We found the news of an $82 million raise by Markforged to be significant and kindred with our mission, especially when you consider they have shipped over 3000 3D "high-strength parts" printers already.
Below comes from their press release – see full announcement here and Forbes calls them a "Next Billion Dollar Startup" here.
The ZWCAD Team
High-performance, Affordable 2D/3D CAD
"By enabling the printing of high-strength parts at an affordable price, the founding of Markforged in 2013 helped mark a turning point in additive manufacturing. Before Markforged, businesses were forced to choose between million dollar 3D printing systems; less expensive printers capable only of producing weak plastic parts; or the massive complexities and costs of traditional processes, often just to produce a single part. For the first time in the history of manufacturing, it is more economical to print numerous metal or carbon fiber parts than to produce those parts through legacy means."
I always find the Weekly Economic Report from the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) useful - thought I would share this week's "Toplines" with you -- please see below my signature.
The report is authored by their chief economist Chad Moutray.
If you interested in joining NAM, visit www.nam.org
Anthony Flynn, Manager
Thought I'd share the Manufacturing Outlook 2018 Survey by the National Association of Manufactures (NAM).
We're considering sponsoring a similar survey focused on small manufacturers - let us know of you'd be interested in participation, getting the results, or have questions you'd like to pose. If so, just email your request.
Anthony Flynn, Manager
ZWDirect today announced that ZWCAD 2019 is released and available for download and purchase at www.zwdirect.com.
ZWCAD 2019 is the culmination of 20 years of ceaseless efforts by ZWSoft to provide state-of-the-art, affordable CAD to worldwide users. Over 900,000 users around the world now own and trust ZWCAD as their preferred solution.
This release is highlighted by numerous productivity- and quality-enhancing new features, an expanded API, increased stability and quality, and faster performance on all sized designs.
The top 30 improvements of ZWCAD 2019 for users of previous ZWCAD versions are listed below. All told, they and the resulting product make an upgrade to ZWCAD 2019 for existing ZWCAD users very compelling. The improvements also place ZWCAD 2019 at functional parity with high-priced CAD solutions – making a move for those users and teams to own ZWCAD also very compelling by offering 75% savings versus forced CAD subscriptions.
Feel free to:
THE ZWDIRECT TEAM
=> Improvements added in ZWCAD 2019
=> Improvements added in ZWCAD 2018
=> Improvements added in ZWCAD 2017
Many Strongly Prefer Ownership
In these times of forced subscriptions, many CAD users and organizations would strongly prefer to own versus rent their CAD. Their top objections to mandatory rental include:
Their anxieties about forced subscriptions are widely shared and discussed, including on these sites:
ZWCAD 2018 -- "CAD Worth Owning"
ZWCAD, already trusted by over 550,00 users worldwide, is emerging as the #1 choice for CAD ownership, largely because it offers:
Newly released ZWCAD 2018, brings even more benefits, including:
The "Joy of CAD Ownership" is alive and well with ZWCAD 2018!
If you are at a decision point in owning vs. renting your CAD, we think that ZWCAD 2018 is worth serious consideration. We're here to help you evaluate and test your "Joy of CAD Ownership" options for your organization.
Contact us, explore ZWCAD 2018, or download your free trial here.
The ZWDirect Team
ZWDirect is pleased to announce the immediate availability of ZWCAD 2018, the latest version of the high-performance, affordably-priced CAD solution trusted by over 550,000 users worldwide.
Please find improvements, additions, and team quotes below. Click for ZWCAD 2018 Release Notes, Sneak Peek Videos, the Product Page, and Download Page.
We are very excited about ZWCAD 2018 -- it's our highest-performance and most familiar, innovative, and customizable version ever. Most importantly, we hope to help boost your productivity and quality with ZWCAD 2018 very soon!
The ZWDIrect Team
ZWCAD 2018 Improvements and Additions
Overall, ZWCAD 2018 Now Boasts
On New Dark Theme UI
Daniel Huang, the ZWCAD product manager stated, “Users deserve a fluid and better design experience, so that’s why we provide a brand-new dark theme UI in ZWCAD 2018. The lower brightness and higher contrast of such design can greatly reduce the visual fatigue from long time drafting. We also did lots of modification in the details, for example, the buttons and icons styles and the text height and width, so the whole appearance will present the best visual effect for users.”
On Speed and Improved Stability Improvements
Charles Zhao, the director of R&D stated, “ZWCAD 2018 use many technologies to improve the efficiency, users will find that frequently used commands and layout switch speed are much faster than before, because we optimize the reactors and memory to trigger under certain situations instead unconditionally.”
On the Integrated Calculator
We are very proud to announce...
Based on increasing demand for ZWCAD in manufacturing, AMC Bridge has developed, in collaboration with PTC, a Windchill Workgroup Manager (WWGM) Adapter for ZWCAD to enable interoperability between PTC Windchill and ZWCAD products. The WWGM Adapter is now fully functional, tested, and available so that manufacturers standardized on Windchill can freely choose ZWCAD 2017 as a high-powered, lower-cost 2D/3D CAD solution available via perpetual license.
AMC Bridge is a global vendor of choice for software development services in CAD, CAE, CAM, PDM, PLM, and other technologies used by manufacturers, engineering firms, automated manufacturing integrators, and construction companies. With over 300 developers and over 16 years, AMC improved engineering process overhead by the development of 3D/2D modeling software products; data, document and community management technologies; CAD data interoperability; 3D printing software; and many other aspects of software development for manufacturing and construction businesses.
ZWSoft, from its headquarters in the Pearl River Tower in downtown Guangzhou, now serves over 550,000 users around the world with high-powered, affordable, open 2D/3D CAD/CAM across the design, manufacturing, and infrastructure industries.
For more on the WWGM Adapter for ZWCAD, visit www.amcbridge.com.
As his talks are always quite compelling, many US/Canadian customers and prospects have asked to hear from Truman Du, the CEO of ZWSOFT.
We'll be sharing 3 short/weekly "CEO Chats" with Truman, taken from his talks at the recent GPC conference to over 200 attendees:
Thanks much, we hope you enjoy, and let us know if you'd like to be included in a personal briefing with Truman over the summer.
1. Company 2017 Update: Making ZWCAD Great Again!
The past two years have been very challenging and exciting for our company.
We not only globally settled our legal dispute with Autodesk but also made major progress in our business and product lines.
From our Global Partnership Conference (GPC) last month, with 107 Partners, 90 Major Accounts, and over 200 attendees from 32 countries in the audience, we were very happy to report:
For all this progress, we thank our customers, partners, and employees -- it was a total team effort and we appreciate your support! And, given this team, our management, and our strategy, we look forward to even greater progress in 2017 and 2018.
Looking forward to our next chat on our strategy going forward -- our company is very focused and very enthused to increase the success of our growing customer base around the world!
2. ZWCAD 2017 Product Update: Welcoming the 3rd Generation
We're happy to welcome the successful and inspiring arrival of our 3rd generation CAD platform, available as ZWCAD 2017.
In order the make a great product, we started with a great development process:
Specifically, ZWCAD 2017 SP3 now offers:
3. A Compelling Future: ZWSoft Strategic Focus and Goals
ZWSoft has certainly recovered strongly from a challenging past two years -- we've grown by 20%, now serve over 550,000 global users, and have fully modernized our 2D and 3D platforms to propel us and our customers confidently into an exciting future.
Speaking of the future, I'm honored to share our 8 Principles for continuing to grow our company and expand our customer success:
Following these principles, we believe we can reach or exceed our top 2 Goals:
Thanks much for your time, we appreciate your consideration of our products, and I hope we have a chance to meet soon!