Frictionless Contract Management & Execution by Blockchain, Smart Contracts & Token – Customer Story: Furniture Design Project with iforest, Inc.

2023.02.01

Contract management and execution are complex and risky.
Specifically for designers and manufacturers, in addition to difficult and sensitive terms in the contract, it becomes more complicated as intellectual property, subcontractors, and payment management play a critical role.
For example, whose and which intellectual property in work and when it was transferred is impossible to search and trace via the current contract format and existing solution. These become further complicated when layers of players, administrators, stakeholders, and subcontractors interact with separate agreements and payment terms.
This administrative complexity is universal to the design and manufacturing industry. However, if not managed and executed well, not only is it inefficient and costly, there is a risk of accusation and lawsuit at worst – unfortunately, not uncommon in the industry.

Current problems of design & manufacturing contract management

With this background, Final Aim builds a blockchain platform to answer one question:

“How can we make the contract management and execution frictionless so that designers and manufacturers can focus on their true value creation?”

Delaware, US, February 1st, 2023 – Final Aim, Inc. (CEO Masafumi Asakura and CDO Yasuhide Yokoi) today announced that the company utilized its blockchain platform in a furniture design project by the creative agency CIRCULAR DESIGN STUDIO./Shinto Tsushin Co., Ltd. (Kikuro Tani, Chairman & Representative Director) and the forestry tech startup iforest, Inc. (Koumei Maruyama, Co-Founder & CEO).

The project aims to rediscover and enhance the value of local forest resources by developing product designs that tell the local story. The team selected Hakuba Village as an initial area for launch. It released an original furniture design – also designed by Final Aim – in which the wood is cut from and manufactured locally in the village.

Modular design that integrates aesthetics, functionality, and scalable usage

Flexible design that could be generated as chairs and tables with various size

Patented design that could instantly be assembled and customized

Like general design and manufacturing projects, the team and the designer created and agreed on a design contract. Specifically, the contract states which designs in the design proposal documents the client can manufacture and commercialize. The agreement was also tailored as a license contract defining the starting date and limiting the time available for commercial use. Furthermore, the contract represents the intellectual property – also legally design patented – remains to the original designer and restricts the client to edit, resell or sub-license to other subcontractors.

Though the contract generation and agreement proceeded smoothly, properly managing and accurately executing the contract is challenging for the team, with limited administrative resources and various stakeholders, including the manufacturers.

Design and manufacturing with numerous stakeholders and subcontractors

“Traceable, transparent, and automatic” – Contract management and execution by blockchain, smart contracts, and token.

The project utilized Final Aim’s blockchain platform as a POC study to overcome the challenges. Firstly, upon public blockchain and distributed storage, the team implemented the platform for ample file storage for all critical evidence. The project manager, designer, and manufacturers used the platform for sharing on a remote daily basis.
Then, the platform generated an NFT as a utility token that bundles all the essential files (approved proposals, design renderings, final 2d drawings, final 3d files, etc.) and ownership evidence (owner, date, time, patent filings, etc.) stated in the contract. Furthermore, the smart contracts originally built behind the token resembles the essential elements of the contract terms, such as the token transfer limit and automatic expiration. The platform supported the token transfer to the client’s digital wallet upon agreement and fee transaction.

The blockchain platform utilization made complicated and messy management traceable, opaque subcontracting/sublicensing transparent, forgetful and risky payment and license expiration automatic. As a result, the platform unlocked significant benefits and derisked the team and the project with limited time and administrative resources.

Actual project screenshots of the blockchain platform used in the project

About the blockchain platform, “Final Chain”
Final Aim has been driving the adoption of Web3 technologies, such as blockchain and smart contracts, globally in the industrial design and manufacturing industries.
Since its blockchain platform release, the company has collaborated with industry leaders: Panasonic USA, a design division in New York; AUTODESK, a global leader in 3D design, engineering, and entertainment software; Ultimaker, a Netherland-based global leader in the professional 3D printing industry. In August 2022, Final Aim announced a partnership with Sony Design Consulting and Sony Computer Science Laboratories for its blockchain technology application. Alongside the development and collaboration, the company applied for three patents internationally.
Furthermore, Final Aim was accepted into Berkeley SkyDeck, a world-renowned Silicon Valley startup accelerator, and Plug and Play Japan, the world’s leading accelerator/venture capital.

