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About us

With over 20 years in business, Visual Components is one of the pioneers of the 3D manufacturing simulation industry. Check out our story.

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Our history


Visual Components was founded

Founded in 1999 by a team of simulation experts, Visual Components started with a humble goal – to make manufacturing design and simulation technology easy to use and accessible to manufacturing organizations of all sizes.


KUKA.Sim Layout

KUKA released KUKA.Sim Layout, a KUKA branded robot simulation and off-line programming software, developed by Visual Components.


3D Product Family

Visual Components introduced the “3D” product family; its first family of branded Visual Components products.

The 3D Product Family included 3DRealize, 3DRealize R, 3DCreate, 3DSimulate and 3DAutomate.


Visual Components 4.0

Visual Components introduced the Visual Components 4.0 product family, the next generation of manufacturing simulation technology. Visual Components 4.0 was built on a new software architecture and platform. The architecture was designed to take advantage of modern computing hardware and 64-bit processors. The platform was designed with open APIs to facilitate easy customization and development of 3rd party applications.

Visual Components 4.0 product portfolio includes Essentials, Professional and Premium.


KUKA acquisition

In December 2017, KUKA – a global automation corporation – acquired Visual Components with the aim to define the next level in intelligent automation. For KUKA, Visual Components’ simulation tool was an important milestone with great potential for solutions in KUKA’s simulation ecosystem.

Following the announcement, a statement was made by KUKA that Visual Components remains a hardware neutral simulation platform, and would continue to support and expand its list of robot models, currently 1,500+ models from 50+ robot brands.

Continue to provide the best 3D simulation software on the market and shape the future of simulation technology for others to follow.

Our Story

Visual Components is a leading developer of 3D manufacturing simulation software and solutions. Founded in 1999 by a team of simulation experts, we started with a humble goal – to make manufacturing design and simulation technology easy to use and accessible to manufacturing organizations of all sizes.

Today, Visual Components is recognized as a global leader in the manufacturing simulation industry and trusted technology partner to many leading brands. We offer machine builders, system integrators, and manufacturers a simple, quick, and cost-effective solution to design and simulate production lines. With solutions for manufacturing design, sales, and application development, Visual Components software is trusted by hundreds of organizations worldwide to support critical planning and decisionmaking processes.

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The evolution of Visual Components' logo from 1999 to the latest logo in 2015

Our values

The Visual Components values define what we stand for as a company, what matters and motivates us as employees, and what guides us towards achieving a great working culture.

Visual Components' values: Honesty, transparency, passion and helping others
Honesty and transparency

Honesty and transparency

Honesty and transparency builds trust and empowers us to make the right decisions both within the company and with our customers and partners.

Lead with & Powered by Passion

Lead with & Powered by Passion

We are passionate about building innovative products that our customers love.

Help & you shall be helped

Help & you shall be helped

We work together as one big team, helping each other to achieve the goals of the company as a whole.

Who we are

Wonder what it’s like working at Visual Components? In our Career Stories series, we introduce you to the rockstars who make our company great.

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Interested in working with us?

We’re constantly looking for motivated and talented individuals to join our team. If you’re interested in joining a world-class team with an ambitious mission, check out our open positions and get in contact with us!

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Corporate Compliance

Responsible Corporate Governance includes sound business practices within a clearly de-fined framework of ethical core values, lawful conduct and internal policies. This self-perception is an elementary part of KUKA’s and Visual Components corporate culture. By establishing and maintaining a Compliance Program and the further development into a Compliance Management System (“CMS”), we consequently fill this understanding with life. Please visit the KUKA website for further information on Corporate Compliance, the documentation of the CMS or to submit compliance concerns or complaints. The contact details of our Compliance Officers are also publicly available so that employees as well as people outside the company can contact them.