think3 Updates thinkiD DesignXpressions And thinkPLM Product Suites

2006 Series Builds on Revolutionary Target Driven Design(TM) Approach to Product Design and Development

CINCINNATI, May 31 /PRNewswire/ -- think3, a leading supplier of industrial design and product development solutions, today announced the next generation of its computer-aided design systems. With this first in a series of 2006 releases, thinkiD DesignXpressions(TM) builds on think3's Target Driven Design approach to free designers from the technology constraints of traditional computer-based systems. The thinkPLM suite includes new features that provide more functionality and greater control.

In its 2006 release, thinkiD DesignXpressions offers new interactive capabilities, pain-free shape and model modifications and enhancements to GSM3 (Global Shape Modeling). It is the only creation/modification tool that creates rapid and accurate variations, modifications or refinements anytime, anywhere in the product design process -- allowing for faster iterations, unlimited design creativity and no rebuilding.

    Major 2006 DesignXpressions enhancements include:
     - GSM Planar. Designers can interactively manipulate and modify an
       object's shape without worrying about design intent. This approach
       provides both accuracy and quality while offering the same feel as clay
     - Dynamic Morphing. In Dynamic Mode, users can create infinite variations
       of shape changes from a controlled GSM modification, preview them and
       then stop to select just the right one. This offers a much higher level
       of design freedom.
     - Associative Blending Curves and Shapes: think3's tool for blending
       curves and shapes is now associative (history-based). Designers can use
       it to test a frame of "parametric free-form design." Associative
       Blending Curves and Shapes introduces the ultimate "what if" tool for
       making changes and fine-tuning curves. Users can also smoothly blend
       shapes and update, while modifying the reference shapes.
     - Associative Global Sweep. DesignXpressions' distinctive way of sweeping
       curves along a 2D or 3D path, which can also contain sharp corners, is
       also now associative. Users can experiment with different shapes by
       changing driving curves and boundaries. For instance, to prepare
       objects for moldmaking, designers and engineers can link parting lines
       of their objects and addendum surfaces generated with Associative
       Global Sweep. In effect, when changing the object, the parting line
       will change and the addendum surfaces will update accordingly.
     - Automotive Grid. The Automotive Grid is a handy, multipurpose tool for
       designers to manage large objects -- cars, trains, airplanes, boats --
       on a 2D grid layout, rather than standard dimensioning.

"Our goal of freeing designers of the traditional burdens they face in computer-aided design continues," said David Ciarloni, director of industrial design product marketing for think3. "DesignXpressions allows designers to concentrate on their passion -- design and shapes -- not the complexities of math and algorithms. More importantly, they have the comfort of knowing their designs are both beautiful and accurate."

Also new with this release think3's thinkdesign, offering best-in-class 3D design, has a number of new enhancements. New features include:

     - Animations Maker. Designers can now conveniently create animations to
       check collisions. Designers avoid design errors, improve quality and
       quickly achieve the best results. Additionally AVI files can be created
       for presentation development.
     - Advanced performance in large assemblies. With enhanced performance in
       large assemblies, particularly for the "Save and View Generation"
       feature, users can better manage large numbers of parts.
     - 2D Shaded Views. Adding realistic visualization, users can now insert
       shaded views into 2D technical drawings, and enjoy high-quality
       rendering. A user can now also create a high-quality, rendered color
     - thinklight. thinklight is a low cost, easy-to-use application that
       allows customers -- inside the company or out -- to show, zoom, pan and
       measure think3 files.
     - Part solution integration. Standardization is now easier than ever with
       the complete library of parts now available in native format, both for
       2D and 3D environment.

    thinkPLM for 2006 Brings More Vendor-Neutral Capabilities

Providing a complete portfolio of business solutions, thinkPLM complements think3's industrial design products. Integrating design into product development, manufacturing and maintenance processes for the entire product lifecycle, thinkPLM helps companies share information and optimize efforts with external partners and suppliers.

With thinkPLM for 2006, think3 continues to increase functionality and product enhancements including more vendor-neutral capabilities and easier data management of large assemblies. The 2006 product release represents next- generation innovation for creating better design concepts, streamlining the design-to-manufacture process and bringing together disparate data and people from around the world. New for thinkPLM in 2006:

     - CATIA integration. Engineers can now seamlessly access thinkPLM
       functions from CATIA and automatically extract and maintain product
       data information from technical documents -- including CAD document
       relationships. CATIA integration supports multiple CAD strategies and
       legacy migration.
     - Assembly Navigator. Assembly Navigator eases data management for large
       assemblies from within CATIA, Inventor and SolidWorks. Users can take
       advantage of thinkPLM functionality: Part Data, Document Data, Preview,
       Where Used and Vault History information, and more. And users can
       control all relevant data management actions from a single window
     - Windows client. The User Interface has been updated with dynamic new
     - thinkconfigure. You can now generate Model/Drawing documents for
       "children masters," even if there are no related "parent master"
       documents. With the new Create Documents command, you can assign
       template documents to masters, then copy and link them to parts created
       by the Make BOM command. Also, with the Virtual BOM command, you can
       see which part number will be reused and which one will be created for
       a specific configuration -- before actually creating the BOM.
     - thinkmaintain. The new Where Used feature lists all the Serial Numbers
       of a specific component.
     - thinkparts. Users can now take advantage of the new Export Part Number,
       starting from an Index. When starting from a part, you can now open the
       thinkparts catalog that part resides in. Also, an automatic coding rule
       now supports catalog names.
     - thinkteam System Administration. Updates afford users better control
       over the following functions: Create Part Family, Query and BOM
       properties editing, Query and BOM Filters by the Form command and the
       Export command. Users can now define the Collection trees for a
       specific group, user or role. New callbacks customize customer context
       menus and check-in and out operations. And users can more easily input
         Date  attributes.
          -  thinkteam  Vault  Management.  As  the  exchange  area  used  by  Vault
              operations  to  manage  local  copies  of  thinkPLM  files,  the  Private
              Workspace  (PWS)  area  may  contain  hundreds  of  files.  The  new  PWS  Manager
              is  an  easy-to-use  interface,  on  top  of  the  PWS  directory,  that
              streamlines  file  management.  You  can  now  quickly  and  easily  check  for
              orphan  files,  clean  unused  files  and  check  the  status  of  local  files.

        About  think3,  Inc. 

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