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TriMech and Javelin Technologies Business Solutions Partner for the Advanced Design, Engineering, and Manufacturing

TriMech and Javelin | May 06, 2021

TriMech and Javelin Technologies are now one team, expanding 3D design and 3D printing support for designers, engineers, and manufacturers across Canada and the central and eastern United States. Going forward, Javelin will operate as TriMech's Canadian business, referred to as Javelin Technologies, a TriMech Company.

Combining the two companies brings together their shared expertise across every stage of product development, including mechanical and electrical design, simulation and testing, data management, technical communication, and production. The integrated business will continue to provide the full suite of SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD software and 3DEXPERIENCE Works, as well as configure-price-quote automation, process and workflow assessment, in-person and online training, and engineering and implementation services.

The blended expertise of TriMech and Javelin will offer clients additive manufacturing technologies and services that are unmatched in North America. Together they will continue to sell and support Stratasys 3D printers, metal 3D printers, post-processing equipment, and 3D laser scanners and help clients meet stringent requirements for prototypes, tooling, end-use parts, and low-volume manufacturing. In their collective advanced manufacturing and rapid prototyping labs, more than 70 3D printers are available for clients who need quick turnaround on quality printed parts and tools.

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New Study from Dodge Construction Network Reveals Digital Transformation Led By Construction Owners

Dodge Construction Network | February 18, 2022

Dodge Construction Network, in partnership with Trimble, released a Dodge SmartMarket Brief based on a comprehensive study of owners, architects, engineers and contractors. The study and resulting report evaluate the use and benefits of digital workflows in the construction industry. This report is the first in a series based on the study findings and entitled Connected Construction: The Owners' Perspective.Owners are highly influential in the design and construction industry and are often essential to driving change. This report reveals the degree to which owners have already embraced digital workflows for multiple design and construction processes and suggests that owners’ influence will drive greater use of these tools across the industry. An owner's design and construction process requires data to be shared across the project lifecycle with internal stakeholders, numerous external project teams, and supply chain participants. Traditionally, this multi-party data sharing has been inefficient, with individual parties either using their own software systems or relying on manual rekeying of data into spreadsheets and other document-based formats. This makes it difficult for stakeholders to access reliable information about the status of a given project and even more difficult to improve project performance across portfolios through analysis of accurate and complete historical data. Digital workflows enable far better communication and performance tracking. “The study shows that owners are already strong adopters of digital methods within their own organizations, In turn, they recognize the need for increased transparency and faster information delivery by their construction partners, such as contractors, engineers and architects. With the expectation of increased activity driven by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, digital workflows and connected teams will be crucial in meeting ambitious project goals.” -Greg Blackman, vice president of Trimble’s Program and Project Management Division. This report is based on owners' responses about the degree to which they and the companies they work with are using technology for specific tasks and workflows that allows them to improve multi-party data exchange. Key findings include: Owners are more deeply engaged with digital workflows than other project team members — Over half (54%) of owners have either integrated software solutions or are using a single, connected construction management solution. Designers and contractors significantly lag in this area, meaning owners are more likely to be able to conduct digital workflows effectively. Owners realize the need to improve the flow of communication and data between themselves and other project team members — 59% of owners report frequent breakdowns in communication between themselves and other project team members. Less than half (45%) report that they are satisfied with their connectivity with those external companies. Owners' experience of benefits from digital workflows will help drive further engagement — 66% of owners using digital workflows report that they frequently result in better-informed decision-making on their projects. Fortunately, this is also the top potential benefit that small to midsize owners report would be likely to drive them to increase their use of digital workflows. Ability to conduct root-cause analysis improves owners' decision-making — The findings reveal why owners using digital workflows are able to make better informed decisions: they are far more likely to be able to trace the root causes of delays and errors on their projects back to specific activities than those that do not use digital workflows. Over two-thirds of owners contractually require contractors to use some digital documentation and practices — This finding demonstrates the value that owners place on having digital data on their projects. Owners can draw from their greater experience with digitizing their internal workflows to help them digitize their external ones — 60% of owners report that they have digital workflows for at least half of their project data between departments within their organization. However, only 28% report a similar level of digital data exchange with external companies. This experience with internal digital workflows has already helped drive their appreciation of value of them and can provide valuable experience for helping them transform traditional processes into digital workflows in the future. "Owners have the greatest influence on the project team, If they decide that digital workflows will improve their projects, the rest of the industry will embrace them as well. This study clearly reveals that owners are already deeply into their own digital transformation, and therefore, we expect to see wider use soon of these valuable tools." -Steve Jones, Senior Director of Industry Insights at Dodge Construction Network The SmartMarket Brief that contains the full findings of the owners' responses to the study can be downloaded for free at construction.com. Dodge Construction Network and Trimble expect to publish more reports developed from the findings of the study. These will also be made available on this site. About Dodge Construction Network Dodge Construction Network leverages an unmatched offering of data, analytics, and industry-spanning relationships to generate the most powerful source of information, knowledge, insights, and connections in the commercial construction industry. The company powers four longstanding and trusted industry solutions—Dodge Data & Analytics, The Blue Book Network, Sweets, and IMS—to connect the dots across the entire commercial construction ecosystem. Together, these solutions provide clear and actionable opportunities for both small teams and enterprise firms. Purpose-built to streamline the complicated, Dodge Construction Network ensures that construction professionals have the information they need to build successful businesses and thriving communities. With over a century of industry experience, Dodge Construction Network is the catalyst for modern commercial construction. To learn more, visit construction.com. About Trimble: Trimble is an industrial technology company transforming the way the world works by delivering solutions that enable our customers to thrive. Core technologies in positioning, modeling, connectivity and data analytics connect the digital and physical worlds to improve productivity, quality, safety, transparency, and sustainability. From purpose-built products to enterprise lifecycle solutions, Trimble is transforming industries such as agriculture, construction, geospatial, and transportation. For more information about Trimble (NASDAQ:TRMB), visit: www.trimble.com.

