Mechanical Dynamics Launches Four New Products with ADAMS(R) 12.0 Release

ANN ARBOR, Mich., Feb. 26 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Continuing its expansion into the aerospace/defense and engine markets and enhancing its solutions for durability, vibration, and controls, the four new products offered in ADAMS Version 12.0 from Mechanical Dynamics, Inc. (Nasdaq: MDII - news) underscore the company's relentless effort to provide the widest and most comprehensive range of functional virtual prototyping solutions to its worldwide customer base.

"Driving the growth of new software revenue is one of Mechanical Dynamics' principal goals, and ADAMS 12.0 is a significant step toward achieving that," said Robert R. Ryan, president of Mechanical Dynamics. "We are intent on building upon the strong growth we saw last year in aerospace and defense applications with the introduction of ADAMS/Aircraft, and expanding on our success in powertrain applications with the release of ADAMS/Engine Cranktrain. We've also enhanced our solution offerings in critical attributes such as durability, vibration, and controls. ADAMS 12.0 brings more powerful set of tools to our customers, allowing them to drive innovation, develop superior products, and facilitate shared understanding among all groups involved in the product development process."

New products in the 12.0 release are: ADAMS®/Aircraft Landing Gear, the first module in a specialized environment for the simulation of the Functional Digital Aircraft(TM); ADAMS®/Engine Basic Cranktrain, which provides cranktrain modeling capability for any type of engine based on rigid bodies and completes the company's Functional Digital Engine(TM) solution; ADAMS®/AutoFlex, which allows rapid definition and simulation of flexible components in a single virtual prototyping environment; and ADAMS®/Chassis, which uses the XML data format for an enhanced set of modeling objects and is part of the company's ongoing effort to deploy a common vehicle prototyping framework across the ADAMS vehicle product line.

Enhancing the capabilities of the company's durability, vibration, and controls applications was another major focus of the 12.0 release, Ryan said, and was achieved through the addition of new functionality to the company's existing solutions and integration with industry leaders in these areas.

Daratech, Inc., a Cambridge, Mass.-based industry research firm, estimates that the virtual prototyping and simulation market is a $1.3 billion industry. Ryan said, "Mechanical Dynamics intends to be the growth leader in that sector. For more than five years, we've grown at a greater than 15% rate per year, and have set our targets to continue that pace. Strong product releases such as ADAMS 12.0 will help us get there."

Ryan noted that the company will also introduce three new CAD-embedded products in Q2 2002 for CATIA V5, Autodesk Inventor, and SolidWorks.

Mechanical Dynamics' market-leading ADAMS® software allows engineering teams to build and test functional virtual prototypes of complex mechanical designs, realistically simulating full-motion behavior on their computers. This helps manufacturers produce better products faster and at lower cost, with reduced risk and increased communication throughout the product development process. The company's products are the de facto standard in the automotive industry, and lead the market in aerospace, rail, and general machinery. Building on industry partnerships, strategic acquisitions, a strong product pipeline, and a dedicated team worldwide, Mechanical Dynamics has established itself as the global leader in functional virtual prototyping.

Additional information about Mechanical Dynamics can be obtained by writing to the company at 2300 Traverwood Drive, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48105. Phone: 734-994-3800. Fax: 734-994-6418. E-mail: Email Contact . Online: .

ADAMS and the Mechanical Dynamics logo are registered trademarks of Mechanical Dynamics, Inc. All other company, brand, or product names are or may be trademarks of their respective holders.

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