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Kubotek3D Partners with CADENAS

MARLBOROUGH, MA, June 30, 2022 – Kubotek3D and CADENAS announced a partnership to provide KeyCreator mechanical and manufacturing design users access to an enormous selection of 3D and 2D component geometry from 3Dfindit.com, the technical search engine powered by CADENAS. From a function built into KeyCreator Pro, the data for millions of parts, from thousands of manufacturer catalogs, is available for download directly into an active KeyCreator session.

Free access to thousands of CAD catalogs speeds up design process

By incorporating accurate models of components from up-to-date catalogs directly into designs, KeyCreator users save hours and potential mistakes over drawing the components manually. The extensive 3Dfindit.com catalogs, preview and search capabilities save further time over hunting for data across various component manufacturer sites. “KeyCreator users will appreciate the flexibility afforded by the 3Dfindit.com integration,” says Ram Eswaran, CTO at Kubotek. “This integration will be a productivity boost for many KeyCreator users who will also appreciate the flexibility afforded by the simple implementation.”

Downloaded component data is opened into a new CKD file to allow users to insert it directly into designs and save into a library as needed with just a few clicks. Insertion could be as a simple copy of geometry onto a layer or as multiple linked part references to reduce assembly size. Either way, the user can quickly re-define the insertion origin point and orientation during the insertion/copy step using standard KeyCreator capabilities. The direct open of a CKD file also saves hassles with updating file paths or copying files from the browser’s download folder.

Visual search engine 3Dfindit.com helps to reduce time-to-market significantly

Engineers are often tied up with time-consuming non-constructive tasks. They spend approximately 27% of their time searching for product information. 3Dfindit.com, the search engine for digital component data, was developed to significantly reduce search times and to increase efficiency in engineering.

“With 3Dfindit.com inside KeyCreator, engineers gain intuitive search methods such as 3D Shape Search, Sketch Search, Color Search or Topology Search, making it easier to find the exact part they are looking for,” explains Jürgen Heimbach, CEO of CADENAS. The search functions are tailor-made to suit the needs of CAD users and therefore saves valuable time by enabling engineers to find and deploy approved parts instead of recreating them manually. “3Dfindit.com ensures that users of KeyCreator can concentrate on developing innovative products instead of manually entering and verifying metadata,” explains Heimbach.

About 3Dfindit.com

3Dfindit.com is a visual search engine developed by the expert for digital CAD catalogs CADENAS. Engineers, purchasers, and architects worldwide use the search engine to find and download millions of manufacturers verified 3D CAD and BIM models. The site experiences over 600 million CAD downloads each year.

About Kubotek3D

Kubotek3D is the leading independent developer of precision geometry software technology – the foundation of CAD/CAM. Kubotek3D is dedicated to enabling productive creation, efficient re-use, and precise communication of product definition data throughout the design and manufacturing world.

For more information, visit www.kubotek3d.com.

Kubotek3D Releases KeyCreator 2022 SP2

MARLBOROUGH, MA, June 30, 2022 – Kubotek3D, a leading supply chain software provider, today announced the 2022 service pack 2 release of the KeyCreator software products. This release provides updates to CAD file translators, several interface updates, and dozens of fixes.

Updated CAD Translators

Reading of CAD files in KeyCreator software has been updated to support the latest versions of several major CAD file formats:

  • Dassault Systèmes CATIA V5 R2022x (R32)
    • Pro: Adds 2D file support
    • Prime/Drafting: Adds 2D&3D file support
  • Siemens Digital Industries Software (SDIS) NX Series 1980
    • Pro: Adds 2D file support for builds 2007-2015
    • Prime/Drafting: Adds 2D&3D file support for builds 2007-2015
  • SDIS Parasolid 34.1 (Prime/Drafting only)

Minor Enhancements

The column widths in the Level Entity Count and Move Instance to Layout dialogs have been widened to improve readability of information displayed in them.

The default insertion position for standard washer bodies has been adjusted to be underneath the washer to better support locating these components on top of holes. Toggling the insertion position to the top of the washer, for location under the head of a fastener, is as simple as pressing the pre-set anchor toggle hotkey ` (to the left of 1).

