|Type||Private (Subsidiary of Euriware)|
|Number of locations||3 sites: Head office in Guyancourt (France), offices in Lyon (France) and Nizhny Novgorod (Russia)|
|Key people||Mikhail Kazakov|
|Products||Open Cascade Technology, Salome|
|Services||Specific software development|
Open Cascade is an Information Technology Company of Euriware, which is a subsidiary of Areva group. Open Cascade provides services in the domain of scientific and technical computing and simulation tools.
Open Cascade is primarily known to public for its Open Source platforms the company has been maintaining, improving and distributing free of charge for many years:
- Open Cascade Technology (OCCT) for 3D surface and solid modeling, visualization, data exchange and rapid application development
- Salome (software) - free software that provides a generic platform for Pre- and Post-Processing for numerical simulation
Open Cascade builds its business model on using its Open Source software in the development of commercial software for various customers worldwide.
The company’s head office is located in Guyancourt, France and there are production sites in Lyon and Nizhny Novgorod, Russia. Open Cascade employs around 120 engineers and developers in France and Russia.
The history of Open Cascade company starts in the 80's of the 20th century.
1987: Euclid-IS, the first integrated CAD/CAM system, appeared.
1993: Euclid 3 was released. This was a completely new and unique system that supported concurrent engineering. Euclid software made Matra Datavision a true market leader in the field of CAD/CAM. Euclid was employed in the widest variety of engineering domains, from general mechanical and automotive engineering to the complex robotics and aerospace industries.
1993: a development platform called CAS.CADE (Computer Aided Software for Computer Aided Design and Engineering) created by Matra Datavision was released. CAS.CADE had been used by Matra Datavision as a platform to develop Euclid Quantum.
1996: Matra Datavision released Euclid Quantum, a new generation of Euclid.
1998: Matra Datavision changed its strategy and became a software service provider. That year the company signed an agreement with Dassault Systèmes that acquired some products from the Quantum product line - Euclid Styler, Euclid Machinist, Strim, etc.
Since the primary focus was made on services, Matra Datavision established a new business model around CAS.CADE.
1999: Matra Datavision published CAS.CADE in open source on the Internet as Open Cascade, while focusing on rendering services around it.
2000: On December 7 Matra Datavision announced the foundation of Open Cascade SAS, its subsidiary for support and development of the Open Cascade platform as well as for carrying out numerous custom development projects for its customers.
2003: Matra Datavision, the parent company, was purchased by IBM, while Open Cascade was acquired by Principia Research & Development - a French editor of finite-element solvers and provider of engineering services.
2004: Open Cascade platform was renamed to Open Cascade Technology to avoid name confusion with the company itself (Open Cascade).
2007: Open Cascade SAS became a subsidiary of Euriware, which is a subsidiary of Areva group.