Partners Launch New 2D/3D CAD Library

CLEVELAND—(BUSINESS WIRE)—October 25, 2006— Penton Media's Design Engineering group, anchored by Machine Design magazine, announced today that it has entered into a strategic partnership with PARTsolutions(R), LLC, a leading provider of publishing solutions for 2D/3D digital parts catalogs, to launch the Machine Design CAD Library, a powerful, new resource for design engineers.

Located at and free to design engineers, the Machine Design CAD Library includes millions of configurable 2D and 3D CAD models of components and assemblies downloadable for easy use in new and existing designs. Unlike other digital parts catalogs, the Machine Design CAD Library models are in native CAD formats with no translation required resulting in the highest possible accuracy and data quality. PARTsolutions' relationships with the major CAD companies make it the only company with solutions that serve the entire market independent of the technology choice of suppliers and OEMs.

"Machine Design's new CAD Library provides an exciting, next-generation resource for designers and engineers taking advantage of the depth and immediacy of the Web to find solutions for their product development initiatives," said Machine Design Publisher John Petersen. "PARTsolutions is the perfect partner to help us continue bringing cutting-edge resources to complement our portfolio of industry-leading information products and services for the global design engineering community."

PARTsolutions CEO, Tim Thomas, added, "The opportunity to be partnered with Penton Media and a best-in-class team with the strongest industry readership is extraordinary. Part catalogs delivered in native formats have long been demanded by industry users and are now accessible in the Machine Design CAD Library. Component suppliers and their customers will all benefit."

About Penton Media, Inc.

Penton Media ( (OTCBB: PTON) is a diversified business-to-business media company that provides high-quality content and integrated marketing solutions to the following industries: aviation; design/engineering; electronics; food/retail; government/compliance; business technology/enterprise IT; leisure/hospitality; manufacturing; mechanical systems/construction; health/nutrition and natural and organic products; and supply chain. Founded in 1892, Penton produces market-focused magazines, trade shows, conferences, and online media and provides a broad range of data, custom media, and direct marketing solutions for business-to-business customers worldwide.

About PARTsolutions, LLC

PARTsolutions(R) LLC, based in Cincinnati, Ohio and CADENAS GmbH of Augsburg, Germany, developer of PARTsolutions technology, are the leading providers of solutions for the management of standard and commercial parts as well as cross-media, catalog publishing solutions for Internet, CD, and printed catalogs. Founded in 1992, PARTsolutions is the largest supplier of 3D digital product catalogs in the world and now has over 300 2D and 3D catalogs available in the native formats of virtually all CAD systems available to engineers worldwide. Information about PARTsolutions can be found at


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