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DS SolidWorks Corp. Announces Winners of Green Design Contest

Three Grand Prize Winners in Commercial and Education Fields Go Green with Airport Chair Redesign

CONCORD, Mass., USA – August 23, 2011 – After several months of challenging designers around the world to think outside the box about sustainability, Dassault Systèmes (DS) SolidWorks Corp. officially announces the first-ever grand prize winners and runners up of the Green Design Contest.

The contest, which kicked off in honor of Earth Day on April 22, required contestants to use SolidWorks® 3D CAD software to design a low-impact airport terminal chair. Contestants developed the chair for a fictitious new green airline to be mass produced for use within an airport terminal. Among other entry rules, the designs had to be tested with SolidWorks SustainabilityXpress, the environmental assessment software included within the license for SolidWorks CAD software. With SolidWorks SustainabilityXpress, contestants were asked to measure the design’s carbon footprint, air and water impacts, and energy consumption throughout the product life cycle. In addition to sustainability tests, every design had to be analyzed with SolidWorks SimulationXpress, an analysis tool built into SolidWorks, to help ensure that the chair design could withstand the stresses of everyday use.

“This contest really showcased some extremely creative and talented designers, who exhibited great understanding of the possibilities of different shapes and materials,” commented Asheen Phansey, sustainability product manager at DS SolidWorks. “Through the design entries submitted, we saw that the SolidWorks community knows that the first step toward greener products is a fundamental understanding and appreciation for effective design.”

Commercial grand prize winner Russell Donovan, of Auckland, New Zealand, will travel to Chaa Creek rainforest eco-resort in Belize in recognition for his “Leaf” chair design. Runners up in the Commercial category, who each win an iPad, include:

·         Michael Kali, USA

·         Xiang Ma, USA

·         Ronald Majewski, USA

·         Graham Nolan, United Kingdom

·         Dallas Winspear, Australia

Within the Education category, the two grand prize winners: Gerard Libby of the Worcester Polytechnic Institute, with his “Airfoil” chair, and Elias Chavez of Fontana, California with his bamboo chair reminiscent of a nature lodge, will be recognized for their designs at SolidWorks World. Runners-up in the Education category, who also win an iPad, include:

·         Karan Ambwani, BITS, Pilani – Dubai (United Arab Emirates)

·         K.S. Gopala Krishnan, Vellore Institute of Technology (India)

·         Ian Jutras, Worcester Polytechnic Institute (USA)

·         Vigneshkumar Kannan, Sona College of Technology (India)

·         Rahul Surendran, Sona College of Technology (India)

A panel of industry and SolidWorks software experts reviewed every design and entry against judging criteria broken up by sustainability, “green” aesthetics, creativity, and manufacturability. The panel of judges included Al Dean, Editor-in-Chief of Develop3D and Develop3D Sustainability magazines; Josh Mings, Editor of the popular SolidSmack blog; Solomon Diamond, Assistant Professor, Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth College; and Mark Buckley, Vice President of Environmental Affairs for Staples Inc. SolidWorks employees that assisted with judging included Stephen Endersby, Simulation Product Manager; Asheen Phansey, Sustainability Product Manager; and Rick Chin, Director of Product Innovation. 

“Sustainable design is a very complex subject, and it is hard to understand and reduce environmental impacts that we can’t see every day,” said Phansey. “We sponsored the Green Design Contest to create greater awareness of how SolidWorks Sustainability can enable users to incorporate product life cycle thinking into their designs and tangibly reduce the environmental impacts.”

To see the winning designs or to read more about the Green Design Contest prizes, please visit http://www.solidworks.com/sw/products/green-design-contest.htm.

About Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks Corp.

Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks Corp., a Dassault Systèmes S.A. subsidiary, is a world leader in 3D solutions that help millions of engineers and designers succeed through innovation. Our products deliver an intuitive experience in product design, simulation, publishing, data management, and environmental impact assessment. For the latest news, information, or an online demonstration, visit our Web site (www.solidworks.com or call 1-800-693-9000 (outside of North America, call +1-781-810-5011).

 

About Dassault Systèmes

As a world leader in 3D and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions, Dassault Systèmes brings value to more than 100,000 customers in 80 countries. A pioneer in the 3D software market since 1981, Dassault Systèmes develops and markets PLM application software and services that support industrial processes and provide a 3D vision of the entire lifecycle of products from conception to maintenance to recycling. The Dassault Systèmes portfolio consists of CATIA for designing the virtual product – SolidWorks for 3D mechanical design – DELMIA for virtual production – SIMULIA for virtual testing – ENOVIA for global collaborative lifecycle management, and 3DVIA for online 3D lifelike experiences. Dassault Systèmes’ shares are listed on Euronext Paris (#13065, DSY.PA). For more information, visit http://www.3ds.com/.

SolidWorks is a registered trademark of Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks Corporation in the US and other countries. 3D VIA is a registered trademark and 3DVIA Composer is a trademark of Dassault Systèmes in the US and other countries. Other brand and product names are trademarks of their respective owners. © 2010 Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks Corp.