About Final Aim
Company Name: Final Aim, Inc.
Location: Headquarters, US / Subsidiary, Japan
Founders: Masafumi Asakura, Chief Executive Officer / Yasuhide Yokoi, Chief Design Officer
Business Description: Drive the adoption of Web3 technologies for design and manufacturing
Website: https://final-aim.com
Contact: contact@final-aim.com

Final Aim Starts POC with Japan’s Foremost International Mountain Resort with a History of Over 100 years, “Hakuba Village” – Nagano, Japan

2023.01.20

Joint project with the Tourism Commission of Hakuba Village and Shinto Tsushin

Nagano, Japan, January 20th, 2023 – Final Aim, Inc. (Delaware, US, CEO Masafumi Asakura, and CDO Yasuhide Yokoi) is proud to announce the start of proof-of-concept (POC) with the Tourism Commission of Hakuba Village (Kita-Azumi, Nagano, Representative Director, Hideki Ito) and Shinto Tsushin Co., Ltd. (Nagoya, Aichi, Chairman & Representative Director, Kikuro Tani).
Hakuba Village, located at the foot of the Northern Alps in northern Nagano Prefecture and surrounded by magnificent mountains, is a one-of-a-kind “mountain resort.”
Significant numbers of people from all over the world visit the village to enjoy the Northern Alps’ extraordinary nature during the winter when you can ski and snowboard in all seasons.
The village’s history as one of Japan’s major international mountain resorts dates back more than 100 years. Ever since the British mountaineer Walter Weston first visited Hakuba in 1894, it became a must-go for any mountain and ski lover.

The joint project aims to apply Web3 technologies such as blockchain, smart contract, and tokens to explore best practices to maximize its rich heritage, assets, and communities.

POC Overview – “Non-Fungible HAKUBA”

The goal of the POC is to collect photos of Hakuba Village during this winter season, record the photo shooting information (time, location, etc.) associated with the images to the blockchain, and publish them on a special website. Non-fungible tokens (NFT) will be issued as certificates to photo contributors.

POC Title: “Non-Fungible HAKUBA”
POC Schedule: Until mid-February 2023 (Invitation only)
Campaign site: March 2023 (URL TBA)

Photo archive and campaign site supported by our blockchain technologies

As a technology partner, Final Aim will conduct a technical verification on its blockchain platform “Final Chain” private beta. The technology area covers comprehensively from protocol selection, smart contract, token usability, original API development, and UI/UX design.

The POC is positioned as a first step to consider using Web3 technologies in Hakuba Village. Based on the knowledge gained through this POC, the team plans to visualize various actions in Hakuba Village, such as sightseeing and lodging experiences with low environmental impact. In the long term, the village aims to offer incentives to enjoy nature more through the level of contribution, thereby reducing the ecological impact of Hakuba Village, especially in the tourism industry.

About the Tourism Commission of Hakuba Village
The Commission aims to pool the wisdom of Hakuba Village and tourism businesses such as Hakuba mountain range lodge operators, inn operators, cableway operators, transportation companies, commerce and industry, guide associations, hot springs, finance companies, and agricultural cooperatives. It also aims to promote tourism-related initiatives and revitalize the local economy by attracting tourists and promoting international tourism while using Hakuba Village’s rich natural environment.
Website: www.vill.hakuba.nagano.jp

About Shinto Tsushin and CIRCULAR DESIGN STUDIO.
CIRCULAR DESIGN STUDIO. is an in-house project team of an advertising company, Shinto Tsushin. The studio has been working to solve social issues by connecting local communities and companies under the theme of “Brightly Changing the World with the Circular Economy. Specifically, in Hakuba Village, the studio has held “GREEN WORK HAKUBA” four times and has been in charge of the project’s start-up, overall production, and creative work.
Company Name: Shinto Tsushin Co., Ltd. / CIRCULAR DESIGN STUDIO.
Business Description: Support for regional revitalization and new business creation based on the circular economy
Website: https://cdstudio.jp/

About Final Aim
Company Name: Final Aim, Inc.
Location: US, Japan
Founders: Masafumi Asakura, Chief Executive Officer / Yasuhide Yokoi, Chief Design Officer
Business Description: Drive the adoption of Web3 technologies for industrial design
Website: https://final-aim.com
Contact: contact@final-aim.com

Final Aim Accepted into Winter/Spring 2023 Batch Accelerator Program in “Plug and Play Japan” – Tokyo, Japan

2023.01.06

Tokyo, Japan, January 6th, 2022 – Final Aim, Inc. (Delaware, US, CEO Masafumi Asakura, and CDO Yasuhide Yokoi) is proud to announce that the company has been accepted into the Winter/Spring 2023 Batch Mobility accelerator program in Plug and Play Japan KK (Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, Representative: Phillip Vincent). Through the program, the company will leverage the opportunity to collaborate with various major corporations.

