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10 April 2014, Vancouver, Canada – Upcycle the Gyres Society (UpGyres) and free d graphics the PLM Company are pleased to announce that they are teaming up to design, model, develop, and prototype UpGyres marine plastic collection equipment in the 3D environment for visualization and simulation.
This collaborative agreement supports UpGyres ongoing push to create, develop and produce cost-effective, safe, durable and scalable ocean plastic cleanup equipment and processes to deliver efficient, ecological and regenerative ocean waste management and energy solutions.
UpGyres is designing with environmental and volumetric considerations that have never been measured before. The design, technology and operational challenges faced by UpGyres R&D partners to create a floating, sailing -and submersible- plankton-friendly, complex and intelligent plastic-harvesting bio-robot are immense and demand tools that can address all of these requirements without gaps or delays.
free d graphics the Product Lifecycle Management Company has more than 20 years competence in the area of PLM Consulting and Engineering; their strategies will be aimed at enhancing and strengthening the creative force of the innovators and engineers in the R&D team for the efficient development of UpGyres’ oceanic plastic cleanup equipment.
free d graphics is based in Vancouver, Canada. The Company uses the experience of Paris, France based Dassault Systèmes S.A software in the marine & offshore industry which makes them the ideal partner to simulate the oceanic currents and extreme weather conditions in which UpGyres’ marine plastic collection equipment will operate and enable us to calculate system optimization and visualize, plan and manage our concepts and solutions with seamless, and simultaneous, engineering and developing process.
free d graphics will contribute their expertise in:
free d graphics PLM will streamline UpGyres’ innovative concept and help us design a prototype from the early concept phase to its digital manufacturing for successful physical testing in the immediate future.
There are an estimated 142 billion kilos or 315 billion pounds of plastic waste swirling in the oceans; when recovered with the right equipment and method, this trash could potentially contribute revenues and added value by the hundreds of millions and create a modest amount of jobs at sea and ports while helping to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and acidity levels in the oceans.