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Barlassina, Province of Monza and Brianza, Italy






Additive Manufacturing

What we do

The evolution of AM starts from the most demanding manufacturing needs: large, complex, critical parts. Caracol was born from the idea of pushing the limits of AM, beyond what was possible. We brought that idea to life, evolving the possibilities of Additive Manufacturing on scale, shape, and materials. Heron AM is our Large-Format Additive Manufacturing robotic 3D printing platform, integrated hardware and software, developed 100% in-house: a robotized extrusion system, with direct and continuous feeding of composites polymers, a dedicated software solution for the most complex tool paths, and much more.

Our Mission and Values


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Working on custom car projects Caracol has seen how large 3D printed mock-ups can help accelerate product development in the automotive industry, from concept design to fitting and production.

How large 3D printed mock-ups can accelerate the automotive industry

Monitoring and automation systems are enabling factors to enhance productivity of innovative production technologies such as additive manufacturing. In this scenario, Caracol developed the project RAMICoS - Intelligent Control System for Robotic Large Scale Additive Manufacturing System, together with MADE Competence Center and Politecnico di Milano.

Developing continous monitoring of 3D printing processes for large format additive manufacturing

Caracol has introduced Wire Arc Additive Manufacturing to explore how to manufacture advanced applications such as space vehicles, leveraging the benefits of AM and robotics. This project enabled the production of propulsion tanks for CubeSat carrier space vehicles,

Manufacturing Tank for CubeSat Carrier with WAAM technology

While industries like aerospace and automotive have been using additive manufacturing technologies for many years, the marine sector has recently picked up the pace of adoption thanks to the benefits provided by Large Format Additive Manufacturing. Companies like yacht and ship-builders are quickly speeding up the introduction of large parts manufactured with technologies like Caracol's Heron AM.

3D Printing Large, Complex, Marine Superstructures

The beauty of additive manufacturing is in the flexibility these technologies provide in terms of scale, shape, and materials. Building know-how on software has allowed Caracol to leverage these skills and adapt them to working with robotics for LFAM on different processes - from its proprietary thermoplastic/composite pellet extrusion Heron AM to introducing Metal with WAAM.

From Composite to Metal LFAM, leveraging synergies

Large Format Additive Manufacturing can be game-changing in product and process optimization, contributing to fighting climate breakdown. For the project Demo4Green - 𝗥𝗔𝗥𝗲-𝗪𝗔𝗦𝗧𝗘, Caracol used recycled glass fibers and polypropylene to produce a lamination tool for micro wind turbines.

3D Printed Wind Blade Lamination Tool from Recycled Materials