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Unity deal brings Unit040 closer to being a global player in digital twins

René Raaijmakers
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Dutch Unit040 and American game engine giant Unity Technologies have agreed on a strategic partnership in which the latter will market and sell the digital twin toolbox from Eindhoven on a worldwide scale. This deal will move Unit040 closer to its ambition to become a global player in the digital twin market.

Unit040 was founded in 2006 by five students from Eindhoven University of Technology. During their internships, they noticed that many companies had difficulty explaining their products, both internally and externally. They decided to visualize the operation of devices and technology. Initially, their services consisted mainly of making animations with little intelligence. But gradually, they started to link their digital models to software. Around 2011, the first virtual prototypes emerged.

Four years ago, Unit040 decided to invest heavily in the development of a platform that helped customers build their own digital twins. The resulting Prespective toolbox facilitates the construction of twins for complex systems, ranging from civil engineering projects and high-tech machinery to entire production facilities. With it, Unit040 has successfully rolled out projects at twenty companies, mostly in the Netherlands. Prespective is built on top of Unity3D, the engine from the American company Unity that powers games like Cycles, Trinity and Unruly Heroes.

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