About Kubotek3D

Kubotek3D is the leading independent developer of precision geometry software technology – the foundation of CAD/CAM. Kubotek3D is dedicated to enabling productive creation, efficient re-use, and precise communication of product definition data throughout the design and manufacturing world.

For more information, visit www.kubotek3d.com.

Zymergen Partners with 3D4Makers

EMERYVILLE, CA, June 30, 2022 – Zymergen Inc. announced an R&D supply agreement to provide Zymergen Z2 polyimide powder to 3D4Makers for use in high performance 3D printing applications. 3D4Makers will convert the powder to filament, offering its first-ever polyimide filament to customers for use across a wide range of applications including aerospace, automotive, and transportation.

Polyimide is a very high-strength polymer that is inherently flame retardant, has excellent insulating properties and excellent thermal stability. Zymergen Z2 polyimide is easy to 3D print and demonstrates low warp while having significant Z strength. The material has been tested by leading high-temperature 3D printing manufacturers miniFactory, Orion AM, Aon3D, and others.

Zymergen uses machine learning, genomics, and automation to look for biomolecules that perform better than petroleum-based chemicals. In this way, Zymergen aims to make bioinspired materials that are more efficient and designed to displace petroleum-based materials. Zymergen Z2 polymer has critical advantages for printing parts that require higher tensile strength and improved yield, showing significant improvement in tensile strength over incumbents.

“We are excited to partner with Zymergen to offer the high performance 3D printing materials to our customers,” said Jasper Willie, co-founder of 3D4Makers. “The ability to 3D print polyimide is a game-changer for the additive manufacturing industry. We believe this material has the potential to out-perform high-performance polymers like PEEK, PPSU and PEI in applications where high strength and high performance temperatures are required.”

“We at miniFactory really understand what our clients need from 3D printers and materials,” said Olli Pihlajamäki, COO at miniFactory. “Zymergen’s material has given us great results on the printer and testing. We’re really enthusiastic about the possibilities it gives to our customers.”

“At Zymergen, we partner with nature to design and produce molecules, microbes, and materials that can enable customers to create breakthrough products,” said Jay Flatley, Zymergen’s interim chief executive officer. “The market is hungry for a new generation of technology that will transform the way materials are manufactured. We are confident that Zymergen will be a significant contributor to that future.”

The terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

About Zymergen

Zymergen is a biotech company that designs and produces molecules, microbes and materials for diverse end markets. We partner with nature to make better products, a better way, for a better world.

For more information, visit www.zymergen.com.

About 3D4Makers

Netherlands-based 3D4Makers is a leader in high-performance 3D printing materials. The company is a material extrusion materials supplier to aviation, space, industrial and medical multinationals worldwide. In addition, racing teams, leading universities, national laboratories, and automotive companies all use 3D4Makers; high tolerance, high-performance filaments such as PEI, PEEK, PEKK, PPSU, PAHT, and more.

Read more at www.3d4makers.com.

Sauber Technologies Extends Partnership with Additive Industries

Sauber Technologies, Alfa Romeo F1 Team ORLEN Extend Technology Partnership with Additive Industries for Three Years

EINDHOVEN, Netherlands and HINWIL, Switzerland, June 29, 2022 – Sauber Technologies and Alfa Romeo F1 Team ORLEN have extended their technology partnership with Additive Industries for another three years. Sauber Technologies has been using Additive Industries’ MetalFAB platform for additive manufacturing since 2017, with a current count of four systems in-house. This summer, both parties celebrate the fifth anniversary of their long-term strategic metal additive manufacturing partnership. With the focus of both parties on productivity, part reproducibility and industrial series production, they are eager to keep pushing boundaries in metal AM to manufacture light weight crucial components for the automotive, industrial & tooling industries.

From the start of the collaboration, Additive Industries has enabled the professionals of Sauber Technologies to accelerate in the metal additive manufacturing domain. The investment in the MetalFAB systems – with its unique open parameters – allowed Sauber to reduce cycle times in the manufacturing of innovative parts for their own wind tunnel models, F1 race cars as well as third-party business.

Sauber Technologies is part of the Sauber Group and based in Hinwil, Switzerland. The company is fully focused on third-party business, providing a holistic service for complex engineering problems, from the idea stage to the finished products. The company can draw on the experience of its dedicated, highly skilled staff and from the know-how generated in fifty years of history in motorsport. Sauber is widely known for its racing activities, including sports car racing and Formula 1. Sauber is competing in the F1 competition with its Alfa Romeo F1 Team ORLEN with drivers Valtteri Bottas and Zhou Guanyu.

