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Ayush Bagla

Director: Ackuretta Technologies

Ayush Bagla studied at Loughborough for a Master’s in Engineering Design. He has since worked to set up his own company, Ackuretta, working with 3D printing. Here Ayush discusses the challenges of setting up his business, moving from India to Taiwan, and how professors at Loughborough have assisted his journey.

Why did you choose to study at Loughborough University?

Loughborough has a very strong additive manufacturing department; the “AMUG” Additive Manufacturing User Group has a panel of elite professors and the program has a focus on printing technologies making it a niche course available only in few universities globally.

How has Loughborough University inspired you and helped you to progress in your career?

The AMUG panel of professors - namely Dr Ian Campbell and Dr Richard Bibb amongst other professors encouraged me to open my own business to manufacture machines. Dr Campbell spent a lot of time with me to guide me and supported me with connections and information which was critical towards getting a jumpstart from the get go; even though he was not affiliated to my department and wasn’t assigned as my professor.

Would there be one piece of advice that you would give to current or prospective students looking to study the same course that you did?

The course is what you make of it - the students who leverage the facilities and resources of the University will stand a chance to extract far more than a sheet of paper with a degree on it. The value one can extract depends on the student.

Did you take part in any extra-curricular activities during your studies? If so, what impact did these have on your experience?

I was an active member of the Postgraduate Committee. We focused on making a more united meeting ground and community of a rather fragmented postgraduate group. This allowed me to network with people from other departments.

What has your career journey been so far?

I have been doing business for many years and my journey has taken me from the UK to India to Taiwan in a short frame of three years. The journey as a whole has been a very hard one as there’s no preparation anyone can do to prepare for a unique journey. I’ve been able to see and cater to various industries from making vapes for smokers, custom Bluetooth hearing aids for an innovative group of creators, right to medical models for hospitals.

Experiencing different industries has been exciting as it has allowed me to learn new things and build new connections.

Can you tell us more about setting up your company in 3D printing?

I set up my company in India right after leaving Loughborough in 2013. It was incredibly hard as there’s no eco system to support any high precision technology in India. Hence we didn’t see any success or results in India in two years. During this time I travelled to several Asian countries trying to solicit business, in my travels to Taiwan I realised the eco system is the best in the world for the kind of products we are making. Hence I moved to Taiwan in Dec 2015 and started the company from scratch once again. The journey in Taiwan has been more positive as I have been able to achieve significant milestones in the last 12 months.

In setting up Ackuretta, what challenges have you had to overcome?

Running a business is management of challenges. In this business I have no partners or outside investors; hence the business is solely dependent on me. The challenges of technical, legal, financial, commercial, management, among a host of other things, are very hard to contend with in a foreign land without any external aid. I have managed to overcome all these challenges single handed; which is a lot to do considering I’ve had no prior experience of running a global company and the time to pick up and execute these skills was never provided.

How have you worked on developing the technology and designs for the printers that you sell?

I personally was involved with designing the core architecture of our products which is a tough task as it involves integration of chemical, optical, mechanical, electronics, software and application engineering. This makes this an insane challenge to have the understanding of all the components and the sub systems and how they integrate to create high precision equipment. My background in design and manufacturing at Loughborough was crucial to gaining holistic knowledge of how to go about creating such technology.

Where do you see yourself and your company going in the future?

At Ackuretta we see the future involving new products which haven’t even been dreamt of. The reason is down to a lack of tools people need to breath life into such imaginary ideas. More specifically we aim to integrate 3D printing and e-commerce; that would allow people to change the way certain things are made forever.

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