Desktop Metal, a Burlington, Mass.-based maker of 3D metal printing systems, has raised $115 million in Series D funding. Axios has learned the round gives the company a post-money valuation north of $1 billion, compared to around $360 million post on its Series C round last fall.
- Why it's the BFD: 3D metal printing may revolutionize not only industrial design but also industrial supply chains. Rather than ordering thousands of components and storing them in a warehouse, companies in industries from home appliances to aerospace could print to order.
- Backers: Over half the money came from new investors, like Future Fund, Techtronic Industries, Milwaukee Tool, AEG, Ryobi, Hoover, Vertex Ventures, Moonrise Venture Partners, Oreck, Shenzhen Capital Group, VAX and Dirt Devil. Return backers include NEA, GV, Lowe's, Lux Capital, DCVC Opportunity, Tyche, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and Saudi Aramco.
- More context: I went down to Desktop Metal HQ back in April, just as it was unveiling its first products. Here's the recap.
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