Noran Engineering Partners With SolidWorks

WESTMINSTER, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—July 18, 2006— Noran Engineering Inc. (NEi), a leading developer and global supplier of Nastran finite element analysis (FEA) software, announced that it has reached a licensing agreement with SolidWorks Corp. for the use of its solid modeling engine. The modeling engine will underlie a CAD-neutral, Nastran engineering analysis and simulation software product called NEi FEA that is created specifically for individual design engineers who require Nastran-based FEA. The significance of the NEi FEA software product is the pairing of an easy-to-use, highly successful, CAD-independent modeler with widely used Nastran FEA solvers which are valued for their speed, accuracy, and industry-tested solutions for structural, thermal, and dynamic engineering problems. The combination of a SolidWorks geometry engine and Nastran is a first in the industry and extends the market for professional-level Nastran FEA software to smaller business entities and individuals.

Dave Weinberg, CEO of Noran Engineering, remarked on the agreement: "SolidWorks is well known for developing an extremely easy-to-use, yet powerful geometry engine. Our extension of this technology in the form of an FEA modeler and coupling it with Nastran solvers will break new ground in the industry." Mark Driscoll, OEM business development manager for SolidWorks, offered, "We are delighted to see the innovative efforts of Noran Engineering extending our geometry technology into other sectors of the design engineering community."

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About Noran Engineering Inc.

Noran Engineering Inc. (NEi) is a world leader in developing Nastran finite element analysis (FEA) software for structural, thermal, dynamic, fluid flow, fatigue, composites, and optimization. Innovative companies worldwide use NEiNastran for engineering analysis and simulation in aerospace, automotive, maritime, military, medical, and consumer products.

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About SolidWorks Corp.

SolidWorks Corp., 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 3D CAD technology, providing intuitive, high-performing software that helps product design teams develop great products. For the latest news, information, or an online demonstration, visit the company's Web site ( or call 1-800-693-9000 (outside of North America, call +1-978-371-5000).

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