3D sourcing gives Midlands manufacturers global advantage

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Thanks to the ERDF funded CASIM2 project, manufacturers in the Midlands will have the opportunity to trial 3D digital catalogues, which instantly and automatically match buyers with component suppliers. Simply by uploading a 3D model of an industrial part online, buyers can search globally for the exact and near exact components they need, based on the part's geometry.

"3D Sourcing is rapidly changing the way manufacturers do business overseas," explains Ken Young, Technology Director at Coventry's Manufacturing Technology Centre, "it is imperative that component manufacturers make sure their products are '3D Searchable' in order to access the global marketplace. In the Midlands we have a large number of small and medium-sized enterprises which could be eligible for funding to create a 3D catalogue, making this an affordable and lucrative opportunity. The CASIM2 project is hosting a Future Manufacturing Forum Seminar on this topic to share the benefits with local manufacturing businesses."

The Future Manufacturing Forum Seminar on 19 March 2014 at the Manufacturing Technology Centre in Coventry is free to attend and will demonstrate how companies would be able to benefit from creating 3D digital catalogues and becoming '3D Searchable' on the web. Jürgen Heimbach, CEO of Cadenas GmbH, Europe's leading industrial 3D cataloging firm will be speaking. Seena Rejal, CEO of 3D Industries Ltd the UK-based leader in 3D component search engines will also present. They will explain how cutting edge 3D visualisation and modeling tools are revolutionising the way the global manufacturing supply chain works, making the buying and selling of components more rapid, efficient and profitable.

Delegates at the event will learn how to create a 3D catalogue and discover how they can help generate sales leads and reduce operating costs. They will also learn how to access CASIM2 support and additional funding for cataloging together with the opportunity to tour the Manufacturing Technology Centre's cutting edge workshop.

Companies wishing to register for the free event should register on line at HERE or email their name, company name and telephone number to Sam Clarke at casim2@the-mtc.org

About CASiM2

CASiM2 offers manufacturing SMEs in the West Midlands the opportunity to test and trial new products and ideas using virtual simulation technology. Through CASiM2 companies can access world-class facilities and expertise without a large capital investment, giving businesses an exciting opportunity to try out and explore innovative technology in a cost-effective, reliable and safe environment. CASiM2 is a collaborative project with three partners; the University of Birmingham, the MTC and Rolls-Royce. It is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund. The aim of the project is to share knowledge and expertise in manufacturing simulation and modelling to support and benefit businesses in the West Midlands.

About FMF: The Future Manufacturing Forum c.i.c. (FMF) is a non-profit forum that draws together stakeholders from across the 'digital fabrication' spectrum in the UK - from 3D web startups through to high value blue-chip manufacturers - to capitalize on the emerging opportunities at the convergence of the digital and physical.

About 3DI: 3D Industries Ltd (3DI) is a London-based technology company that is disrupting the conventional part-sourcing process in the global manufacturing supply chain with its 3Dpartsource.com platform. Buyers and suppliers of manufactured components are connected based on a match of the geometries of the requested component with supplier catalogues.

About CADENAS: CADENAS GmbH is one of the world's leading providers of digital 3D catalogues to the global manufacturing sector. The company boasts a database of millions of components from hundreds of leading manufacturers from around the world.

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