SolidWorks 3D CAD Software Becomes NASA Tech Briefs' First-Ever Two-Time Product of the Year Winner

Winner of Related 'Create the Future' Contest Used SolidWorks Exclusively in First-Place Design

CONCORD, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--March 10, 2003-- Readers of the United States' largest circulating engineering magazine have selected SolidWorks(R) 2003 three-dimensional computer-aided design (3D CAD) software as Product of the Year for 2002, SolidWorks Corporation announced today. It's the second time NASA Tech Briefs magazine readers have honored SolidWorks with the award since the company's software was introduced in 1995. SolidWorks is the only company to have received this prestigious award twice.

Over the course of a year, the editors of NASA Tech Briefs select one product each month that exhibits innovation, creativity, and a tremendous contribution to the engineering community. After 12 products have been nominated by the editors, the readers of the publication - engineers, managers, and scientists - choose which product has made the biggest impact to the engineering community. SolidWorks 2003 is this year's winner.

In addition to the Product of the Year Award, NASA Tech Briefs also announced the winner of its annual "Create the Future" design contest, sponsored by Emhart Corp. Fred Vreeman of Orlando, Fla., received first prize for his design of a low-friction, high-efficiency rotary pinion face gear set that can be used in golf, utility, and small electric vehicles. Vreeman used SolidWorks to design the entire product.

"SolidWorks is the only two-time winner in the eight-year history of NASA Tech Briefs' Product of the Year Awards, having been presented with the very first award in 1995," said Linda L. Bell, chief editor of NASA Tech Briefs. "This certainly illustrates the continuing popularity of the product with the readers of NASA Tech Briefs."

SolidWorks announced SolidWorks 2003 in September 2002, introducing hundreds of new enhancements to help users analyze their designs' structural integrity, easily communicate design information, locate downloadable parts via online supplier catalogs, and accelerate the design process with new modeling features.

"The introduction of SolidWorks 2003 and the original product eight years ago were watershed events for mechanical engineering," said John McEleney, SolidWorks CEO. "SolidWorks capabilities have made designers and engineers more productive and their companies more competitive in their markets. Since our users are so often readers of NASA Tech Briefs, the Product of the Year Award is a tremendous validation for the product. I promise you this company won't rest on its laurels."

About NASA Tech Briefs

NASA Tech Briefs is an official publication of the National Aeronautics & Space Administration, with a qualified circulation surpassing 195,000. The monthly magazine features exclusive reports of innovations developed by NASA and its industry partners/contractors that can be applied to develop new/improved products and solve engineering or manufacturing problems. Authored by the engineers or scientists who did the work, the briefs span a wide array of fields, including electronics, physical sciences, materials, computer software, mechanics, machinery/automation, manufacturing/fabrication, mathematics/information sciences, and life sciences.

About SolidWorks Corporation

SolidWorks Corporation, a Dassault Systemes S.A. (Nasdaq: DASTY, Euronext Paris: #13065, DSY.PA) company, develops and markets software for mechanical design, analysis, and product data management. Founded in 1993, SolidWorks' mission is to unleash the power of 3D for everyone in product development and foster a collaborative user community. In seven years of delivering product, SolidWorks has shipped more than 230,000 total seats of software worldwide. SolidWorks has offices around the globe and sells, distributes, and supports its products through a worldwide reseller network. For the latest news, information, or a live online demonstration, visit the company's Web site ( or call 1-800-693-9000 (outside of North America, call +1-978-371-5000).

SolidWorks is a registered trademark of SolidWorks Corporation. Other brand and product names are trademarks of their respective owners. Copyright (c) 2003 SolidWorks Corporation

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