VIVE X Startup Mindesk Secures $900K to Create VR Multiuser Design Software – Road to VR

Mindesk, a startup developing a platform for real-time CAD collaboration in AR/VR, today announced a $900,000 seed round from HTC Vive, Barcamper Ventures, A11 Venture and Invitalia Ventures.

The company joined VIVE X, HTC’s global VR/AR accelerator program, for its second batch back in 2017, which included investments and mentorship for a total of 33 startups working in the areas of software and hardware for both augmented and virtual reality.

Mindesk has created a plug-in for CAD software such as McNeel Rhinoceros and Grasshopper. Once installed, it allows users to quickly jump in VR to visualize, create and edit 3D CAD projects in their original format. Mindesk has already published its solution for McNeel Rhinoceros and Grasshopper and soon will publish a version for Dassault SolidWorks.

Mindesk was founded in Bari, Italy. With the new seed funding, the company is now moving its headquarters to San Francisco where it will continue to develop its VR software, working between Italy and the US.

The company is hoping to scale their VR plug-in to other CAD software including SolidWorks, a parametric CAD used in mechanical engineering. Mindesk has already launched a closed beta at the end of February.

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