German Machine Maker Switches To SolidWorks

CONCORD, Mass.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Feb. 15, 2006— LSW Maschinenfabrik GmbH, a German manufacturer of high-end assembly systems for the automotive industry, has purchased 80 licenses of SolidWorks(R) CAD software, gaining exponential performance improvement for its work with complex parts and large assemblies.

After thorough benchmark testing, the company, part of the German IWKA Group, switched from Autodesk(R) Inventor software to SolidWorks, a decision that benefits engineers in LSW's Bremen headquarters and at its American subsidiary, B&K Corp., in Michigan.

"We've had several discussions within the IWKA Group about performance differences between SolidWorks and Inventor," said Holger Jenning, head of engineering at LSW. "In a benchmark test with complex casting parts and large assemblies, we documented a performance improvement with SolidWorks of three to seven times. This test convinced us that SolidWorks software was the best choice for our company."

One of SolidWorks software's main advantages proved to be its speed in converting solid models into 2D drawings, an important step in design cycle efficiency already witnessed in other sectors of the IWKA Group. "Because we already have several well-established SolidWorks installations in the IWKA Group, we can benefit from the experiences of our affiliated companies," said Peter Walter, one LSW's managing directors. "We definitely made the right decision to standardize on SolidWorks."

LSW Maschinenfabrik's assembly systems produce engines, cylinder heads, axles, transmissions, steering systems, and other components.

"The more complex the part or assembly, the more critical it is to possess high-performing design software," said Rainer Gawlick, SolidWorks Corporation's vice president of worldwide marketing. "SolidWorks Corporation appreciates this important ease-of-use and time-to-market consideration as more companies are under pressure to more quickly design sophisticated products for their customers."

LSW Maschinenfabrik works with SolidWorks reseller DPS Software for ongoing software training, implementation, and support.

About LSW Maschinenfabrik

LSW Maschinenfabrik GmbH was founded in 1982. The company, situated in Bremen, Germany, designs assembly systems for use in production halls of automotive manufacturers, as well as suppliers. The systems mainly assemble components for power trains, such as engines, cylinder heads, axles, transmission, and steering systems. For more information, visit www.lsw-hb.de.

About DPS

Founded in 1997, DPS Software GmbH is one of the leading resellers for SolidWorks software and related partner solutions for CAM, CAE, and PDM in Germany. The company employs 72 people and operates eight offices throughout Germany. DPS supports the product development processes of its 1,600 customers with innovative, Windows-based solutions. Consulting, system adjustments, qualified training, and technical support complete DPS' portfolio. For more information, visit www.dps-software.de.

About SolidWorks Corporation

SolidWorks Corporation, a Dassault Systemes S.A. (Nasdaq: DASTY, Euronext Paris: #13065, DSY.PA) company, develops and markets software for design, analysis, and product data management. It is the leading supplier of CAD software, helping hundreds of thousands of users speed next-generation products to market around the world. With SolidWorks software, designers excel at their jobs and make their companies more successful by bringing designs to life. 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).

SolidWorks is a registered trademark of SolidWorks Corporation. Other brand and product names are trademarks of their respective owners. Copyright (c) 2006 SolidWorks Corporation.



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