Christoph Hansen, COO of Sauber Technologies: “Over the course of our successful partnership, Additive Industries have become an essential ingredient in the offering of Sauber Technologies. Ever since we introduced the MetalFAB systems to our processes, our in-house capabilities have increased in a significant way: Additive Industries continues to provide us with the best way to manufacture the most advanced parts for our motorsport operations, as well as our growing cohort of customers, reducing lead times, costs and waste while pushing forward the boundaries of technology.”

Mark Massey, chief commercial officer (CCO) at Additive Industries: “We are very proud to be constantly recognized by Sauber Technologies for our class-leading automated industrial metal additive manufacturing solutions. We encourage each other to push our boundaries and to innovate. We are committed to continuing our long-term partnership grow and evolve in the coming years.”

About Additive Industries

Additive Industries is a 3D metal printer manufacturer for high-quality metal parts. It offers a system specifically aimed at high-end and demanding industrial markets. With class-leading build volume, robustness as well as productivity, Additive Industries redefines the business case for aerospace, automotive, energy and high-tech equipment. Headquartered in the Netherlands, Additive Industries has demo and service centers in the USA, UK and Singapore and is a global key player in large volume metal printing systems.

For more information, visit www.additiveindustries.com.

Purdue University Partners with MediaTek

WEST LAFAYETTE, IN, June 29, 2022 – Purdue University’s College of Engineering is partnering with MediaTek Inc., a leading global fabless chipmaker, to open the Midwest’s first semiconductor chip design center, to be housed on Purdue’s campus.

Motherboard circuit technology remixed media. Microelectronics are the focus of Purdue faculty working with universities and government entities to prepare a workforce in the U.S. that is ready to handle growing industry demands. (Photo by Rawpixel)

Mung Chiang, Purdue’s John A. Edwardson Dean of the College of Engineering and executive vice president for strategic initiatives, joined Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb; Bradley B. Chambers and Don Graves, Indiana’s secretary of commerce and deputy secretary of commerce; and MediaTek leaders in hailing the announcement. Chiang is Purdue’s president-elect.

The center marks another piece of Purdue’s commitment in addressing society’s increasing semiconductor demands and the needed talent pool. In May, the university announced the launch of its Semiconductor Degrees Program, a comprehensive set of innovative, interdisciplinary degrees and credentials in semiconductors and microelectronics. The university also in May announced a partnership with Ivy Tech Community College to provide a variety of collaborative educational opportunities for faculty and students in microelectronics and to explore ways to attract more talent to this area.

MediaTek and Purdue also will partner on new chip design engineering degree programs, research on artificial intelligence, and communications chip design. This collaboration is still in the works.

“Attracting a world-class chip design firm to Indiana has been a longtime goal for our team,” Purdue president Mitch Daniels said. “I applaud Secretary Chambers, the Indiana Economic Development Corporation and, of course, the whole team here at Purdue for doing the hard work necessary to get a global company to take a look at Indiana and all we have to offer. The MediaTek investment confirms Indiana’s emergence as a center of semiconductor technology and Purdue’s Discovery Park District as the state’s premier new economic engine.”

The idea for a new design center for MediaTek was born in 2021, when Gov. Holcomb traveled to Silicon Valley to pitch chip CEOs about Indiana’s commitment to the semiconductor industry. Combined with a follow-up invitation to visit Purdue from Daniels, the Purdue College of Engineering made its case for a first-of its-kind collaboration that included a new design center on campus.

“This means students at Purdue will have the opportunity to interact with world-class chip design talent right across the street,” Chiang said.

Chiang’s team worked with the IEDC to fully leverage Purdue’s role as one of the top engineering schools to attract this new semiconductor investment.

The Purdue partnership represents a new US growth model for MediaTek USA — outside the traditional centers of gravity for chip design.

“We believe strongly that being in Indiana means we’ll have access to some of the best engineering talent in the world,” said Kou-Hung Lawrence Loh, corporate senior vice president of MediaTek Inc. and president of MediaTek USA Inc. “Not just at Purdue, but West Lafayette is only four hours away from nearly a dozen of the top engineering schools in the country. In the post-pandemic world, top candidates tell us they want to be closer to home, near family, and they want to have a real house and great public schools. Indiana offers all that and more.”

