Miraj Mainali

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November 12, 2019

Automated optical inspection of vehicles

Develops an automated optical inspection (AOI) system for vehicles that uses computer vision and deep learning to inspect vehicles throughout their life cycle, from manufacturing to ride-sharing to resale; use cases include automated inspection of anomalies, leaks, scratches, dents, foreign objects... read more.
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Miraj Mainali

Digital Transformation More...

November 12, 2019

Computer vision-based business intelligence platform

Develops a business intelligence solution that uses stereoscopic cameras and computer vision to analyze customer behavior and provides insights on how to optimize business operations for physical locations Claims differentiation with the high accuracy (up to 98%) of its people count feature, which ... read more.
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Tugce Uslu

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

November 12, 2019

Digital light processing-based 3D printing technology, called programmable photopolymerization, with open materials platform

Has developed a digital light processing (DLP)-based 3D printing technology, called programmable photopolymerization (P3), with an open materials platform with validatd cost and performance improvements for a number of cases Has co-developed and validated several materials, including elastomers, ... read more.
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Tugce Uslu

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

November 12, 2019

Łukasiewicz Research Network – Institute of Non-Ferrous Metals (IMN) initiated a collaborative development project with other research institutions (ENEA, Ghent University, and Tecnalia) and Gefertec as the industry partner. The project's main objective is to manufacture copper (Cu) alloy parts for ... read more.

Case Study

Xiao Zhong

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

November 12, 2019

Introduction: As we have recently been summarizing key trends in materials informatics through client inquires and independent research, we have found an imbalance in the interest and progress in polymer informatics (PI). That is, there is a great amount of commercial interest in PI, but progress in... read more.

Analyst Insight

Vladimir Roznyatovskiy

Digital Transformation More...

November 12, 2019

Developer of nanoscale luminescent materials and display IC for color-balanced and healthier displays

The company was founded by David Wyatt, a former Intel and Nvidia engineer with expertise in display technologies. The company makes nanoscaled photoluminescent materials different from quantum dots that serve as color converters; the company also develops display driver boards to facilitate the ... read more.
Company Snapshot

Xiao Zhong

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

November 12, 2019

Materials design and small-molecule drug discovery using deep learning

Founded in 2017 to commercialize the AI method developed at Dr. Gareth Conduit's (co-founder and CTO) group at the University of Cambridge for materials and small-molecule drug discovery The major differentiator is the data imputation algorithm that can replace missing data by extrapolation; can ... read more.
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Michael Sullivan

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November 12, 2019

Cell phone signal boosters, antennas, and accessories for home and commercial use for 3G, 4G, and 5G networks

The company was started by Hongtao Zhan, CEO, an engineer with multiple patents for apparatus and methods for radio frequency signal boosters. The company develops cellular signal boosters that rebroadcast signals within a structure; they acquire the strongest cellular signal in an area using ... read more.
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Nardev Ramanathan

Consumer IoT More...

November 12, 2019

Point-of-care diagnostics (POCDs) have been essential tools in the rapid detection of biomarkers and analytes, which facilitates better disease diagnosis, monitoring, and management. However, with some exceptions like the pregnancy test kit and glucose test strips, first-generation POCDs have ... read more.

State of the Market Report

Vladimir Roznyatovskiy

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November 12, 2019

Develops image processing software solutions for improvements in manufacturing and assembly of electronic products

Instrumental was started by Anna-Katrina Shedletsky, CEO,  and Samuel Weiss, CTO, who identified that the assembly process was not closely monitored, causing a gap in quality control practices during their engineering terms at Apple The company develops software based on image recognition to draw ... read more.
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How 3D Printing Software Will Accelerate the Development of 3D Printing

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: Q1 2020

In the last few years, synergies between the design software space and 3D printing have become increasingly apparent. For example, generative design software takes advantage of 3D printing’s ability to expand manufacturability and vastly enlarges the explorable design candidate space. 3D printing simulation software models the stress profile of a part, and therefore predicts part failure before physically printing it. Within the 3D printing community, we are seeing a trend of 3D printing companies developing and strengthening their software components. Several major examples include Desktop Metal’s software for generative design, Markforged’s cloud-based software for part print optimization, and Arevo’s computer-aided design (CAD) and FEA-based software for 3D printing design and simulation. In this report, we review the most relevant 3D printing software technologies and argue that the formation of a 3D printing software thread (design, simulation, manufacturing, as well as workflow management and data security) with data control through the whole process will be crucial for 3D printing at industrial scale. We expect to see more 3D printing companies either develop their own software strategies or to partner with large software companies in the near future.

