Dutch Ceramics Company Rejuvenates with VX CAD/CAM

-- Royal Goedewaagen of The Netherlands enters the new millennium with VX CAD/CAM --

PALM BAY, Florida. - April 24, 2006 - Royal Goedewaagen of The Netherlands, producers of the world famous ceramic Delft miniatures, has revitalized their 400-year old business with the adoption of VX CAD/CAM software.

Harmonious blend of time-honored craftsmanship and state of the art CAD/CAM

Royal Goedewaagen, www.royalgoedewaagen.nl, has nearly four centuries of tradition in ceramics and enjoys a world-wide reputation. In 1610, the then people's ceramic works De Star in Gouda, Netherlands produced simple day to day usable items in ceramics. In 1779, Dirck Goedewaagen became a part of an important ceramic pipe-makers guild in the city of Gouda, and in 1853, De Star was bought by Goedewaagen, this becoming the basis of the Goedewaagen company today.

Goedewaagen later acquired outstanding specialists in producing Jugendstil and Art Deco ceramics, and in 1964, bought the assets of the world famous ceramics factory Plateelbakkerij in Zuid, Holland. Royal Goedewaagen entered new development fields, including the production of the world famous miniature ceramic delft houses which has been carried out ever since.

In 1984, the fully integrated company expanded into large export markets, notably the USA. The technical developments necessary to accommodate this type of production led to diversification into other export markets. In the late 90's Royal Goedewaagen founded it's own museum displaying the history of Dutch ceramics, and took over the Flora factory thus gaining access to design ceramics developed by famous Dutch artists.

With this rapid expansion of markets and products, the traditional artists and craftsmen at Royal Goedewaagen had to make the leap to CAD/CAM technology to remain competitive. Goedewaagen determined that to progress their craft in the modern world, they had to step-up and find a way to incorporate modern technologies into their design and manufacturing processes.

The decision to abondon traditional methods was difficult, but their decision to invest in VX CAD/CAM was not difficult. Proprietor Drs Siebe Kamer: "Looking at the outstanding modeling capabilities of VX plus the integrated CAM module made the technical decision none too difficult. We found that VX was very affordable in comparison to other products and we were more than able to continue producing our lovely products with VX CAD/CAM".

VX brings key benefits to Design, Production and Productivity

The introduction of VX and their first milling machine was a mini-revolution at Goedewaagen in terms of technology and their approach to design and manufacture. "We started with simple models for the production of our world-famous Delft miniatures. Within months we had progressed to creating complex projects" remarked Kamer. "One particular project, the Achala Bowl, for which we deployed VX throughout design, mold design and manufacturing processes, was finished in a matter of days. Previously, traditional methods would have taken weeks, yet still not have quite the accuracy and quality of appearance we achieved by using VX CAD/CAM".

Edwin Rappard, 4C Consultants, the VX distributor for The Netherlands and Belgium, said "Royal Goedewaagen is one of the first companies ever to produce this kind of work using CAD/CAM, yet I knew from the moment I met the company that VX had all the answers to their requirements."

About 4C Creative Cad Cam Consultants
4C Creative Cad Cam Consultants, www.4cccc.nl, has a steadily growing reputation for quality of service. 4C specializes in technical automation and the deployment of CAD/CAM. 4C boasts a wealth of experience and knowledge in different industrial areas and combines this with enthusiasm and dedication to deliver outstanding, practical solutions to their customers. Specialists in software, training, implementation and support, 4c returns optimum results for their customers and have been VX Resellers for over 5 years.

About VX Corporation
VX Corporation is a pioneering developer of advanced, integrated CAD/CAM solutions for engineers and industrial designers. Using VX's design-through-manufacturing solutions, companies can speed time-to-market, increase profitability and gain a sustainable competitive advantage – made possible by new breakthroughs in technology, price and performance. Unlike conventional CAD/CAM systems, VX technology is built on an exclusive, high-performance VX engine that delivers sophisticated 3D hybrid modeling capabilities and provides interoperability with emerging process management and engineering tools. Some of the world's leading manufacturers rely on VX software to power the design, engineering and manufacturing of innovative products.

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Dutch company Royal Goedewaagen, which has been established for some 400 years and is world famous for its' delightful Delft ceramic miniatures, has found new inspiration coupled with a leap in productivity since their deployment of VX CAD/CAM software. "Using VX has really lifted our product to a new level. With VX we can create projects in ceramics which were previously impossible to create by hand" said proprietor Drs Siebe Kamer.

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