Chambers said, “Today’s MediaTek’s fabless design center investment is a testament to Indiana’s advanced manufacturing expertise, our world-class university talent combined with our state’s best-in-class, business-friendly climate and focus on higher-wage industries of the future. Our team fully expects that MediaTek’s announcement is just the beginning of semiconductor investment in Indiana, and in the coming years the AMPD (Accelerating Microelectronics Production and Development) ask force will be instrumental in facilitating further investment momentum from this critically important industry to the state.”

MediaTek has been partnering with US universities on advanced research for more than a decade, but this latest project is unique in that a new center will be sited directly on campus and is an opportunity for students to both complete their engineering education and contribute directly to product design and solutions for a global team. The collaboration also will help bring more advanced semiconductor design talent to Indiana.

“As a global company, MediaTek has literally a world of options at its fingertips, and we couldn’t be more thrilled that they’ve chosen Indiana to grow and build the foundation and future of the semiconductor industry alongside the brightest minds in the world,” Holcomb said. “MediaTek chose a thriving, top-rated university with innovation expertise and a strong talent pipeline that will power these quality careers for decades to come.”

MediaTek officials shared the news with senior leaders, other international investors and policymakers during the 2022 SelectUSA Investment Summit in National Harbor, Maryland. The conference, now in its ninth year, is the largest annual forum for foreign direct investment in the US. It brings together business leaders from international markets and economic development representatives from all US states and territories. MediaTek is a member of a large delegation from Taiwan participating in this year’s conference.

About Purdue University

Purdue University is a top public research institution developing practical solutions to today’s toughest challenges. Ranked in each of the last four years as one of the 10 Most Innovative universities in the United States by U.S. News & World Report, Purdue delivers world-changing research and out-of-this-world discovery. Committed to hands-on and online, real-world learning, Purdue offers a transformative education to all. Committed to affordability and accessibility, Purdue has frozen tuition and most fees at 2012-13 levels, enabling more students than ever to graduate debt-free.

See how Purdue never stops in the persistent pursuit of the next giant leap at https://stories.purdue.edu.

About MediaTek Inc.

MediaTek Incorporated is a global fabless semiconductor company that enables nearly 2 billion connected devices a year. They are a market leader in developing innovative systems-on-chip for mobile device, home entertainment, connectivity and IoT products. Their dedication to innovation has positioned us as a driving market force in several key technology areas, including highly power-efficient mobile technologies, automotive solutions and a broad range of advanced multimedia products such as smartphones, tablets, digital televisions, 5G, voice assistant devices and wearables. MediaTek empowers and inspires people to expand their horizons and achieve their goals through smart technology, more easily and efficiently than ever before. They work with the brands you love to make great technology accessible to everyone, and it drives everything they do.

Visit www.mediatek.com for more information.

About Indiana Economic Development Corp.

The Indiana Economic Development Corp. (IEDC) is charged with growing the State economy, driving economic development, helping businesses launch, grow and locate in the state. Led by Secretary of Commerce Brad Chambers, @SecChambersIN, and governed by a 15-member board chaired by Governor Eric J. Holcomb, @GovHolcomb, the IEDC manages many initiatives, including performance-based tax credits, workforce training grants, innovation and entrepreneurship resources, public infrastructure assistance, and talent attraction and retention efforts.

For more information about the IEDC, visit iedc.in.gov.

TriMech Acquires Solid Solutions

RICHMOND, VA, June 28, 2022 – TriMech has acquired Solid Solutions Group, bringing together hundreds of technical specialists from across four countries, and expanding support for design engineers and manufacturers in North America, UK, and Ireland.

Marcel Matte, president and CEO of TriMech, said this move continues TriMech’s effort to broaden the technology and business solutions it can deliver to its clients, who work in industries as diverse as automotive to aerospace, and mining to medical devices.

“For more than two decades, each company’s clients have trusted the advice and support we offer across every stage of the product development process. As we grow, we improve our ability to develop sophisticated, custom solutions that address even more of their challenges. This is one critical way we match up well with Solid Solutions. We both value the partnerships we have with clients who are navigating digital and business transformations.”

