Kai Parthy & ReprapUniverse Announce 1.75/3 mm All-Metal Hotend

Kai Parthy & ReprapUniverse Announce 1.75/3 mm All-Metal Hotend

By Michael Molitch-Hou

After having transformed the world of desktop 3D printing with his original wood and stone filaments, German inventor Kai Parthy has teamed up with 3D printer manufacturer ReprapUniverse to create a hotend capable of handling all of his specialty materials. On top of that, the 1730 Full Metal Hotend can handle both 1.75 mm and 3 mm filaments with the quick change of a nozzle.

Combining their respective ten years of experience, Kai and ReprapUniverse have created the 1730 Full Metal Hotend to be as versatile as possible for FDM 3D printing. …

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Kai Parthy & ReprapUniverse Announce 1.75/3 mm All-Metal Hotend

3DPI Revisits: A Smartphone 3D Printer & Why You Might Move to Taiwan (Part 1)

3DPI Revisits: A Smartphone 3D Printer & Why You Might Move to Taiwan (Part 1)

By Michael Molitch-Hou

Winding down the 2015 year, 3DPI is revisiting some of its most popular and important stories from the year. These are the stories that revealed insights into the 3D printing industry, had some cute animals, or covered some of the most exciting developments in 3D printing technology.…

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3DPI Revisits: A Smartphone 3D Printer & Why You Might Move to Taiwan (Part 1)

Davide Sher’s Top 2015 3D Printing Applications

Davide Sher’s Top 2015 3D Printing Applications

By Davide Sher

I think that, until the end of 2014, it was still theoretically possible to discuss the top 5 3D printing innovations of the year. Today, I don’t find that possible any longer. There are just way too many things happening in the 3D printing industry and the crazy part is that we are still, really, at the very beginning. Only a couple of years have passed since the mass public discovered that 3D printing exists and, yet, this technology is now at the forefront in just about every industrial, professional, and artisan sector of manufacturing.…

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Davide Sher’s Top 2015 3D Printing Applications

3DPI Revisits: Breakthrough! Layerless 3D Printing! 25-100x Faster Prints!

3DPI Revisits: Breakthrough! Layerless 3D Printing! 25-100x Faster Prints!

By Andrew Wheeler

Winding down the 2015 year, 3DPI is revisiting some of its most popular and important stories from the year. These are the stories that revealed insights into the 3D printing industry, had some cute animals, or covered some of the most exciting developments in 3D printing technology.…

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3DPI Revisits: Breakthrough! Layerless 3D Printing! 25-100x Faster Prints!

3DPI Revisits: The Top 10 Bioprinters

3DPI Revisits: The Top 10 Bioprinters

By Davide Sher

Winding down the 2015 year, 3DPI is revisiting some of its most popular and important stories from the year. These are the stories that revealed insights into the 3D printing industry, had some cute animals, or covered some of the most exciting developments in 3D printing technology.…

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3DPI Revisits: The Top 10 Bioprinters

Rising Media Purchases Inside 3D Printing & RoboUniverse New York & San Diego

Rising Media Purchases Inside 3D Printing & RoboUniverse New York & San Diego

By Michael Molitch-Hou

It was just last week that MecklerMedia announced its liquidation and, today, a new events company, Rising Media, Inc., has put out a release saying that it will recover some of the assets. Rising Media has acquired the Inside 3D Printing Conference & Expo, New York and San Diego and RoboUniverse Conference & Expo, New York and San Diego, allowing some of the larger events to continue on.

Rising Media is in the business of producing a number of tech and internet-related events geared towards business professionals.…

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Rising Media Purchases Inside 3D Printing & RoboUniverse New York & San Diego

3DPI Revisits: The Top 10 3D Printers Under $2,500

3DPI Revisits: The Top 10 3D Printers Under ,500

By Michael Molitch-Hou

Winding down the 2015 year, 3DPI is revisiting some of its most popular and important stories from the year. These are the stories that revealed insights into the 3D printing industry, had some cute animals, or covered some of the most exciting developments in 3D printing technology.…

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3DPI Revisits: Breakthrough Glass 3D Printing Platform Unveiled by Neri Oxman & MIT

3DPI Revisits: Breakthrough Glass 3D Printing Platform Unveiled by Neri Oxman & MIT

By Michael Molitch-Hou

Winding down the 2015 year, 3DPI is revisiting some of its most popular and important stories from the year. These are the stories that revealed insights into the 3D printing industry, had some cute animals, or covered some of the most exciting developments in 3D printing technology.…

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3DPI Revisits: Breakthrough Glass 3D Printing Platform Unveiled by Neri Oxman & MIT

3DPI Revisits: The Top 10 Biggest 3D Printers

3DPI Revisits: The Top 10 Biggest 3D Printers

By Davide Sher

Winding down the 2015 year, 3DPI is revisiting some of its most popular and important stories from the year. These are the stories that revealed insights into the 3D printing industry, had some cute animals, or covered some of the most exciting developments in 3D printing technology.…

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3DPI Revisits: The Top 10 Biggest 3D Printers

Cleantech IPOs: Predictions Revisited, 2015 Winners, 2016 Picks

Cleantech IPOs: Predictions Revisited, 2015 Winners, 2016 Picks

GTM has a respectable track record in predicting cleantech IPOs — despite the conspicuous infrequency of these events. 

