Open CASCADE, France
3D modeling and numerical simulation solutions for industries: professional approach to Open Source
Open CASCADE SA as a successful example of Open Source-based business model
For most people the label of Open Source remains associated with software created by some enthusiasts in their spare time,
available at no cost and therefore representing no value for the commercial users. Many business-minded professionals are
still in front of a psychological barrier believing that a software product can be valuable only as long as they pay for it.
First point to understand here is that Open Source does not necessarily mean "free of charge". It can be an efficient ground
for successful business, such as one based on a dual licensing (GPL / commercial) model.
Playing a gambit the Open CASCADE Company
even made a further move to win a more promising market. Loss of limited revenue the Company could make on licenses is over and
above compensated by large custom development orders from industrial companies and by support contracts with ISV's
(independent software vendors).
Open CASCADE SA was the first CAD/CAM/CAE company that adopted this revolutionary approach turning from a software vendor to a service provider profile.
It has been successfully employing its business model based on industrial Open Source for over 4 years.
Traditional and innovative approaches in Open CASCADE Technology and Salome CAD/CAE platforms
Since its publication in Open Source Open
CASCADE Technology (the geometric modeling kernel available from Open CASCADE SA) has been recognized for its ample and powerful capabilities.
Its surface and solid modeling algorithms (fillets and chamfers, pipes and offsetting, Boolean operations), data exchange (with neutral formats -
including IGES and STEP, as well as proprietary - such as ACIS or Parasolid), shape healing (correction of corrupted models, including surface
reconstruction), visualization (including transparency and texture mapping) have been used in numerous applications all over the world.
Delivered with Application Framework, Test Harness, a wide range of examples and documentation, Open CASCADE Technology represents a complete
development platform for 3D modeling and visualization applications.Inspired by the success of its flag-ship platform, the company,
in cooperation with 9 partners and supported by the French government, deploys a new Open Source platform - Salome. Initially designed as a
CAD-to-CAE middleware it integrates different modules applied in numerical simulation - from initial CAD modeling to FE (finite-element)
post-processing and parallel computation. The second project - SALOME 2 - now involves over 20 partners including leading industrial companies
such as Renault (automotive), Bureau Veritas (shipbuilding), EADS (airspace) and others.