Final Aim has been driving the adoption of Web3 technologies, such as blockchain and smart contract, globally in the industrial design and manufacturing industries. In November 2021, the company released its Web3 platform “Final Chain” private beta, the industry-first solution with decentralized and distributed technologies such as blockchain, smart contract, digital tokens, and IPFS. And in April 2022, the company established a corporation as its headquarters in the United States. Furthermore, in September 2022, the company was accepted into Berkeley SkyDeck, a world-renowned Silicon Valley startup accelerator.

About “Plug and Play Japan” and The Accelerator Program

Plug and Play Japan is the world’s leading accelerator/venture capital. It is a global innovation platform headquartered in Silicon Valley; 45+ leading companies of each sector participate in the programs as official corporate partners. Its major expertise is “supporting corporate partners creating innovation,” “cross-industrial accelerator programs,” and “startup investment,” making the best use of our extensive global network. Plug and Play Japan supports the co-creation and collaboration between Japanese/international startups with innovative technology/ideas and industry-leading corporations, enabling them to generate innovation.
The accelerator programs provided by Plug and Play Japan accelerate innovation by connecting its corporate partners with Japanese and international startups. Through these programs, corporate partners can connect with participating startups with technologies and services that could accelerate their innovation activities. Startups have the opportunity to collaborate with a wide range of major corporations. Summit (so-called Demo Day) is the final step of the accelerator program, where startups give pitches outlining their results from the program. It’s an excellent opportunity to get the latest updates on innovative technologies, meets cutting-edge startups, and develop new business partnerships.

Through the accelerator program by Plug and Play Japan, Final Aim will further expand its business and technology to the industrial design and manufacturing industries by gaining know-how and networking opportunities with target enterprises.

Plug and Play Japan Overview
Company Name: Plug and Play Japan KK
Founded: 2017/7/14
Address: Shibuya Center Place 3F 1-16-3, Dogenzaka, Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan
Representative: Phillip Vicent
Website: http://japan.plugandplaytechcenter.com/

About Final Aim
Company Name: Final Aim, Inc.
Location: US, Japan
Founders: Masafumi Asakura, Chief Executive Officer / Yasuhide Yokoi, Chief Design Officer
Business Description: Drive the adoption of Web3 technologies for industrial design
Website: https://final-aim.com
Contact: contact@final-aim.com

Final Aim Accepted into “Berkeley SkyDeck,” a World-Renowned Silicon Valley Startup Accelerator in Deep Tech Cohort – Berkeley, US

2022.09.15

The company gets selected for Startup City Acceleration Program by Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO)

Berkeley, US, September 15th, 2022 – Final Aim, Inc. (Delaware, US, CEO Masafumi Asakura, and CDO Yasuhide Yokoi) is proud to announce that the company has been accepted into Berkeley SkyDeck, one of the world-renowned Silicon Valley startup accelerators.
In this program, the company has been selected as a deep tech cohort in the Startup City Acceleration Program run by the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO), together with the Cabinet Office and the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) of Japan.

Final Aim has been driving the adoption of Web3 technologies globally in the design and digital manufacturing industries. In November 2021, the company released its Web3 platform “Final Chain” private beta, the industry-first solution with decentralized and distributed technologies such as blockchain, smart contracts, digital tokens, and IPFS, bringing full ownership and authenticity to designers and manufacturers in design planning, development, and production,
And in April 2022, the company established a corporation as a headquarter in the United States.

Since then, with its Web3 platform, the company has collaborated with industry leaders: Panasonic, including the USA and Japan design division; Autodesk, a global leader in 3D design, engineering, and entertainment software; Ultimaker, a Netherland-based global leader in the professional 3D printing industry; EYEMETRICS JAPAN, the world’s first eyewear brand originated in Switzerland that personalizes the design by 3D scanning each user’s face.
And in August 2022, Final Aim announced a partnership with Sony Design Consulting for the IC card-type hardware wallet, which the Sony Computer Science Laboratories has been developing for all kinds of use cases. The technology includes support by mutual authentication/encrypted communication cultivated over many years by applying Sony’s expertise in contactless IC cards.

About Berkeley SkyDeck

Berkeley SkyDeck is one of the world-renowned startup accelerators at the University of California, Berkeley.
The university ranks among the world’s top universities, including 4th in the “US News & World Report.” Berkeley has often been cited as one of the universities that have produced most entrepreneurs, such as Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, former Google CEO Eric Schmidt, and founder of Softbank Masayoshi Son.

