MSC Apex Wins Design News’ Prestigious 2015 Golden Mousetrap Award

World’s first Computational Parts Based CAE System Chosen as One of Year’s Top Innovation in Software Design Tools, CAD/PDM/PLM Category

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. — (BUSINESS WIRE) — February 12, 2015MSC Software Corporation’s MSC Apex CAE (Computer Aided Engineering) platform has won the 2015 Golden Mousetrap Award as one of the most important design technology innovations of the year, MSC announced today.

MSC Apex won in the Design Tools Hardware & Software category, which covers computer-aided design (CAD), product data management (PDM) and product lifecycle management software (PLM). Winners were chosen by the Design News editorial team and its advisory board, and announced at the 14th annual Golden Mousetrap award presentation held at the Pacific Design & Manufacturing Trade event on February 10 in Anaheim, California.

The Golden Mousetrap Award recognizes innovation in the development of new products in automation, electronics, materials and design tools. It celebrates the people and technologies driving progress in today’s U.S. design and manufacturing industries with a focus on the renaissance of manufacturing in North America. The award is sponsored by business-to-business media company UBM Canon, publisher of the widely read design publication Design News.

“The CAD/PDM/PLM industry is very large and broad. To be selected by Design News as the most innovative product for 2015 in this category is a great tribute to our extraordinary team that brought MSC Apex to life,” said MSC Software President and CEO Dominic Gallello.

The Golden Mousetrap announcement comes just a week after MSC Apex won the NASA Tech Briefs 2014 Readers’ Choice Product of the Year Award, which named MSC Apex as the most significant contribution to the engineering community in 2014.

MSC Apex is the world’s first computational parts™ based CAE system. It transforms the way engineers perform simulation by reducing critical CAE modeling and process time from days to hours. MSC Apex delivers innovative technology that enables predictive product development in the earlier stages of design where it is critical in saving time and money.

MSC Apex reflects a complete rethinking of the simulation process that rearranged the way in which the components of geometry modeling, solving, and post processing relate to each other. It moves simulation away from a serial process to an interactively connected process based on a new parts and assembly paradigm. With MSC Apex, engineers can incrementally run analysis of complex assemblies, conduct rapid trade studies, and exchange mathematical models in/through the supply chain without compromising intellectual property (IP).

For details regarding the MSC Apex product portfolio and available software releases, please visit

About MSC Software

MSC Software is one of the ten original software companies and a global leader in helping product manufacturers to advance their engineering methods with simulation software and services. As a trusted partner, MSC Software helps companies improve quality, save time, and reduce costs associated with design and test of manufactured products. Academic institutions, researchers, and students employ MSC’s technology to expand individual knowledge as well as expand the horizon of simulation. MSC Software employs 1,100 professionals in 20 countries. For additional information about MSC Software’s products and services, please visit:

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