Here are our 5 best 3D printing manufacturing companies for 2016.
Founded in 2010 by Jason Dunn (CTO) and Michael Snyder (Chief Engineer), Made in Space is primarily concerned with how the unique traits of the space environment can be harnessed to offer new commercial solutions. By pulling fiber in microgravity, they address one of the most critical barriers to perfect ZBLAN on the surface-gravity caused crystallization.
DREAM ON EARTH BUILD AMONG THE STARS
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.
#2 WASP (World’s Advanced Saving Project)
WASP was created in 2012. It’s a project focused on developing 3D printing. WASP manufactures solid professional printer with the aim to encourage sustainable development and in-house production.
Their aim is to build zero-mile homes, using materials found on the surrounding area. This kind of project requires that the machine be portable and features low energy consumption.
“WE ARE DREAMERS. WE ARE MANUFACTURERS. WE ARE MAKERS. WE START FROM 3D PRINTING TO SAVE THE WORLD.”
The power of money and finance is based on the monopoly of production capacity, the WASP project works to make it public, with a perspective of equal opportunities and equal knowledge, to free creativity and boost economy from the bottom.
Founded in 2013 by Gregory Mark, 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.
XJet Ltd. was founded in 2005 by Hanan Gothait, an innovator and veteran of the inkjet printing industry. XJet brings to market the first ground-breaking inkjet-based 3D printing system for metal parts.
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.
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).
HP formally announced its entrance into the 3D printing industry in 2014. Currently in beta testing and available for pre-order.