Scouting Innovations for Corrosion's Tough Problems

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: Q1 2020

Corrosion remains perhaps the most persistent challenge we face in the materials industry. New sustainability regulations are making this even more challenging, by pushing out chrome 6 and limiting the use of solvents. This report will scout early stage technologies, start-ups, and identify corporate approaches to tackling the corrosion challenge.

Innovating the Lithium Industry

Coverage Areas: Energy Storage More...

Planned Publication Date: Q1 2020

With many automakers heavily invested in battery electric vehicle (BEV) development and more than 1 million vehicles in annual sales, the electric mobility revolution is well underway. Yet even as more and more automakers announce aggressive electrification strategies, challenges facing the lithium industry could have significant impacts on the future battery and BEV markets. This report considers the gap between lithium supply and demand forecasts, the innovative companies looking to address the challenges in producing battery-ready lithium chemicals, and the established incumbents best positioned to take advantage of this critical market opportunity.

The future of big data and edge computing

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation More...

Planned Publication Date: Q1 2020

Several metrics indicate that, over the past couple of years, there has been a steady rise in interest as well as innovation in the area of edge computing. In a previous report, we had discussed the key drivers, taxonomy of different types of edge computing technologies, and some key players in this space. However, there is little clarity on where and what type of edge computing should be used in different applications. In this report, we will dive into the nuances of different applications and use cases where edge computing will play an important role.

Water Scarcity: the Next Big Threat to Materials Manufacturing

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: Q1 2020

Concerns surrounding water scarcity are on the rise, with more regions facing extreme drought conditions than ever before. As such, industries that are historically water intensive will face mounting pressure from consumers and government agencies to curb consumption. To get ahead of such threats, companies should be adopting methods of synthesizing products that do not involve water as heavily. This report aims to identify where innovation in materials manufacturing can have the greatest impact in reducing water consumption and strategies materials companies should take in implementing such technologies.

Organizing for Digital

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation

Planned Publication Date: Q2 2020

Many companies are trying to embark on their digital transformation. However, success rates are not that high; estimates indicate that more than 80% of digital transformation projects fail. While there are many determining factors for success, one of them is the structure of the organization and the culture within an organization. Interestingly, with the arrival of digital, companies also need to re-imagine their traditional structures. How can companies organize themselves to ensure success in their digital transformation efforts? What type of a culture should they build? With the arrival of digital, what should the org structure look like to ensure success in the future?

How to organize for materials informatics

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: Q2 2020

The potential of materials informatics (MI) to change the way R&D is done within chemical and material companies — and by their customers — is becoming increasingly clear. Lux has highlighted potential MI strategies and the importance of consortia or other collaborations to increase acess to data, but having the right internal organization to make strategic use of this data, and the new business models and MI can enable, can be just as critical. This report provides a guideline on how to form an internal MI strategy, laying out the key steps and questions to ask, as well as the potential pitfalls to avoid.

How 3D printing replaces conventional manufacturing

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: Q2 2020

Dental, medical, and aerospace industries are among the first adopters of 3D printing technologies for final part production -- and new applications are emerging in industries like footwear and automotive. This report summarizes the most promising 3D printing applications in these industries and highlights the most suitable materials, 3D printing technologies, and business models for each application. It highlights the impact on the 3D printing market size, and discusses the unmet needs of the current systems to serve for these areas

Diversification of the Pulp & Paper Industry

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: Q2 2020

Decades ago, graphic paper was a powerhouse, its global demand growth consistently outpacing GDP growth. Things have changed: The majority of inefficient paper mills have already been shut down, and others are now seeing a shift towards packaging and specialty products. In this report, we will explore new innovation needs and opportunties in the modern pulp and paper industry, from diversification into flexible paper packaging and nanocellulose products to progress on converting long-standing biomass waste sources like lignin.

The Future of Automotive Lightweighting

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation

Planned Publication Date: Q2 2020

Lightweighting is one of the most promising routes to improved automotive fuel efficiency, including for promoting vehicle electrification. This report surveys the lightweighting options from materials to design, assesses which will have the greatest commercial impact, and evaluates how they're interact with other critical auto industry trends like vehicle autonomy, connectivity, and novel ownership models.