Flipkart founder Binny Bansal, has reportedly invested in a 3D Printing startup Supercraft3D, pouring in $1 Mn (INR 6.6 Cr) into the company. Four other undisclosed angel investors also participated in the funding round. This is Flipkart’s fifth investment in the healthcare space.
The Singapore-headquartered company was founded in 2016 by Maltesh Somasekharappa. The startup is an Additive Manufacturer service bureau with a focus on healthcare and medical applications.
The company offers its solutions across three verticals: medical models, implants and surgical instruments. As per the company’s LinkedIn profile, the startup is first in Asia to be able to offer additive manufactured customised body implants made of a bio-compatible Titanium alloy.
The page also mentions, “Using sophisticated hardware and software, we are able to convert traditional X-Ray, MRI, CT and other diagnostic images into clear transparent 3D Models, at a fraction of the cost and in most cases within 24 Hrs. These models are highly accurate and help the doctor to plan a better surgery, as well as the patient to understand his anatomy before undergoing any hospitalisation. These models can also act as evidence in any medico-legal situation.”
“We have started the R&D for patient-specific implants. We (Asians) get very limited choices when it comes to knee implants, for example. We make implants specific to the patient based on age and lifestyle,” said co-founder, Maltesh Somasekharappa.
Recently, in the last week of December 2016, Flipkart founders Sachin Bansal and Binny Bansal invested an undisclosed amount in Pandorum Technologies, that has found a way to 3D-print experimental-stage human liver tissues in a laboratory.
[The development was reported by ETtech.]