Intercad strengthens leadership position going into 2012….

Intercad strengthens leadership position going into 2012 with Management Buyout
Solid modelling leader plans to further support manufacturing sector

Sydney, Australia (December 21, 2011) – Australia and New Zealand’s leading supplier of SolidWorks solid modelling solutions, Intercad Pty Ltd has completed a management buyout and plans to introduce new services in 2012 as it further supports the manufacturing sectors in both countries.

“When you have confidence in something, you want to be a part of it.  That’s what we’ve done with Intercad,” said Max Piper, Chief Executive Officer, Intercad Pty Ltd.

Established 25 years ago, Intercad was sold by its founders to holding company Central Innovations Pty Ltd in 2006. That deal was backed by the ANZ Bank.

“The global financial crisis (GFC) has seen a drive in demand for solid modelling systems as designers and manufacturers sought to be more productive and competitive,” said Piper. “Intercad has focussed on providing increased implementation, technical services and training.  This strategic positioning has resulted in Intercad being able to maintain its position as the leading distributor of SolidWorks in the region and we continue to win market share from competitive products. For some time, we knew that the ANZ Bank planned to divest itself of its private equity holdings and when the opportunity arose to assume ownership of Intercad, we seized it.”

Piper said the ANZ Bank’s decision to divest at this point reflected its positive assessment of Intercad’s strong business position.  Intercad’s leadership of the 3D modelling software and services market as well as its robust and rapidly expanding client base were other key factors in the decision.

“If you look at our clients, you see a diverse range of outstanding names like Russell Mineral Equipment, Qantas, Fisher & Paykel and Triple 8 Racing Team Vodafone.  You also see strong growth as new clients are added in sectors like education with Monash University,” Piper said.

Intercad has seen significant growth in the education market with demand for SolidWorks-trained graduates being driven by commercial organisations.

“At one education institution for instance we’ve seen a doubling in demand for SolidWorks training in the last 12 months,” said Piper.

While Piper cited macro-economic factors such as the increased competition from low cost regions like China creating challenges for local manufacturers, the sector was also facing the additional pressure of the strength of the Australian dollar and global economic volatility. Companies were responding by seeking ways to increasingly improve their productivity by, for example, further automating their businesses.

“Part of the story is that local manufacturing continues to show resilience and those manufacturers that have invested or will invest to lift capability are going to find themselves well-positioned to grow over the next twelve months,” Piper said.

Piper also said SolidWorks’ position as a global leader in 3D modelling is complemented by Intercad’s role as a provider of choice for the industry and education sectors.

“Our role as a company is not merely to sell world-beating software,” Piper said. “Frankly, you don’t increase manufacturing competitiveness if you’re not there for your clients before, during and after the sale.  Intercad is thriving because software without access to best practice is only half the story, we are about enabling our customers and this means implementation, training, on-site support, online support, and remaining vigorous advocates of best practice adoption.

“Intercad stands at an inflection point,” Piper said. “Manufacturing might be challenged in our region but these very challenges offer great opportunities.  Essentially, our technology and the pre- and post- sales support we offer increase productivity and help automate as many processes as possible.  This means a healthier bottom line for our clients whatever the market conditions.”

Piper said Intercad was planning to roll out new services in 2012 in response to changing customer requirements as well as actively target new sectors in Australia and New Zealand.

About Intercad Pty Ltd

Intercad Pty Ltd is the leading distributor of SolidWorks in Australia and New Zealand. Intercad Pty Ltd is an Australian-owned company specialising in Mechanical Computer-Aided Engineering, Computer-Aided Design and Computer-Aided Manufacturing (MCAE/CAD/PDM/FEA) solutions. Established in 1987 with offices in each major state capital in Australia and in New Zealand, its core activities include software sales, technical support, training and consulting services. For more information please visit www.intercad.com.au or call Intercad’s head office on 02 9454 4444.

 

 

Cedarville University Supports Competitive Engineering with SolidWorks

Engineering Program Competes in Several Challenges per Year, Including Solar Splash

WALTHAM, Mass., USA, December 14, 2011 – Many United States colleges and universities are committed to creating quality engineering programs. Among these institutions is Ohio’s Cedarville University, a 125-year-old liberal arts college whose undergraduate department of engineering and computer science holds its own internal design competitions and dominates external competitions, such as Solar Splash, an intercollegiate solar boat regatta.