Named in Forbes as a top-five US university accelerator, SkyDeck combines hands-on mentorship with the vast resources of its research university. SkyDeck is the only accelerator that provides funding for its startups via a public-private partnership, providing returns directly back to UC Berkeley from the Berkeley SkyDeck Fund, a dedicated investment fund supported by top institutional VCs like Sequoia and Mayfield.
SkyDeck startups have raised more than $1.47 billion in aggregate. Participating startups have access to SkyDeck’s 360 advisors, 70 industry partners, and a network of more than 510,000 UC Berkeley alumni.
https://skydeck.berkeley.edu/

Furthermore, in the field of blockchain, which Final Aim defines as our core technologies, by industrial leading media “CoinDesk,” the university has ranked 3rd in the world and the top in the US.

“The Top Universities for Blockchain by CoinDesk 2021”
https://www.coindesk.com/learn/2021/10/04/the-top-universities-for-blockchain-by-coindesk-2021/

This accelerator will hold the program online and offline for four months and host UC Berkeley students as internships. At the end of the program, the startups will present at SkyDeck’s Demo Day, where over 100 investors and venture capitalists will attend.

UC Berkeley campus

About JETRO Startup City Acceleration Program

JETRO, or the Japan External Trade Organization, is a government-related organization that works with the Cabinet Office and the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) of Japan to develop a startup ecosystem and promote global business development.
The organization cooperates with top global accelerators to support each startup’s needs, maximizing possibilities and opportunities such as international level of top mentor networks and matching global venture capitals and business partners.

JETRO has selected Final Aim in the deep tech cohort to push the startup’s financing, business expansion, and partner alliances to the global level.
Through this opportunity, Final Aim will further strengthen its Web3 business and technologies in the design and digital manufacturing domain by acquiring know-how, networks, and industrial knowledge.

About Final Aim
Company Name: Final Aim, Inc.
Location: US, Japan
Founders: Masafumi Asakura, Chief Executive Officer / Yasuhide Yokoi, Chief Design Officer
Business Description: Drive the adoption of Web3 technologies for industrial design
Website: https://final-aim.com
Contact: contact@final-aim.com

Final Aim and Sony Design Consulting Starts Proof-of-Concept for IC Card-Type Hardware Wallet in the Web3 Field – Tokyo, Japan

2022.08.17

Tokyo, Japan, August 17th, 2022 – Final Aim, Inc. (Delaware, US, CEO Masafumi Asakura, and CDO Yasuhide Yokoi) and Sony Design Consulting Inc. (Minato-ku, Tokyo, CEO Yutaka Hasegawa) today announced that they had started proof-of-concept for Sony’s contactless IC card-type hardware wallet in the Web3 field.

In recent years, Web3 technology has emerged globally, referred to as the next generation of the decentralized Internet. This megatrend created new industries and use cases such as DeFi and GameFi, and the application has even expanded to the Metaverse.
On the other hand, application to traditional industries has yet to be seen, and we consider there are unexplored areas like design and manufacturing.

Since its foundation in 2019, Final Aim, Inc. has been conducting research and development on blockchain technology with the mission to drive the adoption of Web3 technologies to not just people in finance with high IT literacy but also to the mass, regardless of their nationality, race, gender, and generation.
Furthermore, the company has launched a Web3 beta platform, “Final Chain,” and applied for three patents internationally.

Sony Computer Science Laboratories, Inc. has been developing hardware wallet technology not just for payment but for all kinds of use cases which the technology includes mutual authentication/encrypted communication by applying Sony’s expertise in contactless IC card technology cultivated over many years.
In addition, this hardware wallet can securely generate and store a private key with a highly reliable tamper-proof module within the IC card. (Press release in 2018, patent application in 2019)

Since November 2020, Final Aim and Sony Design Consulting have formed joint research to explore design methodology and practices that ensure the rapid growth of startups’ business and equity financing.
To further expand our partnership scope and strengthen our joint forces, we have started the proof-of-concept in the Web3 field for the IC card-type hardware wallet with tokens issued by Final Aim.

Overview of the Partnership
In this proof-of-concept partnership, we will research and analyze the application of tokens by the IC card-type hardware wallet and the potential development of tokens and protocols in the design field.

1. Test token issuance by Final Aim and the application of the hardware wallet by Web3 technology.
2. Verify potential development of protocols by Web3 technology that utilizes the IC card-type hardware wallet in industrial design and digital manufacturing domains.
3. Explore blockchain technology with the hardware wallet application in other areas such as the Metaverse.