An initial public offering (IPO) or acquisition is the promised land for venture-capital-funded startups — but the fact is that most cleantech companies require a longer time frame, a bigger budget, and a different set of investor skills to go public compared to other fields. 

Still, in the past decade, cleantech companies such as SunPower, First Solar, EnerNOC and Comverge, and more recently, Tesla, SolarCity, Silver Spring Networks, Enphase, Aspen Aerogels, and Control4 have made it onto public exchanges. Biofuel startups Gevo and Kior went public and failed. Solazyme went public and shed much of its shareholder value since the IPO. Battery vendor A123 went public — and then went bankrupt. BrightSource, Luca, and Enerkem filed for IPOs but had to withdraw, as did biofuel maker Mascoma. 

SolarCity, Tesla stock performance since IPO

The recent high point of greentech public market success: SolarCity opened at $8 per share in 2012 and traded at $49.71 on Tuesday; Tesla opened at $17 in 2010 and trades at $233.82 per share today.

Here’s a review of GTM’s recent annual IPO predictions.

Cleantech IPOs: 2014

In 2013, we predicted that energy efficiency specialist Opower, Vivint Solar and SunEdison’s TerraForm YieldCo would float on public markets in 2014. Today, these firms are trading well below their IPO strike price.

Both of the solar firms have market caps greater than $1 billion.

We picked Nest, the smart thermostat and home appliance firm with Apple Inc. DNA to go public, but instead, the firm was bought by Google for $3.2 billion. We didn’t predict that Aspen Aerogels would get through the IPO window with its high-performance insulation, or that Intelligent Energy and its fuel-cell production would go public on the AIM. Other YieldCos that went public in in 2014 included Abengoa Yield and NextEra Energy Partners.

We were a year off on Sunrun, and fuel cell vendor Bloom did not go public, despite its traditional inclusion on this list.

Cleantech IPOs: 2015

We were right-on with our prediction that distributed solar electronics maker SolarEdge would go public. We managed to get Sunrun‘s IPO right in 2015. And we divined the debut of SunPower-First Solar YieldCo, 8point3.

We didn’t call Alarm.com’s public offering. We wrongly suggested that Clean Power Finance might have a shot and that nuclear cleanup startup Kurion might consider a public raise. Sol-Wind tested the bottom of the YieldCo market only to withdraw its offering.  

Again, we suggested that Bloom Energy might go public as it continued to win customers for its natural-gas-fueled solid-oxide fuel cells. The firm boasts an all-star list of customers, including Adobe, FedEx, Staples, Google, Coca-Cola, and Wal-Mart. Bloom has raised more than $1 billion in venture capital over a decade from investors including GSV Capital, Apex Venture Partners, DAG Ventures, KPCB, Mobius Venture Capital, Madrone Capital, NEA, SunBridge Partners, Advanced Equities, and Goldman Sachs. Bloom is Kleiner Perkins’ first cleantech investment and, at more than 12 years old, an old maid in VC terms. 

Bloom did not go public in 2015.

IPO predictions for 2016

There isn’t exactly an embarrassment of riches in 2016’s potential cleantech IPO pool. The cleantech and alternative energy market just doesn’t have a deep bench of late-stage, privately held, VC-funded firms. (Nor does it have a pack of shaky companies with valuations north of $1 billion, the now vapidly labeled “unicorns.”)

There are a few possible large company spin-out IPOs. But the IPO market in general is sluggish or worse, and a market-changing cleantech IPO hasn’t happened in a while. Still, here are some potential IPO candidates for 2016.

  • Would solar finance and sales experts Sungevity or Sunnova be interested in public markets? (Both companies have recently closed on enormous sums of finance capital, so there is no sense of urgency on a financial raise.) The ITC extension could drive more YieldCos to market.
  • The market loves Tesla. Perhaps it would love a BYD electric vehicle spin-out going public. Or the less flashy electric bus business of Proterra.
  • Speaking of spin-outs, a GTM Research analyst floated the idea of GE’s new $1 billion energy services group, Current, as an IPO candidate. 
  • And speaking of spin-outs and Tesla, does spinning out Tesla’s stationary energy storage business unlock more value for the company? Are there other energy storage companies such as Sonnen growing fast enough to find a positive reception on public markets?                
  • Doing the same thing and expecting a different outcome, I am including Bloom Energy on the list. I mean, what other exits exist for this firm? Anything less than an IPO or an enormous acquisition would be a disappointment to the firm’s investors and existing customers. In the meantime, the firm’s revenue is substantial enough to warrant an IPO, although questions linger about the company’s profitability and the reliability of its fuel-cell products.


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Cleantech IPOs: Predictions Revisited, 2015 Winners, 2016 Picks