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SolidWorks 2012 Delivers Design Solutions to Drive Business

20th Release of Leading CAD Software Provides More than 200 New Functions to Community

CONCORD, Mass., USA, Sept. 7, 2011 – Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks Corp. (DS SolidWorks) today unveiled SolidWorks® 2012,  a comprehensive 3D design solution that enables users to work more efficiently and have the data they need to make better design decisions throughout the product development process. Benefits take shape throughout SolidWorks 2012 with a variety of improvements in areas such as assembly and drawing capabilities, built-in simulation, design costing, routing, image and animation creation and product data management that will positively impact design teams each and every day.

 

Empowering innovation and design team productivity are at the center of over 200 enhancements in SolidWorks 2012, most of which will help designers:

  • Automate the design functions they use most often;
  • Improve performance and quality for a more streamlined workflow;
  • Fundamentally change product development processes for faster designs;
  • Extend support for collaboration and team connectivity for creativity and efficiency.

 

 

“SolidWorks 2012 focuses on the areas that will help our customers drive their businesses to higher productivity and profitability,” said Austin O’Malley, executive vice president, RD, Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks Corp. “It also marks the 20th release of our CAD software, remaining true to the mission of helping users transform innovation into business success. We are excited to see the passion and enthusiasm from our customers, and rewarded when that passion is channeled into great designs.”

 

“SolidWorks continues to listen to the people within its user community,” said Scott Maro, CEO, Maro Associates. “What I appreciate about this is that the executives and product development teams are more in touch with what is happening in the community than I see with any other organization. Research and Development teams are always listening, asking us great questions and providing alpha testing not only internally but also at the user conference, which is a fantastic forum. The result is more than 90 percent of the features were prioritized by users as ‘SolidWorks continues to listen.’”

 

Automated Design Functions for Productivity

SolidWorks software helps engineering and design teams streamline their design processes simply by removing one or two steps, profoundly impacting usability and productivity. SolidWorks 2012 offers improvements in the areas of:

  • Drawings – New tools help create better-looking and more-accurate drawings in order to cut down on the revision process and help users detail designs faster. For example, changed dimensions are automatically highlighted and show previous values to help with revisions. Sequential balloon ordering and magnetic lines automatically help order and position balloons, allowing users to spend less time detailing and aligning drawings.
  • Sustainability – SolidWorks Sustainability’s new, advanced user interface means users can more accurately model products with “what if” scenarios and better support unique and custom materials. Users can also closely model processes with parameters such as recycled content and duration of use. Also, access to the latest SolidWorks Sustainability supplemental materials will be instant and continuous as they become available.

 

Continuous Workflow Through Improved Performance and Quality

SolidWorks 2012 makes the design experience flow more naturally, and without disruptions — meaning faster designs with fewer errors based on features such as:

  • Large design review – Allows instant opening and review of massive assemblies or any individual component with walkthroughs, sectioning and measuring without the need for a high-powered computer or any special file preparation.
  • Feature freeze – Eliminates unwanted feature rebuilds by locking all features above the “freeze” bar, speeding up the design of complex models where rebuilding of specific features isn’t needed. Features can also be unfrozen at any point.
  • Equation editor – New equation capabilities allow users to create equations faster and understand order more easily, providing new levels of flexibility and productivity.

 

Significant Improvements to Overall Product Development Processes

SolidWorks 2012 increases productivity and streamlines the overall customer product development processes with:

  • Design costing – A flexible tool that automates manufacturing cost calculations for sheet metal and machined parts. Designers can make more informed decisions based on cost throughout the design process and continually model new scenarios for instant up-to-the-minute manufacturing estimates.
  • Sheet metal – Design from scratch or convert customer 3D parts to sheet metal with new tools that provide control over the unique challenges of working with sheet metal — such as precise control of edge flanges, including up-to-vertex end conditions. Designs can be automatically flattened and documented for manufacturing, with export to CNC and manufacturing equipment.
  • Simulation – SolidWorks Simulation includes enhanced motion optimization that automatically uses motion study results to create sensors and refine complex and time-intensive machine aspects such as motor size, bearing loads and range of travel. Users can optimize designs in a fraction of the time as they refine inputs and immediately see changes to restraints or goals.

 

Extends Support for Collaboration and Team Connectivity

As manufacturing becomes more global, design collaboration between disparate teams is now more important than ever. SolidWorks 2012 brings teams of all sizes together through:

  • Integrated search, customization, and wider support with SolidWorks Enterprise PDM – Now integrated into the Windows® Explorer, designers have easy access to favorite searches and a full search tool. Users can also customize the Windows Explorer UI to get faster access to the information they need. In addition, SolidWorks Enterprise PDM has new support for Office 2010 and an x64 web client.
  • Lifelike experience with 3DVIA ComposerTM – Designers can take more control over their renderings for a more realistic appearance. Enhancements include the easy addition of part-to-part shadows, ambient occlusion and shadows to 2D panels with precise control. A glow effect can also be added to highlight specific areas of interest.

