NEW ORLEANS—(BUSINESS WIRE)—February 5, 2007— Why wait for the next product launch to find out what SolidWorks R&D is doing? You shouldn't. That's why SolidWorks Corporation today launched SolidWorks Labs, an online destination that lets product designers behind the curtain of SolidWorks R&D. They can tinker with emerging technologies, test-drive new SolidWorks functionality through their Web browser, and weigh in on the company's product direction.
At labs.solidworks.com, visitors will find new offerings to
communicate, share, and manage designs. These offerings are available
to SolidWorks and non-SolidWorks users alike. For example, anyone with
a browser and a CAD file can sample the power of COSMOS(R) analysis
software and perform basic design validation. Users can upload and
share their 2D files with colleagues online without resorting to
e-mail, just like the Internet's most popular sharing sites. Users can
download software to search, organize, share, and manage all their DWG
data, converting files created by AutoCAD(R) software to any older or
newer format for shareability. They can also test drive SolidWorks'
new visualization experience for CAD.
SolidWorks CEO John McEleney today demonstrated SolidWorks Labs
from the stage here at the SolidWorks World 2007 International User
Conference and Exposition in the Morial Convention Center. At the
close of the session, conference attendees had immediate access to
SolidWorks Labs. The site is now public.
"SolidWorks Labs is an innovation playground for anyone interested
in designing better products, whether or not they're a professional
product designer or SolidWorks(R) software customer," said Austin
O'Malley, SolidWorks Corporation's chief technology officer. "This
site expresses our passion for enriching the engineering community,
easing the adoption of 3D CAD, and occasionally coloring outside the
SolidWorks Labs resources include:
Drawings Now - Anyone can upload a DWG or SolidWorks drawing file
and share it with friends and partners of their choice. Neither party
will need to download any software. Users can share their designs with
people using multiple platforms (Windows, Mac, or Linux) and various
COSMOSXpress(TM) Now - Anyone can upload any CAD file, run a basic
design analysis on it, and receive instant results. This service
requires no downloads, and the user doesn't need SolidWorks software
to taste the power of COSMOS analysis capabilities.
ZoomIn - ZoomIn is a new communication and visualization
experience for CAD data. Users can easily view, render, texture-map,
and animate their designs, adding effects like custom fly-throughs.
The software employs a game-like interface to immerse users in their
design. It allows them to mix and merge designs from different CAD
systems (such as Pro/ENGINEER(R) software).
DWGnavigator - Anyone can manage their 2D files using
DWGnavigator. Users can perform powerful searches, find references,
view, and package up files for sharing. Best of all, they can save
their files to the various versions of AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT software
for unmatched interoperability.
SolidWorks Labs will regularly update the offerings and provide
new ones based on user feedback. SolidWorks Labs is free to anyone in
the community who wants to try new ideas and innovations.
About SolidWorks Corporation
SolidWorks Corporation, a Dassault Systemes S.A. (Nasdaq:
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, giving teams intuitive, high-performing
software that helps them design better products. 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,
SolidWorks is a registered trademark and COSMOSXpress is a
trademark of SolidWorks Corporation. COSMOS is a trademark of
Structural Research & Analysis Corporation. Other brand and product
names are trademarks of their respective owners. Copyright (c) 2007
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