B&W – A success story

Already in 1992 the design college of the Friedrich-Alexander university in Erlangen-Nuremberg decided to introduce the brand new parametric 3D CAD system Pro/Engineer from PTC to push research activities around knowledge based design systems.

Stefan Bachschuster und Johannes Weber – at this time employed as scientists at the college – had the chance to become acquainted with the new system and use it in a joint venture between the college and Siemens.

It became clear quite quickly that the provided API interface to the CAD system will provide enormous benefits to speed up and enhance the basic system.

In parallel other large companies like Bosch or Braun started to use this new parametric CAD system in production. While going live questions around how to efficiently solve routine tasks like drawing creation arose.

This generated a need – and also a market – for professional add-on programming that streamline and automate processes during product design.

When Stefan Bachschuster and Johannes Weber finished their thesis 5 years later, they had become globally leading specialists and even had built up a close partnership with PTC experts. As the projects they had started during time at university still needed support and extension what largely exceed the college capabilities.

This led to the foundation of B&W Software GmbH in 1997 in Erlangen.


The first job moved the young start up into the field of machine design for ejection molded parts. In that time the foundation was laid for today’s Expert Moldbase Extension (EMX).

The value and the power of the add-on applications from B&W were recognized even at PTC and they integrated this module into their own portfolio. This was the starting point for a long lasting and still existing partnership between B&W and PTC and the whole success story.

Individual software projects and two more industry solutions for profile design (AFX) and design of progressive dies (PDX) let the young company flourish during the early years.

Although B&W was focusing more and more internationally, the constantly growing company remained within its original region. Today more than 10 highly skilled employees work in the modern offices in Erlangen.

Permanent evolution, forward-looking prospects and a sustainable knowledgebase – based on a long expertise – made B&W a leading provider of automation processes for Creo Parametric.