 

Cedarville’s engineering and computer science department has been relying on SolidWorks® 3D design solutions since 1996. Using SolidWorks, the department teaches more than 100 freshmen per year about modeling and CAD, challenging them with increasingly difficult projects until they demonstrate proficiency with SolidWorks. The goal is to prepare them for the real world with marketable skills. Likewise, senior students are tasked with a year-long design project that enables them to use every aspect of SolidWorks, such as lofting and analysis.

 

Cedarville also runs regular engineering competitions, such as a contest to design, build and race a cardboard canoe across a lake during homecoming weekend. The value of these competitions is to design, simulate, test and then use the physical end result.

 

“We want our students designing in SolidWorks because it’s the software they’ll use in the industry,” said Jay Kinsinger, assistant professor of mechanical engineering at Cedarville University. “It’s so much more than CAD—it’s computer-aided engineering. Teaching students to use SolidWorks gives them a leg up in the job market, and testing their skills through different types of competitions keeps them engaged, encourages creativity and trains their minds to always be designing. SolidWorks has been a critical asset to the success of our engineering program.”

 

One of the most significant competitions that the Cedarville engineering team participates in is Solar Splash; the team has also participated in the Frisian Solar Challenge in the Netherlands. The contest comprises two challenges: one for endurance and one for speed, requiring that the boat encompasses design elements for both challenges. Cedarville, a six-time Solar Splash champion, designed a revolutionary hull that changes its characteristics by shifts in on-board weight to achieve endurance versus speed. With SolidWorks they were able to design hull shells more intuitively using the lofting feature, and analyze how that hull cuts through water using SolidWorks Simulation.

 

“The Cedarville design team has a long track record of winning the Solar Splash competition and provides a fantastic example of how to build a robust engineering program using SolidWorks,” said Marie Planchard, director of education at Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks. “We’re looking forward to seeing how the team does at this year’s Solar Splash event and to welcoming Cedarville’s current class to the design industry.”

 

Cedarville University attracts 3,300 undergraduate, graduate and online students to more than 100 areas of study. Cedarville is a Christ-centered learning community recognized nationally for rigorous academic programs, strong graduation and retention rates, accredited professional and health science offerings and leading student satisfaction ratings. Visit the University online at www.cedarville.edu.

 

Cedarville relies on authorized SolidWorks reseller 3DVision Technologies for ongoing software training, implementation and support.

 

About 3DVision Technologies
Founded in 1995, 3DVision Technologies Corp. is a team of experienced mechanical engineers that support the visions of engineers globally. With solutions for the design and manufacturing industries that include 3D solid-modeling, computer aided analysis, product data management and 3D Printers, 3DVision Technologies strives to maintain a “company culture” made up of employees who love what they do and work hard to help customers achieve their business goals. 3DVision Technologies has received numerous awards for sales, training and technical support within the engineering community. For more information on 3DVision Technologies visit its website at www.3dvision.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.

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SolidWorks Software Helps Bring a 30 Year Dream to Life; Re-creation of U.S.S. Missouri

Donn McKinney Looks to Create a Fully Functional, Fleet of Hollywood-Quality Battleships for Museums and Ports

WALTHAM, Mass., USA, December 8, 2011 – Donn McKinney never served aboard the U.S.S. Missouri, but has had a soft spot for the historic battleship since he was a child. McKinney’s dream is to see the ship in action, and how the vessel served its country from World War II to Operation Desert Storm. With the help of SolidWorks® software, a 30+ year dream may soon become a reality.

 

McKinney is part of a team engaged in producing operational replicas of the Iowa Class Battleships U.S.S. Iowa, U.S.S. New Jersey, U.S.S. Missouri, and U.S.S. Wisconsin. The goal of the project is to put these operational ships on display for the education and enjoyment of the general public in various locales.

 

“Battleships like the Missouri bring waves of emotion to people. Seeing these floating parts of history conjures memories of sadness, joy, and wonder,” said McKinney. “My goal is to bring living history to those people and cities who feel connected to these now almost mythical battle ships.”

 

The U.S.S. Missouri was commissioned on June 11, 1944, and assigned to the Pacific Third Fleet that steamed into Pearl Harbor on Christmas Eve, 1944. The USS Missouri was part of the force that carried out bombing raids over Tokyo and provided firepower in the battles of Iwo Jima and Okinawa. The Missouri secured its place in history as the site of Japan’s unconditional surrender to the Allied Forces on Sept. 2, 1945, ending World War II. With updates through the years, the historic ship also served its country in the Korean War and Operation Desert Storm.

