Sixth Sense’s Newest Startups Will Focus on Sustainable Product Development

After applications from a highly competitive pool of startups were whittled down to the most innovative proposals and pitched to Hexagon’s panel of global experts, Sixth Sense announced in September 2023 the nine manufacturing startups chosen for its third cohort.

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Flexxbotics specializes in enabling high-mix automation-intensive manufacturers to create flexible next-generation machining environments. They utilize their breakthrough FlexxCORE™ technology to seamlessly connect and coordinate collaborative robots with existing automation equipment, IT systems, and personnel to deliver autonomous process control.

Dessia offers a platform featuring virtual “bots” that serve as companions to assist engineers in designing mechanical systems. These virtual assistants provide support and insights throughout the design process.

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Rafinex’s ground-breaking innovation is the AI stochastic topology optimization for safe, lightweight designs. This technology actively manages uncertainty and risks of real-life variability to create uniquely robust designs that remain safe even in off-design load conditions for application in safety-critical performance sectors such as aerospace, automotive, and tooling.

Circularise offers digital product passports for end-to-end traceability and secure data exchange in industrial supply chains. Their technology helps companies achieve transparency and sustainability by tracking the lifecycle of products and materials.

Zaptic provides job instruction and collaboration tools for front-line teams, along with a no-code toolkit designed to accelerate the digital transformation of daily operations. Their solutions help organizations streamline processes and improve communication among their front-line workers.

The third cohort’s journey through the Sixth Sense program is just beginning. Follow their progress at Sixth Sense and learn more about each of them below.

Sixth Sense Cohort 3 Finalists:

Acerta Analytics provides advanced analytics solutions that leverage machine learning and artificial intelligence (ML/AI) to turn complex product data into actionable insights. The solution enables automakers and suppliers of complex vehicle parts to improve quality in manufacturing processes and support early defect detection.

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Previous cohorts have zeroed in on challenges such as visualization and digital reality, AI and automation, and smart manufacturing.

At the end of the program, three winners will be selected from the 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 Nexus, Hexagon’s open digital reality platform for manufacturing, which will give them access to world-class companies.

Welcome to a sneak peek at the 2024 edition of Engineering Reality, a magazine dedicated to accelerating smart manufacturing. Published by Hexagon’s Manufacturing Intelligence division, this edition highlights human ingenuity, showcasing how engineering teams from different organizations harness manufacturing technologies for innovative applications.



Sixth Sense’s Newest Startups Will Focus on Sustainable Product Development

A sneak peek at the new edition of Engineering Reality


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 Launchpad utilizes AI and advanced simulation technologies to automate aspects of the design, procurement, and manufacturing process. They focus on concepts like mass customization, micro-factories, and software-defined robotics to create shorter supply chains, reduce waste, and deliver new features faster in the manufacturing industry.

This latest cohort was announced at a Showcase Day event on Sept. 20, 2023. The selected startups distinguished themselves with groundbreaking solutions to some of today’s most critical manufacturing challenges.

Published: Monday, March 4, 2024 – 12:03

“Each of these startups has demonstrated their capacity to address pressing manufacturing challenges with creativity and determination,” says Milan Kocic, who heads Sixth Sense. “Much like our previous cohorts have addressed critical industry challenges, we believe these innovators will play a crucial role in shaping a sustainable future for the manufacturing industry.”


Published Jan. 22, 2024, on the Hexagon Blog.



As part of the Sixth Sense program, the nine startups will embark on an intensive 16-week journey to refine their offerings in close collaboration with Hexagon. They will learn from Hexagon’s market insights, accumulated over decades of partnership with industry-leading technology giants, to accelerate their journey to commercial success.

In this preview article, learn how Sixth Sense, Hexagon’s startup incubation program, is contributing to a more sustainable future in manufacturing. You can explore the rest of the issue, featuring exclusive stories from Volvo, TE Connectivity, General Motors, Bosch, and Archaeological Heritage Office Saxony, by signing up for your copy of Engineering Reality.

RV Magnetics has developed the world’s smallest passive sensor based on MicroWire technology. This sensor combines unique capabilities from electromechanics, electronics, chemistry, physics, applied magnetism, and industrial design, offering diverse applications.

Acerta Analytics,