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Teseo. Updating shipbuilding through additive manufacturing.

Maintaining the essence of sailing and bridging the gap with tomorrow’s shipyards by addressing the impact of additive manufacturing in the industry.

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Teseo. Updating shipbuilding through additive manufacturing.

Maintaining the essence of sailing and bridging the gap with tomorrow’s shipyards by addressing the impact of additive manufacturing in the industry.


Shaping the industry that shapes

A player in the metal-mechanic industry needed a holding hand to land safely their next move into additive manufacturing. They approached Byld willing to address the following challenge:

In what industry should we land and what should be our stake in it?

We embarked ourselves in a 2 phase process:



Understanding what makes additive manufacturing appealing for a given industry.



Analyzing industries where additive manufacturing could make a difference and identifying suitable business models to leverage upon.


Long story short

Additive manufacturing is the process of shaping an object by precisely adding layers of material to one another, as opposed to the traditional process of removing material from a block through milling, machining or carving. It has proven to be a profitable process when producing small badges that require long lead-times.

The act of “adding” requires a change in mentality that starts at the design board and should cascade down to the production floor. The part has to hold up to the same scrutiny traditional methods are already certified for, being this a big part of what is holding industry suppliers from entering the market despite OEMs are starting to ask for it.

Stepping into the discovery

From a fuzzy challenge down to 2 business concepts

Our Discovery is divided into three phases: Market, Problem and Solution Discovery. In each one we set a different breakdown of learning goals and tools to extract insights and define solutions.

Value chain analysis
Stakeholders mapping
Who’s who – Additive manufacturing suppliers
Expert in depth interviews
— Key market insights

Market Discovery

The first step was understanding the implications of “adding” when it comes to part fabrication. In our interviews, design consultancies, research institutes, machine producers and OEMs drew a promising landscape should industry standards for other industrial processes are met and the availability of new materials is granted. Current players in other countries were benchmarked too. Here there are 4 insights that shows us in which to do business with additive manufacturing:

Additive mindset should permeate across the whole structure, from the design boards to the factory floors

Given all the additive technologies available, co-opetition is paramount to become a player

The Additive Manufacturing industry must address the same process and quality standards as traditional manufacturing, while certifications for additive manufacturing arrive

Additive manufacturing’s business potential goes far beyond prototyping

Problem Discovery

Comparing 4 business paths against our 11 success factors, we built a framework that helped us sift through potential industries and cater for our customer’s risk appetite. After evaluating seven industries, the decision was boiled down to Naval and Agriculture industry.

Given the nature of our client, its industry connections and its appetite for risk, bringing additive manufacturing into the Naval industry was a clear-cut decision.

7 industries analyzed
1 safari at an industry fair
10 in-depth interviews
2 big areas of opportunity for our client
—Top problems

Additive manufacturing implies rearranging how manufacturing businesses are organized and/or the logistics to deliver finished products.

Beyond design knowledge and process control, size limitations, material sourcing and part certification, pose a challenge businesses.

Finding who to pitch additive manufacturing to, inside your customer, is a costliest part of growing your business.

Value proposition
Market size
Business model
Customer profiling
Product Roadmap
— Concept decks

Solution Discovery

We fleshed our business concepts, according to our venture strategy and our capabilities.

The shipbuilding industry starts to grasp how additive manufacturing will change their business, both in building and in ship maintenance. While large size is still a promise when it comes to manufacturing metal, polymers are catching up through new material properties and uses, making the technology a serious option to consider.

We held 2 ideation sessions, resulting in 3 business concepts.


18 ideas


5 ideas


3 ideas


41 ideas


7 ideas


2 ideas

idea 1

The Lighthouse

A parts design/redesign and additive manufacturing service (both in metal and functional polymer) as the first step of a larger plan to update Spanish shipyards.

idea 2

The Watchtower

A digital warehouse that manages the “addtivable” spare parts for several boats/fleets, sending the part wherever it is needed.

idea 3

The Belltower

A floating on-demand workshop that has additive manufacturing capabilities on board (both in metal and functional polymer) and a trained quick intervention team.

Picking a concept

We compared these different opportunities through the lens of the Byld Metric and, after thorough discussion, there was a draw between two of them, so… why not a combination? Fortunately, both concepts could be addressed as a sequence, avoiding an “innovation salad” (where you put together unmatching concepts, willing for the dressing to cover up the flavor).

What is the Byld Metric?

The Byld Metric is a tool we have developed over the years to compare business opportunities with different lenses. It combines a corporate venture builder’s perspective, an investor’s perspective and an entrepreneur’s perspective. It is made of more than 50 parameters divided into 5 dimensions containing quantitative and qualitative criteria.

Outcome & Deliverables

Meet Teseo

Teseo helps national shipyards compete in the international heavy surge by fabricating and repairing boat parts in functional polymer and metal. Information on these parts is stored and analyzed, developing industry specific part models to help improve designs today and guide designs tomorrow.

The value proposition

A value proposition for both shipyards and shipowners.

Tailor made. Tailoring designs and materials to the vessel’s specific needs.

From months to weeks. Leveraging on the agility of digital design and additive manufacturing. Delivering final parts in a few days reduces uncertainty and keep vessels operational.

Ongoing service. Our service does not end with the part delivery. Parts are continuously analyzed for improvement, thus making ship operations more efficient.

Convenient quoting. Having the digital parts, controlling the additive process and a strong supplier network, we can quote parts on the same day and reduce waiting times.

Your pieces will remain yours. Intellectual protection is at the base of our service. There will be no replication of parts without control or modifications without supervision, since the management SW allows you to trace each activity carried out with the design.

Teseo, the shipyard’s ally to navigate changes.


Fabrication and Repair

Logistics and shipment

Digital design & IP protection

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