 

For more information about SolidWorks 2012, including video demonstrations, visit: http://www.solidworks.com/Launch2012_PR

 

Availability and Pricing
SolidWorks 2012 is available worldwide through SolidWorks authorized resellers. Contact a SolidWorks authorized reseller for pricing. To locate one in your region, visit: http://www.solidworks.com/locateVAR/

 

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About Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks Corp.

Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks Corp., a Dassault Systèmes S.A. subsidiary, is a world leader in 3D solutions that help millions of engineers and designers succeed through innovation. Our products deliver an intuitive experience in product design, simulation, publishing, data management, and environmental impact assessment. For the latest news, information, or an online demonstration, visit our Web site (www.solidworks.com or call 1-800-693-9000 (outside of North America, call +1-781-810-5011).

 

About Dassault Systèmes

As a world leader in 3D and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions, Dassault Systèmes brings value to more than 100,000 customers in 80 countries. A pioneer in the 3D software market since 1981, Dassault Systèmes develops and markets PLM application software and services that support industrial processes and provide a 3D vision of the entire lifecycle of products from conception to maintenance to recycling. The Dassault Systèmes portfolio consists of CATIA for designing the virtual product – SolidWorks for 3D mechanical design – DELMIA for virtual production – SIMULIA for virtual testing – ENOVIA for global collaborative lifecycle management, and 3DVIA for online 3D lifelike experiences. Dassault Systèmes’ shares are listed on Euronext Paris (#13065, DSY.PA). For more information, visit http://www.3ds.com/.

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The Edge Factor TV Show Chronicles SolidWorks-Designed Bike Parts in Gnarly Competition

Episode Showcases Performance of Straitline Components’ Custom Hydraulic Brake Line Detangler in JumpShip Competition

CONCORD, Mass., USA, October 4, 2011 – Slopestyle mountain biking, a genre that combines big-air, stunt-filled freeride with BMX-style tricks, is growing in popularity. As the sport grows, so does the catalogue of products designed for participants. To showcase both the sport and the gear, The Edge Factor Show has produced a new episode entitled “Gnarly Metal,” which chronicles the design and development of cutting-edge bicycle parts by Straitline Components. The parts were designed with SolidWorks® 3D design software and tested at the JumpShip Invitational Dirt Jump Competition in the inner harbor of Victoria, British Columbia. 

 

 

Slopestyle riding puts enormous pressure on bikes, and if the equipment doesn’t hold up, riders can sustain serious injuries. With this in mind, Straitline Components has developed a slopestyle-grade bike pedal built to withstand the enormous pressure of riding which is being used in competition today.

 

 

This innovation is what led slopestyle rider Mike Montgomery to approach Straitline Components to design a hydraulic brake line detangler, which allows handlebars to spin without tangling brake lines. Existing hydraulic brake line detanglers are not currently effective due to weak seals, so Straitline Components looked to combat this challenge by designing one to withstand the rigors of competitive slopestyle riding. Using SolidWorks Simulation software, Straitline tested the new design to ensure the seals were leak proof and the prototype was ready for competition. Edge Factor highlights the development and testing of this design, as well as the competition itself, including commentary from designers and riders.

 

“We knew that the seals caused problems with existing hydraulic brake line detangler designs,” said Dennis Paulson, head engineer of Straitline Components. “With the new design development coming so close to the Jump Dirt competition, we didn’t have time to build and test a prototype. The SolidWorks Simulation capabilities allowed us to put the hydraulic brake line detangler through its paces—all on a computer screen—ensuring that the product was safe and effective before Mike Montgomery attempted his first stunt, jump or ride.”

 

Using the new design from Straitline, Montgomery placed first in the Jump Dirt competition. In a three-month span, riders using the Straitline hydraulic brake line detangler have captured five first-place awards and one second-place award in North American competitions, according to the episode.

 

 

“This was a cool project from start to finish—to be able to actually design, prototype, and develop an effective new product just days away from a major competition was amazing. To have the rider win the Jump Dirt competition was even better, and speaks to the quality of SolidWorks software and Straitline Components’ design,” said Jeremy Bout, producer of The Edge Factor Show.

 

The Edge Factor show is designed to provide an inside look at how manufacturing affects consumers’ lives. It highlights real people doing ordinary things, demonstrates the diversity and interest points of manufacturing in a new way and engages the manufacturing community with the most current technology. The show’s mission is to profile existing manufacturing stars and to stir interest in the industry for a new audience, and “Gnarly Metal” marries extreme sports and manufacturing in a way that will interest both types of viewers.

 

Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks is the exclusive CAD sponsor of “Gnarly Metal.” The episode can be viewed here: http://www.edgefactor.com/ef_ep2. A behind the scenes look at Straitline’s use of SolidWorks is also available at: http://www.edgefactor.com/EF_EP2_PARTNER3

 

 

About The Edge Factor

The Edge Factor is a new media project that is bringing to screen an inside look at real people using extreme technology to create the world we see all around us. Come face to face with astounding engineering challenges in an incredibly exciting world that is normally invisible to the general public. Join Jeremy as he leads us into the invisible world of manufacturing, and meet the personalities that make these stories possible – diverse people with skills that rival that of a doctor or surgeon.

About Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks Corp.

Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks Corp., a Dassault Systèmes S.A. subsidiary, is a world leader in 3D solutions that help millions of engineers and designers succeed through innovation. Our products deliver an intuitive experience in product design, simulation, publishing, data management, and environmental impact assessment. For the latest news, information, or an online demonstration, visit our Web site (www.solidworks.com or call 1-800-693-9000 (outside of North America, call +1-781-810-5011).

 

About Dassault Systèmes

As a world leader in 3D and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions, Dassault Systèmes brings value to more than 100,000 customers in 80 countries. A pioneer in the 3D software market since 1981, Dassault Systèmes develops and markets PLM application software and services that support industrial processes and provide a 3D vision of the entire lifecycle of products from conception to maintenance to recycling. The Dassault Systèmes portfolio consists of CATIA for designing the virtual product – SolidWorks for 3D mechanical design – DELMIA for virtual production – SIMULIA for virtual testing – ENOVIA for global collaborative lifecycle management, and 3DVIA for online 3D lifelike experiences. Dassault Systèmes’ shares are listed on Euronext Paris (#13065, DSY.PA). For more information, visit http://www.3ds.com/.

SolidWorks is a registered trademark of Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks Corporation in the US and other countries. 3D VIA is a registered trademark and 3DVIA Composer is a trademark of Dassault Systèmes in the US and other countries. Other brand and product names are trademarks of their respective owners. © 2010 Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks Corp.

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University of Michigan Solar Car Team Revs Up SolidWorks to Design World Solar Challenge Contender

Team Improves Solar Car Aerodynamics by 30 Percent, Reduces Weight by 200 Pounds

CONCORD, Mass., USA, October 12, 2011 – Since the 1980s, engineers have been building, and racing solar cars. With software from Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks Corp., the University of Michigan (U-M) Solar Car Team has designed a car to compete in the World Solar Challenge in Australia this month. A six-time winner of the American National Championships, the U-M team is competing in the World Solar Challenge—and the car design is lighter and more aerodynamic than ever before.

 

Since 2006 U-M has used SolidWorks software to become the number 1 ranked collegiate solar car team in North America. Next week they will compete on the world stage driving 1800 miles across Australia thanks to the work of over 100 students in various disciplines at U-M. Quantum, the single-seat race vehicle, will travel as far as it can until 5pm each afternoon powered by the sun and 5kW hours of stored energy (the same amount of energy that it takes to power a hair-dryer) or on the recovered kinetic energy from the vehicle.

 

When designing the solar car, the U-M team found systems integration to be the most difficult challenge. Mechanical parts need to be small and light, in order to fit into as small an automotive shell as possible. The U-M team relied upon SolidWorks® 3D CAD software to model all of the car components, and determined the amount of space needed for each component. The result is a car that is 30 percent more aerodynamic and 200 pounds lighter than the previous version.

 

“Only one U.S. team has ever won the World Solar Challenge,” said Chris Hilger, Business Director of U-M Solar. “This year, we believe we have a winning car design due to the improved aerodynamic shell and significantly lighter weight. SolidWorks helped us model each part to be as small, light, and effective as possible, and this contributes significantly to the car’s speed and maneuverability.”

 

Battery thermal modeling was also a key challenge. Specifically, the team needed to control the temperature of the battery pack to prevent overheating. To solve this issue, the team used SolidWorks Simulation to determine the best thermal management solution. Unlike past years, when off-the-shelf batteries were used, this year’s battery was designed and created from scratch by the Solar Car team.

 

“The U-M Solar Car Team has been able to achieve groundbreaking results with a lighter and faster car,” said Marie Planchard, director of education at Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks. “This extraordinary team is poised to take the lead at the World Solar Challenge, and we’re proud to have contributed to a stellar—and hopefully winning—design.”

 

Follow the race at: http://www.worldsolarchallenge.org/.  

About Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks Corp.

Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks Corp., a Dassault Systèmes S.A. subsidiary, is a world leader in 3D solutions that help millions of engineers and designers succeed through innovation. Our products deliver an intuitive experience in product design, simulation, publishing, data management, and environmental impact assessment. For the latest news, information, or an online demonstration, visit our Web site (www.solidworks.com or call 1-800-693-9000 (outside of North America, call +1-781-810-5011).

 

About Dassault Systèmes

As a world leader in 3D and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions, Dassault Systèmes brings value to more than 100,000 customers in 80 countries. A pioneer in the 3D software market since 1981, Dassault Systèmes develops and markets PLM application software and services that support industrial processes and provide a 3D vision of the entire lifecycle of products from conception to maintenance to recycling. The Dassault Systèmes portfolio consists of CATIA for designing the virtual product – SolidWorks for 3D mechanical design – DELMIA for virtual production – SIMULIA for virtual testing – ENOVIA for global collaborative lifecycle management, and 3DVIA for online 3D lifelike experiences. Dassault Systèmes’ shares are listed on Euronext Paris (#13065, DSY.PA). For more information, visit http://www.3ds.com/.

