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Hexagon's Sixth Sense Announces Nine Startups to Transform Manufacturing Sustainability and Digital Reality

Hillary Cargo
By Hillary Cargo Senior Editor, SME Media

Hexagon's Manufacturing Intelligence division has unveiled the nine promising manufacturing startups selected for its third Sixth Sense cohort. These startups, representing seven different countries, have been chosen from a highly competitive pool of applicants due to their innovative solutions aimed at tackling critical manufacturing challenges, with a strong emphasis on sustainability and digital integration.


The selected companies bring diverse approaches to address some of today's most pressing manufacturing issues, including enhancing product sustainability, reducing waste, harnessing real-time data, automating design processes and integrating collaborative robots (cobots) into production lines. As part of the Sixth Sense program, these startups will gain access to Hexagon's invaluable market insights, accumulated through years of collaboration with industry-leading technology giants, accelerating their path to commercial success.

Hexagon, a prominent industrial software leader that plays a pivotal role in manufacturing 90% of aircraft, 75% of smartphones, and 95% of all automobiles worldwide, initiated the Sixth Sense program in January 2022. This initiative is designed to nurture and support startups within the manufacturing industry by providing them access to Hexagon's extensive resources.

The nine startups selected for the Third Sixth Sense Cohort are:

Acerta Analytics (Canada): Utilizing machine learning and artificial intelligence (ML/AI), Acerta Analytics transforms complex product data into actionable insights, benefiting automakers and suppliers in enhancing manufacturing quality and early defect detection.

Circularise (Netherlands): Circularise offers digital product passports for end-to-end traceability and secure data exchange in industrial supply chains, promoting transparency and sustainability by tracking product and material lifecycles.

Dessia (France): Dessia's platform introduces virtual "bots" that assist engineers during mechanical system design, offering invaluable support and insights throughout the design process.

Flexxbotics (Boston, US): Specializing in enabling high-mix automation-intensive manufacturers, Flexxbotics employs revolutionary FlexxCORE technology to seamlessly connect and coordinate collaborative robots with existing automation systems, IT infrastructure, and personnel, delivering autonomous process control.

Launchpad (Los Angeles, US): Leveraging AI and advanced simulation technologies, Launchpad automates aspects of design, procurement, and manufacturing, focusing on concepts like mass customization, micro-factories, and software-defined robotics to streamline supply chains, reduce waste and expedite innovation in manufacturing.

Rafinex (Luxembourg): Rafinex's stochastic AI topology optimization technology enables the creation of robust designs that remain safe even under off-design load conditions, with applications in aerospace, automotive and tooling.

RV Magnetics (Slovakia): RV Magnetics has developed the world's smallest passive sensor based on MicroWire technology, offering diverse applications combining electromechanics, electronics, chemistry, physics, applied magnetism and industrial design.

ToffeeAM (London, UK): ToffeeAM provides advanced multi-physics generative design software, empowering engineers to efficiently optimize engineering components and systems.

Zaptic (Manchester, UK): Zaptic delivers job instruction and collaboration tools for frontline teams, along with a no-code toolkit designed to accelerate digital transformation in daily operations, streamlining processes and improving communication among frontline workers.

These startups will embark on an intensive 16-week journey as part of the Sixth Sense program, working closely with Hexagon to refine their offerings. Up to three winners will be chosen from this cohort, granting them access to Hexagon's extensive resources for global expansion, including 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.

By identifying and supporting these startups, Hexagon aims to empower manufacturing leaders to lead the net-zero transition and contribute to shaping a sustainable future for the industry.

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