The pooled collaborative engineering platform , NUM3D is set up at LASMIS (Laboratoire des Systèmes Mécaniques et d'Ingénierie Simultanée, Laboratory of Mechanical Systems and Concurrent Engineering), Charles Delauney Institute (ICD), in Troyes, Champagne-Ardenne Region. NUM3D was created in 2007 to meet small business and industry operators' needs for geometrical modeling and 3D digitization. The region's only platform of its kind, NUM3D brings together all the digital and software resources used by engineers and technicians at design & engineering firms to design, simulate and validate new products and industrial processes. Financed by the French State, ERDF, the Champagne-Ardenne Region and the Aube and Ardennes départements, NUM3D will also be remedying the weak dissemination and transfer of technologies to small businesses in the region.
The case of Estamfor illustrates how NUM3D offers services to businesses. The metallurgy firm specialized in the hot steel stamping of parts weighing from 300 grams to 25 kilos works for an array of diversified sectors ranging from agriculture and publics works to the automotive industry. Estamfor contacted ICD-LASMIS via CARINNA (the Champagne-Ardenne research and innovation agency) and was able to use the platform. The firm had to create a single-part tool (a point for soil work) for agricultural machinery within a very short deadline, i.e., a month and a half. Thanks to digital design and surface reconstruction, a manufacturing model was produced in record time. Thanks to the surface software built into the NUM3D platform, Estamfor made a manufacturing model and mass production got off the ground. Today the platform authorities have set a bold goal of reaching targets beyond the region.