Bringing Stylish Beauty and Health Equipment Based on Japanese Technology to the World Japanese startup MTG is experiencing rapid growth as it continues to develop innovative products in the field of beauty and health equipment. Products under the company’s stylish cosmetic brand ReFa have already seen cumulative sales of five million units and are becoming a must-have item for Japanese women, who are known for beautiful skin. Moreover, not even one year has passed since the wearable training gear SIXPAD became one of MTG’s hit products. This is bringing about a revolution for men who long for toned muscles as they go about their daily activities. In this article we […]
A Fortress for Start-ups in Tokyo’s Shitamachi One business located in the heart of Tokyo’s shitamachi (working class neighborhoods) is engaging in innovative projects using sophisticated technology. With strengths in sheet metal and press processing, Hamano Products Co., Ltd. utilizes digital machines such as 3D printers and has won a laser processing contest sponsored by the Embassy of Austria. The company has set up a general support facility, Garage Sumida, to help companies and research institutions do prototyping and development. This facility is now attracting much attention from start-ups. We sat down with Keiichi Hamano, CEO of Hamano Products and founder of Garage Sumida, to ask him about the facility’s […]
Dubai: Glitz, Glamour and Robots! This past February, at a special technology summit hosted by the Dubai government, all eyes were fixed on six futuristic towering robotic figures. The Dubai media was abuzz with the news of the robots, as were local politicians and industry leaders. All the mucky mucks about town were clamoring to get a look at these towering giants at the unveiling. The presentation began, “the Skeletonics robotic exoskeletons feature movable arms and legs controlled by an internal human operator.” There was a silence in the room as the audience didn’t seem to fathom what was just said. The emcee was strapped into one of the three […]
Swany Co., Ltd., is a company that makes excellent use of modeling technology in making product designs and prototypes with the use of the latest 3D printers and 3D CAD to offer consistent support of mass production. The company speedily converts the ideas of customers into data, and produces a prototype using a 3D printer. Thus, this greatly reduces the time for product development. Also, because the company can quickly deliver 3D data, it can even respond to extreme customer requests; even only with a two-dimensional drawing, or sketch, the company can “meet you in the morning, and then deliver a prototype in the evening.” The company has attracted attention […]
Low-cost and safe access to Space with an Engine that Switches between Jet and Rocket Modes! There is a small Japanese start-up company attempting to develop a spacecraft with a few engineers in a small garage. PD Aerospace, Ltd. is aspiring to pioneer the space business with proprietary technology that combines “jet combustion” and “rocket combustion” into a single engine, which has been conventionally seen as incompatible.
CrossEffect is known for their work developing and prototyping industrial plastic products used for items such as cell phones. Their speciality is their resin processing technology called Laser Prototyping. Boasting the “world’s fastest” prototype production speed,crossEffect supports their clients in product development. Furthermore, as the second pillar of their business, they have developed Cardio Simulators: 3D models of hearts based on CT data. Cardio Simulators are soft 3D models of hearts created, based on CT scans taken at hospitals, through the use of DICOM data, laser prototyping technology, and special molds. Not only the outer surface, but the inner cavities and affected areas are reproduced with great accuracy. It’s even […]
Punching through thin materials in one shot, no matter how difficult, such as multilayered thin film and metal foil—that kind of reliable technical competence is underpinned by ultra-precise grinding technology cultivated over more than 40 years since the company’s founding, technology with a parallel, right angle precision of 5/10,000 mm (0.5 μm), that is, parallel, right angle error of just 1/200 the thickness of a sheet of copy paper. A product in which the crystallization of that technical prowess can be seen is Nogamigiken’s hand held punch. Anyone would gasp in surprise at its extraordinary sharpness. The cross-section it produces with minimal burrs and deformities is clean and beautiful. The […]
How would you like to pilot a giant robot ride-on robot KURATAS? Soaring a massive 3.8 meters high and weighing in at around five tons, KURATAS is like something out of a comic – but it’s real. The four-legged ride-on robot was created as a piece of art by modeler Kogoro Kurata, and has since been transformed into an awe-inspiring project led by the production experts at Suidobashi Heavy Industry to mass-produce and distribute Kuratas around the world. Not only are giant robots a mainstay of Japan’s distinctive anime culture, but operating them has been a long-standing dream of mankind. Now, thanks to Suidobashi Heavy Industry, that dream will soon […]