aPriori to Enhance Design-to-Cost Software Solution With Tech Soft 3D's HOOPS Graphics Platform
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aPriori to Enhance Design-to-Cost Software Solution With Tech Soft 3D's HOOPS Graphics Platform

BERKELEY, CA and CONCORD, MA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- Mar 26, 2008 -- Tech Soft 3D (TS3D), the leading provider of core graphics components to the engineering software industry, today announced that aPriori has licensed HOOPS for use in its Product Cost Management software platform. With HOOPS, aPriori will extend its capabilities for automatically costing parts and assemblies by allowing users to view, select and control product cost drivers directly in the interactive 3D model display.

"aPriori's real-time product cost assessments are helping leading manufacturing and product companies drive significant costs out of their products prior to production," said Eric Hiller, founder and chief technology officer at aPriori. "Through our partnership with Tech Soft 3D, aPriori is extending its next-generation costing solution with powerful graphical capabilities that provide users with an interactive view of the parts and assemblies being costed."

Ron Fritz, managing partner for TS3D, added, "aPriori demonstrates that use of 3D is indeed spreading rapidly into all areas of the manufacturing process, in this case into Enterprise Cost Management. We enjoy seeing innovative solutions that use HOOPS as their graphics platform and look forward to helping aPriori develop and deliver a successful application."

About HOOPS

HOOPS is a set of extensible, high-level components that dramatically simplifies the design, development and maintenance of high-performance, interactive 2D/3D applications. HOOPS components provide the technology building blocks for developers to create custom, high performance applications capable of driving OpenGL and/or Direct3D. Developers work from a high level to extend and customize the HOOPS framework, taking advantage of the power of the underlying set of libraries. Rather than attempting to re-invent the vast functionality already encapsulated within the HOOPS product set, developers can focus their development efforts on their true value-add and build better software faster.

About aPriori -- www.aPriori.com

The aPriori Product Cost Management Platform is the first software solution to provide discrete manufacturers and product companies with real-time, predictive and precise product cost assessments throughout the entire development and production process. aPriori's revolutionary cost management capabilities empower organizations to identify quantifiable savings in material, tooling, labor and overhead while evaluating alternative designs, processes and sources. By generating cost assessments early in the product development process, aPriori customers drive significant costs out of their products prior to production, reducing cost of goods sold (COGS) by whole percentage points and improving the overall financial results of the company.

About Tech Soft 3D -- www.techsoft3d.com

Tech Soft 3D (TS3D) provides building block technologies and related services, enabling their ISV customers to rapidly develop world-class technical software. The company's flagship HOOPS technology has been incorporated into over 175 commercial software applications, including many of the leaders in CAD/CAM and CAE software including COADE, Autodesk, SolidWorks, Dassault Systemes, Siemens PLM, PTC, IronCAD and many others. In addition to the flagship HOOPS technology, the company also resells premium components such as the Autodesk RealDWG Toolkit, Adobe PDF Libraries, Parasolid Modeling Kernel from Siemens PLM, and Spatial 3D InterOp translation.

HOOPS is a registered trademark. Other brand and product names are trademarks of their respective owners. © 2008 Tech Soft 3D

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