3D modeling is no longer relegated to filmmaking and game development—industries ranging from medicine to agriculture are capitalizing on the latest developments in this rapidly advancing field. In response, a new crop of innovators are addressing their needs with products and services for 3D development and authoring.
The following are 11 tech startups building products and solutions for 3D modeling you need to know about in 2016 and beyond.
CreoPop has developed world’s first wireless 3D printing pen for creating objects and drawing in 3 dimenstions. Each pen comes with a variety of ink colors and even glowing-in-the-dark and fragrance options.
Matterport enables users to not only project the world around them in a 3D model, but also to interact with the 360o projection. The groundbreaking solution is in use by leading real estate and apartment rental enterprises—Apartments.com, Redfin, and Alain Pinel, to name a few.
New York-based BioDigital has developed a virtual human body that provides a better understanding of anatomy, health, diseases and their treatments, allowing doctors, patients, educators, and students to perceive and understand the human body in a new format.
Paracosm’s mobile reality capture, progress monitoring, and visualization solutions enable construction teams to build better and faster. By enabling them to quickly and easily scan job sites, daily or weekly insights can be gleaned that ultimately prevent rework.
Floored is a 3D startup focused developing solutions for the real estate and architecture industry. Its Luma 3D engine and Protofit tools allows for the creation, handling and presentation of 3D physical location models.
Printr has developed a “dongle device called Element that enables wireless 3D printer connectivity—the wireless minicomputer and accompanying Formide software allows multiple users to connect to a printer and perform tasks easily and wirelessly.
Formlabs is a developer of affordable and user friendly desktop 3D printers: the Form 1, Form 1+, Form 2, as well as its PreForm software for 3D printing.
NYC-based Body Labs is developing a technology that allows users to easily create virtual copies of themselves for health/fitness, online shopping, and other use cases.
Metamason specializes in the use of 3D body scans for creating custom-fitting medical devices. Its Respere solution is a 3D printed mask for the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea.
Grib makes 3D modeling accessible for everyone with its 3D authoring solution—the tool allows users to work with their hands intuitively in augmented reality and interact with their colleagues.
San Francisco startup Mixed Dimensions develops a suite of cutting-edge 3D printing and fixing tools such as MakePrintable and GamePrint. The company’s vision is to become to PostScript of 3D printing.
From tailor-made medical devices to affordable desktop 3D printing solution, these 11 tech startups’ innovations are revolutionizing the way we visualize/model and improve our the world. Be sure to keep them on your radar for 2016 and beyond.