Role of Sony Design Consulting
Sony Design Consulting will provide the IC card-type hardware wallet, supporting design, and blockchain technology to conduct the proof of concept with the perspective of applications in a secure environment.

Role of Final Aim
Final Aim will provide its Web3 platform “Final Chain” that utilizes blockchain and token issuance, pushing forward its protocol development for design and digital manufacturing domains.


Screenshots of Web3 beta platform “Final Chain”

About Sony Design Consulting
Company Name: Sony Design Consulting Inc.
Location: Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan
Director: Representative Chief Executive Officer, Yutaka Hasegawa
Business Description: Design consulting / Design management / Design service / Other related services
Website: https://www.sonydesignconsulting.com/

Since its foundation in 2020, Sony Design Consulting has provided consulting and design services such as visioning, branding, product design, UI design, and solution to various entities like corporates, startups, and government offices. Under the mission statement, “Discovering the potential, Leading to the possibility,” the company will serve all kinds of projects, not just design and joint research but also PoCs, to uplift design quality, support business management by design, and strengthen and organizing design role in industrial property rights.

About Final Aim
Company Name: Final Aim, Inc.
Location: US, Japan
Founders: Masafumi Asakura, Chief Executive Officer / Yasuhide Yokoi, Chief Design Officer
Business Description: Drive the adoption of Web3 technologies for industrial design
Website: https://final-aim.com
Contact: contact@final-aim.com

Since its foundation in 2019, the company has launched a beta platform, “Final Chain,” the industry-first solution with decentralized and distributed technologies such as blockchain, smart contracts, digital tokens, and IPFS, bringing full ownership and authenticity to designers and manufacturers in design planning, development, and production. With its Web3 platform, the company has collaborated with industry leaders such as Autodesk, Inc., a global leader in 3D design, engineering, and entertainment software, Ultimaker, a Netherland-based global leader in the professional 3D printing industry, and EYEMETRICS JAPAN, the world’s first eyewear brand originated in Switzerland that personalizes the design by 3D scanning each user’s face.
In April 2022, the company established a corporation in the US to expand its business, finance, legal, accounting, and strengthen its Web3 technology, including protocols and fungible/non-fungible tokens.

A Community Platform in the Web3 Era with Panasonic; Featured in Design Magazine AXIS – New York, US

2022.07.07

Introducing our latest collaboration on driving the adoption of Web3 technologies for industrial design

New York, US, July 6th, 2022 – Final Aim, Inc. (Delaware, US, CEO Masafumi Asakura, and CDO Yasuhide Yokoi) is pleased to announce the collaboration with Panasonic Design New York to develop a new community platform in the Web3 era, has been featured in the Design Magazine AXIS.

Panasonic’s design department in New York has been working on numerous research and development, and one of the ongoing projects is the “Lifestyle Community Plan in the Web3 Era.” Final Aim has been supporting its Web3 technological development to revitalize the brand’s community; for example, CLUB Panasonic holds eight million members (as of June 2022).

The magazine’s feature, “A New Era of Industrial Design,” covered the story of Panasonic and Final Aim’s collaboration from community concept to potential ideas and planning that would accelerate the diversification of relationships between brands, people, and surroundings. This plan includes studying future visions of e-commerce like the metaverse with a function that allows the user of the Utility Token linked data to 3D print to update or customize Panasonic’s products. The combination of 3D printing and blockchain technology permits the exclusivity and authenticity of design, further providing incentives to user-posted 3D data. The team is also working on the potential implementation of an autonomous distributed community in the future.

Design Magazine AXIS was first published in 1981, and its contents related to the design industry have been distinguished from general magazines with unique and high-quality content. Since its first publication, the magazines have been highly favored by designers worldwide involved in business, service, and product development, as well as highly influential figures and opinion leaders.

Design Magazine AXIS:
https://www.axisinc.co.jp/english/service/society#design-magazine

For purchase:
Amazon – t.ly/gH-b

About Final Aim
Company Name: Final Aim, Inc.
Location: US, Japan
Founders: Masafumi Asakura, Chief Executive Officer / Yasuhide Yokoi, Chief Design Officer
Business Description: Drive the adoption of Web3 technologies for industrial design
Website: https://final-aim.com
Contact: contact@final-aim.com

Generative Design & Web3 Technologies Combined with Historic Japanese Samurai Sword Craftsmanship, “TACHI” – Tokyo, Japan

2022.06.09

Tokyo, Japan, June 9th, 2022 – Final Aim, Inc. (Delaware, US, CEO Masafumi Asakura, and CDO Yasuhide Yokoi) is pleased to unveil an art piece “TACHI” that combines the latest technologies of AI-powered generative design and Web3 with traditional Japanese katana swords craftsmanship with more than 400 years of history. The product is from a collaboration project between Studio Shikumi Inc. (Tokyo, Japan, CEO Shimpei Kawachi).



