Our Innovation Analysts recently looked into emerging technologies and up-and-coming startups working on solutions for the logistics sector. As there is a large number of startups working on a wide variety of solutions, we want to share our insights with you. This time, we are taking a look at promising 3D scanning startups.
Heat Map: 3 Top 3D Scanning Startups
For our 3 top picks, we used a data-driven startup scouting approach to identify the most relevant solutions globally. The Global Startup Heat Map below highlights 3 interesting examples out of 62 relevant solutions. Depending on your specific needs, your top picks might look entirely different.
DiManEx – Digital Archiving
Spare parts pose an inventory challenge for manufacturers. They take up storage space and add to inventory maintenance costs even though they are seldom needed. Three dimensional (3D) scans represent a cheaper and more accessible solution by digitally storing these parts. 3D printers use these scans to reproduce the spare parts on-demand.
The Dutch startup DiManEx provides a cloud-based platform to digitize the spare parts inventory. Their platform provides 3D scanning and reverse engineering services to create and store 3D printable digital models. It also connects manufacturers and parts-intensive customers to a network of industrial quality 3D printing facilities.
Photoneo – Warehouse Automation
Warehouse automation solutions require accurate dimensional data and object position. They automate processes like material handling, palletization, picking, and packing. Companies are looking into solutions that scan products and relay the data to automation integration platforms.
The Slovakian startup Photoneo offers a patented 3D scanning solution for warehouse automation. Their PhoXi 3D Scanner scans and captures the data of different objects. Its vision system uses patented technology to scan objects and provide dimensional data and the objects’ positions to robots, enabling customers to automate material handling equipment.
Kaptura – Automated Storage Keeping Unit
Accurate data on inbound logistics in the warehouse is critical to avoid losses due to mismanaged inventory and to calculate required cargo space. Manual record keeping is a challenging and inefficient task. Automated record-keeping solutions, on the other hand, eliminate human error and increase productivity.
The Germany-based startup Kaptura develops a 3D laser scanner to scan and automatically collect data on different items. Its software interface generates a unique ID for each item which efficiently keeps track of each of these items by transferring the data to the warehouse management system (WMS).
What About The Other 59 Solutions?
While we believe data is key to creating insights it can be easy to be overwhelmed by it. Our ambition is to create a comprehensive overview and provide actionable innovation intelligence for your Proof of Concept (PoC), partnership, or investment targets. The three 3D scanning startups showcased above are promising examples out of 62 we analyzed for this article. To identify the most relevant solutions based on your specific criteria and collaboration strategy, get in touch.