Alibre Design Version 9 Released

Alibre Design Version 9 Released:
Industry's Fastest-Growing Solid Modeling Software Improved

Richardson, TX February 2, 2006 Alibre Inc. released today the newest version of its signature 3D parametric solid modeling software, Alibre Design 9.0. The latest version provides dramatic new functionality and ease-of-use enhancements, and an expanded API to satisfy development partners. This release comes on the heels of the successful Alibre Design Xpress launch that has seen the company's user base grow by more than 30 times in six months. Alibre is now delivering more licenses of parametric solid modeling software per month than any other company in the market.

“As the number of people using our product is exploding, our customers expect and demand leading functionality at a great price. Release 9.0 delivers critical functionality to an extremely large and under-serviced portion of the market,” said CEO Greg Milliken. “While other companies in this space crow and quibble between themselves about who has the largest customer base, we have been methodically and single-mindedly focusing on customers by delivering real value in the form of a powerful and affordable product. In return, we have been rewarded with an unprecedented increase in users, which also has attracted new partners interested in working with us.”

In 2006, Alibre sees continued growth in three areas - 2D users moving into 3D because of better price performance and integration; large corporations that need to put 3D technology on more desktops to drive innovation; and software partners that are attracted by a growing user base and an extremely affordable development platform. The latest release of Alibre Design provides a host of new capabilities, including the following:

-- New! Design configurations now supported in parts, assemblies, drawings and Bills of Materials
Users can now efficiently build and manage projects with a variety of similar parts or assemblies. Designers can better explore and test concepts and show different stages of operation all in a single model without having to design and manage each variation in separate files.

-- 2D Drawing enhancements include support for import and export of the latest versions of DWG and DXF files
Traditional CAD designers will be able to easily convert legacy 2D designs into intelligent 3D models, and share precisely generated 2D drawings with partners using AutoCAD or AutoCAD LT.

-- Improved Sheet Metal functionality to build more complex and precise sheet metal designs
Supports for overlapping flanges, enabling the design of sheet metal enclosures with airtight edges.

-- New Pattern tool for creation of more complex user-defined patterns
Expanded pallet includes punch patterns commonly used in sheet metal parts from turret punch press machines for cooling, weight reduction and attachment of fasteners and connectors.

-- Expanded API for Better Integration with third-party applications
Improvements and enhancements to the API open more opportunities to tightly integrate Alibre Design with vertical applications such CAM, FEA, Motion simulation, reverse engineering, and so on, as well as into enterprise PLM processes and systems.

For availability and upgrade information, and to enjoy a 30-day free trial of Alibre software, please visit www.alibre.com.

About Alibre
Alibre Inc. develops and markets Alibre Design™, the fastest growing parametric 3D solid modeling software for mechanical design and manufacturing. One-fifth the cost of comparable software, Alibre Design delivers quick ROI, ease-of-use, rich functionality and unique real-time support, and is enabling small and medium-sized businesses and workgroups to put 3D CAD on every engineers desk, similar to utilities like Word or Excel. Alibre also delivers Alibre Design Xpress, the industrys only true 3D parametric modeler available free of charge. Alibre Design is available in thirteen languages and distributed worldwide.Founded in 1997, Alibre Inc. is privately funded and based in Richardson, Texas. For a free trial of Alibre Design, please visit www.alibre.com.
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