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Blackpool start-up plans to become “Amazon of 3D printing”


A Lancashire tech start-up has raised £150k of investment as it seeks to become the “Amazon of 3D printing.”

Blackpool-based Autentica says it has developed the very first blockchain-powered, AI-based digital supply chain for spare parts.

“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 company has received £76k from private investors, which has been matched by a grant from Innovate UK,

The cash will be used to make 20 “key hires” and move from proof of concept to a full launch by March 2022.

“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,” continued Vitoriano.

“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.”

The firm has already signed up 156 UK-based 3D printing companies, and 130 parts distributors in Chile, Singapore and Angola.

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