Background & Concept
Final Aim is a startup that drives the adoption of Web3 technologies for industrial design.
To extend the vision further to the traditional arts and crafts industry, the company partnered with Studio Shikumi. This leading producing company supports many kinds of Japanese craftspeople and artists.
The katana sword is crafted by Kunihira Kawachi, the 15th-generation swordsmith Kunisuke Kawachinokami with more than 400 years of inherited traditions in the Osaka and Nara region.
By combining it with the innovative AI-powered generative design and Web3 technologies, the final art piece realized the distinctive design and re-imagined the style of displaying the katana sword.
The title “TACHI” comes from a combination of a Japanese word: “太刀 (tachi),” meaning a sword, and “立ち(tachi),” meaning to stand up.


Kunihira Kawachi

Optimum Shape Modeled by AI-powered Generative Design
Generative design is a cloud-based automated design exploration and 3D modeling technology powered by artificial intelligence that allows designers to input parameters such as design goals, materials, manufacturing methods, and cost.
Thanks to these latest technologies, the design achieved functionality such as grip ergonomics, product strength, suitable material selection, and minor consumption.
Furthermore, not just its functional achievements, this innovative approach generated a breathtaking organic look that resembles the skeleton of an animal or the veins of a leaf, adding an energetic vital impression to the sword made by the craftsman’s whole heart and soul.




Authenticating The Value of Design by Web3 Technologies
The design created is managed and protected by a Web3 platform for design and digital manufacturing, “Final Chain,” developed by Final Aim.
The platform integrates decentralized and distributed systems like blockchain, smart contracts, and IPFS. Through this comprehensive web3 platform, original master design files are stored and shared by IPFS technology.

Read more about the Web3 platform: https://final-aim.com/final-chain-beta-launch

Every generated design file has been certified by blockchain record to prove its originality and integrity. Furthermore, this certificate record is physically engraved on every model.
As a result, this becomes the proof of authenticity and uniqueness, allowing the project owner to create and share design files with partners and collaborators without the worries of underlying digital risks and further fulfilling the buyer’s desire for possession.

Blockchain certificate record is physically engraved on every model


Web3 platform for design & manufacturing “Final Chain”

Exhibition & Sales
As a world premiere, “TACHI” was unveiled at a global conference, “Autodesk Accelerate 2022,” held in New Orleans, US, from 17th to 18th May, by Autodesk, Inc. (HQ: San Rafael, California, United States), a global leader in 3D design, engineering and entertainment software.
Furthermore, the project team is planning exhibitions in Japan and worldwide, such as in New York. More information, including sales, is to be announced.

Contact for The Art Piece, Exhibition, and Sales
Studio Shikumi Inc.
Mail: info@studio-shikumi.jp


About Kunihira Kawachi
He was born in Osaka, Japan, in 1941 and apprenticed under archaeologist Masao Matsunaga while at the Faculty of Law, Kansai University. After graduation, he studied Soshuden from a craftsman named Akihira Miyairi (lately changed name to Yukihira). He then established a katana sword blacksmith in Higashi-Yoshino-Mura in Nara prefecture. He also studied Bizenden from a craftsman named Sumitani Masamine in 1984. He was qualified for an exemption of examination in 1987 and designated as Important Intangible Cultural Property by Nara prefecture in 2005.

About Studio Shikumi
With a mission to ensure the continuity of arts and crafts culture while respecting the essential value of artworks and products, the company organizes and supports a wide variety of Japanese craftspeople and artists.

About Final Aim
Company Name: Final Aim, Inc.
Location: US, Japan
Founders: Masafumi Asakura, Chief Executive Officer / Yasuhide Yokoi, Chief Design Officer
Business Description: Zero-to-one support with design and Web3 technologies
Website: https://final-aim.com
Contact: contact@final-aim.com

Final Aim Collaborated with Autodesk at Formnext 2021 – The World’s Leading Exhibition for Additive Manufacturing – Frankfurt, Germany

2021.11.18

Presenting our innovative process of design & prototyping by Autodesk’s 3D design software and Ultimaker’s 3D printer, and the final design ownership & authenticity is managed by our web3 beta platform, Final Chain.

Frankfurt, Germany, November 18th, 2021 – Final Aim, Inc. (Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo, CEO Masafumi Asakura, and CDO Yasuhide Yokoi) today announced the company has collaborated with Autodesk, Inc. (HQ: San Rafael, California, United States), a global leader in 3D design, engineering and entertainment software, at “Formnext 2021” – the world’s largest exhibition for additive manufacturing in Frankfurt, Germany.

