Asahi Kasei invests in Israeli startup Castor Technologies


Asahi Kasei invests in Israeli startup Castor Technologies

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May 16, 2023

Asahi Kasei Corporation

Asahi Kasei invests in Israeli startup Castor Technologies


Asahi Kasei has decided to invest in Castor Technologies Ltd. (CASTOR), an Israeli startup specialized in the development of 3D printing software. In addition to utilizing CASTOR’s software and services, the investment will allow Asahi Kasei to pursue synergies between its  CAE (Computer Aided Engineering) technical service for plastic products and CASTOR’s software.

The 3D printing market has grown by an annual average of over 20% since 2015. Through the emergence of rapid prototyping and manufacturing, this annual growth rate is likely to rise to 24%, increasing the need for an optimized technical service and faster response times to customer requests.(* The 2022 3D Printing Trend Report published by HUBS B.V.)

When 3D printing is applied to conventional products, an engineer usually selects the candidate parts and decides whether to use 3D printing or not, sometimes modifying the shape to enhance 3D printability. In contrast, CASTOR’s software with its proprietary algorithm can automatically select parts that are suitable for 3D printing from CAD drawings of thousands of parts in a bill of materials (BOM), and propose shape modifications. Further optimization of customers’ manufacturing processes is enabled by estimating manufacturing lead times, costs, and CO2emissions of the analyzed parts.

CASTOR社が提供するサービスのメリットBenefits of CASTOR’s service

Asahi Kasei has been providing comprehensive, high precision support for its customers’ product design and development through CAE* technical service focused on engineering plastics. CASTOR’s service for simple judgement of part formability and simulation of manufacturing costs is expected to enable an even swifter response to customer inquiries. Applying CASTOR’s software and service prior to Asahi Kasei’s plastic CAE technical service will contribute to automate more advanced simulations. 

“Through this investment, we will further investigate the synergies between CASTOR’s software and Asahi Kasei’s CAE expertise,” said Yukihiro Bann, Senior General Manager for Business Strategy and Marketing, Mobility & Industrial SBU at Asahi Kasei Corp. “We aim to provide our customers with more advanced and automated real-time simulations, as well as to expand the range of technical services that both companies can offer.”

部品製造フローにおける、CASTOR社が提供するサービスと旭化成の樹脂CAE技術の位置付けPosition of CASTOR’s service and Asahi Kasei’s service in the parts manufacturing flow

About Castor Technologies Ltd.

Location: Chaim Levanon 30 Street, Tel Aviv, Israel
CEO: Omer Blaier 
Establishment: 2017
Operations: Development of software for 3D printing

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