Shaping the industry

The combined company, which has people working in nine time zones, is the most comprehensive provider of software and services for the SOLIDWORKS and Dassault Systèmes portfolio across their combined geographies. Both TriMech and Solid Solutions have a long history of delivering exceptional training, consulting, and support services, with a focus on expanding their capabilities to help take their clients’ businesses to the next level – in design, simulation and analysis, process and workflow, documentation, product data and lifecycle management, as well as offerings for the production floor.

Matte said both TriMech and Solid Solutions believe strongly in the value of serving as a one-stop technology solutions partner to clients of all sizes, including multinational corporations operating in North America, the UK, and other parts of Europe.

“Our leadership teams have embraced a unique vision that maintains a strong focus on enhancing our core products and services while continually increasing our ability to deliver more for those who need it. Custom, process-specific solutions – both within the engineering department and beyond – are becoming increasingly important.”

Growing together with clients

Solid Solutions is led by CEO Alan Sampson, who will become president of TriMech’s UK and European business. The Solid Solutions management team will remain in place, and the combined company will continue to execute a strategy to expand its portfolio of solutions and services, both organically and through acquisitions.

“We continue to evolve and grow in ways that benefit our clients,” Sampson explained. “No matter how large, diverse, or complex they become, we want to have the offerings and experts to deliver the results they need for the next chapter in their development. That is why joining TriMech is also exciting for our team, who recognize all the opportunities they’ll have to serve our clients in new ways.”

Solid Solutions’ UK and European clients will eventually gain access to TriMech’s services, including the ability to outsource engineering and advanced manufacturing projects to TriMech, and to use its dedicated and uniquely qualified recruitment team to quickly fill technical positions on their design and engineering teams where SOLIDWORKS and Dassault Systèmes product expertise are critical.

TriMech is a portfolio company of Sentinel Capital Partners, a U.S. private equity firm that invests in promising lower midmarket companies with EBITDA of up to $80 million. Solid Solutions joins TriMech following a two-year successful partnership with LDC, a leading UK mid-market private equity firm, during which the business grew organically and through acquisitions to increase its revenues by more than 35%.

To support continued growth of the combined company, both TriMech and Solid Solutions are actively recruiting for a range of positions in the US and UK/Ireland.

For more information, visit https://trimech.com/expansion-into-uk-with-solid-solutions-acquisition. Find TriMech online at TriMech.com, Solid Solutions at SolidSolutions.co.uk and Sentinel Capital Partners at SentinelPartners.com.

About TriMech

Founded in 1998 and headquartered in Richmond, VA, TriMech is a leading technology and business solutions partner for designers, engineers, and manufacturers. It works with top software and hardware partners, including Dassault Systèmes, CNC Software, Stratasys, and Artec, and its experts provide computer-aided design and engineering software, additive and subtractive manufacturing solutions, and associated training, consulting, implementation, and staff augmentation services for clients across a variety of industries. Its tools support 3D modeling, simulation, virtual replication, and collaboration, as well as data management, configure-price-quote automation, product lifecycle management, and enterprise resource planning. With its acquisition of Solid Solutions, TriMech has grown to have more than 50 locations across four countries – the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and Ireland – serving more than 30,000 clients with over 650 employees, including approximately 270 application engineers.

For more information, please visit TriMech.com.

About Solid Solutions

Founded in 1998, Solid Solutions is the leading SOLIDWORKS provider in the United Kingdom and Ireland. It operates 23 offices, with headquarters in Leamington Spa in central England. With a core mission to support client excellence throughout the design, engineering, and manufacturing industries, its team offers software solutions and related training and consulting and has one of the world’s most highly certified SOLIDWORKS support teams.

For more information, please visit SolidSolutions.co.uk.

ZWSOFT Announces 26 Winners of Partner Awards 2021

GUANGZHOU, China, June 27, 2022 – ZWSOFT announces 26 winners of Partner Awards 2021 with gratitude and appreciation for their hard work and contribution in the last year.

