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Wisconsin-based Techniplas, with locations in Switzerland and California, is a global design and manufacturing provider of automotive products and services, and has been doggedly pursuing 3D printing for quite some time now. The company is committed to open innovation and brings other 3D printing companies together to offer benefits from their shared technologies; several of these companies, like Nano Dimension, DWS, Sharebot, ParaMatters, and Nexa3D, have also joined Techniplas’ open innovation program.

The latest of these partners is Apollo Robotics, which provides affordable, autonomous drone solutions for land surveys. Techniplas made the announcement just ahead of CES 2019, which opens this week in Las Vegas.

“We are pleased to welcome Apollo Robotics as a full member of our open innovation program. Today’s announcement is another step in our commitment to making the connected world,” said George Votis, the Founder and Chairman of Techniplas. “With a partner like Apollo Robotics on board, we are accessing and learning together how to integrate and scale high-speed multi-sensing data acquisition technologies faster into an ever-expanding portfolio of cognitive and connected products and services.”

For those who don’t know, autonomous surveying is time-consuming, costly, and requires highly sought after expertise. But by combining artificial intelligence with multi-sensing LiDAR, HD and thermal cameras, Apollo is able to quickly digitize and reconstruct worksites, with just a single scan, into actionable and accurate 3D models.

Apollo employs rapidly growing technologies, such as 3D digitization, breakthrough sensors, and deep learning to address the typical problems that come with autonomous surveying, and has developed the first completely automated solution which is able to completely get rid of the operating friction and complexity of current surveyors. Its drone is designed to fly unmanned, and is ready for surveyors to use both on-demand and on-site, so they can access premium aerial data in a more safer, more efficient and cost-effective manner.

In its new partnership with Techniplas, Apollo will bring its fully automated, industrial-grade 3D digitization platform and high-speed data acquisition to the table.

“We are thrilled to join the Techniplas open innovation program and learn with and from Techniplas how to scale our proprietary autonomous drone technology and services platform further. Together with Techniplas, we are democratizing access and accelerating adoption of autonomous automated professional solutions for the connected world,” said Apollo Robotics’ CEO Rob Cammack.

In addition to open innovation, Techniplas also has a broader strategy at play – 3D printing connected devices – which it focuses on in its digital business unit.

“At Techniplas Digital we assembled some of the most experienced additive manufacturing professionals and accessed several game-changing technologies that truly unlock the full potential of additive for the creation of lighter, stronger parts and connected products,” the company’s website states. “With 3D printing complexity is free so we can now design for greater performance while leveraging more complex designs that are simpler to manufacture.”

Techniplas is committed to making the world connected for its global customers, and possesses expertise at combining the traditional and exponential technologies into one connected, product-functional experience. By partnering with Techniplas, Apollo believes it will be able to revolutionize how professionals can gather, processes, and handle 3D data, improving the bottom-line and its customers competitiveness.

At CES 2019 this week, attendees to visit the Techniplas booth LVCC 9320 in the North Hall, in order to experience for themselves how the company is working with its newest partner, Apollo Robotics, to apply automated multi-sensing technologies.

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