Engineering and Manufacturing, Tech and Telecoms

Tech disruptor raises six-figure investment in bid to become ‘the Amazon of 3D printing’

A disruptive tech start-up has raised over £150,000 of investment – and is set to make 20 key hires by the end of 2022 – in a bid to become the ‘Amazon of the global additive manufacturing sector’ and transform the archaic spare parts industry.

Autentica has developed the first blockchain-powered, AI-based digital supply chain for spare parts and – with private investors matching a £76,000 Innovate UK grant – is set to move from proof-of-concept to full launch by March 2022.

Following three years of intensive R&D, Blackpool-based Autentica’s 3D printing marketplace will sell certified digital design files of spare parts – increasing efficiencies in the traditional supply chain by up to 90%.

And, to support ambitious growth targets – which include £5m turnover by the end of 2023 – Autentica plans to make 20 key hires across sales, software development, customer service, and technical support

“I’ve been working towards this moment for the past 11 years – but my vision relied on investment from those who could take us from concept to reality,” explained Irma Vitoriano, founder of Autentica. “We’re now in a financial position where we can build the platform quickly and hire colleagues that can help to bring the product to market – a major step in our efforts to shake up a vastly antiquated spare parts arena.

“The beauty of Autentica is that we can connect parts designers with customers and 3D printers across all sectors and continents – and that needs to be the direction of travel for industry. By eliminating the need for a warehouse to store products, our on-demand 3D printing system optimises logistics, speeds up delivery times, and – crucially, as the world aims to reach Net Zero – reduces the CO2 emissions generated through traditional practices.”

Servicing a wide range of sectors – including automotive, medical, and utilities – Autentica already has 156 UK-based 3D printing companies preparing to come online, 130 parts distributors signed up across Chile, Singapore, and Angola.

Speaking of her ambitions for the future, Irma concluded: “Autentica exists to transform supply chains, reduce environmental impact, and build a sustainable future for the global additive manufacturing sector. By providing a platform for the 3D printing of parts, we’ve created a global network of designers, manufacturers, and customers seeking a fast, efficient, and streamlined experience.”

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