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This Portuguese based company developed a reliable and versatile tri-dimensional configurator for long-term industrial needs. The SME offers a 3D solution to partners that are seeking technologies that connect them to enterprise intelligence and optimise their manufacturing processes, by saving time, and improving manufacturing productivity. The company is aiming to form partnerships with furniture manufacturers, carpenters, designers, architects and retailers under a license agreement.
Manufacturing has no room for error or inefficiencies if it is to achieve optimum productivity and quality standards. The demands on manufacturers to achieve total quality management goals and optimise efficiency through a just in time manufacturing process means that having the right 3D technology solution is essential.
The outcome of the extensive collaboration of this Portuguese SME with Microsoft and MIT Portugal is a solution that runs from design to delivery, connecting retailers, end customers and factories to smart software, providing business with visibility, efficiency, speed and control over the entire process, helping customers get a good idea of how the final product will look thanks to the high fidelity of mockups and helping manufacturers find and fix inconsistencies earlier in the process before they become too costly.
This software enables manufacturers to import, design, configure and/or customize their products to fit the requirements of a particular customer, while instantly generating a budget and a realistic photo image so the customer can make a quicker decision. Once the budget is converted into an order, the software automatically generates everything the manufacturer needs to produce that custom order cost-effectively: material requirements list, operating range orders, technical drawings, plate / sheet cutting optimization and profiles, programming of CNC machines and 3D printers, as well as the labeling and optimization of the packaging, always controlling in real time the factory floor. The requirements list and budget are further integrated with the existing ERP for stock control and permanent inventory and for billing.
Being a cloud-based software, this solution can be used not only in the factory, but also in the commercial network (shops, agents, distributors) and can also become an augmented reality e-commerce platform for the end consumer.
The solution delivers the following built-in features:
- Easy-to-use, the 3D user interface allows users to customize orders in a few minutes
- The whole process is intelligent, integrated and automated
- Zoom magnify function allows users to magnify product images and see every detail
- Filters and search tolls allow users to easily find what they're looking for
- Responsive web design to make sure users have an optimal viewing experience across different browsers and mobile devices
- The possibility to get an instant price quote
- Social share feature on product pages allow users to share their product globally
- Custom designed solution, to match each company’s brand
- Built-in news, galleries, events among other promotional contents
This highly qualified development team has been building its reputation on delivering consistent and cost effective manufacturing management solutions, which have already been successfully established in the manufacturing sector (an increase in sales by more than 20% and in margins by around 1/3 due to 20% savings in material consumption, 88% reduction in task execution time and 99% of error elimination).
The Portuguese company is seeking partners from the furniture sector – from manufacturing to design, architecture and retail – to enter into licensing agreements to integrate, replace or upgrade their 3D graphics engine into their business software.
Benefits of this 3D software include:
• Better turnaround time for delivering answers to the market
• Improved task execution times
• Nearly error-free production and communication
• Increasing sales and profit margins
Furniture manufacturing companies, retailers of customized products, carpenters and interior design and architecture firms would be potential partners under a license agreement, using the cloud-based software in their daily workflow and providing feedback for continual upgrade.