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MetaEstate Announced to Continue to Purchase More Sandbox Estates to Promote the Implementation of the "Digital Utopia" Plan

MetaEstate | December 29, 2021

MetaEstate, a world-famous metaverse construction service provider, announced that since the beginning of 2021, it has successively purchased more than 200 estates from the open metaverse platform The Sandbox, including 6x6, 3x3 and other large estates, and will continue to purchase more estates. Calculated by the average price, these estates are currently worth nearly US$3 million. In November, the Sandbox raised US$93 million in a Series B funding round led by Softbank Vision Fund 2. On November 23, The Sandbox announced on its official Twitter account that Adidas Originals acquired a plot of virtual land in The Sandbox metaverse. Recently, the land price and transaction volume of The Sandbox have also increased significantly. In the last two months, the total transaction volume of The Sandbox estate has increased by about 7 times, and the total number of transactions has increased by about 4 times. The average price of the land has increased from about US$3465 in early November to about US$13918. MetaEstate is a world-famous metaverse construction service provider, focusing on providing metaverse construction services and enriching metaverse content construction. It provides professional services in various metaverses, such as reasonable land planning, building excellent buildings, introducing well-known IPs, developing and usage scenarios, and carrying out market activities. According to Jackey, co-founder of MetaEstate, said that while having already possessed 200 estates, MetaEstate will continue to purchase more estates. Some estates purchased by MetaEstate will be put into use in the "Digital Utopia" plan to build "Digital Utopia" series towns. The "Digital Utopia" plan is an experimental plan proposed by MetaEstate. In the "Digital Utopia" project, MetaEstate will build a series of fully functional towns to make them close to reality. In these towns, residents can possess their own land and buildings and manage them in a decentralized manner. MetaEstate also said that it would gradually announce the planning and construction plan for The Sandbox estates it holds in the near future.

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Paperless Parts Adds Top Talent Across Engineering; Triples Team, and Still Growing

Paperless Parts | February 07, 2022

Paperless Parts, the leading estimating and quoting software for job shops and contract manufacturers, announces further growth to its Engineering Team with the hire of Darcy Parker, their new Director of Computational Geometry, and Michael Pfrommer, Director of Engineering. With these hires, Paperless Parts is putting significant brainpower behind its technology with the mission to solve some of the manufacturing industry’s greatest challenges.Under the VP of Engineering, Kevin Chen, and the team’s Director of Solutions Engineering, Kate Zinsky, hired in March and May 2021 respectively, the Engineering team tripled in size with more than 35% of their growth in Q4 alone, and there are no signs of slowing down hiring. 2022 is poised to have significant growth across all functions and there’s no shortage of opportunities within the company. Darcy Parker and Michael Pfrommer bring a combined 50+ years of engineering experience to Paperless Parts, both with long stints at PTC, and are set to scale their teams with additional top talent. They’ve both worked to solve critical challenges in the product design process with CAD and PLM and will now focus on growing the value that the Paperless Parts Platform provides on the other end of the value chain where that technology interacts with manufacturers. Parker’s accomplishments include helping to build the turbine for the Fantom Vacuum Cleaner, which later became the Dyson Vacuum Cleaner. Parker’s experience has led him to become an expert at Creo Parametric (formerly Pro/ENGINEER). He has worked with many customers to help them with their modeling problems and manufacturing challenges. Parker will use his experience to take the automation to the next level through even more powerful CAD file analysis to drive enhanced manufacturability warnings and use of Product Manufacturing Information in the Paperless Parts pricing engine. In the less than 30 days Michael Pfrommer has been Director of Engineering at Paperless Parts, he’s already added two SDET Engineers to his team, and is searching for additional experienced software engineers to join him. He will leverage his extensive experience to find innovative solutions and new approaches in support of Paperless Parts’ mission, while providing mentorship and valuable leadership across the organization. Reflecting on his past experience, Pfrommer says, “There is a lot of synergy and overlap in terms of the technology as well as processes between design and manufacturing. Bringing digital transformation to contract manufacturing can add significant value.” He adds that he’s energized by the mission of Paperless Parts to reinvigorate US manufacturing and help these companies make a difference. One solution that the Computational Geometry team at Paperless Parts is focused on in 2022 is making CAD data more accessible to the manufacturer. The current process of trying to get model-based definition information from the design phase into the manufacturing phase is challenging. There is rich information in the CAD model that would enable manufacturers to estimate more accurately and resolve design for manufacturability issues. Downstream suppliers have a stake in this too and want to see these problems solved. I am excited about the way Paperless Parts is approaching the challenge of going from design to manufacturing with the free Paperless Viewer,” says Parker. “Having a platform where all parties - contract manufacturers and downstream suppliers - can communicate and work on these problems in the context of the 3D model will help people get over this hurdle. Paperless Parts closed their Series B round of $30 million in September of 2021 and has leveraged the funds to rapidly scale the entire company. "We saw tremendous growth of the engineering team last year, ultimately tripling in size. This is extraordinary given the tough hiring conditions we've recently seen, We are also fortunate to have brought on some seasoned engineering leaders to help grow and enable this amazing team. Solving big challenges in the industry takes multiple experts coming together, and we are building this expertise." -Kevin Chen, VP of Engineering at Paperless Parts In 2022, Paperless Parts will focus on creating and expanding on individualized career paths and professional development opportunities, a valuable performance and feedback program, and consistent fun team-building events. Headquartered in the West End of Boston, MA, Paperless Parts offers an energetic and welcoming office, inclusive of Chief of Tail Wags, shepherd-mix, Bella. If you’re interested in joining their rocket ship, check out their careers page at paperlessparts.com/careers About Paperless Parts Paperless Parts is on a mission to help job shops, contract manufacturers, and finishing companies improve business and grow by providing them with the most advanced, secure, cloud-based sales and quoting platform available. The software streamlines manufacturers’ existing workflows by combining modern business process automation tools with a configurable geometric pricing engine that drives speed and consistency in the quoting process. The platform integrates with CRM and ERP systems to supercharge front office operations and sales teams and enables more efficient responses to RFQs for a variety of manufacturing processes. Manufacturers across the U.S. have analyzed over 1 million job files using the platform and are winning over $1 billion worth of orders a year.

