• Fund: EUREKA! FUND I
  • Sector: ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING
  • Technology: ROBOTIC ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING
  • First Investment: SEPTEMBER 2021
  • Round: PRE-SERIES A, 3.5 ML €
  • Co-investors: PRIMO SPACE
  • Founder & CEO: FRANCESCO DE STEFANO
  • Eureka! Partner: STEFANO PERONCINI

Caracol

Caracol S.r.l. is an Italian additive manufacturing company, born from the idea of pushing the limits of AM, beyond what was possible.

The company brought that idea to life, evolving the possibilities of Additive Manufacturing on scale, shape, and materials. They developed Heron AM, their proprietary Large-Format Additive Manufacturing platform, integrated hardware and software: a robotized extrusion system, with direct and continuous feeding of composites polymers, a dedicated software solution for the most complex tool paths, and much more. 

The system can produce components with a wide range of thermoplastics and composites (both from virgin and recycled origins) in the form of pellets and shreds. This makes the system ideal for the production of several medium to large-scale parts, such as: structural elements, tooling (e.g., jigs for positioning, drilling, and cutting, molds, assembly rigs, beams), prototypes, metal replacement, temporary or permanent substitution of parts, and an array of applications and components we continue to discover every day.

In 2015 its founders started a research project to overcome the limits of existing AM technologies. In 2017, Caracol was born - combining technological innovation with an industrial vision, to provide a new manufacturing paradigm to respond to client’s needs for efficiency and sustainability in production.

Today Caracol provides technology and manufacturing solutions to companies internationally, in sectors that span from aerospace, to automotive, energy, marine, and more. Every day the company continuously strives to innovate and evolve production systems, looking for more cost-effective, performing, faster, and environmentally conscious manufacturing solutions.

 

EUREKA! VIEW

Highly motivated and well balanced co-founders team, with both technical and business competences. Differentiating technology and IP, properly protected. Broad range of applications, in different industry sectors like Automotive, Aerospace, Industrial Machinery, with commercial pilots with relevant large corporates. Caracol strives for integrating circular economy
principles into its product design, for example by using raw materials which are mostly recyclable or recycled.