SolidWorks is a registered trademark of Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks Corporation in the US and other countries. 3D VIA is a registered trademark and 3DVIA Composer is a trademark of Dassault Systèmes in the US and other countries. Other brand and product names are trademarks of their respective owners. © 2010 Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks Corp.

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SolidWorks Helps Pumpkins Go Airborne

Team ETHOS Uses SolidWorks Design and Simulation for Punkin’ Chunkin’ World Championship

CONCORD, Mass., USA, October 31, 2011 — One of the first ancient siege engines, the catapult, was invented by the ancient Greeks for use in battle. Thousands of years later, Americans in a field in Delaware use those same devices to “chunk” pumpkins in an annual, pulp-filled competition. Many of today’s competitors, like Team ETHOS, have a secret weapon—they use SolidWorks® 3D design software to design and analyze their catapults for optimum performance.

 

Team ETHOS, a group of hobbyists from Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, uses SolidWorks 3D design solutions to design and simulate their catapult to compete in the Punkin’ Chunkin’® competitions. They use a siege engine relying on torsion, or twisting, power to propel the projectiles. In 2009, the team’s SolidWorks design led to a first place finish in the Adult Torsion Catapult category of the World Championship with a throw of 2,088 feet.

 

The World Championship Punkin’ Chunkin’ Association (WCPCA) is a non-profit association started in 1986 that hosts the Punkin’ Chunkin’ World Championships, which raises money for scholarships and charitable organizations. The contest has a simple goal: to throw an 8-pound pumpkin the farthest, remaining intact until it hits the ground. In addition to the World Championship, Team ETHOS also competes in a fundraising pumpkin chunk at the Wright Patterson AFB. This year the team’s Phoenix catapult raised $900 for charity with a shot of 2,972 feet, easily winning the contest.

 

In 2008-9, Team ETHOS re-designed its catapult, now called Phoenix, using SolidWorks software. They started with several designs in SolidWorks and evaluated each design’s manufacturability in the carbon-fiber composite, steel, and aluminum they use to build the catapult. Once they selected the final design, the team performed a stress and dynamics analysis with SolidWorks Simulation to understand how the catapult would function under real-world operating conditions. Any time something in the build didn’t work quite right, the team was able to easily remodel the parts in SolidWorks.

 

“SolidWorks is integral to everything we do for Phoenix. We use it to virtually test weights, motion, clearances, stress and dynamic analysis,” said David Mollenhauer, senior materials engineer. “It’s a complete game changer for the way we design things. At the same time, the software is very intuitive — I was able to teach myself how to use it.”

 

The combination of SolidWorks 3D Design and SolidWorks Simulation software allows Team ETHOS to analyze every aspect of the catapult. The team can evaluate force and stress between contacting parts and apply bearing loads, force, pressure, and torque while optimizing the design based on structure and motion. Team ETHOS also works with a CNC machinist, who also donates time, to execute the high-precision aluminum machining for the catapult. SolidWorks drawings are easily translated into a form the machinist can use, resulting in parts that fit the first time.

 

“It’s great to see people come together to use physics for fun. While the Punkin’ Chunkin’ event is designed for hobbyists, it’s also a testimonial to the role of physics and design in our everyday lives,” said Stephen Endersby, simulation product manager for Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks Corp. “Team ETHOS has combined form, function, and entertainment with its design for the world championship competition. We can’t wait to see how Team ETHOS performs this year.”

 

Watch Team ETHOS square off against five other teams in the Adult Torsion Catapult category of the World Championship Punkin’ Chunkin’ beginning on November 4, 2011. Discovery and Science channels will air the competition on November 24, 2011. Check your local TV listings for details. More information about how SolidWorks can help you design a catapult is available at http://www.solidworks.com/Sim_Complex_PumpkinChunkin_DOWNLOAD.

About Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks Corp.

Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks Corp., a Dassault Systèmes S.A. subsidiary, is a world leader in 3D solutions that help millions of engineers and designers succeed through innovation. Our products deliver an intuitive experience in product design, simulation, publishing, data management, and environmental impact assessment. For the latest news, information, or an online demonstration, visit our Web site (www.solidworks.com or call 1-800-693-9000 (outside of North America, call +1-781-810-5011).

 

About Dassault Systèmes

As a world leader in 3D and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions, Dassault Systèmes brings value to more than 100,000 customers in 80 countries. A pioneer in the 3D software market since 1981, Dassault Systèmes develops and markets PLM application software and services that support industrial processes and provide a 3D vision of the entire lifecycle of products from conception to maintenance to recycling. The Dassault Systèmes portfolio consists of CATIA for designing the virtual product – SolidWorks for 3D mechanical design – DELMIA for virtual production – SIMULIA for virtual testing – ENOVIA for global collaborative lifecycle management, and 3DVIA for online 3D lifelike experiences. Dassault Systèmes’ shares are listed on Euronext Paris (#13065, DSY.PA). For more information, visit http://www.3ds.com/.

