Chad Goldberg

The Future of Mobility

November 20, 2019

Remote diagnostic tool that scans and diagnoses vehicle electronics systems at OEM standards

AsTech's remote diagnostic device allows technicians to scan, diagnose, recalibrate, and help in the repair of damaged vehicle electronic components by connecting to OEM scan tools over the internet The company has IP that covers remote, bidirectional communication between a vehicle's computer and a... read more.
Company Profile

Christopher Robinson

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

November 19, 2019

The introduction of autonomous driving is one of the largest forces of change in the automotive industry today. While the short-term opportunities lie in advanced driver assist systems (ADAS), which still require a human driver to supervise the system, longer-term Level 4 autonomous vehicles, which ... read more.

Analyst Insight

Benjamin Torda

Exploration and Production More...

November 19, 2019

Plasma thermionic energy converter targeting remote power generation and waste heat recovery

Develops a thermionic energy converter utilizing a cesium plasma to produce DC current from heat Initial device offerings have power outputs of 50 W, 120 W, and 500 W and utilize natural gas and other fuels to produce heat up to 1,900 °C; Atlas is developing a larger device on the hundreds of watts ... read more.
Company Profile

Joshua Haslun

Agro Innovation More...

November 19, 2019

Digital agriculture platform focusing on Russian region

Develops a farm management platform that links growers, produce distributors, and input suppliers through digital platforms In 2019, Intterra released the first version of its platform (SkyScout Advisor), which targets agriculture advisers and currently covers 25 million acres throughout Russia ... read more.
Company Profile

Tiffany Hua

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

November 19, 2019

Develops liquid crystal-based films with dynamic light control

Gauzy is a materials science and nanotechnology company founded by Eyal Peso and Adrian Lofer in 2009; the company is based in Tel Aviv, Israel. The company is a developer of light control glass, including liquid crystal films and suspended particle device (SPD) emulsions and films; its liquid ... read more.
Company Snapshot

Lewie Roberts

Autonomous Systems 2.0 More...

November 19, 2019

Uber ATG has had a rough PR week. Recently, an independent software reviewer found that ATG is using trade secrets taken from Waymo. In response, Uber has claimed that it "will likely" need to either license the technology or build the necessary software from scratch. Both options could incur huge ... read more.

Case Study

Laura Krishfield

Agro Innovation More...

November 18, 2019

In-line somatic cell and fat content sensor for milk

System uses small-angle light scattering to detect various attributes of liquids in line and in real time Sensor is application-agnostic; the initial algorithm was developed to measure somatic cell count, progestogens, and milk fat in cow's milk Anticipates commercial launch on large North American ... read more.
Company Profile

Drishti Masand

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

November 18, 2019

Paper-based bottle developer; joint venture formed by BillerudKorsnäs and Alpla

The company was founded by Alpla and BillerudKorsnäs in 2019 to commercialize a paper-based bottle initially developed by ecoXpac. The core technology for the venture is from ecoXpac's work; BillerudKornäs is the feedstock provider; Alpla will provide expertise for manufacturing bottles on a ... read more.
Company Snapshot
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Chloe Herrera

Energy Storage More...

November 18, 2019

Performance electric vehicles and battery solutions

Oxra Energies was founded in 2015 by Prajwal Sabnis, who earned a Ph.D. in material mechanics, and Ranjita Ravi, who has experience in sales and marketing; the company partners with Innovate India and Airbus BizLab. The company makes swappable, modular battery packs; it will be releasing its first ... read more.
Company Snapshot

Charles Willard

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

November 15, 2019

Recycled plastic has the potential to displace over 100 million tons of traditional plastic by 2030 due to new legislation and downstream demand. Where will this recycled plastic come from? Investment into advanced recycling technologies - namely depolymerization, pyrolysis, and solvent-based ... read more.

State of the Market Report

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.