Location: Messe Frankfurt, Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Date: November 16 – 19, 2021
Booth: Hall 12.0, C22 – Autodesk booth

The designers at Final Aim use Autodesk Fusion 360 and 3D printers in everyday projects such as mobilities, robots, and consumer products. All through the process from concept to production, it helps project teams to enable rapid design iterations and quickly visualize and formalize appealing industrial designs.
At the Autodesk booth, visitors will be able to see the innovative process of the initial design and prototyping phase in one of our latest projects – an autonomous delivery robot in Singapore.

For reference, from the prototyping aspect, the process can also be read online in the Customer Success Story by Ultimaker, a Netherland-based global leader in the professional 3D printing industry:
https://ultimaker.com/learn/yasuhide-yokoi-and-final-aim-inc


Innovative design process of an autonomous delivery robot by Autodesk Fusion 360 and Ultimaker S3 has caught great attention


Ownership & authenticity of essential project files such as 3D design data are managed by “Final Chain” – Beta platform by Final Aim to drive adoption of web3 technologies for design & manufacturing.

Our beta platform Final Chain aims to drive the adoption of web3 technologies for designers and manufacturers who need decentralized and distributed systems like blockchain, smart contracts, and IPFS technologies to achieve full ownership and authenticity of designs and manufactured products.

The 3D design data of the 3D printed models displayed at the Autodesk booth are all managed on this beta platform. Thanks to decentralized and distributed features, the designer can achieve and maintain product design ownership and authenticity in a more resilient, efficient, and secure way.

Read the full story of the beta platform here:
https://final-aim.com/final-chain-beta-launch


Streamlined user experience such as IPFS file management,
3D previews and blockchain certification

The beta platform launch is by private invite only; users interested in beta user participation, please contact at: contact@final-aim.com

About Final Aim
Company Name: Final Aim, Inc.
Location: Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo, Japan
Founders: Masafumi Asakura, Chief Executive Officer / Yasuhide Yokoi, Chief Design Officer
Business Description: Zero-to-one support with design and technology
Website: https://final-aim.com
Contact: contact@final-aim.com

Final Aim Introduces Beta Platform “Final Chain” to Drive Adoption of Web3 Technologies for Design & Manufacturing

2021.11.12

The industry-first solution with decentralized and distributed technologies; bringing full ownership and authenticity to designers and manufacturers in design planning, development, and production.

November 12th, 2021 – Final Aim, Inc. (Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo, CEO Masafumi Asakura, and CDO Yasuhide Yokoi) today announced the launch of a private beta platform, “Final Chain.” The platform aims to drive the adoption of web3 technologies for designers and manufacturers who need decentralized and distributed systems like blockchain, smart contracts, and IPFS technologies to achieve full ownership and authenticity of designs and manufactured products.

Final Chain platform helps users be more accessible to emerging web3 technologies, with industry-first features like comprehensive project management system, immutable blockchain certification, Interplanetary File System (IPFS), collaborative audit network, and instant sharing of authenticity proven.

With streamlined user experience and intuitive interface, designers and manufacturers can collaboratively manage projects from the upstream to the downstream processes. It targets not just design files and manufacturing data but also intellectual property and legal contracts.

As a result, users can benefit from a faster, scalable, and resilient way to add value and trust to their designs and products. Ultimately, the platform will be an advantage beyond designers and manufacturers, such as related stakeholders: investors, business owners, and partners.

Since the foundation, Final Aim has been supporting many startups and new business development in MNCs. Our efforts have been seen in those great collaborations, for example with OTSAW, a Singapore-based robotics startup, Yasunli, one of Indonesia’s largest plastic manufacturers, Ultimaker, a Netherland-based global leader in the professional 3D printing industry, and Sony Design Consulting in Japan.

In the course of our daily support, we face many industrial challenges and critical user insights where web 2.0 technologies cannot fulfill and often contradict.

“We’ve designed the Final Chain beta platform to push forward the upcoming web3 era and further transform the existing design and manufacturing workflows,” said Masafumi Asakura, Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer at Final Aim.
“The platform gives users the ability to develop and manage designs with much more integrity from concept through to production and launch. Adopting decentralized and distributed features will strongly support designers and manufacturers to achieve and maintain their products’ authenticity in a more resilient, efficient and secure way,” said Yasuhide Yokoi, Co-Founder & Chief Design Officer at Final Aim.

