, the global 3D printing market is divided into commercial and personal.

The technology segment is inclusive of polyjet, FDM, SLS, SLA, and others. 3D printing is being popularly used in industries such as automotive, medical, consumer products and electronics, aerospace, architecture, education, and others.

Geographically, the global 3D printing market is segmented into North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, and Rest of the World.

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One of the important growth drivers for the global 3D printing market is the increasing use of this technology in the aforementioned applications, with special focus on the automotive, consumer products, and medical sectors. In addition, as more and more users now have access to 3D printing services or 3D printers, the usage of this technology for personal use is also on a rise.

Despite such strong reasons for growth, the global 3D printing market faces certain restraints. A huge limitation for the growth of this market is the infringement of intellectual property while duplicating a certain product.

Some of the lucrative opportunities for 3D printing market would be to tie up with manufacturers who want to strategize by customizing products such as in the automobile sector or healthcare field.

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3D Printing Industry to Grow to $4B in 2025

According to research by IDTechEx in the report 3D Printing 2014-2025: Technologies, Markets, Players, the market for 3D printing equipment, materials and software will grow from about $1.5 billion this year to $4 billion in 2025.

Automotive dominates

Growth will be led by the sectors transitioning towards the use of 3D printing for final product applications, which will include the medical/dental sectors, jewellery and design art manufacturers, and in the longer term, the aerospace industry. However, the automotive industry will remain the largest client sector throughout the period considered.

3D printing type

Through to 2025 the Stereolithography (SLA) and Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) approaches will continue to enjoy the majority of the share of the market, although significant growth will occur with the laser and electron beam technologies, albeit from a much smaller installed base.

Market growth for 3D printing will not be monotonic however as the technologies ultimately lock into the capital expenditure cycles associated to many of the industries it serves, including in particular the aerospace and automotive industries which together account for a significant proportion of 3D printer sales. As penetration of these markets continues and increases, fluctuations in sales will eventually manifest and the market is expected to fall somewhat in the near term as a number of capital expenditure rounds come to an end.

A breakdown of the market according to printer sales, services, and material sales is shown below for 2014.

The ecosystem

The number of 3D printer manufacturers has seen relatively steady growth since the technology was first commercialised in 1986. There have been occasional closures, sometimes driven by litigation rather than lack of revenues/potential revenues. There has also been some acquisition activity, particularly over recent years, as the larger companies (notably 3D Systems and Stratasys) have sought to increase their range of technology offerings to clients, opening up new market opportunities. Key patents are expiring over the next few years which will fuel more new entrants – and M&A activity for the biggest who seek to retain their market share.

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The IDTechEx report “3D Printing 2014-2025: Technologies, Markets, Players” provides detailed forecasts, technology analysis, and supplier profiles of the 3D Printing market through to 2025. It gives a global, impartial view into the opportunities and real state of the industry, providing clarity amongst the excitement. For more details see External Link.

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