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A 3D printing platform that helps business owners create 3D-printed products

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A startup that uses 3d printing to create custom constructed homes for people who need homes quickly

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A startup that sells 3D printing services to the medical industry

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A startup that allows you to make a purchase using your fingerprint. The startup wants to make payments dead simple.

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A startup for people in retirement who want to retire overseas. The startup helps people in their 50s and 60s with this goal, by building a financial blueprint for a person’s retirement and then matching them with an appropriate country.

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This is a startup that sells the parts needed to build a 3D printer.

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The aim is to let consumers to pay for a 3D-printed object. One feature is that the 3D-printed object is scanned and then the user can print out an accurate digital version they can then use in their homes.

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A startup that plans to disrupt the $20 billion handbag industry with a new line of handbags by using 3D printing. The startup is teaming with luxury fashion brand Michael Kors for the launch of the first products.

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A tool that allows people to create their own 3D models of objects and designs and have them printed on a 3D printer.

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An ATM that lets people log in with a fingerprint to get their card.

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A B2B platform that allows restaurants to print their own takeout menus.

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A startup that’s building a 3D printing platform for mixed-use buildings. The tech allows for 3D printing of 3D models to be used in building construction.

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Established in 2015, the company is building a tool to help businesses manage their print marketing. It lets companies manage printing and marketing budgets, track print campaigns, and monitor print ROI.

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A tool that helps companies in the green economy get a better understanding of their carbon footprint.

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A company that is building a marketplace for 3D printers.

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A company that makes a printable device for measuring the distance between two objects. The product is a small, inexpensive laser point that can be attached to things like cell phones, cameras, and other devices.

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A startup that helps quickly build custom web pages for brands, selling them to clients at a fixed price. The startup wants to replace the very expensive full-page print ad with a mobile-friendly digital display ad. Their potential clients include agencies, brands and ad tech companies.

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A 3D-printed eyewear company that’s looking to disrupt the eyewear industry with a direct-to-consumer approach.

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A software & hardware startup that makes a $100 credit card with a built-in fingerprint scanner

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A startup that allows people to take a selfie and instantly find the nearest photofinisher to have it printed.

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A startup that takes your photo and turns it into a 3D model. The app lets you print it into a model that you can then take on a journey.

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This startup is building a digital library of sorts for the music industry. It hopes to replace the print-only distribution models with a digital distribution platform that allows users to sell music with minimal friction and low overhead.

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This startup is building a “frictionless” digital sales platform for printers.

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This startup is building a platform that lets users scan in their groceries, learn how much it costs, and then print the bill at home.

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This startup aims to make it easier for artists to design, print, and ship their own physical, limited edition pieces.

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A company that helps its customers build their own hardware. Once they have the specs for the product, they can create a 3D design, and get it printed at Shapeways at a fraction of the cost of other companies that do the same thing.

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A new way to create personalized cards, with a variety of materials printed on the front. It’s a way to create business cards that are more meaningful than traditional business cards.

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This is a startup that wants to make it easy for people to order and ship photos and prints. The company was created by an ex-Googler.

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A hardware startup that builds medical devices. It’s the first company to make a 3D printer for producing pacemakers.

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Bringing the consumer’s head into the product design process by using 3D printing.

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A product that tracks the digital footprints of their clients (by tracking device signals) and then uses machine learning algorithms to predict what they’re going to do next. They want to use this data to build a digital reputation system for brands.

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A startup that wants to make open-source software for 3D printers. The founders are tech veterans who have built digital fabrication tools before.

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 A tool for making 3D-printed furniture and other DIY items.

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A company that makes a 2D-printable prosthetic for people who need one

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The startup has developed a tool that can print a custom home-pickup menu for nearby restaurants. The startup’s first customer is a chain of Mexican restaurants in the US.

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The company is pairing the digital technology used by banks to process payments to the physical elements of a cash machine, such as a keypad and a printer, to create an end-to-end solution.

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A way to quickly create barcodes for products, allowing them to be printed and scanned.

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A company that transforms raw materials into finished products. The company is looking to take on big manufacturers like Nike, using 3-D printing to prototype and scale production.

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The startup is working with partners to bootstrap the growth of a small-scale 3D printing community by providing the equipment and resources to move from a maker-model printer to a high-quality commercial printer.

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An online service that wants to help companies manage their manufacturing process. Their first product is a $2,000 kit that comes with a 3D printer and 3D printer-compatible materials.

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A startup that provides a set of tools for designers to create their own custom-designed clothes. The company uses a 3D printer to produce knit fabrics.

