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3d-printing can solve the world's most urgent problems.

Experts predict that scaled 3d-printing could reduce global energy consumption by 27% (TU Delft, 2019). This means that 3d-printing has a bigger potential impact on carbon emissions than the mass deployment of renewable energy.


3d-printing will be able to achieve this impact on two main dimensions: materials and transportation. 

Materials: 3d-printing enables energy-efficient geometries that use much less material. Further, the additive way of manufacturing creates far less waste than subtractive techniques such as CNC machining.

Transportation: 3d-printing makes the transportation of components obsolete. Parts can be produced on location as needed without any inventory. Scaled 3d-printing means enabling a decentralized network of additive manufacturing nodes that addresses local demand.

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Manufacturers across industries are exploring 3d-printing as an alternative to traditional manufacturing processes such as CNC machining and injection molding. With rising challenges in global supply chains and a global push to mitigate the effects of climate change, this trend is expected to accelerate fast.

However, cost of materials, systems and implementation is still a significant adoption barrier. Most companies lack the know-how to bring 3d-printing to scale and struggle with slow speed and low print quality.

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>80% of manufacturers explore 3d-printing but struggle to scale

The problem is the extreme process complexity of 3d-printing.

Scaling 3d-printing means mastering infinite geometries, hundreds of process parameters and the polymer physics of a wide range of materials.


This complexity leads to the fact that 3d-printers generally print at ~20% of the hardware potential (i.e., 5x slower than possible). Even expert engineers are reliant on a trial-and-error based approach and print on average 5 times wrong before 1 time right.


We develop a software "brain" that makes
3d-printing billions of end use parts realistic.

Our technology can predict voxel-level thermal histories based on process variables.

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Most 3d-printing processes are thermal processes by nature, meaning that they use heat to convert materials from one state to another during printing. A crucial factor in this process is the thermal history of material, which is hard to predict in 3d-printing. Our technology addresses this key problem and thereby enables the accurate prediction of print outcomes.

Learn more about our technology by visiting our download page. 

"Additive manufacturing adopters intending to use the technology for serial production applications often need quality guarantees […] To help such manufacturers achieve greater certainty, the company has therefore developed a new AI engine, capable of breaking down 3D models into single voxels.”

"The company believes in the future of additive manufacturing, but also knows there are barriers to production using current software technologies. They see a 'software gap', and intend on filling it. [...] Helio Additive could break through some barriers, and hopefully set the bar for slicing software."

We're a group of 12 diverse experts in the fields of engineering, data science and entrepreneurship.


David worked at Bayer for 15 years and served as Senior VP at Covestro's Growth Ventures before becoming an entrepreneur in 2015.

David is the author of Complexity is Free, a sci-fi novel on the role of 3d-printing in our future world.

David Hartmann


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Priyesh Patel


With a PhD in Engineering from University College London, and an MBA from CEIBS, Priyesh brings years of experience in physics based modeling and software development.

As a surf enthusiast, Priyesh wants to use Helio's technology to print custom surfboard fins that work great in the water.

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We believe in open partnerships to deepen our understanding of the scientific basis behind our work.

We’re passionate about the future of additive manufacturing and its role in a decentralized and resilient manufacturing base around the world. We got together to build technology that removes barriers to the development of additive manufacturing and helps the industry scale.

Contact us today to join our team or explore potential partnerships.

Learn more about us by visiting our download page.

Our transformative purpose is simple: jumping to series production with additive manufacturing and enabling 3d-printing as a decentralized mainstream manufacturing tool.

David Hartmann, Helio Additive Founder & CEO



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