Manufacturing startups win cash at LTU event – Crain’s Detroit Business

Three startup companies are a step closer to their goal of producing manufacturing technologies following their performance in a competition that included developers from across the globe.

Archimedes of Ann Arbor, Ann Arbor-based S3D Precision Dispensing Inc. and Invisible AI of San Francisco were the big winners in the virtual pitch contest, held in commemoration of National Manufacturing Day, according to a news release from Lawrence Technological University. A total of $35,000 in prize money was awarded at the competition, which took place Oct. 2 at the Southfield university.

Archimedes took home $15,000 in prizes for its wins in the clean tech hardware industries and people’s choice categories. S3D Precision and Invisible AI each earned $10,000 in the Industry 4.0 and manufacturing tech categories, respectively.

The mission of the event, according to the release, was to attract startups from around the world that are developing the next generation of manufacturing technologies and connect them with Michigan’s expansive advanced manufacturing ecosystem. The competition was sponsored by Pure Michigan Business Connect, the Centrepolis Accelerator at Lawrence Tech and the Jackson business accelerator Lean Rocket Lab.

Archimedes manufactures the Halo hand and phone sanitizer using ultraviolet light. The company’s website makes the claim that using UV rays in hand-washing removes more germs than methods recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. S3D is the developer of an automated microdispensing system. Invisible AI has produced a computer vision system that works with line

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