SolidWorks Software Helps Transform Bathroom into Design-Inspired Retreat

CONCORD, Mass.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—February 17, 2009— The bathroom is rapidly evolving from a lowly functional space to a design-inspired retreat. DECOLAV® of Deerfield Beach, Fla., is at the forefront of this change, designing trend-forward bathroom furnishings and fixtures for the consumer and hospitality markets.

The company is using SolidWorks ® Enterprise PDM along with SolidWorks 3D CAD software to accelerate design, reduce errors, and create a round-the-clock global design operation – productivity that supports the company’s rapid growth and expansion.

“We’ve sped up our order-to-sample time for custom work by at least 40 percent, and we’ve increased efficiency and precision by ensuring that every designer and engineer is absolutely working on the latest version of a design,” said Juan Plasencia, vice president of engineering for DECOLAV. “SolidWorks Enterprise PDM is a great tool that supports our expansion both geographically and, through our new Suite Simplicity™ business, beyond the bathroom. It focuses on customized hospitality industry furnishing from the bathroom to the master suite, at realistic prices.”

DECOLAV has SolidWorks Enterprise PDM servers in its Florida headquarters, its North Carolina warehouse and design office, and its manufacturing division in China. Each server mirrors the others and holds the latest designs with all changes and versions carefully tracked. American and Chinese engineers hand off SolidWorks 3D CAD designs to one another, with versions controlled by SolidWorks Enterprise PDM, enabling the company’s global design team to “follow the sun.” Coordination like this will ease the launch of new DECOLAV sites around the world, according to Plasencia.

“SolidWorks Enterprise PDM builds on the advantages that our switch to SolidWorks® 3D CAD software gave us,” Plasencia continued. “SolidWorks is easier to learn and use than other CAD software, and one 3D model accurately generates drawings, bills of material, and more. We can give dazzling accurate renderings to our customers and prospects at the early stages of a sale to reveal their new bathrooms before they are built.”

DECOLAV relies on authorized SolidWorks reseller The SolidExperts for ongoing software training, implementation, and support.

SolidWorks and SolidWorks Enterprise PDM are products from Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks Corp. (DS SolidWorks), a world leader in 3D solutions.

About DECOLAV

Established in 2000, DECOLAV has emerged as the fastest growing manufacturer of bathroom fixtures and accessories in the United States. Internationally recognized and nationally acclaimed, the DECOLAV mark has become synonymous with superior quality, eye-catching design, and unprecedented customer service. For more information about this release, or to learn more about design innovation, please contact DECOLAV offices: 561-274-2110 x 125, fax: 954-601-0881, www.decolav.com.

About The SolidExperts

The SolidExperts enable innovation and new product development for engineers and manufacturers across Florida through the power of SolidWorks products and applications. With a qualified team of experienced engineers and certified SolidWorks professionals, The SolidExperts provide comprehensive sales, support, and industry-leading training for the full line of SolidWorks 3D design products. For information, visit www.thesolidexperts.com.

About Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks Corp.

Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks Corp., a Dassault Systèmes S.A. subsidiary, is a world leader in 3D solutions. It develops and markets software for design, analysis, and product data management. It is the leading supplier of 3D CAD technology, giving teams intuitive, high-performing software that helps them design better products. For the latest news, information, or an online demonstration, visit the company’s 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) and Dassault Systèmes’ ADRs may be traded on the US Over-The-Counter (OTC) market (DASTY). For more information, visit http://www.3ds.com.

CATIA, DELMIA, ENOVIA, SIMULIA, 3D VIA, and SolidWorks are registered trademarks of Dassault Systèmes or its subsidiaries in the US and/or other countries. Other brand and product names are trademarks of their respective owners. Copyright © 2009 Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks Corp.



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