Start-up printer goes into series production
Text: Thomas Masuch; Photos: Thomas Klerx, Xioneer
Winning the formnext Start-up Challenge was a milestone for Xioneer Systems
After three years of development and preparation, this year things are getting serious for the young Austrian business Xioneer Systems: The company’s own 3D printer, Xioneer X1, will enter series production at the site in Vienna. It will go on sale in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland in fall 2017.
For Xioneer Systems, winning last year’s Start-up Challenge was a milestone on the way to series production. “It really got us noticed by investors and resellers,” CEO Dr. Andrei Neboian recalls. A number of resellers at formnext approached Xioneer straight away to discuss working together. Beyond that, the award was a sort of recognition of their teamwork because, ultimately, founders, employees, and investors spending years on development and preparation require a great deal of perseverance.
six pieces of patented technology
For start-ups like Xioneer Systems, substantial capital resources are essential. “We, the founders, invested our own money, and we had two business angels and decent funding in Austria,” Neboian says. This capital enabled the young entrepreneurs to develop six pieces of patented technology and integrate them into their product. After all, with so many 3D printers on the market it’s crucial that you stick out from the crowd, he goes on to say. Today, Xioneer Systems have nearly completed another round of funding, which will allow them to take the next development steps with solid financial backing.
With the Xioneer X1, the Austrian start-up is supplying a 3D printer for professional users from product development and other creative industries. It will be priced at around EUR 15,000. For CEO Neboian, one of the highlights is the patented system for parallel printing two different materials. “This enables us to build supporting structures and form any shape required.“ Furthermore, the material cartridges in Xioneer X1 use electronics so the system itself can register which material is being used and how much of it is left. “This functionality isn’t something to be taken for granted with most 3D printers on the market,” says Neboian.
Another indication that Xioneer X1 has gone down well with customers is that the first 3D printers have already been pre-ordered and purchased. Next year, Xioneer Systems plans to produce 250 units, with the number of employees increasing from 10 to over 25. At formnext 2017, Xioneer will already be confidently presenting its success story to an audience outside of the start-up area – in short, they’ve got off to a strong start on the market.