 

Through advancements in SolidWorks CAD software, McKinney has seen his project evolve from an 18-foot wooden ship, to an 18-foot steel ship. More recently, the latest rendition of the project is a 28-foot replica that features the ship’s complete functionality including radar and fully operational scaled weapons. McKinney is also working to add a system that will allow presenters to give full military orders to the vessel and receive an immediate response.  

 

When these ships were first built, they were termed as ‘The most complicated moving man-made objects on Earth.’ Indeed they were and continue to stand as great feats of engineering,” noted McKinney. “Thanks to SolidWorks, I am creating complex ships with ease and ensuring the replicas are truly authentic by using the most state of the art technology available.”

 

McKinney is adamant that any ship can be created using this methodology including such revered ships as the U.S.S Arizona, the French Battleship Richelieu, and the British Battle Cruiser HMS Hood among others.

 

“The SolidWorks community never ceases to amaze me with their passion, innovation, and drive,” said Christine Washburn, vice president, marketing, DS SolidWorks. “What Donn McKinney and his team are doing with our software is more than bringing dreams to life … they are recreating history that can be experienced around the world.  We look forward to seeing his complete fleet one day. ”

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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Media Advisory: Love of Design in the Air at SolidWorks World 2012, Feb. 12-15, San Diego

Waltham, MA USA, December 1, 2011 –

 

WHAT: Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks Corp. hosts SolidWorks World 2012

 

SolidWorks World by definition brings together users “United by Design.” Every day, from the moment we wake up, we’re surrounded by products that someone designed. An engineer or designer spent time thinking about how to make those products work, and how to turn their ideas into reality. Design is constantly improving our lives, making us safer, helping us live longer. And for the engineering community, it’s about loving their work, which is what will be celebrated at this year’s event.

 

If the 20th century was all about computer automation, allowing for improvements in design, analysis, and manufacturing of products, the 21st century is about collaboration. Today users from government, industry, and research — fields that wouldn’t ordinarily have the opportunity to work together — can now collaborate to create innovative designs that change the world.

 

This is evident at SolidWorks World 2012, the 14th annual gathering of customers, partners, resellers, and employees of DS SolidWorks, developer of software for sustainable design, simulation, data management, and technical communications.

Highlights of the event include:

  • Networking with more than 4,500 passionate SolidWorks enthusiasts including engineering and design professionals, students, educators, partners, resellers, and DS SolidWorks employees from around the globe. Customer stories from industries ranging from manufacturing and medical instruments, to consumer electronics and renewable energy.
  • Sessions showcasing how an open and transparent design process can help users approach and successfully overcome the same challenges in their work by leveraging insights from incredibly bright people for free, and in effect, conducting preliminary user-testing before true user tests.
  • More than 200 in-depth technical training sessions, many of them hands on, covering topics such as “Evaluating Component Cost Reduction Options Using SolidWorks Simulation,” “Dumb Solids – Make Them Your Friend in SolidWorks,” and “No Red Pencil Required – Using the SolidWorks Design Checker.”
  • ThePartner Pavilion, featuring more than 100 technology products that work with SolidWorks software to deliver new business benefits.
  • The Hot Rod Baby Buggy from “Let’s Go Design,” DS SolidWorks’ interactive Web series will be on display in the Product Showcase in the Partner Pavilion. The Hot Rod Baby Buggy was built start to finish with design input from the engineering community.   

 

WHEN: February 12-15, 2012

 

WHERE: San Diego Convention Center

              111 West Harbor Drive

              San Diego, CA 92101

              (619) 525-5000 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting            (619) 525-5000      

 

SPECIAL FEATURE: This year’s event features a contest for SolidWorks users outside of the United States to demonstrate their love of design.

 

Criteria:

  • Designers are invited to submit a story illustrating why they would like to attend SolidWorks World 2012, and how the event would benefit them in their roles.
  • For the designer who makes the best case for attendance, SolidWorks will cover conference admission, airfare, and hotel costs for the individual.
  • The winner will also be invited to write a post for the SolidWorks blog after the event, detailing the show experience and explaining how it will impact work in their region.
  • Details on the contest can be found on the SolidWorks blog.

