The Co-Founders, Luisa Mondora and Matteo Vanazzi met first in 2009 while studying for a Bachelor of Science degree in Materials Engineering and Nanotechnology at Politecnico di Milano, Italy. After Luisa completed her bachelor’s degree, Matteo continued with a Master’s Degree in Nuclear Engineering and finally received a Ph.D. degree in Energy and Nuclear Science and Technology at Politecnico di Milano. Their friendship became strong and they kept the contact.
In 2019, Luisa and Matteo discussed the idea of f3nice based on their knowledge of materials management. During the first wave of the Covid-19 Pandemic in 2020, as business in Italy seemed paralyzed, they took the leap starting the journey of developing a sustainable supply chain for 3D printing feedstock. The underlying idea of f3nice was further anchored in the opportunities presented by the decommissioning trend in the North Sea and metal additive manufacturing technologies.
In 2021, f3nice was one of ten startups selected among over 400 applications from 44 countries to be part of Equinor and Techstars Energy Accelerator.
While enrolled in the Equinor and Techstars Energy Accelerator, they met the third Co-founder, Philip Hansteen, who brought in a vital skillset, complementary to the cumulative skills brought by Luisa and Matteo.
In a short time, f3nice’s efforts towards sustainability and challenging the status quo of Additive Manufacturing feedstock have been internationally recognized. The company has been invited to participate in multiple joint industry projects, part of paid pilot projects, received soft funding through two Horizon Europe projects, and has even generated several commercial sales.