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A high-speed and cheap way to create custom-made, high-resolution 3D printed parts.

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This is a tool for businesses that want to reduce their carbon footprint. The company is focused on helping companies reduce their energy consumption, and plans to launch a product that does this by helping them track energy usage and then offset the usage with cash.

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A fingerprint-based unlock system for phones. The startup is trying to make fingerprint sensors more secure by having users open their phones in a certain way and secure them. This is a startup that has been around for a while, with a version known as SnapLock, but it is now rebranding itself as Fingerprint Lock.

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A company that takes digital photos off your computer and prints them on demand

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A “sticker printer” that prints QR codes to open apps on phones.

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A micro-invention technology startup that lets anyone print 3D objects using simple DIY kits.

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This startup wants to create a unique way to pay for items online that goes beyond a checkout. It allows payment to be made with a phone’s fingerprint, and will allow merchants to accept payment in-app. They have released a beta app which has been downloaded by 2,000 users. It plans to release a full app in the fourth quarter of 2019.

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A company that builds 3D-printed prosthetic hands and other medical devices that can be 3D-printed at home, with a focus on helping veterans.

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A startup that lets people order a custom-designed paper or canvas print of their daily life.

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A chatbot to help businesses grow their international footprint. The chatbot will serve as a way for businesses to quickly and easily find markets in other countries and sell there.

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A startup that worked with a university to develop new materials for 3D printing that are conductive and conductive-free.

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A startup that makes custom-made, 3D-printed female prosthetics that can be used to treat urinary incontinence in women.

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A company that creates digital prints from the images of people, who upload their own images and the company’s prints are then rendered by using a computer vision. The prints can be sold as prints, clothing, or art.

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A startup that will take waste from 3D printers and turn it into bricks.

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A wearable device that uses a sensor to measure how much CO2 each person is emitting. The startup is looking to reinvent the carbon footprint game by working with employers to offer discounts to employees who can reduce their emissions.

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“The first on-demand, unlimited sticker printing service,” with a few hundred beta users.

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A company that designs and manufactures 3D printed medical devices. The startup wants to build a device that helps the blind navigate and helps the visually impaired to see better. It’s working with an area hospital and hopes to have a product out this year.

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An online marketplace for making and selling custom-made products using 3D printing. The startup is building a one-stop shop for all 3D design, 3D printing, and 3D scanning needs.

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A company selling custom t-shirts that can be printed with QR codes that then link to other apps on select platforms.

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 A platform for creating 3D models on top of a 3D model. The startup is building a way to create 3D models of buildings and other structures, and create 3D printable models of them.

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A software company that helps companies build biometric scanners for access control. The startup is using machine learning to build a system that can quickly identify someone by comparing their fingerprint with a database of millions of prints.

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This company is building a software platform that connects manufacturers with small and medium-sized businesses that need digital printing solutions, including direct mail, invitations, catalogs, posters, and more.

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A startup developing a new type of LED lamp that uses less power, lasts longer and has a smaller carbon footprint.

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A social network for all of the robot hobbies out there including 3D printing, futurism, robotics, and more.

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A tool that will take a photo of your face in the palm of your hand and then generate a 3D print of your face.

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A platform that tracks the geographic footprint of your customers and your products, helping your team manage it as one connected ecosystem.

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 A free 3D printer for students and educators. The company is also launching a subscription service to provide access to more advanced models and features.

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Mentioned in the "2017 YC Demo Day" video, where they discuss the concept of a "mobile printing program" for small businesses. They are now calling their service "Quick Print," and the company is no longer in YC.

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A new modern camera made with 3D printing.

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A company that makes custom, 3D-printed eyewear.

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This startup is building a platform to help users build their own phone cases. Its mobile app lets customers customize the case, and a 3D printer can then print it out.

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A B2B company that provides customers with a toner printer that prints directly onto their paper

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A company that sells 3D printed case covers for smart phones.

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A 3D printing solution for printing custom parts on demand, or as a service for companies with regular customers.

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VentureBeat is an American technology news and media company based in New York City. It was founded in 2009 as a print publication, and has since expanded to include a website and mobile apps, and became a venture-backed startup.

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A platform for printing 3D objects on demand.

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“A desktop-based tool for managing and reporting on commercial printing jobs”, this startup is developing a software tool for printing and printing services firms that are based on solid data science.

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The startup has developed a way to bring the flexibility, speed, and cost-efficiency of digital printing to the printing industry. The company is building a digital printing platform for professional print jobs, with the goal of replacing traditional printing services. They’re currently in the YC Winter 2019 batch.

