Additive manufacturing is a 3D printing process solving the market’s demands proportional to cost, innovation and flexibility. Nacho León, Diego Cabañas and Jose Ignacio Serrano, Ziknes engineers and co-founders, have designed and developed a hardware and software solution that optimizes the metal additive manufacturing process and increases productivity. At this point, they are improving their product by using the Think Bigger Capital investment funds.
Q: Tell us about Ziknes
Ziknes is a Spanish tech startup that has managed to upgrade metal parts manufacturing. We specialize in additive manufacturing using groundbreaking robotics technology. We offer proprietary software and hardware integral solutions creating pieces faster, easier and more flexibly. We have zero material waste, lower costs and shorter timeframes.
Our main objective is to democratize the best additive manufacturing technology for any industry.
Q: What was it like raising a round for the first time?
It’s a strange feeling, having had a former experience with Enne Technology, where we offered programming services and have grown organically.
Fundraising has given the chance to three young people like ourselves to continue developing our business model. It has also made it possible to increase the visibility of our startup and the evolution potential we can have in any sector, by bringing forward disruptive ideas based on analysis and validation.
Q: What will you focus your initial funding on?
Machine development mainly; it’s our primary goal before the end of this year. And by the end of next year we would like to have proprietary hardware development covered.
To do all that, we need to create a professional software development structure which will help us become a worldwide reference point in the 3D printing sector.
Q: What’s next for Ziknes?
We are planning a showroom event to introduce to the market our Z-Metal One machine before the end of the year.
We will also focus on developing our software, personalizing it even more by adding more features and functions. These updates will be concluded by the end of next year.
Q: What advice would you offer other entrepreneurs looking for first round funding?
They should have faith in their project and make sure it’s developed on solid grounds regarding validation, research and understanding of the sector in which they operate. Once they’re clear about that, they’ll be able to defend their project firmly in each funding round.
Q: How has been your experience in Demium so far?
Our experience at Demium has been quite the learning sprint. We have evolved as a startup by establishing a business model geared towards a clear vision for the future.
Thanks to all the professionals that work at Demium, we have had the best help we could get to put together our business model, present our project to Think Bigger Capital and obtain the funding we needed to continue developing our product.