Trumpf is investing around four million euros in the start-up ScaleNC. On a cloud platform, ScaleNC offers digital services for sheet metal fabricators, such as programming their machines.
With the investment, ScaleNC aims to grow further in the German-speaking region and expand its offering for customers in the US. “ScaleNC is the answer to the skills shortage. Many of our customers have difficulties filling vacancies. In addition, ScaleNC provides cost advantages and supports our customers in strengthening their competitive position,” explains Tom Schneider, Managing Director Research & Development Trumpf Werkzeugmaschinen SE + Co. KG. The start-up currently employs eleven people and wants to grow further.
Machine programming in the cloud
The start-up ScaleNC handles machine programming and the preparation of manufacturing data for its customers. For this purpose, customers can upload their data, drawings and sketches to a cloud platform at any time. For the subsequent programming, the wholly owned Trumpf subsidiary relies not only on AI and data-based algorithms, but also on experienced CAD-CAM experts who additionally check the programming.
This combination makes it possible to process demanding tasks within a short time. Customers can use ScaleNC at a fixed price with no contract commitment and use the service to bridge short-term skills shortages. Besides, there is the possibility to use ScaleNC permanently to work more economically. Currently, ScaleNC’s offering is primarily aimed at customers in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. The company aims to offer its solution in additional countries and is preparing to enter the US market in 2023.
From the idea to the start-up
Trumpf already invested in the start-up when it was spun off and has been using the cloud solution in its own production for over a year. “The fact that Trumpf is again investing in ScaleNC helps us to realize our growth targets. The need for cloud-based services is growing in the industry and we look forward to making our solutions available to even more customers,” said Holger Röder, founder and CEO of ScaleNC.
The first ideas for a digital, platform-based service offering for machine programming emerged at Trumpf in 2019. As part of the internal incubator program “Internehmertum,” the founding team validated the idea in collaboration with Trumpf customers and developed it further into a business model. ScaleNC was then spun off in the summer of 2020.