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The world's largest independent CAD publication honors 10 of the best products in the mechanical CAD/CAE industry

Wednesday, Mar 7, 2001 4:00 AM

San Francisco, CA, March 7, 2001- The editors of CADENCE magazine announced today the winners of the prestigious CADENCE 2001 NDES Show Stopper awards. Winners were chosen from among all CAD-related products being shown at the National Design Engineering Show in Chicago, IL, March 5-8th. After a thorough review of software and hardware products, as well as service providers, the CADENCE editorial staff selected 10 companies that distinguished themselves with products that not only exemplify innovation, creativity, simplicity, and ease-of-use but also help to move the CAD industry forward with advanced technology. The editors of CADENCE magazine give Show Stopper awards at two major industry tradeshows a year – at NDES in March and at the A/E/C SYSTEMS show in June. Being awarded a Show Stopper award from the leading magazine in the CAD industry is an indication to CAD professionals of a cutting edge, highly usable product.

3G.web.decisions - 3G.web.decisions is an engineering system that allows engineers to use standard Web browsers to access and reuse parametric CAD and engineering data crucial to their projects. With 3G.web.decisions, project team components such as design, engineering, manufacturing, and suppliers can collaboratively discuss, plan, and validate design changes and modifications in real-time. 3Ga's solution creates an interactive environment that allows project team members to examine and use a wide range of design alternatives. www.3gacorp.com

Autodesk Streamline - Autodesk Streamline makes it possible for design teams to easily communicate design information across the team and to share data and files with the extended team, including members who do not necessarily have a complete knowledge of CAD, such as marketing, bidding and procurement and others. Based on streaming technology from VisStream, Autodesk Streamline gives users of Autodesk products an easy-to-use Web-based collaboration platform that is available through Autodesk servers today. In the near future, the product will have versions that also can be hosted behind a company's firewall. www.autodesk.com/streamline

CoCreate OneSpace - CoCreate's OneSpace product continues to impress the editors at CADENCE for setting the bar high for real-time CAD-neutral collaboration. Allowing multiple engineers 24/7 global access to a virtual design space where teams can perform complex design changes collaboratively, OneSpace shows that high-level online collaboration is eminently achievable.

ASPire3D from Imagecom Corp. - ASPire3D from Imagecom Corp. with its automated Web-based 2D to 3D conversion has shown the industry how a service-oriented ASP can make a significant difference in the everyday lives of CAD designers and practitioners by giving them an affordable, easy to use means of converting 2D data to 3D. At its portal sites of 2Dto3DCAD.com and 2DHealer.com, users have state-of-the art translation technology available to them and the assurance that actual human engineers will work with their data to provide "best of class" services. www.aspire3d.com

MechSoft.com - MechSoft.com, the former Czech-based company now headquartered in Austin, TX, has a PROF1 high-powered add-on that brings, even more, efficiency to products such as UGS's Solid Edge, Autodesk Mechanical Desktop, and Autodesk Inventor. At NDES, MechSoft.com introduced its Behavioral Optimizer add-on to its PROF1 product that enables designers to examine design parameters and optimize the performance of moving parts, for example, within particular design constraints. www.mechsoft.com

MSC.Software.com - MSC.Software.com has pioneered in many ways the delivery of high-end, traditionally high-cost design and analysis software through its ASP services, which gives users access to its NASTRAN product line, and other products, on a short-term or project basis. Particularly noteworthy at NDES was its SimulationCenter, where users can make easy selections from a suite of products, including MSC.evisualNastran, IronCAD, MSC.Nastran, MSC.Patran, MSC.Superforge, MSC.Working Model 2D, and MSC.eMesh.com. Users pick as many of these products as needed on a project, select the time required for each, get an immediate cost tally, and then have the software at their disposal for the allotted periods through MSC's servers.

Geomagic Qualify - Geomagic has introduced a number of innovations to complex surfacing technology that has helped to move the PC-based CAD industry forward. Now with Geomagic Qualify, designers can compare a CAD model to a 3D scan of a part and identify discrepancies. The software gives designers several options for detecting production problems, and automatically aligns the 3D scan with the CAD model, but its most compelling feature is how easily and quickly a determination can be made on whether a tested part is within the manufacturing tolerances. Once a scan is imported, that good part/bad part determination can be made within just a few minutes. www.geomagic.com

SmartBOM by SmarTeam - SmarTeam, the American subsidiary of Smart Solutions, a Dassault Systemes company, captured the attention of CADENCE editors when it released its impressive suite of Web-enabled collaboration solutions for product data management. SmartBOM, announced at NDES this year, is the latest addition to SmarTeam's collection of solutions. SmartBOM streamlines the creation, modification, and tracking of product BOM (Bill of Materials) within an XML-based framework, making information exchange easier than it traditionally is. Because SmartBOM packages data in a self-contained, self-extracting environment, users can view the information with the SmartBOM viewer, available for download free of charge at www.mysmartbom.com, or edited through SmartBOM Editor. No PDM or additional applications are required.

SolidWorks 2001 - SolidWorks fans will have more to cheer about with SolidWorks 2001 just in the usual feature improvements that we've all come to expect from this company. But ease-of-collaboration is also a theme with this new release, coming with improvements in eDrawigns, 3D Instant Website, the SolidWorks Viewer and the new 3D PartStream e-commerce application. Keeping collaboration close to the vest of the design group, SolidWorks has sidestepped the more complex, high-cost approach to collaboration, keeping with its goal of giving engineers tools they can use from within SolidWorks that are easy to learn and execute. www.solidworks.com

thinkdesign 6.0 from think3 - thinkdesign 6.0 from think3 boasts a clean heads-up interface that allows users to avoid the clumsy and sometimes burdensome use of dialog boxes that can block key parts of a design on-screen. With popup context-sensitive callouts that leave the screen uncluttered, design work can now be sped up considerably. But thinkdesign also comes with a robust voice-recognition interface that provides even more time-saving potential for design professionals on the clock. www.think3.com

Established in 1986, CADENCE magazine is the world's largest independent computer-aided design (CAD) publication. CADENCE reaches over 100,000 CAD professionals working in architectural, mechanical engineering, civil engineering, industrial design, GIS, and other related industries. CADENCE educates CAD professionals on latest industry trends, informs subscribers of up-to-date developments in the fast growing PC-based CAD market, and delivers hands-on solutions to computer-aided design challenges. More information about the Show Stopper awards can be found at www.cadenceweb.com.

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About Geomagic

Geomagic (www.geomagic.com) is a global company dedicated to advancing and applying 3D technology for the benefit of humanity. Geomagic’s scanning and design software solutions are used to capture and model 3D content from physical objects, organically sculpt complex shapes, and prepare products for manufacturing. In addition, the company produces powerful 3D metrology and inspection software that verifies dimensional quality by comparing as-built products to master designs. Geomagic’s Sensable Phantom haptic devices simulate the sense of touch in a digital environment. 

Geomagic’s software and hardware are utilized by world-class customers in a variety of industries, including aerospace, automotive, medical, consumer products, toys, collectibles, coindesign, jewelry, fine art, heritage restoration, research, education, mold making, entertainment, training and surgical simulation. In fact, some of the world’s leading companies and research organizations use Geomagic software, including Ford, BMW, Boeing, Harley DavidsonTimberland, Mattel/Fisher Price, Lego, Pratt & WhitneyNASA, Schneider Electronic, 3M, Danaher and Invisalign. Geomagic is based in Research Triangle Park, N.C., USA, with an office in Boston, subsidiaries in Europe and Asia, and channel partners worldwide.

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