 

CONTACT: A complete agenda is available online and registration is now open. You can save $100 by registering by January 20.

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 Holiday Gift Guide

3D Design-Inspired Gifts for Everyone on Your List

WALTHAM, Mass., US, November 21, 2011- Whether it’s a multi-tool for your dad, treats for the kids, or a custom iPhone® cover for the person on your list who has everything, great holiday gifts have one thing in common – inspired design. Show appreciation for your loved ones and for good design by selecting products created with SolidWorks® 3D design solutions. The following products are a select sampling of gifts that will make you a hit this holiday season.

 

 

Bresh® Single Use Toothbrush

For those days rushing between stores and holiday parties, the Bresh single use toothbrush will help you keep your smile clean and fresh all day. SolidWorks helped the company with the unique design that includes toothpaste in the cap. Just push on the cap, and toothpaste flows into the bristles. Simply brush and discard – Bresh is 100% biodegradable, including the bag.

http://www.breshtoothbrush.com/#!shop

 

 

 

The Carson Rotisserie

A versatile grill, the SolidWorks-designed Carson Rotisserie unfolds from sleek metal briefcase into a seven skewer, fully functional rotisserie grill that can cook all your favorite meats, fruits, and vegetables. With 4,000 cubic inches of cooking volume, chefs can grill for as many as 50 people without the stress of flipping anything or maintaining exact temperatures.

http://www.carsonrotisseries.com 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cool Gear EZ-Freeze Pure™ Filtration bottle

The EZ-Freeze Pure water filtration bottle provides an easy solution to finding cool, refreshing, and clean water on the go. Water flows through the patented filtration system, reducing chlorine taste and odor, while simultaneously keeping the water cool. SolidWorks was instrumental in the design procedure, from the early stages of concepts to the final tooling of the product, ensuring parts work and look their best.

http://www.coolgearinc.com 

http://files.solidworks.com/casestudies_eng/pdf/CoolGear_FINAL.pdf

 

 

 

Wilson from Cycles Devinci  

The 2011 Wilson is a new design from the ground up that has been several years in the making. The cyclist in your life will benefit from Cycles Devinci’s use of SolidWorks Motion and SolidWorks Simulation software to simulate frame performance and optimize strength-to-weight ratios. http://www.devinci.com/retailers/index.html  http://files.solidworks.com/casestudies_eng/pdf/Cycles%20Devinci_FINAL2.pdf  

 

 

iPhone Case from DsignMore

Thanks to SolidWorks and 3D printing technology, this truly customizable case features a small compartment to store your cash card, business card, or money. Surprise your loved ones with an iPhone case customized with their name, slogan, or logo on the back and on one side.

http://www.dsignandmore.com/IPHONENEN.html

 

 

 

ESS CrossbowTM

Designed in SolidWorks, the ESS Crossbow eye shield has re-defined performance and utility for eye protection. The Crossbow’s Tri-Tech FitTM frame ergonomics offer universal comfort and stability with zero pressure points. A great stocking stuffer for anyone who wants to take a few risks while protecting their eyes.  

http://www.esseyepro.com/crossbow

 

 

 

 

Fiskars ShopBoss™ Hardware Snip

An innovative multi-purpose tool, the ShopBoss combines some of the most frequently used tools in any toolbox. Designed in SolidWorks, it includes a built-in notch for wire cutting and wire stripping, and a built-in bottle opener. Specially designed handles combine with a unique, spring-action design to give users more cutting leverage. http://www2.fiskars.com/Products/Hardware/Multitools/ShopBoss

 

 

iPad® 2 Wrap

Engineered in SolidWorks to work with the Apple® Smart Cover, the Wrap protects your iPad 2′s corners and back while adding only 2 millimeters of thickness. The Wrap is manufactured on demand, allowing you to choose from 4 patterns or to customize it with a personal design or corporate logo. iPad 1 wraps are also available.

http://www.jbaredesign.com/ipad-2-wrap/

 

 

 

 

Zoku The Quick PopTM Maker

Designed entirely in SolidWorks, the patented Zoku Quick Pop Maker freezes ice pops in as little as seven minutes right on your countertop without electricity. Quickly make striped pops, yogurt pops, or flavored core pops (aka “creamsicles”). The unit can make up to 9 pops before refreezing the unit. http://www.zokuhome.com/products/quick-pop-maker

 

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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/.

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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