The manufacturing sector is undergoing a digital revolution driven by the need to reduce costs, accelerate production, and address environmental concerns. SAEKI, a Swiss start-up, is at the forefront of this transformation, aiming to reshape the manufacturing landscape by integrating robotics and 3D printing technologies. With a recent $2.3 million seed funding round, SAEKI is poised to lead the charge in digitizing large-scale manufacturing. In traditional construction practices, structures are built using concrete molds that are custom-made from wood. This conventional method is time-consuming and generates significant waste, as the wooden molds are often discarded after use.
On the other hand, SAEKI has pioneered a robot equipped with a 3D printer that can manufacture these molds using recyclable materials. This innovation reduces waste and accelerates the process by printing molds directly on-site. The recyclable material can be reclaimed once the mold’s purpose is fulfilled. The advantages of SAEKI’s approach extend beyond efficiency and sustainability. The robot’s 3D printing capabilities allow for intricate designs and customized molds, enabling greater design flexibility in construction projects. The production speed is significantly enhanced, as the robot can create molds in a fraction of the time it takes for traditional carpentry.
Co-founded by Andrea Perissinotto, Oliver Harley, and Matthias Leschok in 2021, SAEKI envisions a new era in manufacturing. “Our goal is to revolutionize how we approach large-scale manufacturing,” says Perissinotto. “We are driven by the idea of transforming manufacturing processes by merging robotics with 3D printing, machining, and inspection.”Andrea Perissinotto, co-founder of SAEKI, views the company’s recent funding round as pivotal. It signifies the company’s emergence from the shadows and readiness to make a profound impact. The ultimate goal, Perissinotto explains, is to transition from validation and prototyping to full-scale production, thereby increasing their capacity to take on larger and more ambitious projects.
Looking ahead, Matthias Leschok, another co-founder, envisions a future where SAEKI’s micro-factories operate autonomously, revolutionizing multiple sectors. Leschok’s foresight paints a picture of lights-out factories producing everything from construction formwork to aerospace components and high-performance automotive molds. This vision speaks to SAEKI’s drive to reshape industries on a grand scale. The confidence in SAEKI’s ambitions is echoed by its investors. Led by Wingman Ventures and backed by Vento Ventures, Getty Capital, and a roster of angel investors, the funding round reflects the shared belief in SAEKI’s groundbreaking approach. Edouard Treccani of Wingman Ventures emphasizes the potential for SAEKI’s technology to disrupt industries ranging from aerospace to construction, all while prioritizing local production and sustainable materials.
Integrating cutting-edge technologies like 3D printing and robotics to streamline processes, reduce waste, and create sustainable solutions. Stay ahead of the curve by investing in research and development to drive meaningful change in the sector. By focusing on customer accessibility and sustainability, we can position businesses for growth and relevance in a rapidly changing market. As the world increasingly embraces digital transformation, SAEKI’s innovative approach is set to play a pivotal role in reshaping the future of manufacturing.
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