Hexagon Sixth Sense announce third cohort

sixth sense third cohort
  • Hexagon Sixth Sense third cohort focuses on supporting startups in the manufacturing industry to address sustainability and digital reality challenges.
  • The third cohort of startups was announced on September 25, 2023, after a highly competitive selection process.
  • The selected startups come from seven different countries and aim to address critical manufacturing challenges, including product sustainability, waste reduction, real-time data capture, design automation, and robot integration.
  • These startups will undergo a 16-week intensive journey as part of the program, collaborating closely with Hexagon to refine their solutions and gain access to market insights.

Back in June 2023 we shared news of Hexagon’s call for applicants for the Third Sixth Sense cohort. The cohort is set to focus on tackling challenges related to manufacturing sustainability and digital reality. Hexagon launched Sixth Sense to nurture startups in the manufacturing industry. The program aims to drive innovation and the global shift to a sustainable way of operating.

Third cohort announced

Hexagon announced the third cohort on 25th September 2023. In a press release yesterday hexagon said: The selected companies were chosen from a highly competitive pool of applicants, distinguishing themselves with groundbreaking solutions addressing critical manufacturing challenges with a focus on sustainability and digital reality. 

The selected startups, from seven countries, bring unique approaches to some of today’s most critical manufacturing challenges, such as improving product sustainability, eliminating waste, capturing real-time data, automating design, and incorporating robots into production lines.

We are delighted to announce nine startups joining the Third Cohort of our open innovation platform Sixth Sense.

Coming from seven different countries, these businesses offer unique approaches to addressing critical manufacturing challenges, focusing on sustainability and digital reality.

Let’s meet the sixth sense third cohort:

  • Acerta Analytics, Canada: Acerta Analytics provides advanced analytics solutions that leverage machine learning and artificial intelligence (ML/AI) to turn complex product data into actionable insights. The solution enables automakers and suppliers of complex vehicle parts to improve quality in manufacturing processes and support early defect detection.
  • Circularise, Netherlands: Circularise offers digital product passports for end-to-end traceability and secure data exchange in industrial supply chains. Their technology helps companies achieve transparency and sustainability by tracking the lifecycle of products and materials.
  • Dessia, France: Dessia offers a platform featuring virtual “bots” that serve as companions to assist engineers in designing mechanical systems. These virtual assistants provide support and insights throughout the design process.
  • Flexxbotics, Boston, US: Flexxbotics specializes in enabling high-mix automation-intensive manufacturers to create flexible next-generation machining environments. They utilise their breakthrough FlexxCORE technology to seamlessly connect and coordinate collaborative robots with existing automation equipment, IT systems, and personnel to deliver autonomous process control.
  • Launchpad, Los Angeles, US: Launchpad utilises AI and advanced simulation technologies to automate aspects of the design, procurement, and manufacturing process. They focus on concepts like mass customisation, micro-factories, and software-defined robotics to create shorter supply chains, reduce waste, and deliver new features faster in the manufacturing industry.
  • Rafinex, Luxembourg: Rafinex’s groundbreaking innovation is the AI stochastic topology optimisation for safe, lightweight designs. This technology actively manages uncertainty and risks of real-life variability to create uniquely robust designs that remain safe even in off-design load conditions for application in safety-critical performance sectors such as aerospace, automotive, and tooling.
  • RV Magnetics, Slovakia: RV Magnetics has developed the world’s smallest passive sensor based on MicroWire technology. This sensor combines unique capabilities from electromechanics, electronics, chemistry, physics, applied magnetism, and industrial design, offering diverse applications.
  • ToffeeAM, London, UK: ToffeeAM provides state-of-the-art multi-physics generative design software for engineering. Their mission is to empower engineers to optimize engineering components and systems efficiently, enabling them to go further and faster in their design processes.
  • Zaptic, Manchester, UK: Zaptic provides job instruction and collaboration tools for frontline teams, along with a no-code toolkit designed to accelerate the digital transformation of daily operations. Their solutions help organisations streamline processes and improve communication among their frontline workers.

Intensive 16-week journey

These startups will embark on an intensive 16-week journey as part of the Sixth Sense program. They will collaborate closely with Hexagon to refine their offerings. As part of the Sixth Sense program, they will gain access to Hexagon’s market insights. Which has been accumulated over decades of collaboration with industry-leading technology giants, which will accelerate their journey to commercial success.

At the end of the programme, three winners will be selected from the cohort, with access to Hexagon’s extensive resources for global expansion. This includes potential funding, worldwide office space, and Hexagon’s comprehensive suite of products and services. Additionally, they will be showcased on Hexagon’s open digital reality platform for manufacturing, Nexus, providing them access to world-class companies.

Sustainable innovations

“For this third cohort, we’ve been on the hunt for new innovations that enable manufacturing leaders to lead the net-zero transition – especially with sustainable product design – and we’re thrilled with the calibre of the startups we’ve found to participate,” said Josh Weiss, president of Hexagon’s Manufacturing Intelligence division. 

“Hexagon’s commitment to nurturing innovation and driving sustainable manufacturing practices continues to shine through,” said Milan Kocić, head of Sixth Sense, Hexagon.

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