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Theorem, LLC Announces Rebrand to TheoremOne with the Acquisition of Formula Partners, Launch of Lemma

Theorem | January 25, 2022

Theorem, LLC, innovation and engineering partner to the Global 1000, announced that it has rebranded to TheoremOne® following an acquisition of Formula Partners, and launch of its near-shore, pureplay software engineering service, Lemma. The new name positions TheoremOne as the foundation of a family of brands designed to help enterprises build better, more innovative business platforms at scale.“Our new name positions TheoremOne as the foundation of a family of brands, all inspired by our hypothesis driven model for innovation. Each brand is designed to address the specific needs of our clients at different moments in the lifecycle of enterprise innovation,” said Brady Brim-DeForest, CEO of TheoremOne. Its newest acquisition, Formula Partners, helps companies create new models for organizational design, continuous improvement, and visionary leadership. Formula Partner’s approach revolves around a modular innovation process called the New Enterprise™, a proprietary model for modern consulting at the nexus of technology and organizational transformation. Formula Partners will become a new independent line of business and will operate under the “Formula Partners” brand. “We are approaching management consulting from 14 years of implementing technology solutions — giving us a deep understanding of the true benefits (and costs) of making strategic recommendations. We’ve built trust with IT and business leaders through hands-on work, and we’re excited to build even broader strategic relationships through Formula Partners,” -Will Jessup, Head of Services Delivery at TheoremOne. TheoremOne has also launched a new engineering service called Lemma. Lemma offers pureplay software engineering teams staffed exclusively by nearshore engineering talent. Lemma shares a common engineering DNA with TheoremOne but is designed to deliver engineering capacity as a modular service offering that can be deployed to scale existing teams and initiatives for enterprise and growth stage clients. “Lemma fills a gap in our offerings that the market has illuminated over the last few years, It’s a compelling option for clients that have already determined the right way to solve a business problem and need a dedicated technology partner, but want to provide their own product, design, and leadership talent.” -Alex Finnemore, TheoremOne’s Head of Revenue Lemma and Formula Partners will join existing divisions Proof (staff augmentation) and Halmos Ventures (innovation incubation) in rounding out TheoremOne’s end-to-end services stack. As part of the name change, TheoremOne has released a new company logo and launched a new website at www.theoremone.co. About TheoremOne® TheoremOne is an innovation and engineering firm that builds custom software for companies making bold bets to stay ahead. Through research, lean design, and agile delivery, TheoremOne makes great user experiences accessible to the enterprise. Founded in 2007, TheoremOne’s global cross-functional product development teams drive technology, process, and cultural transformation. To learn more about how TheoremOne enables ambitious leaders to build better software visit www.theoremone.co or follow @TheoremOne About Formula Partners Formula Partners is a different kind of management consulting firm — it targets the intersection of technology and organizational transformation, unlocking models for continuous improvement, and enabling visionary leadership within the enterprise. Founded in 2015, Formula Partners is based in Los Angeles. Read more at: www.formula.partners.

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