SolidWorks is a registered trademark of Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks Corporation in the US and other countries. 3D VIA is a registered trademark and 3DVIA Composer is a trademark of Dassault Systèmes in the US and other countries. Other brand and product names are trademarks of their respective owners. © 2010 Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks Corp.

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University of Maryland Creates Human-Powered Helicopter with SolidWorks

Relies on SolidWorks Simulation Software to Ensure Flight Worthiness, Safety

WALTHAM, Mass., USA, November 7, 2011 –We think nothing of flight today and even take it for granted. It’s not unusual to see a helicopter give a scenic tour or provide a traffic report with “eyes in the sky” for television news. With software from Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks Corp., the Aerospace Engineering department at the University of Maryland’s (UMD) A. James Clark School of Engineering is taking flight one step further.

  

The UMD design team is pursuing a different type of flight: a human-powered helicopter, which runs on energy generated by pedals. While human-powered airplanes have been around for at least a quarter of a century, human-powered helicopters pose a much bigger challenge, as they need more power for flight height and duration. For example, a 60-second flight pushes the limits of human endurance.

  

To address this issue, the design team turned to DS SolidWorks. Using SolidWorks® CAD software, the team created a helicopter propelled by hand and foot pedals. Not only does the design need to be aerodynamic, but it requires durable, lightweight materials.

 

 

SolidWorks has been critical to designing the complex parts this helicopter requires,” said Joseph Schmaus, a UMD graduate student working on the project. “Between the simulation capabilities, which allow us to perform stress analysis on individual components, and the ability to rapidly prototype complex parts, SolidWorks has helped us to ensure we create effective, safe, lightweight pieces for the larger design.”

 

The helicopter prototype—which weighs only 100 pounds—is currently operational, and has broken two world records to date, according to the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI), the world governing body for air sports, aeronautics, and astronautics world records. The first UMD flight was recorded at four seconds, and the second flight at 12.4 seconds. The UMD team hopes to achieve the benchmark set for the Sikorsky prize, which requires a flight duration of 60 seconds and a height of three meters.

 

“We applaud UMD’s accomplishments to date,” said Marie Planchard, Director of World Education Markets for Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks. “This is a cutting-edge design, and coupling the power of human endurance with the right materials positions the design team to continue setting and breaking records. We wish the aerospace engineering department the best of luck with this mission—and we’re proud to be on board.”

 

For images of the helicopter design project, please visit: http://brandonbush.smugmug.com/HPH/Comcast-Testing/16928559_ZgGG72#1279571461_C9rPt5w. Images courtesy of Brandon Bush.

About Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks Corp.

Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks Corp., a Dassault Systèmes S.A. subsidiary, is a world leader in 3D solutions that help millions of engineers and designers succeed through innovation. Our products deliver an intuitive experience in product design, simulation, publishing, data management, and environmental impact assessment. For the latest news, information, or an online demonstration, visit our Web site (www.solidworks.com or call 1-800-693-9000 (outside of North America, call +1-781-810-5011).

 

About Dassault Systèmes

As a world leader in 3D and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions, Dassault Systèmes brings value to more than 100,000 customers in 80 countries. A pioneer in the 3D software market since 1981, Dassault Systèmes develops and markets PLM application software and services that support industrial processes and provide a 3D vision of the entire lifecycle of products from conception to maintenance to recycling. The Dassault Systèmes portfolio consists of CATIA for designing the virtual product – SolidWorks for 3D mechanical design – DELMIA for virtual production – SIMULIA for virtual testing – ENOVIA for global collaborative lifecycle management, and 3DVIA for online 3D lifelike experiences. Dassault Systèmes’ shares are listed on Euronext Paris (#13065, DSY.PA). For more information, visit http://www.3ds.com/.

SolidWorks is a registered trademark of Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks Corporation in the US and other countries. 3D VIA is a registered trademark and 3DVIA Composer is a trademark of Dassault Systèmes in the US and other countries. Other brand and product names are trademarks of their respective owners. © 2010 Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks Corp.

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Tomorrow’s Engineers Take Charge of the Planet

SolidWorks Education Edition 2010-2011 Equips Students for Sustainable Design Careers

CONCORD, Mass., USA, May 3, 2010Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks Corp.(DS SolidWorks) today kicked off a new era of engineering education with the release of SolidWorks® Education Edition 2010-2011, which includes powerful new technology for designing sustainable products.

This technology, SolidWorks Sustainability software, was originally designed for professional design teams. For the first time, it gives higher education students deep insight into the potentially significant environmental impact of the choices they will make as professional designers and engineers. SolidWorks Education Edition 2010-2011 also includes all of the improvements in the newest commercial version of DS SolidWorks’ design software, SolidWorks 2010, including SolidWorks Simulation Premium, a powerful, comprehensive set of tools for simulation. It handles nonlinear and dynamic response as well as composite materials.

SolidWorks Sustainability software helps quantify the air, water, energy, and carbon footprint impact of CAD assemblies from raw material sourcing through manufacture, use, and disposal.

