Silicon Valley startup Arevo raises $12.5 million to transform 3D printing into a tool for mass manufacturing
Arevo is a Silicon Valley startup with a patent pending technologically advanced breakthrough that makes it possible to 3D print out objects which are reinforced with carbon fiber as well as carbon nanotubes. The new technology is a game changer with many use cases and application in many industries. Arevo Labs is also the first company to introduce first-of-its-kind robotic additive manufacturing platform. The platform enables 3D printing of complex composite parts for defense, aerospace and other demanding industries.
Today the company announced it has raised $12.5 million in Series B funding round to introduce the next era of 3D printing and transform the way manufactured products are conceived, designed, built, and maintained. The company also announced Jim Miller as its new CEO. Miller previously worked at Amazon and Google. Founded in 2013, Arevo, is a 3D printing startup that combines robotics, software, and specialized composite materials. With an initial focus on Aerospace, Defense, Consumer Electronics, Transportation, and Consumer Goods, Arevo is poised to optimize additive manufacturing services to OEM’s worldwide.
The company uses advanced materials, intelligent software, and 3D printing technology to make high performance and ultra-strong polymer parts. They tailor materials to optimize mechanical, thermal, and electrical properties of printed objects. Their new Advanced, Carbon Fiber reinforced polymers make parts stronger, lighter, and more durable. Their Intelligent cloud-based software tunes mechanical properties of 3D printed objects. This results in production parts with unique characteristics that cannot be made using any conventional manufacturing techniques. With its unique combination of software, robotics, and materials, AREVO provides designers and manufacturers with unprecedented freedom to unlock the unparalleled strength, weight and economics of composite materials for a wide range of consumer and industrial products.
“New CEO Jim Miller oversaw Amazon’s expansion from books, music and video to full-range fulfillment capabilities as vice president of supply chain, ushering in its meteoric rise to $6 billion in annual revenue and building the foundation for the company that it is today. Later, as vice president of worldwide operations at Google, he led the team that planned, built, deployed and operated the infrastructure that powers Google: search, YouTube, gmail, advertising and cloud businesses,” the company said in a press release.
Miller’s appointment coincides with the close of $12.5 million in Series B financing led by Asahi Glass, with Sumitomo Corporation of Americas, Leslie Ventures and Khosla Ventures. The new financing will help the company build on its groundbreaking R&D success and focus on the full-scale commercialization of its technology across a diverse set of industries such as aerospace, defense, transportation, automotive, consumer electronics, sporting goods, medical, and oil and gas.
“AREVO is at an exciting inflection point in its business right now,” said Jim Miller, CEO of AREVO. “We have the technology, team and tools to commercialize our software and fabrication process to build high strength parts that the manufacturing industry hasn’t been able to conceive and construct before.”
AREVO has created a new paradigm for manufacturing by combining dynamic software, automation and robotics, and patented materials science to reimagine how products are created, from ideation to execution. Innovative partners building for mass markets will be able to leverage AREVO’s software and robotic printing process to create and scale lightweight products of superior strength and unlimited size.
To demonstrate its software and robotics at work, AREVO partnered with Studio West to create the world’s first true 3D-printed commuter bike. A reimagined form factor removed a seat stay between the seat and back wheel, adding strength and new simplicity. Masatoshi Ueno, AGC Ventures, a corporate venturing arm of Asahi Glass, said, “We are thrilled by joining AREVO’s journey as an investor and commercialization partner. AREVO’s technology will enable us to add new business lines on top of current material solutions.”
“AREVO’s approach is a significant leap forward as it is truly 3D printing rather than stacked 2D printing, which is what most of us are accustomed to,” said Vinod Khosla of Khosla Ventures. “AREVO is the company that can finally move 3D printing beyond novelty applications and into a mainstream manufacturing necessity with its unique nexus of software, robotics, and composite materials.”
“We are excited to be partnering with AREVO, a company truly leading the industry of 3D printing technology for carbon fiber parts,” said Tak Niki, General Manager of Sumitomo Corporation of Americas’ Silicon Valley office. “We see great opportunity in the future as AREVO’s technology is leveraged to reduce cycle time and cost within various industries. We look forward to helping to grow their company as well as applying their logic to several of our existing businesses.”
Below is a video with the overview of Arevo Labs first-of-its-kind robotic additive manufacturing platform.