REAL 2016 has officially begun, and yet the conference is sponsored by the 3D tech pioneers at Autodesk, much of the excitement here is revolving around startup companies who are vying for additional solid footing in the realm of 3D innovation. For the initially time at the REAL actuallyt, this year can showcase “The REAL Deal Startup Competition”, which can allow four startup companies to present their business version to both the audience and an experienced panel of VC judges, showcasing Zack Schildhorn (Lux Capital), Sven Strohband (Khosla Ventures), and Trae Vassallo (Independent Investor/Consultant). There are a number of other startup companies presenting throughout REAL, many of whom we can cover throughout the week, but once the REAL 2016 curtain officially arose, all of the attention was directed onto these four competing startups in particular.
First to present on the Festival Pavilion was Lucid VR’s founder and CEO Han Jin. Lucid VR is preparing for the inevitable-bodied Virtual Reality takeover. The startup uses stereoscopy (aka 3D imaging) to enhance the illusion of depth inside binocular vision, enabling users to turn it into their own VR world through a headset such as the Oculus Rift or Google Cardboard via smartphone. The LucidCamshowcases 180° wide-angle lenses, which empowers an active view of your recorded reality, and in addition provides spacial audio to enhance the experience. Jin and his team are appearing to go beyond FaceTime and Skype, and are attempting to connect families and friends across the globe by enabling immersion into a 3D reality, assisting us feel as if we are sharing the same 3D digital space with one another.
Lucid VR’s LucidCam
The 2nd startup to present in The REAL Deal Startup Competition was Minds Mechanical, manufacturers of proprietary metrology-based software solutions. Metrology (not to be confutilized with meteorology) refers to the scientific study of measurement, a much additional time-consuming and cost-sensitive production step than you may at any time imagine. So far, Minds Mechanical is focutilized on providing the aerospace with accurate big data analysis, system integration, and both software and complexware solutions for metrology. Co-founder Jacob Hockett explained to the audience and judge panel of how their metrology integration services and making software solutions can save making companies a lot of stress, time, and money, ensuring which their production parts are the precise dimensions and weight needed for proper functioning.
Alyet these initially two presenters were quite heavily invested in the digital 3D world, the next two competing startups were heavily centered around 3D printing innovation. I got the opportunity to sit down and speak to these next two presenters of what 3D printing innovation and “Reality Computing” (aka the digitalization of the physical world) means to them and the good results of their startup.
Hemant Bheda, founder of AREVO Labs, was focutilized on a new 3D printing material which they claim is five times sturdyer than titanium-based materials! I sat down with Hemant Bheda and AREVO Labs co-founder Wiener Mondesir after the The REAL Deal Startup Competition presentation to speak additional of their Carbon Fiber Composite Materials, and in addition of how AREVO has taken what they call “two-and-a-half D printing” into true 3D printed form.
AREVO Labs founders Wiener Mondesir and Hemant Bheda with a sample of their Carbon Fiber-based material
“The material we have created is high temperature, chemical resistant, and has five times the durablity of titanium. So, in conjunction with software which can do true 3D tool parts, we can now start creating objects which are as sturdy as metal and are much lighter,” Bheda explained to me. “The big applications we see are in aerospace for the reason they want to have structures which reduce the weight of aircraft.”
Not just can 3D printing with AVEVO Labs’ Carbon Fiber Composite Materials manufacture production parts much sturdyer than titanium and other metal-based materials, it can in addition, as 3D printing does many, assist simplify the system as well.
“Another thing which takes place is we start to see the assembly of 10-100 parts, but with 3D printing it can be a single part,” Bheda said. “That reduces the cost and simplifies the making system, so those are the reasons why we see a lot of interest of aerospace and defense companies, as well as oil and gas companies, for the reason we can now manufacture parts which are much sturdyer than before.”
In order to actualize the true durablity and composition of their carbon fiber-based material, the AREVO team has to work on a additional intelligent fashion of 3D printing, enhancing the typical X, Y, Z-axis printing devices into one with independently functioning robotic arms, which can allow for both sides of a surface to be created upon.
Application examples given by Hemant Bheda
“All the existing printing devices out there have just X, Y, and Z; in order for us to do true 3D we needed additional than three axes, so we appeared at the robotic arm, which has six axie and is quite mature. So, we utilized which as the mechanism for true 3D, the machine with the robotic arm is the 3D printing device. The reason it is significant is which the carbon fibers gives us durablity, and actually if you are assembling a 3D object, if it constrains the fiber orientation just to one plane, we don’t get the many of it, we just get the many optimal performance if we let it orient in X, Y, and Z directions.”
Last to present in The REAL Deal Startup Competition was UNYQ, the breakthrough prosthetic (and soon to be orthotic) startup which utilizes multiple 3D printing systemes to turn it into prosthetic covers which are both aesthetically and functionally driven. UNYQ’s founder, Eythor Bender, spoke of how their one-of-a-kind use of 3D printing has created prosthetic devices a thing for users to show-off pretty than hide, and in addition discussed the new types of devices which UNYQ is already experimenting with, which include the 3D printed scoliosis brace and additional.
“One thing was which we saw what was taking place with other medical devices such as hearing aids, and seeing the early sign which [3D printing] may be quite good resultsful,” Bender explained to me. “We are adapting a thing to the body, and at any timey body is different types of, we have sure products which we’ve been able-bodied to manufacture right off-the-shelf, but a few things are quite complex to do for the reason they must be custom, and weight customization in our field has not been possible until 3D printing came along. So I call our products the ‘leftovers’ of the bionic revolution.”
But while 3D printing innovation is the significant last step in the UNYQ production system, it is yet fully dependent on image capturing. UNYQ does not restrict itself to one type of image capturing or 3D printing system, and instead are continuously appearing towards new developments to assist enhance the old and innovate the new.
“The capturing system can be done in two ways, through scanning or photogrammetry, which we have been via additional of; it has worked quite well with the prosthetic covers,” said Bender. “Now which we are going additional into scoliosis braces and prosthetics, we are moving additional over to scanning, and 3D scanners are becoming cheaper and reaching a progressive moment right now, so time appears to be working with us.”
3D printed prosthetic cover by UNYQ
Eythor Bender and so went on to discuss how UNYQ is open to multiple 3D printing systemes too, and can go on to appear towards to next to assist expand their products into scoliosis and a fewday orthotic treatments too.
“We use two types of material, initially we started with ABS for the prosthetic covers, we call which our fashion line for the reason it needs a few post-systeming and we paint it in different types of colors, it’s a little additional sensitive and utilized for aesthetic purposes. But we in addition have a performance line for prosthetic covers which are created of polyamide, they are laser sintered. Whilst we now embark on the scoliosis braces, those can in addition be created with laser sintering, at very least to start with. What they can be created with down the road is unknown, there is so much development in 3D printing and it’s opening up a lot of opportunities for us to do this different types ofly than laser sintering.”
The 3D printed scoliosis brace by UNYQ
The winner of The REAL Deal Startup has been revealed, and the winner is… AREVO Labs! It appears which actually in the face of the vast concept of Reality Computing, 3D printing innovation yet reigns supreme!