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A company that takes your design, draws it on a screen, and then 3D prints it.

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This is a company that makes a screen printed t-shirt with a unique, personal message on it.

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A 3D printable gun that allows you to modify the shape of your weapon. The idea behind the technology is that it can be used to make semi-automatic weapons capable of being fired more quickly.

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A new way of building products that uses 3D printing to make them faster.

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This startup is building an online marketplace for building and selling custom-designed 3D printed products. The company has raised over $1m so far, and has its own 3D printer.

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A startup that wants to bring a model airplane shop to 3D printing.

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 A CNC milling machine for 3D printing that has a heated build plate, a 3D printer kit, and a software program for designing and controlling the machine directly from your computer.

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A platform that lets you create event tickets without having to deal with printing, mailing, or shipping.

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3D printers designed specifically to work with medical devices.

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A way for people to build their own low-cost homes using 3D printing, with a focus on the poor.

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The startup holds a patent on a new type of printing process that uses a liquid to transfer the ink to the paper, eliminating many of the problems with traditional printing. The startup now wants to take that technology and apply it to the production of everything from paper to fabric.

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A platform for 3D printing and prototyping tools. The company’s software platform helps users create and sell 3D-printed products online.

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Security for Android phones that could include that much-coveted fingerprint recognition feature.

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The startup offers a tool for companies to make their own custom, branded products, using a 3D printer and a factory in China. The company has partnered with Unilever, United Parcel Service, and Chipotle among others.

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company that creates and sells 3D printed furniture.

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A startup that wants to make it easy to make furniture with 3D printing. A woodworker or designer can go to their website and select a model, upload their CAD files, and in just a few hours they’ll get a 3D-printed version of their design.

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An iOS app that allows users to make “3D-printed” earrings and pendants.

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A startup that’s building a platform to allow users to create their own custom-engineered blocks on a 3D printer. Those blocks can be used to construct robot arms, medical devices, and other tools.

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A credit card-like card that uses biometric data (like fingerprints or palm prints) to authenticate users. It is a way to make mobile payments easier, as the card can be linked to the user’s mobile phone numbers.

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A company that wants to help companies reduce their carbon footprint by using solar power for their offices. The startup has raised $20 million in funding.

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A startup that builds 3D printers that can build custom iPhone cases.

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A startup for “sprinting” through a project, allowing users to create a schedule and track progress

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A startup that builds printers that are designed to look like plants, with wood grain and other organic details.

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A startup that’s building a tool for creating interactive 3D models of objects, which are then easier to ship. The company wants to help them more efficiently use their 3D printers.

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A startup that makes a 3D-printed prosthetic hand to replace a lost or damaged hand.

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A startup that wants to build the next generation of bookstores for the digital age. Using technology like artificial intelligence, sensors, and 3D printing, Bookuality is building the next generation of bookstores.

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A patent-pending technology for making 3D-printed objects from photos.

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A platform that helps businesses with a global reach, from small companies to multinationals, to grow their brand in a country where they have no footprint. It charges a small monthly subscription fee and allows you to add your business to a pool of companies to bid on.

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A company that makes 3D printing filament for 3D printers. According to the company, “no one else makes what we make”, which is particularly important for companies that are new to 3D printing.

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Automates the process of getting a fingerprint scanner to work on a device you already own. The startup is focusing first on Android devices and then extending to other platforms.

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A startup that wants to deliver service-oriented photo printing. Instead of printing, they are printing 3D models or scans of objects you’ve shot with your phone.

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A startup that provides a service where people can go to a special location and a professional photographer will take a photo of them and their family and then print it out

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A startup that sells physical gifts that you can print out on a 3D printer (IE: A keychain, a tissue box, a phone case)

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Idea: Use browser fingerprinting to combat fraud

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Idea: An online marketplace for buying and selling 3D-printed objects. The startup aims to be a marketplace for a new generation of makers, with a platform to bring together designers, engineers, and 3D-printers. They currently have 500 open-ended jobs, and a $1k average order size.

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Idea: A platform that makes it easy for marketers to generate print-ready campaign collateral.

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Idea: A company that helps brands manage their “influencers”, a new media channel that has emerged alongside more traditional ones like print, TV, and radio. There aren’t many tools for brands to use to manage this new channel, and the team wants to solve that problem.

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Idea: A business that sells plastic tubes with powder that you can use to print your own 3D objects.

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Generate a “voiceprint” of a voice and use it to train a remote worker to sound like someone else

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 A startup that makes a custom-designed and usable 3D printer

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