Stephan Beyer (CEO) Robert Rieger
What inspired you to found your startup?
We were inspired by the idea of facilitating 3D printers to print large industrial work parts in just one piece. Right from the start, we wanted to re-define industrial manufacturing.
How are you different? What is your unique value proposition?
With a capacity of over one cubic meter, the BigRep ONE provides the largest FFF-built volume currently available on the market. Our “made in Germany” machines guarantee fast, reliable, precise manufacturing, and are IoT-ready with full connectivity and data.
How do you define success for yourself and your company?
As a trained engineer, I’m happiest when a brilliant, innovative idea is translated into real technology that delivers, and is reliable, precise, fast, and efficient. Just like our printers. As somebody who also has been in finance for years, I’m measuring success in terms of customer satisfaction.
What do you want to achieve next year?
The industry needs reliable, controllable, and efficient 3D printers. As BigRep is the first to integrate CNC-grade control systems, we will re-define AM. They will provide full connectivity for existing production and automation systems, establishing 3D printing as a key industry 4.0 application.
Why do people want to work at your company?
We are headquartered in Berlin, with offices in Boston and Singapore. People enjoy our international, team-oriented, and highly interdisciplinary work environment. They want to be part of a cutting-edge, innovative industry – one of the most important disrupting technologies of the 21st century.
What has been the most important milestone so far?
There have been so many different milestones. Each and every single partnership with global industry leaders to make BigRep the global driving force behind large-scale 3D printing has set a milestone.
Looking back at your whole development story — what makes you most proud?
The development and introduction of our 3D printers STUDIO and ONE, our excellent investor and industry partnership network, and the new development partnership with Bosch Rexroth, which we have started this year.
Where do you see your company in 5 years?
For us, it’s about moving this technology and this industry forward. We aim to take a leading role in the 3D printing market for industrial manufacturing. Equally, we are aiming at further expanding the business while at the same time becoming the innovation and thought leader in our industry.
What is your impression of launching a startup from your based city?
We are very happy in Berlin. Our company is based in a great 19th century industrial building, so we are embedded in the city’s proud manufacturing tradition. Today, Berlin functions as one big incubator for innovation: It’s an investment-friendly, international place, attracting some great talent.
What is your impression of the german startup scene? Would you change anything?
It has greatly matured but still has a free-spirited approach. Education is a key element, so politics and business have to make sure that the required training is being offered. Entry levels for international experts working here and the recognition of non-German degrees need to become easier.
BigRep was featured in “The Hundert Vol. 10 – Startups of Germany“, November 2018.