3DQuickForm Version 2 launched at SolidWorks User Group Meeting

Detroit, Oct. 3, 2006 – 3D QuickTools Ltd. today announced, at the Eastern Michigan SolidWorks User Group Meeting, the release of 3DQuickForm Version 2 to the international stamping market. With more Tooling Designers using SolidWorks products than ever, there has been a demand in the metal stamping industry to invest in sophisticated blank development software to simulate the complex metal forming process for die making. 3DQuickForm V2 enables Tooling Designers to use the powerful CAD/CAE integrated environment to develop the process of complex formed parts. 3DQuickForm V2 is powered by ESI technology for its very fast and industry-proven solver features to develop partial and complete blank developments all within the industry-standard SolidWorks interface.

The traditional high-end metal forming software applications are powerful but required dedicated full-time analysts. Combine this with budget and extremely short dead lines; the high-end solutions are not practical for the majority of metal stampers and tool designers. 3DQuickForm has incorporated the high-end technology of ESI into the SolidWorks interface to address this market segment. This combination is both simple and powerful giving the user “Speed of Use”.

3DQuickForm V2 has many new innovations and a very aggressive ROI. Automatic mesh development with error correction to eliminate the tedious time consuming mesh editing that is normally needed by high-priced systems. This mesher will also prepare solver-favoured quality to get faster and accurate results. An interactive and color controlled Offset mesh function helps to create meshes like mid-planes, which are a major challenge for complex automotive parts with traditional CAD surfacing tools. The Preserved Edge function allows users to interactively select interior and exterior edges to maintain detailed geometries and tolerances without increasing overall complexity of the mesh. Boundary constraints are allowed for partial unfolding with datum surfaces to maintain analytic or primitive geometry. This avoids crash forming of the entire part just to work out a portion of the blank while having to manually manipulate the results for a proper blank layout. Press-direction can now be set by several options within SolidWorks for any project. 3DQuickForm data is tightly integrated and associative to native SolidWorks or imported solids and surfaces. The multiple project capabilities are incorporated into the SolidWorks Property Manager to enable the user to easily copy projects, automatically rebuild face/surface selections and boundary constraints. 3DQuickForm Version 2 is available immediately to all existing 3DQuickForm users with current subscription service.

About 3D QuickTools Limited

3D QuickTools Limited is the developer of 3DQuickPress, 3DQuickForm, 3DQuickQuote, and 3DQuickMold provides the most advanced and comprehensive 3D progressive die design systems in the SolidWorks® environment. The company has been providing high quality progressive die design solutions since 1994. All products are supported by leading industrial support partners in all major countries. For further information, visit www.3dquickpress.com or send email to Email Contact, or call at +852 2788 2832.

About ESI Group

ESI Group is a pioneer and world-leading provider of digital simulation software for prototyping and manufacturing processes that take into account the physics of materials. ESI Group has developed an entire suite of coherent, industry oriented applications to realistically simulate a product’s behavior during testing, to fine-tune the manufacturing processes in accordance with the desired product performance, and to evaluate the environment’s impact on product usage. ESI Group’s products, which have a proven track record in manufacturing and have been combined in multi-trade value chains, represent a unique collaborative, virtual engineering solution, known as the Virtual Try-Out Space (VTOS), enabling virtual prototypes to be improved in a continuous manner. By drastically reducing costs and development lead times, VTOS solutions offer major competitive advantages by progressively eliminating the need for physical prototypes. ESI Group is listed on the Nouveau Marché of Euronext Paris, and generated sales of �60m in 2004. The company employs almost 500 high-level specialists worldwide, and covers more than 30 countries. For further information, visit www.esi-group.com.

SolidWorks® is a registered trademark of SolidWorks Corporation.
3DQuickForm® is a registered trademark of 3D QuickTools Ltd.

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