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Is Europe at the heart of 3D printing innovation? Here’s why it may be

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3D Printing may be one of the few global tech spaces as nearly all the of the top 10 3D Printing startups according to funding received in 2014 aren’t from California.

When people think of innovation and the technology industry, one of the first thoughts that comes to mind for most people is ‘California’ or ‘Silicon Valley’. While this is certainly true for many of the global innovation giants like Google, Facebook, and Apple, it may not be true for the 3D printing startups space.

Here we’ve compiled a list of the top 10 3D printing startups ranked by the investment they raised in 2014. The first thing that stands out is that there are only two startups based in California on this list and furthermore, the highest ranking of the 2, New Matter, is only in 5th place with a Venture funding round of $3.8m.

Could Ireland be leading the 3D printing space? It was Mcor Technologies, based in that country that topped the list of 3D printing startups according to funding last year with a whopping $32m across two rounds in 2014. They are focused on delivering both eco-friendly and affordable 3D printers and has grown so much that it now also has offices in the United States and the United Kingdom.

Have you ever felt that your earphones don’t quite fit in your ear properly? Uncomfortable? Maybe they even fall out occasionally? At 3rd place on the list, Normal Ears, is one of the most innovative 3D Printing Startups and they have a solution for you. Through the technology they developed they can print earphones that match the exact shape of your ears so that you can enjoy your music with maximum comfort.

Beyond Mcor Technologies, there are 4 other 3D printing startups on this list that aren’t from the United States including 3D Hubs from the Netherlands, Volumental from Sweden, and Impossible Objects and Zeepro France, both from France.

A final thing worth noting is that nearly all of these startups are quite young as they were only founded within the last few years and yet have already successfully raised impressive rounds of investment. This should be taken as a solid indicator of things to come, particularly with respect to the global nature of 3D Printing startups.