Lumafield will give engineers X-ray vision to see inside products
We are excited to bring Transform 2022 back in-person July 19 and virtually July 20 – 28. Join AI and data leaders for insightful talks and exciting networking opportunities. Register today!
Lumafield is coming out of stealth today. Since 2019, it has raised $32.5 million in two rounds for an X-ray that will enable engineers to see inside the products that they are designing or repairing.
That enables engineers to get access to data that they have never had before about the integrity of designs for products, from tennis shoes to manufacturing equipment. Engineers use the X-ray scanner to see inside their products and use AI software to find flaws in a non-destructive way.
The Cambridge, Massachusetts-based company has some high-profile customers in L’Oréal, OXO, Saucony, Trek Bicycle, Desktop Metal and Whoop.
The company is emerging from stealth mode today to talk about its X-ray computed tomography (CT) platform that gives any engineer the ability to look inside their products with unprecedented clarity.
Every day, engineers make design and manufacturing decisions that put millions of dollars at stake. A single leaky seal, weak solder joint or failure-prone casting can mean the difference between a successful product and a costly recall – or reputational destruction. Even as the manufacturing world has digitized and become more sophisticated, the tools that front-line engineers rely on to identify these problems, like saws, calipers and magnifying glasses, have remained stuck in the 19th century.
With the right tools, engineers can take calculated risks with confidence and create groundbreaking products that push the boundaries of modern manufacturing technology. The biggest manufacturers have been able to afford the ultimate engineering tools: CT scanners that give their engineers complete insight into their work. However, first-generation CT scanners have historically been difficult to use and cost upwards of $1 million, so they stay locked away in labs, operated by specialized technicians.
Lumafield’s CT scanning system is available for less than $3,000 per month and is so easy to use that entire engineering teams can rely on it for day-to-day work. It uses a series of X-ray images to create a highly-detailed 3D reconstruction of a scanned object’s external and internal features. The resulting digital model offers rich insights for designers and engineers, allowing them to visualize and measure aspects of their products that were previously invisible.
“When we were developing the iPod and iPhone, we relied on X-ray CT scanning,” said Tony Fadell, the inventor of the iPod and founder of Nest, and an investor in Lumafield, in a statement. “In those days we had to use outside services to get these expensive scans and wait days for results. Even today this critical tool is only accessible to giant companies. But that’s going to change quickly: Lumafield puts these insanely powerful tools on engineers’ workbenches around the world.”
Lumafield’s Neptune scanner is a revolutionary advance over legacy CT systems. It’s at home in any office or workshop environment, ready to become an everyday tool for entire engineering teams. With an easy AI-powered configuration, anyone can use it with minimal training — no dedicated operator required.
Lumafield’s Voyager software turns scans into actionable insights. It offers intuitive visualizations that reveal invisible features, measurement tools that take the guesswork out of inspection, and a powerful automated analysis engine that pinpoints voids, pores and cracks before they turn into critical problems. Voyager runs in the cloud, accessible through any desktop web browser, so teams can collaborate and share data in real time.
“Engineers do their best work when they have the best tools,” said Eduardo Torrealba, Lumafield CEO, in a statement. “We founded Lumafield to give engineers an unprecedented superpower: full X-ray vision that lets them see their work in every dimension.”
“OXO’s product development team is obsessed with quality,” said Conor McNamara, senior vice president of engineering at OXO, in a statement. “Lumafield’s technology gives our engineers a powerful new tool for delivering an outstanding customer experience, and gives us confidence in the products that we’re sending into the market.”
Lumafield has raised $32.5 million in support of its mission to revolutionize the way engineers work. Lux Capital and Kleiner Perkins led Lumafield’s 2019 seed round, and DCVC led Lumafield’s 2020 series A funding with additional participation from Lux and Kleiner Perkins.
“We invest in companies that have high-quality teams, deep understanding of customer needs and transformative market opportunities,” said DCVC partner James Hardiman, in a statement. “Lumafield is an outstanding example of all three qualities. The company is made up of world-class engineers who have decades of experience delivering products. They understand the need for CT scanning firsthand, and have what it takes to democratize this previously inaccessible technology into an everyday tool that changes the way engineers work.”
Other investors include Haystack Ventures and Figma founder Dylan Field. Lumafield has more than 60 employees.
Lumafield was founded by a group of engineers who have developed and delivered impactful products. Lumafield’s founders saw an opportunity to reinvent CT using modern hardware and software to make it accessible as a front-line engineering tool.
VentureBeat’s mission is to be a digital town square for technical decision-makers to gain knowledge about transformative enterprise technology and transact. Learn more about membership.
Source: Read Full Article