Elastomeric Sensor Visualizes and Measures 3D Topography

GelSight, the developer of industrial 3D imaging solutions for the aerospace, automotive, and other electronics industries, has announced that it has raised $10 million in new funding. The funding will be used to accelerate GelSight’s growth as adoption of its unique elastomeric-based imaging system gains deeper traction with major aerospace customers around the globe.

GelSight Mobile, the company’s flagship device, is a handheld instrument that precisely and repeatably visualizes and measures the 3D topography of any surface in seconds, revealing microscopic structures that are impossible to precisely assess in real time. GelSight’s proprietary elastomeric sensor conforms to the surface topography of any material, including metals, composites, and glass to reveal the features of the surface regardless of ambient lighting conditions or material reflectivity. The GelSight Mobile system gives instant visual feedback along with position, depth, and other surface measurements with high spatial resolution down to the micron level. The 3D depth map is calculated from images of the surface, providing position, depth, and other derived surface measurements at a high resolution.

Gelsight Mobile uses a 5 MP, 60 FPS camera and has a sensitivity depth of <1 Micron and a capture speed of 100ms. The standard device has a field of view of 8.4mm x 7.1 mm while the extended device offers a 16.9mm x 14.1mm viewing field.

“GelSight’s handheld systems enable dramatic improvements to conventional inspection and quality processes, and we are seeing broader use among the world’s leading aerospace and automobile manufacturers,” said Kimo Johnson, Chief Executive Officer of GelSight. “We are excited to have the backing of Anzu Partners to help us take our commercialization and product development efforts to the next level, expanding into other major aircraft manufacturers and aircraft maintenance operations here in the United States and abroad.”

Rolls-Royce, an early adopter of the technology, is actively deploying GelSight Mobile, validating critical aerospace applications.

“We have integrated GelSight Mobile into a number of our global value streams where the technology has proven its value very quickly,” said Alistair Donaldson, Transformation Executive – Head of Innovation and New Product Design at Rolls-Royce. “We are pleased to be supporting GelSight in their growth journey and look forward to working together on the future roadmap of GelSight products and services.”

For more information: www.gelsight.com

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