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Fictiv raises $35M from 40 North Ventures and Honeywell

Another digital manufacturing network is set to go big

As the pace of digital transformation in manufacturing continues to accelerate, Fictiv has become the latest digital manufacturing network to obtain major investments, along with 3D Hubs and Xometry. The Californian firm closed a new $35M round of funding led by 40 North Ventures to aggressively expand Fictiv’s Digital Manufacturing Ecosystem.

Honeywell, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corp., Adit Ventures, and M20 also participated, along with previous investors including Accel, G2VP, and Bill Gates, bringing Fictiv’s total investment to $92M. The Series D investment will be used to advance its proven cloud-based platform technology and invest in its supply chain operations and network infrastructure.

Among other digital manufacturing technologies, such as CNC milling and urethane casting, Fictiv is active in 3D printing and the range of systems included in its online offer continues to expand. Now included are SLA, SLS, PolyJet, MultiJet Fusion and FDM technologies, with a large selection of available materials. Its services are used by over 2,500 companies, including Facebook and Oculus Rift, carsharing App Lyft, Ford Motors, and Rise Robotics. Over 12 million parts have been produced to date (including all manufacturing processes).

Fictiv raises $35M from 40 North Ventures and Honeywell

“At 40 North Ventures we invest in companies that are shaping the industrial future,” said Marianne Wu, managing director at 40 North Ventures. “Fictiv has rapidly established itself as the gold standard for digital transformation in the manufacturing and supply chain sectors, helping companies of all sizes and industries modernize their efforts to realize superior speed, quality, and efficiency.”

By using technology to streamline the entire manufacturing process from quote to delivery, Fictiv has achieved a level of manufacturing speed and agility that has long confounded the traditional contract manufacturing industry. In particular, its commitment to radical transparency and unique use of artificial intelligence and machine learning for manufacturability feedback gives customers an unparalleled ability to streamline complex development workflows. When combined with its highly vetted and managed network of global manufacturing partners, Fictiv offers its customers ultimate manufacturing flexibility with a level of quality and precision that other on-demand services and marketplaces have been unable to achieve. To date, Fictiv has produced more than twelve million parts for both early-stage companies and large enterprises in cutting-edge industries like robotics, aerospace, automotive, and medical devices.

“There is an immense opportunity for digital transformation in the manufacturing sector,” said Kamal Vasagiri, Director of Venture Capital Investments at Honeywell. “Fictiv’s traction with enterprise companies like Honeywell, combined with the potential for scale inherent in their digital ecosystem model, gives us confidence that Fictiv is truly building the future of manufacturing.”

Despite a striking pandemic that shocked the manufacturing industry in 2020, Fictiv was able to seamlessly continue operations through its digital thread of optimized manufacturing services and more than double its revenue for CNC machining and 3D printing services. Additionally, in Q3-2020 Fictiv launched a landmark set of transparency features that provides customers with real-time part photos and inspection data from the factory floor.

“The challenges of the past year have demonstrated the value of a digital approach to manufacturing and Fictiv’s ability to support partners’ needs despite unprecedented disruption,” said Dave Evans, CEO at Fictiv. “We are thrilled to welcome these new investors as we rapidly accelerate growth to meet the increasing demand for our quality-driven approach to on-demand manufacturing.”

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 3dpbm. Today the company publishes the leading news and insights websites 3D Printing Media Network and Replicatore, as well as 3D Printing Business Directory, the largest global directory of companies in the additive manufacturing industry.

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