Gravity Sketch and its immersive real-time 3D design and collaboration platform has been boosted by new funding that looks to propel it into wider use across all hardware.
A $3.7 million [£2.9 million] seed investment adds to existing funds from InnovationRCA and the James Dyson Foundation, as the London-based software company continues to develop its intuitive 3D design software for cross-disciplinary teams to create, collaborate, and review in an entirely new way.
The latest funding will enable the company to scale up the platform to become entirely hardware-agnostic (it works with a range of virtual reality hardware, and is currently in beta for iPad, mobile, and desktop) and make its full suite of tools more widely available to businesses and creative professionals alike.
Current clients include Ford, Nissan and Reebok use Gravity Sketch, alongside 60 universities and over 50,000 creative professionals worldwide.
Gravity Sketch was founded in London in 2014 by Oluwaseyi Sosanya, Daniela Paredes and Daniel Thomas with the vision to revolutionise the way physical products are designed, developed, and brought to market.
As part of the investment, Russell Buckley, who led the funding as Partner at Kindred Capital, will be joining the Gravity Sketch board. He said: “The acceleration of remote working in the digital design and tech space over the years has resulted in more demand than ever before for remote collaboration in the digital 3D landscape.
“Having already won audiences across some of the biggest names in industry as well as the creative professional community at-large, the team at Gravity Sketch has built a powerful set of technologies that we believe will lead to an incredible evolution in industrial and digital design.
“The company has huge potential and we’re delighted to support Oluwaseyi, Daniela and the team as they continue to grow Gravity Sketch.”
Gravity Sketch CEO Oluwaseyi Sosanya , said: “For years, product designers and engineers across myriad industries have been confined to technologies that aren’t fit for purpose to create and develop products for the physical world, with lengthy iterative processes causing protracted product development cycles, unnecessary costs, and a host of design frustrations.
“Gravity Sketch gives design and engineering teams across the globe a way to create, collaborate, and communicate together in the same virtual space, and in real-time. Today’s investment will help us make our technology as accessible and inclusive as possible.”