Partner of the Year

This award is presented to partners with an overall outstanding achievement over the last year. The winners are:

Most Improved Partner

This award goes to partners with an impressive year-on-year growth rate over the last year. The winners are:

Outstanding Contribution Award

This award is to express gratitude to partners who have made notable and valuable contributions over the last year. The winners are:

Most Promising Partner

This award is given to partners who have considerable potential for developing ZWSOFT business in the last year. The winners are:

Service Delivery Excellence

This award is to thank partners for their ongoing commitment and dedicated service during the last year. The winners are:

Long-Term Partnership Award

This award is for partners who’ve collaborated with ZWSOFT closely for over a decade. The winners are:

ZWSOFT is thankful to all partners around the globe, awarded or not, for their continued hard work and contribution during the last year. It’s their efforts that make ZWSOFT’s all-in-one solutions accessible to users from every corner of the world.

About ZWSOFT

ZWSOFT CO., LTD. (Guangzhou) is a reliable and innovative engineering software provider with its flagship products ZWCAD and ZW3D. Committed to providing complete and seamless user experience to worldwide users with its all-in-one CAx solutions, ZWSOFT has continuously satisfied diverse needs of various industries such as AEC and MFG. With over 20 years’ experience in the industry, its products and service have been proven by over 900,000 clients across 90 countries.

Tamturbo Selects Aras Platform for Product Data

ANDOVER, MA, June 22, 2022 – Aras, which provides the most powerful low-code platform with applications to design, build, and operate complex products, announced that Tamturbo, a leading developer of oil-free air compressors, has selected the Aras platform to manage its product data and enable interdisciplinary collaboration across the lifecycle. This will support Tamturbo’s mission to provide an environmentally friendly alternative to traditional compressed air generation.

Product related data is the most valuable asset for a company in any industry. Spreadsheets and other legacy data management tools cannot keep up to provide current, consistent product-related data. As a result, more companies are turning to PLM solutions that can ensure that accurate, up-to-date information can be viewed by any user during design reviews, engineering changes, defect analysis, and other processes.

Tamturbo quickly realized the importance of systematic data management when going through a period of rapid growth, which resulted in more complex products with even more data to manage. Excel-based management made finding the most up to date data increasingly difficult when several users made copies, changed data, or saved new versions of documents.

Tamturbo produces compressors for several industries and must be ready to supply customers with detailed information. It also provides 24/7 remote monitoring and extensive servicing for devices, so it was critical all departments within Tamturbo – from sales and service to designers and developers – have easy access to all product data. As the company grows, so do requirements. Tamturbo needed a flexible solution that included upgrades and allowed for customizations, and one that could adapt to its processes today and in the future. With Aras, Tamturbo has a clear, traceable view of the entire lifecycle of its compressors and can quickly fulfill customer needs without relying on costly outside resources.

“Aras Innovator is the central place for all product related data, which makes our work much easier and less complex,” said Igot Nagaev, CEO of Tamturbo. “We trust our data and the time to find it has been reduced significantly, allowing users to get what they need, when they need it and then move on to get their work done faster.”

Today, nearly all Tamturbo employees use Aras Innovator. Technical support utilizes it for testing, production employees check data and drawings, and sales and service can view compressors in much more detail because 3D views can be displayed so quickly. If a customer request changes or need product information, reliable data can be viewed and revised in short time.

For more information about Tamturbo’s PLM project, read this case study.

About Tamturbo

Tamturbo was founded in 2010 around the founding idea that the world needs a more environmentally friendly alternative to producing compressed air. The Finnish company developed a range of oil-free air compressors that far surpasses the legacy industrial air compressor technologies both in performance and in significantly lower life cycle cost. The Touch-Free technology enables reliable and fully Oil-Free air compressor design and eliminates risks of compressed air contamination. In the end, Tamturbo provides exactly what is needed – Just Air.

About Aras

Aras provides the most powerful low-code platform with applications to design, build, and operate complex products. Its technology enables the rapid delivery of flexible, upgradeable solutions that build business resilience. Aras’ platform and product lifecycle management applications connect users in all disciplines and functions to critical product data and processes across the lifecycle and throughout the extended supply chain. Airbus, Audi, DENSO, Honda, Kawasaki, Microsoft, Mitsubishi, and Nissan are using the platform to manage complex change and traceability.

Visit www.aras.com to learn more.

