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Skelmet Inc was founded by James (Yu) Cao and Rain (Yuting) Wang in Boston in 2016. In the beginning, they were planing to make motorcycle helmets with 3D scanning and 3D printing technologies. Then they decided to make custom-fitted sport sunglasses.
From 2016 to early 2018, Skelmet is still at a very early stage. Rain and James held a crowd-funding campaign on IndieGoGo.com. They received a small amount of funding from Plug&Play and other investors. They participated in a lot of entrepreneur events in the US and in China during this period, such as MIT-CHIEF’s China-Trip program, HAX Growth accelerator, and MassChallenge accelerator. The two co-founders won Forbes 30 Under 30 awards.
From late 2018 to 2019, Skelmet built their e-commerce website and 3D scanning App. They developed their first product, the F1 series. It’ a simple life-style sunglasses but it’s custom-fitted for customers and it demonstrated how the product and service should look like. They managed to solve the manufacturing problem in the US.
Our history is not quite complicated. We still have a long way to go. And we really appreciated those people who helped us along this journey.
Research and Innovation
The main focus of Skelmet’s research is the mass-customization technology. Explaining this in the simplest language, it’s about how to let the computer programs automatically design custom-fitted products worn on the head or body use people’s 3D scan, and how to make these products with 3D printing machines. Developing the mass-customization system need knowledge from multiple fields, such as product design and ergonomic engineering, 3D printing, supply chain, generative design, parametric modeling, computer graphics, machine learning, deep learning, etc. More information about this topic is presented on the Technologies page.
With the popularity of smartphones that have 3D scanning capability and the revolutionary progress in 3D printing technologies, the traditional way to design, manufacturing, and sell wearable gear seems outdated. We want to build a new business model where customers could send us their 3D head scans with their phone and buy the custom-fitted 3D printed products, such as sports sunglasses, on our website. So, we need to develop not only mass-customization technologies but also sales tools and platforms. They include a 3D scan&shopping App, an e-commerce website, and a manufacturing management system.
James (Yu) Cao is the main contributor to Skelmet’s mass-customization technologies. His work, shown below, plays a key role in building our technologies:
- A method to build the parametric model of wearable gears.
- Several prototypes of the mass-customization system for wrap-around sunglasses and goggles
- The mass-customization system for the F1-series, first published product of Skelmet
- The “Cross-Lock” hinge system, patent pending
- A method to manage the 3D printed parts by adding serial numbers.
Products and Services
We want to change the way people design, manufacture, and sell wearable gears with our mass-customization technologies and become the leading company in this field in the era of Industry 4.0.
Name and Logo
“Skelmet” is the combination of two words: skeleton and helmet. We think it’s a unique and cool name for a helmet maker, so we use it as our company’s name. Although we don’t have any plan on making motorcycle helmets right now, we think it’s still a great name for a sports sunglasses brand.
Our logo is a 3D Möbius strip projected onto the 2D surface. It represents infinity and the connection of two sides, or worlds you should say. That sounds like what we are doing here, which is bridging the physical world and 3D world with our technologies.
Rain Wang, CEO
James Cao, CTO
Rhea Xu, CIO