“Today’s engineering students welcome the challenge to innovate the new products and processes that will minimize the environmental degradation caused by human activity,” says Assistant Professor Solomon G. Diamond, PhD of Dartmouth’s Thayer School of Engineering. “When students learn that their design decisions have a snowballing environmental impact over the life of a product, they want to know how to make better choices. DS SolidWorks has now delivered a tool that helps engineers make smart, sustainable design decisions with unprecedented simplicity.”

Hard decisions made easier

When designing a product, engineering students have traditionally focused on concerns like cost, mass, rigidity, and tensile strength. While these factors affect a product’s utility, SolidWorks Sustainability calculates equally important environmental values: the impact of an entire assembly in terms of raw material extraction, material processing, part manufacturing, assembly, use, and disposal, including transportation at every phase. SolidWorks Sustainability software includes a material selection tool that compares any assembly against a baseline design in real time for better decision making. The software also automatically generates customized reports of its sustainability analyses, helping make engineering decisions understandable to non-technical audiences.

“SolidWorks Sustainability software fills a long-recognized void by allowing quantified analyses of sustainability to be incorporated into design education without requiring students to conduct independent research projects,” said Make McDermott, associate professor of mechanical engineering at Texas AM University. “Students can now assess their designs automatically, yet with insight into each variable, and make sound decisions that make a positive impact on the planet.”

SolidWorks Education Edition 2010-2011 is distributed via the host institution’s computer network. Any student, however, can individually purchase SolidWorks Student Edition 2010-2011, which includes SolidWorks SustainabilityXpress, software that helps users analyze the air, water, energy, and carbon impact of any single part.

New: The SolidWorks Student Access Initiative

Institutions that use SolidWorks software also have the unique ability to provide SolidWorks to students and educators outside the classroom and off campus through the new SolidWorks Student Access Initiative. With SolidWorks on their laptops and home PCs, students can collaborate and complete their work whenever, wherever, and however it suits them.

Texas AM is taking advantage of the program as part of an initiative providing SolidWorks access to 16,500 students. Students will now have SolidWorks software on their laptops and home PCs as well as on school-owned computers across a variety of disciplines – including petroleum, nuclear, mechanical, industrial, electrical, and biomedical engineering. All other schools at the university, including the college of science and veterinary medicine, will have SolidWorks, too.

…and more

By incorporating SolidWorks 2010’s improvements, SolidWorks Education Edition 2010-2011 includes broad new capabilities in modeling productivity, simulation, publishing, and data management. In addition, the education software comes with:

Free testing and (if one passes) certification as a Certified SolidWorks Associate (CSWA). This certification prepares students for the workplace, motivates them to continue learning, and proves they’re good candidates to work in the design and engineering fields.

An “Instructor’s Guide to Teaching SolidWorks” with lessons, PowerPoint presentations, assessments, and tips. For students, there is a companion “Student’s Guide to Learning SolidWorks.”

New tutorials and curricula covering design, modeling, visualization, and making STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math education) relevant to the student. New simulation tutorials include verification problems and international standards (NAFEMS Benchmarks) to help students ensure designs will work in the real world. (Through a partnership with the STEM Academy, DS SolidWorks is introducing STEM-oriented sustainable design education to kindergartners. Continuing through high school, the instruction includes an emphasis on STEM-related careers for women and minorities.)

About Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks Corp.

Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks Corp., a Dassault Systèmes S.A. subsidiary, is a world leader in 3D solutions that help millions of engineers and designers succeed through innovation. Our products deliver an intuitive experience in product design, simulation, publishing, data management, and environmental impact assessment. For the latest news, information, or an online demonstration, visit our Web site (www.solidworks.com or call 1-800-693-9000 (outside of North America, call +1-978-371-5000).

 

About Dassault Systèmes

As a world leader in 3D and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions, Dassault Systèmes brings value to more than 100,000 customers in 80 countries. A pioneer in the 3D software market since 1981, Dassault Systèmes develops and markets PLM application software and services that support industrial processes and provide a 3D vision of the entire lifecycle of products from conception to maintenance to recycling. The Dassault Systèmes portfolio consists of CATIA for designing the virtual product – SolidWorks for 3D mechanical design – DELMIA for virtual production – SIMULIA for virtual testing – ENOVIA for global collaborative lifecycle management, and 3DVIA for online 3D lifelike experiences. Dassault Systèmes’ shares are listed on Euronext Paris (#13065, DSY.PA). For more information, visit http://www.3ds.com/.

SolidWorks is a registered trademark of Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks Corporation in the US and other countries. 3D VIA is a registered trademark and 3DVIA Composer is a trademark of Dassault Systèmes in the US and other countries. Other brand and product names are trademarks of their respective owners. © 2010 Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks Corp.

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Rail-Ability keeps new product design on track with SolidWorks and COSMOSXpress software

Software enables company to quickly customize home and business orders

CONCORD, Mass., July 27, 2005 ? Weather
Shield Mfg., Inc., a leading manufacturer in the window and door industry headquartered
in Wisconsin, is using 50 licenses of SolidWorks® 3D mechanical design software
to design, configure, and customize doors and windows for architects, builders,
and major retailers around the world. It is using COSMOS® design validation
software to test the designs prior to prototyping, further speeding products
to market.