Maisons du Monde Selects Centric PLM

CAMPBELL, CA, June 22, 2022 – Maisons du Monde (MDM) has selected Centric Software’s product lifecycle management (PLM) solution to reduce time-to-market and the complexity of managing their various multi-category product lines. Centric Software provides the most innovative enterprise solutions to plan, design, develop, source and sell products such as apparel, footwear, sporting goods, furniture, home décor, cosmetics, food & beverage and luxury to achieve strategic and operational digital transformation goals.

Maisons du Monde offers a wide range of stylish home décor and furniture items to suit every taste. With more than 18,000 furniture and home décor items and over 90,000 additional products, MDM offers two distinct collections each year: Spring/Summer and Fall/Winter. With presence in more than 11 countries through its 357 retail stores, the company had a turnover of 1.3 billion euros in 2021. Due to the increasing supply chain complexity and to meet the growing consumer expectations, particularly in terms of eco-responsibility, MDM decided to focus on strengthening collaboration between its different teams and suppliers.

“Developing a collection is always a balance between art and science and requires the mastery of a growing number of factors. To stay ahead of the game, we wanted to become even more efficient and agile,” explains Elodie Hertout, MDM’s director of collections. “That’s why we looked for a collaborative tool that promotes the exchange of ideas and information, both internally and with external partners. We want to increase productivity and responsiveness.”

With a strong focus on technology and real-time data exchange, MDM places data quality at the heart of its strategy. Centric Software’s agility and approach to innovation convinced MDM of the power of Centric PLM which will link their entire technology ecosystem from product development to sales as well as e-com to logistics and beyond. All product and brand teams will use Centric PLM including design, collection planning, product development, purchasing, supply chain, quality control and merchandising.

With Centric PLM, MDM aims to provide its teams a cross-functional and centralized tool, offering better collaboration and harmonization of internal and external processes with over 1,000 suppliers.

In addition to increased efficiency and productivity, “Centric PLM will allow us to better control the CSR footprint of our products,” said Guillaume Apostoly, CIO at MDM. “Today, we need to control our product data and scrupulously track and verify our claims, particularly in terms of CSR,” adds Hélène Guiet, quality director at Maisons du Monde. “More accurate and reliable product data will contribute to better risk control and agility, with the ultimate goal of creating quality products geared toward innovation and end-customer satisfaction, in a ‘design to value’ approach that is at the core of MDM’s mission.”

The initial feedback has been excellent, “Both on the supply side and on the IT/Data side, our teams are unanimously satisfied with the choice of Centric PLM,” says Guillaume Apostoly. “The tool meets a real need and Centric PLM’s obvious ease of integration contrasts with other personal, not team, productivity tools that are largely disconnected. We are moving in the right direction technology-wise.”

“The adoption of Centric PLM is an excellent opportunity to optimize all our processes,” concludes Elodie Hertout.

“In the decoration and furnishings sector, Maisons du Monde is the benchmark player. We are proud to support its international multi-sector strategy,” comments Chris Groves, president and CEO of Centric Software. “With Centric PLM, Maisons du Monde will continue to offer its customers a wide range of original, high-quality home furnishings and decoration products, with short lead times while meeting its commitment to environmental responsibility.”

Learn more about Centric PLM.

About Maisons du Monde

Maisons du Monde, a brand with unique positioning and beloved throughout Europe, is the European leader in accessible and inspiring homes. The brand offers a rich and constantly updated range of furniture and decorative accessories in a wide variety of styles. Creativity, inspiration and commitment are the pillars of the brand.

Based on a high-performance omnichannel model and direct access to consumers, the group generates more than 50% of its turnover digitally, through its online platform and digital in-store sales, with 357 retail stores operating in nine European countries. At the end of 2020, the group launched a specialty marketplace to complete its offer and become the unmissable destination for home decoration.

In November 2021, Maisons du Monde unveiled its renewed mission: “To inspire everyone to open up to the world, and to create unique, warm & sustainable places to live, together.

For more information, visit www.maisonsdumonde.com.

