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Sketch-based photorealistic images and drawings in 48 hours

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 A furniture manufacturer is using GrabCAD‘s 48-hour service for visualizing its wood products. Wermo is a German wood furniture manufacturer selling most of the products to Nordic or German markets. Wermo is using crowdsourcing and software technology to bring together resources and requirements although they might not be physically in the same geographical location. From one side there are engineers who are unemployed or working with half capacity and on the other hand there are manufacturers who lack engineering capaciy.Wermo customers send their ideas, sketches of commodes, cabinets, shelves and showcase cabinets which they think would complement their assortment in shops, by email to Wermo.
Wermo’s head designer then checks the sketches and upload them to GrabCAD to order photorealistic images of these sketched ideas. GrabCAD does the work and delivers the images of the furniture in 48 hours to Wermo for forwarding them to customer for feedback. The 3D images allow the customer to understand how the idea will look like in reality and whether all the proportions of different elements are pleasing and would fit together with the selection of coatings. After approving the design, GrabCAD makes the technical drawings that Wermo can then use for manufacturing the furniture. GrabCAD response in 48 hours enables Wermo to shorten its sales cycle and accelerate the customer service process.

1107CMFwermo2.jpgThe photorealistic sketches are used by Wermo to create the final piece of furniture.

Before using GrabCAD, Wermo used to start with the product development after receiving sketches from customers. The process to create drawings, make prototypes, send photos for customer’s feedback always took many weeks. All in all the sequence of activities was inconvenient and stretching the sales cycle up to six weeks. Using GrabCAD cuts the sales cycle by two to three weeks.

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June 30, 2011 at 8:19 am

Dascanova Technology debuts fiberboard samples at Ligna 2011

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Dascanova showed its Dascanova Technology through fiberboard samples at Ligna 2011.

The Dascanova Co. debuted its Dascanova Technology through real fiberboard samples at the forestry and wood industry trade fair, Ligna 2011, in Hanover, Germany.
With Dascanova Technology, the company says it developed a number of methods to change the density inside the particleboard or fiberboard into the wave-like structure, reducing raw-material costs. The idea of the Dascanova Technology could be compared with corrugated cardboard, where the waved structure of the middle paper layer makes the cardboard much stronger than the paper sheets itself. In one press process, Dascanova says it modifies the compressibility of selected particles in the material, before pressing the final board, to give it a different density. The final products of the Dascanova Technology are free of air or hollow spaces, which improve the stability of the board regarding the physical influences, according to the company.
The technology was featured at Ligna’s “ThinkLight” conference, where the company says it also had the chance to network with distributors and hopes to test the technology on a real production line in 2012.

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June 30, 2011 at 8:15 am

World power tool demand to rise through 2015, study predicts

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World power tool demand is projected to rise 4.4 percent per year through 2015, reaching $27.3 billion, according to a study by market research firm, The Freedonia Group Inc.
The study, World Power Tools, expects the most rapid demand growth to come from developing countries in Asia, where rising incomes as well as residential and nonresidential building construction will boost demand. China will post the strongest gains, along with India, which the survey predicts to average 9 percent growth annually through 2015.
Outside of Asia, the study says other opportunities for growth exist in Eastern Europe, thanks to a rise in fixed investment activity. The U.S. market will also provide opportunities for growth, reflecting a turnaround in the current housing crisis and consumers’ interests in do-it-yourself projects, according to results. The markets of Japan and Western Europe will post gains that fall short of the global average, with below-average outlooks for construction expenditures.
Electric tools, both plug-in and cordless, are expected to dominate world demand, as these tools represented over 70 percent of power tool sales in 2010. Electric tools, especially hand drills, will remain the leading type of power tool, while cordless products will post the best gains.
Professional demand for power tools will grow more rapidly than consumer demand through 2015, with professional users accounting for more than two-thirds of power tool sales, according to study results. 
A full copy of the 346-page study may be purchased from The Freedonia Group.

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June 29, 2011 at 8:22 am

Interzum draws 53,000 visitors, 1,434 exhibitors

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Attendees from around the world saw the latest furniture innovations at Interzum 2011 in Germany.

Interzum 2011 drew nearly 53,000 visitors from 147 countries to Germany to see the latest in furniture manufacturing and design.
The tradeshow increased its occupied exhibition space by 8 percent in 2011, with 1,434 suppliers from 61 countries attending the furniture supplier fair. The fair, held at the Koelnmesse in Cologne, Germany, occupied 10 halls. Interzum also increased its international attendance by 24 percent. In total, 376 companies came from Germany, while 1,056 came from abroad. Internationally, Italy had the most representation at Interzum, with 276 companies attending, followed by Turkey with 88 companies.
The supplier fair’s educational programming included the “innovation of interior” forum for architects, tradesmen, designers and developers. Attendees had the chance to view a special exhibition, put on by Koelnmesse, about materials, finishes and lighting. They were able to hear lectures from industry experts as well as attend guided tours. A number of awards were also presented at Interzum. The “interzum award: material innovations and design” was presented for a fifth time by Koelnmesse, recognizing 43 products that were displayed in a special exhibition on the boulevard for the duration of the trade fair.

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June 29, 2011 at 8:18 am

Nordfab donates to Red Cross U.S. natural disaster relief

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Nordfab donated a check for $5,000 to the American Red Cross for disaster relief.

For a week in June, Nordfab committed a portion of all sales to the American Red Cross, to aid in U.S. natural disaster relief efforts.
During the week of June 6, Nordfab exceeded its donation goal of $3,500, and presented the American Red Cross with a check for $5,000.
“We at Nordfab are very fortunate to have been spared the direct impact of the flooding and tornados that have recently affected many of our neighbors throughout the country,” said Robin Bolick, Norfab U.S. division manager. “Business has been good and we intend to use some of that good fortune to offer a helping hand.”

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June 28, 2011 at 8:01 am

Herman Miller awarded at NeoCon

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Herman Miller received multiple awards for its healthcare industry and ergonomic seating furniture brands at NeoCon 2011 World’s Trade Fair in Chicago.
The company received the “2011 Manufacturer of the Year Gold Award” from the Office Furniture Dealers Alliance.
In addition, the annual Best of NeoCon awards recognized Herman Miller’s Nemschoff’s Oasis Overbed table with the Gold award in the “healthcare furniture” category. The company’s Geiger line received a Silver award for its Sotto Executive Chair in the “Ergonomic/Task Seating” category.

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June 28, 2011 at 7:57 am

Haworth acquires North Carolina furniture manufacturer

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Haworth Inc. recently completed the acquisition of Legacy Furniture Group.
Legacy will continue to operate from its factory in Conover, N.C., under the same management, sales leadership, customer service and manufacturing teams, according to Legacy President Todd Norris.
“We look forward to our continued partnership for a successful 2011 and beyond,” said Norris.

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June 27, 2011 at 7:52 am

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