Breaking the Bottleneck | Issue 04
[05/22] Perspectives from a Manufacturing Unicorn, Fictiv, & Startup Database Updates
Breaking the Bottleneck is a monthly newsletter with perspectives, interviews, news, recent funding announcements, and a manufacturing startup database.
Production Perspectives - Ray Ziganto 💭🎙️
Manufacturing News and Research 🏭
Biden Announces AM Forward Program To Foster Adoption Of Additive Manufacturing [White House]
Google Cloud Offers New Manufacturing Products [Venture Beat]
Lockheed Martin Using Velo3D’s End-to-End Additive Solution [3D Print]
Siemens Opens a New R&D Hub for Additive Manufacturing [Metal AM]
Implementing Industry 4.0 Solutions Across the Factory Floor [Mckinsey]
Industry 4.0 In Developing Economies [World Economic Forum]
FED Report on Industrial Production and Capacity Utilization [FED]
For a more frequent perspective on the manufacturing, ecosystem check out David Rogers’ blog Exponential Industry!
April’s Manufacturing Deals 💰
Fictiv - A on-demand manufacturing platform offering solutions for new product development, engineered-to-order parts, and maintenance, repair, & operations
$100 million [Series E] - Led by Activate Capital and joined by Angeleno Group, Cross Creek, The Westly Group, Accel and G2VP
Fortress Information - A cybersecurity platform that helps enterprises secure industrial infrastructure with risk assessments and workflow automation
$125 million [N/A] - Led by Goldman Sachs and joined by American Electric Power, Caron Capital, KMMT, and other existing investors
Kinexion - A real time data and analytics platform providing visibility into factory performance by connecting transactional systsms and other data sources
$150 million [Series A] - Led by Thomas H. Lee Partners and joined by BMW iVentures and Telekom Innovation Pool (TIP), Deutsche Telekom’s
Lumafield - Emerged from stealth to provide a computer tomography platform to enable engineers to clearly look inside their products
$32.5 million [Series A] - Led by Lux Capital, Kleiner Perkins for the Seed, and Led by DCVC for the Series A
VHive- Software to help off-the-shelf drones create digital twins to improve site surveys, data analysis and report generation workflows
$25 million [Series B] - Led by PSG, Kleiner Perkins for the Seed, and Led by DCVC for the Series A
Events This Month 📅
Robotics Summit & Expo between May 10-11 in Boston is focused on the design, development, production, and delivery of commercial robotics and intelligent systems
How to Protect Advanced 5G Architectures - Virtual Event on May 13 focused on how ML-powered cybersecurity can help protect new 5G manufacturing architectures
RAPID + TCT 2022 between May 17-19 in Detroit is the most comprehensive event for about 3D printing technologies and additive manufacturing.
Manufacturing in 2030: The Industrial Metaverse - Virtual Event on May 26 focused on what the metaverse brings to manufacturing and the industrial economy
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