About Centric Software

From its headquarters in Silicon Valley, Centric Software provides a product concept to consumer digital transformation platform for fashion, retail, footwear, luxury, outdoor, consumer electronics and consumer goods including cosmetics and personal care and food and beverage. Centric’s flagship product lifecycle management (PLM) platform, Centric PLM, delivers enterprise-class merchandise planning, product development, sourcing, quality and product portfolio optimization innovations specifically for fast-moving consumer industries. Centric Visual Innovation Platform (CVIP) offers highly visual digital board experiences for collaboration and decision-making. Centric Retail Planning is an innovative, cloud-native solution power by Armonica Retail S.R.L., that delivers an end-to-end retail planning process designed to maximize retail business performance. Centric Software pioneered mobility, introducing the first mobile apps for PLM, and is widely known for connectivity to dozens of other enterprise systems including ERP, DAM, PIM, e-com, planning and more as well as creative tools such as Adobe Illustrator and a host of 3D CAD connectors. Centric’s innovations are 100% market-driven with the highest user adoption rate and fastest time to value in the industry. All Centric innovations shorten time to market, boost product innovation and reduce costs.

Centric Software is majority-owned by Dassault Systèmes, the world leader in 3D design software, 3D digital mock-up and PLM solutions. Centric Software has received multiple industry awards and recognition, including being named by Red Herring to its Top 100 Global list in 2013, 2015 and 2016. Centric also received various excellence awards from Frost & Sullivan in 2012, 2016, 2018 and 2021.

For more information, visit www.centricsoftware.com.

BIMsmith Partners with Sustainable Minds

CHICAGO, IL, June 13, 2022 – BIMsmith, the leading building product research platform for building professionals, and Sustainable Minds, the cloud provider of environmental and material ingredient product transparency data, have announced a partnership to enhance AEC professionals’ access to building product transparency data.

Included in the partnership is the development of a new integration between the BIMsmith and Sustainable Minds Transparency Catalog platforms. Through the integration, BIMsmith product listings will display a live sync of transparency data from the Transparency Catalog, while Transparency Catalog product listings will provide new access to product BIM content through BIMsmith. The connection between the two platforms will equip architects and other building professionals to reliably access the most up-to-date product data throughout each phase of their workflow.

“BIMsmith was founded as a holistic product research platform for building professionals,” said Benjamin Glunz, CEO of BIMsmith. “We recognize that sustainability data is a top priority for architects and designers, so we are excited to provide easy, dependable access to that data through our partners at Sustainable Minds.”

“Making sustainable product decisions comes down to making it easier to understand how to use the data to inform those decisions,” said Terry Swack, CEO of Sustainable Minds. “Connecting the product data found in the Transparency Catalog to the product data found on BIMsmith will equip designers to make better decisions about specifying credibly greener and healthier products.”

BIMsmith and Sustainable Minds will be discussing the new partnership and its benefits for designers at two upcoming events in Chicago: NeoCon (June 13-15, 2022) and the A’22 Conference on Architecture (June 23-24, 2022). Find BIMsmith at either event or visit www.bimsmith.com to learn more or add your products to BIMsmith. Learn more about Sustainable Minds and the Transparency Catalog at www.sustainableminds.com and www.transparencycatalog.com.

About BIMsmith

BIMsmith, the leading cloud-based building product discovery and selection platform, cultivates global business-to-business relationships between building industry professionals and building product manufacturers. Through direct integration of real product data into the BIM workflow, BIMsmith continues to shape the future of building science technology, placing its clients at the forefront of BIM innovation while addressing the true needs of industry professionals.

Learn more about BIMsmith at www.bimsmith.com.

About Sustainable Minds

Sustainable Minds is a B2B cloud provider of environmental product transparency applications, data, and services to help product manufacturers across the value chain design and market greener products. The company is the first cloud software provider and program operator to focus on simplified and understandable environmental reporting. Its easy-to-use standardized solutions make it possible for manufacturers large and small to drive revenue and growth through greener & healthier product innovation.

For more information, visit www.sustainableminds.com.

About the Transparency Catalog

The Transparency Catalog makes it super easy to select, specify & procure greener and healthier products for high performance buildings—and reward building product manufacturers for making them. Now with 1,800+ brands, across 27 CSI MasterFormat divisions & 1,250 sections, the Transparency Catalog is continually updated to include every building product manufacturer in North America, creating material ingredient disclosures in every technical program and environmental product declarations (EPDs) from every program operator. The Transparency Catalog is revolutionizing high performance building product selection by radically simplifying the delivery of transparency information.

For more information, visit www.transparencycatalog.com.