Icona Solutions Announces New JT Open Data Import Module
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Icona Solutions Announces New JT Open Data Import Module

Manchester, UK. 8 June, 2006. – Icona Solutions Ltd, developers of the unique, real-time geometric tolerance simulation and visualization software suite, aesthetica™, has begun customer shipments of its new JT™ Open data import module for the reliable transfer of 3D product model data directly into the aesthetica environment, improving the final fit-and-finish quality analysis process for automotive vehicle exteriors and interiors.

Icona Solutions joined the JT Open Program as an ISV (independent software vendor) in March this year.

“The first users are now taking advantage of the ability that this new data import module gives them to reliably transfer ‘lightweight’ 3D solid and/or surface model data in JT format from popular CAD/CAM systems into aesthetica, where it can be used, together with data required for tolerance analysis, in the process of ensuring the optimum fit and finish quality of automotive vehicle assemblies and sub-assemblies,” said Dr. John Maxfield, technical director, Icona Soluitions Ltd.

About JT and JT Open.
JT technology is a mature, lightweight data format that enables the exchange between disparate CAD, CAM, CAE and PLM systems of 3D product data for the purposes of visualization, collaboration and data sharing. JT already enjoys widespread use in the automotive and aerospace industries and is equally suitable for all manufacturing industry applications. The success of the JT format and the applications that support it is such that JT has become the preferred common data format for many large end-user organizations.

JT Open is an influential, worldwide community of software users, software developers and vendors and academic institutions spanning the product lifecycle management (PLM) value chain who, through an open distribution of the JT technology under a level playing field business model, are able to exchange data for the purposes of visualization, collaboration and data sharing. For more information, please visit: www.jtopen.com.

About aesthetica.
Icona Solutions’ aesthetica software provides an accurate, visual simulation of the effects of component variation, assembly variation and component deformation in manufactured assemblies in order to resolve issues of fit and finish quality. It presents results using a high quality interactive 3D virtual reproduction of a product so that the engineer can visualize it at different states within its geometric tolerance range, in real-time and precisely as the customer will see the final product.

The use of aesthetica gives greater insight than has previously been possible into the impact of manufacturing variation, thereby improving perceived quality while saving time and improving communication in the design process. For more information, please visit: www.iconasolutions.com.

About Icona Solutions Limited.
Founded in 2003, Icona Solutions Ltd. developed out of pioneering work undertaken at the School of Computing, University of Leeds in the UK as part of a government funded (EPSRC) project. The company develops the aesthetica software product for simulating and visualizing the effects of manufacturing tolerances on manufactured products, which it markets to the worldwide automotive industry both directly and through qualified distributors.


JT is a trademark or registered trademark of UGS Corp. or its subsidiaries in the USA and in other countries.

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