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MakerVerse launches to connect industrial makers with AM providers

A digital platform for advanced on-demand manufacturing services

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Backed by Siemens Energy and ZEISS, the new MakerVerse platform just launched as a ‘state-of-the-art’, scalable and digital one-stop-shop solution for on-demand manufacturing services. The venture aims to be an industry-leading technology disrupter led by Markus Seibold, CEO and Co-Founder of MakerVerse (with extensive AM experience in Siemens). The multi-sided platform brings together makers that require complex, high-quality parts, delivered fast, at the best possible price with producers, who have the capacity and capability to address these needs.

In this playing field, the MakerVerse team is building a one-stop-shop fulfillment platform that connects industrial makers with a distributed network of manufacturing service partners for early-stage product development needs like technology and design prototypes or production of on-demand spare parts. The platform offers innovative, tech-enabled features including instant quoting, automated manufacturability checks, and AI-based quality and supplier management.

MakerVerse launches to connect industrial makers with AM providers: a digital platform for advanced on-demand manufacturing services
Markus Seibold, former Vice President of Additive Manufacturing at Siemens Energy and Materials Solutions, now Co-founder and CEO of Metaverse.

MakerVerse is a joint venture initiative between industry-leaders Siemens Energy and ZEISS as well as financial/venture capital investors including 9.5 ventures. The new company combines cutting-edge industry expertise with profound knowledge in digital venture-building. The deep understanding of manufacturing technologies, venture building, operations, and supply chain brought together by the founder team in designing the MakerVerse platform will be a key differentiator from existing market solutions.

While Siemens Energy’s activities in AM are well known, ZEISS, a technology and innovation leader in the Industrial Quality & Research area, also supports the growth of AM with quality assurance solutions across the complete additive manufacturing process. The company has established collaborations with leading suppliers for manufacturing solutions to further improve additive manufacturing processes. Now ZEISS is expanding its activities in this area with its investment in MakerVerse.

Rapid and streamlined process

“We are very excited to announce MakerVerse to the public today”, says Markus Seibold, CEO and Co-founder of MakerVerse. “We will create the most-connected universe of makers and producers to accelerate innovation and enable industrial makers and producers to shape our future by letting them focus on what they are best”.

As the former Vice President of Additive Manufacturing at Siemens Energy and Materials Solutions, Markus brings 10+ years of experience in scaling 3D printing products and services from early-stage R&D to commercial business. Rapid and streamlined process For industrial makers, working with MakerVerse is a fast and reliable process. In a first step, users upload their designs as CAD files to the secure platform environment, along with key input data related to materials, post-processing and QA, to then receive ‘real-time’ quotes and lead-times.

In the 2nd phase, MakerVerse will work with its global network of certified manufacturing partners to produce and deliver parts at the agreed quality standards and lead times. Along the way, MakerVerse offers dedicated support whenever needed and provides regular status updates on the progress of orders. MakerVerse will expand its offering to additional AI-based features to support makers with part identification, design and technology selection over the next months to come.

MakerVerse launches to connect industrial makers with AM providers: a digital platform for advanced on-demand manufacturing services
The core management team at MakerVerse, from the left: Christian Matzen, CRO, Manish Katoch, VP Engineering, Tim Schark, CFO and Markus Seibold, CEO.

Addressing core pain points

MakerVerse is a direct response to current trends in the global on-demand manufacturing market. Improvements in machine, material and postprocessing technologies as well as the increased importance of sustainable and resilient supply chains have accelerated the viability and demand for additive manufacturing over the past 10 years. The global market for additive manufacturing is expected to rise from EUR 9.6 billion in 2018 to EUR 21.5 billion in 2023 – with a compound annual growth rate of 17.5 percent. In ever shorter time frames, multiple new and improved AM technologies are brought to the markets, and it is increasingly difficult for users to keep track of the benefits and limitations as well as evaluate the respective potentials of all available technologies. MakerVerse offers a very efficient one-stop-shop access to all kinds of on-demand technologies so that makers do not need to waste time and effort on nontechnical processes and producers can get more effective access to a much broader customer base looking for their capabilities.

Join the MakerVerse

The public launch of the MakerVerse platform is planned for early-mid 2022 with an initial focus on additive manufacturing in the European market. Based on the strong global partner network and manufacturing partnerships, MakerVerse is continuously expanding its technology scope in new areas such as CNC machining and injection molding and aims to realize +100€M of revenues enabled via the platform by 2027. As part of its ambitious growth strategy, MakerVerse is continuously looking for new partners to be added to the MakerVerse platform. As a further commitment of driving innovation, MakerVerse is hiring additional +20 employees by the end of 2022, with a strong focus on software/platform development as well as digital and tech talents.

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Davide Sher

Since 2002, Davide has built up extensive experience as a technology journalist, market analyst and consultant for the additive manufacturing industry. Born in Milan, Italy, he spent 12 years in the United States, where he completed his studies at SUNY USB. As a journalist covering the tech and videogame industry for over 10 years, he began covering the AM industry in 2013, first as an international journalist and subsequently as a market analyst, focusing on the additive manufacturing industry and relative vertical markets. In 2016 he co-founded London-based VoxelMatters. Today the company publishes the leading news and insights websites VoxelMatters.com and Replicatore.it, as well as VoxelMatters Directory, the largest global directory of companies in the additive manufacturing industry.

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