Singapore-registered Supercraft3D, a 3D printing startup, has reportedly raised about $1 Mn in funding from Flipkart’s co-founder Binny Bansal and four other angel investors. This is Flipkart’s fifth investment in the healthcare space.
Founded in 2016 by Maltesh Somasekharappa and Venkataramana Gorti, Supercraft3D is an Additive Manufacturer service bureau with focus on healthcare and medical applications.
The company offers patient-specific visualisation solutions to help hospitals, doctors and academicians get a perspective about the anatomy, among other services. “The surgical models like X-ray, MRI or CT scan are in 2D and are monochromatic. The common man cannot understand what it says. Surgeons also find it tough at times. So, we decided to convert these images into 3D models,” said Maltesh Somasekharappa, co-founder of Supercraft3D.
Supercraft3D claims to be the first company in Asia to be able to offer Additive Manufactured customized body implants made of bio-compatible Titanium alloy. The startup is able to offer implants for patients with special needs of the physician’s practice or specific to the patient’s unique physiological/pathology needs. Besides, it is also working towards FDA and CE approval for all other implants.
“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 Somasekharappa.
Other than this, Bansal has also funded several startups including biotech-based 3D printing firm Pandorum Technologies, smart electric scooter maker Ather Energy, and media startup Inshorts.