In 1986 a large company based in France by the name of the Dimeco Group (www.dimeco.com) began developing die design software. Dimeco has thirty million Euros in annual revenue and is composed of several smaller companies that to this day specialize in auxiliary equipment for presses such as specialized press feeders, straighteners, and a wide variety of other products related to the stamping industry.
In 1988 a young man by the name of Yves Thizy joined them as their CAD administrator. Yves had a computer science degree in Micro-Mechanical and Computer Science, specializing in CAD. In 1989 Yves founded Logopress SARL along with 3 other shareholders who all still remain shareholders to this day (see below). The 2D die design product which was started three years prior started shipping shortly after and was called Logopress, which translates to “Software for dies”.
In 1997 Logopress began development on a 3D die design product and in 2000 chose SolidWorks as the solid modeler that they would integrate it into. Because it was 3D software they decided to name it Logopress3. It went on to become the first SolidWorks-based 3D die design package to become SolidWorks Gold Certified and to this day Logopress remains one of only two companies in the world to have three (3) SolidWorks Gold Certified software products.
Notably, in 2005 on the day that Logopress Corp was awarded Gold Certification for two of their three Gold Certified products, Brian Houle, the Solution Partner Program Manager with SolidWorks at the time said the following in regard to the audit/review of Logopress3 and 123GO: “This is the 1st time in our history of conducting design reviews that not a single issue requiring changes was found!”
Logopress3 is sold in over 30 countries around the world.
Logopress celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2009.
- Yves Thizy: Managing Director of Logopress and the main shareholder (www.logopress3.com)
- The Dimeco Group (www.dimeco.com)
- Sylvain Prince: Development Manager for Logopress. Sylvain joined the company 17 years ago and has a degree in Micro-Mechanical and Computer Science as Yves does
- Jean Louis Chabod: President of Presse Etude (www.presse-etude.com), which specializes in small dies and specialty machines and presses
- Jean Pierre Mathy: former President of JPME. (JPME was a die design company that employed 6 full-time die designers that were fully dedicated to progressive and draw die design. Their offices were located in the same building as those of Logopress Corp for nearly two decades.)