Our Innovation Analysts recently looked into emerging technologies and up-and-coming startups in Industry 4.0. As there is a large number of startups working on a wide variety of solutions, we decided to share our insights with you. This time, we are taking a look at 4 promising Virtual Reality (VR) product design & build solutions.
Heat Map: 4 Top VR Product Design & Build Solutions
For our 4 top picks, we used a data-driven startup scouting approach to identify the most relevant solutions globally. The Global Startup Heat Map below highlights 4 interesting examples out of 376 relevant solutions. Depending on your specific needs, your top picks might look entirely different.
Emulate3D – Physically Based Rendering (PBR)
Designing a visually-pleasing, modern yet practical product does not come easy or cheap. While large companies have the means to utilize time-consuming mock models and demo products, smaller-scale firms are unable to do so. Both for big and starting businesses, operating in the manufacturing field stand to benefit from using virtual reality to bring their products to life way before physical models are created. Physically based rendering (PBR) in combination with VR allows not only to test shapes or forms of a given design but also to observe how it looks under all sort of lighting conditions. Emulate3D works to process Solidworks 3D CAD designs in virtual reality, enabling highly realistic studying of products long before they see the market.
ESI Group – Product Safety Testing
One area in manufacturing where virtual reality really shines is safety. Virtual reality enables extensive safety testing of new assembly lines and production processes by running a virtual mannequin through them. The ESI Group develops a VR-based product, IC.IDO, for the purpose of facilitating product safety, which was already adopted by a large German manufacturing services provider, Gabler.
Algoryx Simulation – Engineering Simulations
Virtual reality is notably very potent when it comes to running engineering simulations that aim to test how a new product or a prototype performs under various conditions, interacts with its surroundings and to determine its strengths and flaws. Swedish Algoryx Simulation develops VR solutions for industrial-level applications, including various engineering simulations for manufacturing, environmental testing, full feature testing, and more.
2Realistic – Prototyping
Prototyping has historically been a cumbersome, expensive and long process, yet a highly important one for the manufacturing industry. Virtual reality helps to review and approve prototypes and designs much quicker, as a virtual model of a product does not take nearly as much time to be constructed as, for instance, a physical one made out of a mold. As a matter of fact, many businesses are developing VR products for prototyping models straight from their 3D CAD designs. Czechia-based 2Realistic offers highly detailed and complex VR prototyping tools for manufacturers such as Skoda and Fujitsu.
What About The Other 372 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 4 startups showcased above are promising examples out of 376 we analyzed for this article. To identify the most relevant solutions based on your specific criteria and collaboration strategy, get in touch.