Jun 28, 2017 | By Tess

MIT Technology Review has released its list of 50 Smartest Companies for 2017, and we’re happy to say that two of our favorite 3D printing companies have made the cut. Desktop Metal and Carbon, two young but innovative additive manufacturing firms, are mentioned on the list amidst such illustrious companies as Apple, Intel, Amazon, and General Electric.

Every year, the MIT Tech Review compiles a list of 50 companies which it believes are “creating new opportunities by combining important technologies and business savvy.” The list includes established companies (such as Amazon, Adidas, and Facebook), really established companies (such as General Electric, Microsoft, and IBM), and young startups which are hoping to make their mark on the tech and industrial world (such as SpaceX, Face ++, and others).

This year, 3D printing has made its way onto MIT’s list in a big way with Carbon, the California-based startup responsible for developing CLIP 3D printing technology, coming in at number 18, and Desktop Metal, a Massachusetts-based metal 3D printing startup, snatching the number 19 spot.

Both companies seem to demonstrate how 3D printing can shape the future of manufacturing in an efficient, intelligent, and innovative way. “The list,” reads an MIT Tech Review essay, “is our best guess as to which firms will be the dominant companies of the future.”

Let’s take a look at what got Carbon and Desktop Metal included on the list of 50 Smartest Companies for 2017.

Carbon's CLIP technology

The maker of the M1 3D printer and creator of the innovative CLIP 3D printing technology, Carbon has grabbed the attention of the 3D printing industry in recent years. CLIP, which stands for Continuous Liquid Interface Production, is an additive manufacturing process which involves curing programmable liquid resins using digital light projection and oxygen-permeable optics.

Parts made using this process are reportedly stronger and of higher resolution than parts made using competing methods, a feat which is achieved largely thanks to Carbon’s heat-activated programmable resins. Carbon’s CLIP technology also promises much faster speeds than many printers on the market.

Adidas plans to mass produce its Futurecraft 4D shoes using Carbon's 3D printing tech

Recently, German sports brand Adidas announced it would be using Carbon’s 3D printing technology to begin mass production of its Futurecraft 4D shoe. Other notable clients of Carbon include Ford, Kodak, Alta Motors, and Oracle Labs.

Desktop Metal, for its part, has been on our radar for some time, as the innovative startup has raised almost $100 million in funding from various venture capital firms (and companies like GE and Alphabet) since its founding in October 2015.

The 3D printing company, which brought together about 75 engineers from the fields of materials science, engineering, and software, as well as a number of MIT professors, set out to develop an affordable desktop metal 3D printing system, an unprecedented goal.

Desktop Metal DM Studio System

This past April, Burlington-based Desktop Metal finally unveiled its first two 3D printing products: the DM Studio and DM Production systems. The DM Studio, which includes a 3D printer and sintering furnace, will cost $120,000 and will be ready to ship in September 2017, while the full DM Production system will cost $420,000 and will begin shipping in early 2018.

As MIT’s list says, “Making this kind of printing easy and cost-effective is a challenge, but Desktop Metal has laid out the pricing for its products, a promising indication of progress toward commercialization.”

You can check out MIT Technology Review’s full list of 50 Smartest Companies of 2017 here.



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