JUNO is an Italian design firm specializing in 3D printing technologies. In fact, the company was one of the first in Italy to adopt Stratasys’ 3D printing back in the day. Today, it has expanded its services significantly, with the integration of EOS, HP and, most recently, Carbon 3D printing systems.
JUNO was started as a spin-out of Studio Pedrini, an industry/automotive-focused design firm founded by Pietro Pedrini that specialized in CAD and R&D services for local manufacturing industries. In order to meet a growing demand for prototyping in the early 2000s, Pedrini’s partner Gian Luca Monti spearheaded an expansion and purchased a Stratasys (then Objet) 3D printer. Juno Design s.r.l. was officially founded in 2012 when Michele Monti—Gian Luca’s son—joined the company and a new forward-thinking team was born.
JUNO’s most recent addition to its 3D printing portfolio is a game-changing one. The company is now a certified partner of Carbon and operates its DLS rapid photopolymerization technology. The technology expansion marks a significant step forward in the Italian industrial landscape.
Carbon’s DLS technology has already been successfully used for mass production, notably by high-profile brands like Adidas and Lamborghini. JUNO is ready to meet the growing market demand for Carbon’s production-ready platform, making its experience and DLS equipment available to support Italian companies in their transition to additive manufacturing production.
The Italian firm will leverage its variety of 3D printing equipment and in-depth know-how to expand its services within Italy and beyond.
At the core of its renewed mission? To evolve alongside 3D printing from prototyping to mass production. The team is growing day by day and is always looking for new talents (apply at HR@JUNO.AM).
Over the years, JUNO has fostered important partnerships with leading 3D printer companies. For instance, it is a certified partner of Stratasys for the engineering portfolio, with its MakerBot desktop FDM series. Additionally, after becoming an early adopter of HP’s MultiJet Fusion 3D printing platform in 2017, JUNO now houses an MJF HP Tech Center that provides consulting and development services tailored to the technology. In 2020, JUNO expanded further, signing a partnership to join Carbon’s international network for production in Italy.
But the company doesn’t only work with polymer 3D printing: it also offers DMLS technology through EOS’ metal 3D printers. It is no surprise then that JUNO prides itself on its heterogeneity: the company is active in almost all fields of additive manufacturing, currently providing its diverse services from a single operational headquarters in Borgo Panigale (in Bologna). However, it is looking to add more strategical locations Europe this year.
JUNO is an authorized reseller of entry-level 3D printers and also promotes industrial AM adoption with a “try before you buy” ethos. In other words, the company works with its customers and helps them to understand the benefits of industrial additive manufacturing until they are ready to invest.
In essence, the company is comprised of two halves: the design studio and production center, which have come together harmoniously, resulting in an efficient combination of tradition and innovation. The overall goal is to produce all the prototypes for the Pedrini group in-house and to offer JUNO as a subcontractor under the brand “JUNO, the additive manufacturing galaxy.”
JUNO’s growth can also be understood by looking at its ever-increasing revenues. For the past eight years, the Studio Pedrini spin-out has experienced growing income; turnover has even continued to increase in 2020, despite setbacks from the COVID-19 pandemic. Today, the company is steady on its path to prototype and produce hundreds of thousands of components using state-of-the-art 3D printers.