Marco Zani was born in Cesena on October 24, 1990. In 2016, during his studies in automation engineering, he founded Mark One, an innovative startup that designs and develops 3D printers for the industrial sector.
His ambitious project is to change the production processes of companies and implement additive manufacturing to make production possible.
He wins all the calls for innovation in which he participates, including Expo 2015, Smau Berlin, Wolf Summit Poland and, in March 2018, a project in Silicon Valley. Forbes France also opted for Mark One as one of the best Italian startups and for the second year Marco is called by Ernst & Young to Factor R, in which he participates as a speaker in “I Talents” edition.
In 2019 he spends 3 months in mHub, the biggest hardware accelerator in America, to set up business in Chicago.
With the GRT Yamaha WorldSBK project, Marco Zani introduces the world’s first 3D printer in the pits to do real-time production. Also in 2019 he collaborated with various companies, universities and public institutions such as, for instance, the
Rizzoli Orthopedic Institute, with which he managed to create the first ankle transplant in the world by means of 3D printing; with ABB Italy he offered its contribution to the development of industrial solutions; Polytechnic University of Milan turned to Marco Zani to build the first 3D printed rocket and, again in the aerospace field, he gave rise to a collaboration with the Italian Space Agency (ASI) in order to provide support to companies in the introduction of the 3D printing technology.
In 2019, and subsequently in 2020, Mark One was selected among the 100 best Italian startups, and Marco Zani was invited to North Illinois University to give a lecture on Additive Manufacturing. Since then, a collaboration has been growing between Mark One and the University. Around the end of 2019, Mark One won the award as “Best Smart Italian Factory 2019” at the Global Startup Awards event; in 2020 Forbes Italy listed Marco Zani as one of the best 30 under 30 young leaders of Italy’s future and, in the same year, he has been developing a partnership with Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK of which Mark One is currently official technical sponsor.