A Green Thumb for AM Ecosystems
3D-printing investor to share success stories at new manufacturing event in Silicon Valley
BY KATHY WEBSTER, CORRESPONDENCE FOR MT360
A ripe tomato bursting with flavor doesn’t happen by accident. A gardener with a green thumb matched the seed variety to the soil composition, drainage, and available sunlight, then judiciously watered and fertilized the young plant. Conversely, a brown thumb doesn’t know anything more about growing tomatoes than the pot does.
When it comes to venture capital groups looking to nurture young industrial Additive Manufacturing (AM) or 3D-printing start-ups, AM Ventures plays the role of the gardener with the green thumb.
AM Ventures Holding GmbH is an independent, strategic investor based in Munich, Germany. The company was founded by the same family that started EOS, an industrial 3D-printing company, and is run as a separate entity. Needless to say, AM Ventures understands all the elements essential for a healthy AM company ecosystem in a serial production environment, including hardware, software, material and application ventures. They also have access to production hubs around the world and various partnerships with large corporations focusing on the production of disruptive applications.
“Our overall mission is to find young entrepreneurial talent in the industrial additive industries and help them grow their business, make it sustainable in material development, hardware and software development, and applications,” says Dr. Alexander Huber, Investment Manager, AM Ventures.
To encourage entrepreneurs to learn more about the company, Dr. Huber is sharing three AM start-up success stories in the Virtual Factory at the upcoming MT360 event. Designed to bring the investment, Silicon Valley, and manufacturing communities together, MT360 takes place May 12 – 14, 2020 in Santa Clara, Calif. AM Ventures is one of more than a dozen companies partnering with AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology* to host the inaugural event. MT360 aims to accelerate the integration of emerging technologies into manufacturing.
AM Venture successes include:
Additive Works, a technology that enables 3D-printing a part right the first time, with a focus on DMLS
3Yourmind, a provider of leading software to manage and optimize end-to-end production workflows
Elementum 3D Inc., which develops and sells metal matrix composites and ceramics
Dr. Huber notes that, “Success in additive investing is not necessarily a matter of funding, but rather the result of an excellent team and entrepreneurial spirit combined with a diversified portfolio the investee is a part of.”
The company feels comfortable in the range of €500k to €5 million. On average, they seek an equity stake of 10–20 percent.
“Our primary goal is to keep the entrepreneurial spirit within the team, because if we find a good idea, it’s not our intent to squeeze profits or carve out the IP,” says Dr. Huber. “We can provide the necessary help—with capital and our knowledge of the AM ecosystem—to help them achieve their goals. Our experience tells us, if the entrepreneurial team and the spirit is motivated, then small ideas become large successes.”
AM Ventures believes that 3D printing makes the world a better place. The company considers both the direct and indirect sustainability benefits, such as waste reduction, weight savings, improved energy efficiency increases and more. For industrial AM entrepreneurs with a sustainable idea and great team, the grounds at MT360 are fertile fields.
MT360 brings traditional manufacturers, non-traditional tech companies, and venture capitalists into one conference to learn about transformative technologies that will intersect all three worlds.
Cognitive Automation – A spectrum of AI or data-related tools that enable automation systems to sense and react to information.
Additive Manufacturing – Several related technologies that enable manufacturers to create complex parts and fixtures through 3D printing.
Augmented Reality – Technologies that use digital displays to assist with manual tasks.
Digital Thread – Electronic connections that allow manufacturing information to follow a product through its entire production process.
In addition to the speakers and panel discussions, MT360 will host a Virtual Factory, which will showcase companies involved in every aspect of these technologies. Attendees can visit and interact with software companies, hardware companies, complete AR-platform providers, and smart manufacturing.
Space is limited. Register today at mt360conference.com.
MT360, May 12 – 14, 2020, Santa Clara, Calif.
*AMT - The Association For Manufacturing Technology produces IMTS – The International Manufacturing Technology Show, the largest and longest running manufacturing technology trade show in the United States held every other year at McCormick Place in Chicago, Ill. IMTS 2020 will run Sept. 14-19.