Final Aim has already filed three patent applications related to blockchain, smart contract and machine learning technologies applying IP management, valuation and scoring management, and digital manufacturing supply chain.

The evolution of web3 also impacts design & manufacturing

“Final Chain” private beta platform delivers the following features:
– An intuitive filing system that manages designs, contracts, IP evidence and manufacturing data comprehensively throughout the process. It is compatible with multiple file types, including 3D design data.
– Total hassle-free UX/UI design on submission and managing blockchain certification with our developed smart contract.
– Instantly share the blockchain certification and IPFS data across project collaborators, manufacturers, and other stakeholders, by original URL quick generation system.
– Flexible API blockchain connection & customizable blockchain records, through our original backend system.

The beta platform launch is by private invite only; users interested in beta user participation, please contact at: contact@final-aim.com




Final Aim future business development

With the progress of the Final Chain beta platform, the company will be strengthening its resources and formation, especially engineers. Furthermore, the company will expand partnerships to co-create and realize web3 in the design and manufacturing industry.

The main focuses are:
– Accelerate joint studies and PoCs utilizing decentralized and distributed networks and systems with creators, designers, enterprises, and manufacturers globally.
– Form further Final Chain platform partnerships with startups, new business development in MNCs, academic laboratories, design, and legal firms. Target regions are not only in Singapore and Indonesia but also in the US and Europe.

About Final Aim
Company Name: Final Aim, Inc.
Location: Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo, Japan
Founders: Masafumi Asakura, Chief Executive Officer / Yasuhide Yokoi, Chief Design Officer
Business Description: Zero-to-one support with design and technology
Website: https://final-aim.com
Contact: contact@final-aim.com

Singapore’s First Autonomous Delivery Robot in Use – The Making of Design with OTSAW

2021.03.24

Singapore, March 24th, 2021 – Final Aim is proud to announce that our design supporting startup OTSAW has officially launched Singapore’s first-ever autonomous last-mile delivery robot in use, “Camello.” In collaboration with large industrial businesses such as NTUC FairPrice and DHL, the robot will be in service in Singapore to provide on-demand parcel and grocery delivery. On 11th February 2021, grand launch event was held, in grace by Pasir Ris – Punggol GRC MP Yeo Wan Ling and Dr Janil Puthucheary, Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Communications and Information, Ministry of Health Government Whip, and vice-chairman of Pasir Ris-Punggol Town.

The robot design provided by Final Aim to OTSAW challenges inefficiency issues that Singapore faces in the last-mile of the logistic chain, which accounts for a large proportion of shipment cost and complexity of operations. With many design features such as compact dimensions that are perfectly optimized to the Singapore urban environment, easy-to-use cargo space, and user-friendly interface & sleek styling, the robot is expected to build an ecosystem that provides a new delivery chain to improve customer experience and help businesses gain better efficiency and profitability over time.

Images from OTSAW (Link)





Behind The Scenes: Design Development Story

As part of the business partnership, Final Aim has supported its design from the ground up, starting from project and product definition, concept making, design creation, development to the final manufacturing.

Upon a series of discussions of project and product definitions, the actual product design development kicked off parallelly. With high expectations from the Singaporean government, large industrial stakeholders, and citizens, the team of Final Aim and OTSAW tackled challenges to make Singapore’s first-ever autonomous delivery robot a social everyday reality.
To realize a harmonious presence and seamless user experience, all kinds of possibilities were visualized and discussed from basic dimensions, component layout, functional features, and impressive look and feel.

Rapid visualization and verification using hand-drawn sketches and 3D CG renderings

Intensive discussions between Final Aim and OTSAW team

Between Final Aim, OTSAW, and the manufacturing partner, the robot “Camello” was finalized and became a reality through quick and pragmatic development, utilizing various design and prototyping tools like online collaborative 3D CAD software to rapid 3D printing.

Grand launch event with the Government officials and key industry leaders

About OTSAW Digital PTE LTD
OTSAW Digital PTE LTD was founded to improve business processes, safety, and everyday lives.
With a global team that spreads from Singapore to Silicon Valley, the company builds robotics solutions for security, delivery, and mobility applications, implementing our self-driving and artificial intelligence technologies into OTSAW’s cutting edge machines.
URL: http://www.otsaw.com/

About Final Aim, Inc.
Company Name: Final Aim, Inc.
Location: Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo
Business Description: Zero-to-one support with design and technology
URL: https://final-aim.com
Founders: Masafumi Asakura, Chief Executive Officer / Yasuhide Yokoi, Chief Design Officer
Contact E-mail: contact@final-aim.com

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