Many Weather Shield custom orders require
engineers to vertically combine (?stack?) windows, or to mix (?mull?) windows
and doors for specific home or business requirements. The process often requires
wholesale reconfiguration of height, length, width , depth, angle, and grille
patterns.

?Two-dimensional sketches help line up
centerlines and grille lines, but 3D models effectively handle our form, fit,
function, and testing work,? said Steve Jorgensen, engineering IT project leader
for Weather Shield. ?I’ve used nine different solid modeling programs, and SolidWorks
is by far the easiest to use. For that reason, it is the product I recommended
when I joined the company.?

Weather Shield has standardized on SolidWorks
for all of its new design work and is steadily converting 2D components designed
with AutoCAD® software into 3D designs. With SolidWorks, the company expects
to significantly accelerate its design work through increased automation.

?We’d like to get to the point where
we’re creating all window types in 3D,? Jorgensen said. ?Then we can start combining
multiple window designs in a parametric environment, modify the assembly as
needed, and take these parts out onto the shop floor with a bill of material
detailing specified cut lengths.?

Weather Shield is using COSMOSWorks®
design validation software to test the strength of various window configurations
in hopes of reducing simulation and prototype costs. Designers use the eDrawings?
e-mail-enabled drawing and model viewer to share models with the shop floor
and to quickly preview designs stored in their document database. These approaches
promise to save Weather Shield significant time in bringing new products to
a door and window market projected to top $32 billion by 2009.

?The door and window market is a highly
competitive one, and both design quality and timing can have an enormous impact
on the customer experience,? said Bertrand Sicot , SolidWorks’ vice president
of North American Sales. ?We give companies like Weather Shield the tools to
compete aggressively in this market with creative designs executed quickly.?

Weather Shield works with authorized
SolidWorks reseller Graphics Systems for ongoing software training, implementation,
and support.

About Weather Shield Mfg., Inc.

Owned by the Schield family, Weather
Shield Windows Doors is one of the nation’s leading window and door manufacturers.
Based in Medford , Wis. , the company operates manufacturing facilities in Ladysmith,
Greenwood , Park Falls , and Medford , Wis. , and in Logan , Utah . The Schield
family also owns The Peachtree Companies, Inc., consisting of Peachtree®
Doors and Windows, Crestline® Windows Doors, and Vetter® Windows
Doors. The Peachtree Companies operate facilities in Norcross and Gainesville
, Ga. , Huntington , W. Va., and in Mosinee , Wis. For more information, visit
www.weathershield.com.

About Graphics Systems Corporation

Graphics Systems is the Midwest’s leading
provider of CAD/CAM/CAE/PDM solutions for business and industry with over 15
years in business, and over 125 years of combined engineering experience. Major
product offerings through Graphics Systems include SolidWorks, COSMOS FEA software,
PDMWorks® , DBWorks, MoldWorks® , Teksoft CAM, Dimension 3D printers,
and more. Graphics Systems has offices in Menomonee Falls, Madison , and Green
Bay , WI in addition to Oakbrook Terrace , Ill. For more information on Graphics
Systems Corporation, contact Nicole Dzimiela at 800-454-CADD ext. 117 or visit
http://www.gxsc.com .

About Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks Corp.

Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks Corp., a Dassault Systèmes S.A. subsidiary, is a world leader in 3D solutions that help millions of engineers and designers succeed through innovation. Our products deliver an intuitive experience in product design, simulation, publishing, data management, and environmental impact assessment. For the latest news, information, or an online demonstration, visit our Web site (www.solidworks.com or call 1-800-693-9000 (outside of North America, call +1-781-810-5011).

 

About Dassault Systèmes

As a world leader in 3D and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions, Dassault Systèmes brings value to more than 100,000 customers in 80 countries. A pioneer in the 3D software market since 1981, Dassault Systèmes develops and markets PLM application software and services that support industrial processes and provide a 3D vision of the entire lifecycle of products from conception to maintenance to recycling. The Dassault Systèmes portfolio consists of CATIA for designing the virtual product – SolidWorks for 3D mechanical design – DELMIA for virtual production – SIMULIA for virtual testing – ENOVIA for global collaborative lifecycle management, and 3DVIA for online 3D lifelike experiences. Dassault Systèmes’ shares are listed on Euronext Paris (#13065, DSY.PA). For more information, visit http://www.3ds.com/.

SolidWorks is a registered trademark of Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks Corporation in the US and other countries. 3D VIA is a registered trademark and 3DVIA Composer is a trademark of Dassault Systèmes in the US and other countries. Other brand and product names are trademarks of their respective owners. © 2010 Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks Corp.

SolidWorks is a registered trademark and eDrawings is a trademark of SolidWorks Corporation. COSMOS and COSMOSWorks are registered trademarks of Structural Research and Analysis Corporation. Other brand and product names are trademarks of their respective owners. Copyright (c) 2005 SolidWorks Corporation.

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