KeyMed Standardizes on SolidWorks Software to Get Life-Saving Medical Products to Market Faster
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KeyMed Standardizes on SolidWorks Software to Get Life-Saving Medical Products to Market Faster

Olympus Optical subsidiary replaces mix of 2D and 3D CAD packages with
SolidWorks software to design endoscope equipment for hospitals

CONCORD, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--March 24, 2003-- KeyMed has standardized on SolidWorks(R) three-dimensional (3D) design software to design its life-saving endoscope equipment and workstations found in hospitals worldwide, SolidWorks announced today. The U.K.-based company uses SolidWorks software, including COSMOSWorks(TM) analysis and SMARTEAM(R) product data management (PDM) applications company-wide - from research and development to manufacturing. Together, these applications enable the company to streamline the product development cycle and get its medical products into doctors' hands faster.

KeyMed, a subsidiary of Olympus Optical Co. Ltd., uses 30 licenses of SolidWorks computer-aided design (CAD) software to design support equipment for a range of endoscopy systems that enable doctors to see internal organs during surgery. Their products include vacuum pumps, sterilization cases, and ultrasonic cleaners, as well as equipment trollies that carry life-saving utensils down hospital corridors. SolidWorks greatly increases KeyMed's productivity, where each project can involve hundreds of parts, shortening the product development lifecycle, and reducing design errors.

KeyMed previously used a mix of 2D and 3D CAD packages, but replaced them with SolidWorks to gain more powerful design capabilities in one easy-to-use product. SolidWorks also integrates with several third-party software packages that are essential to KeyMed's design process.

"Our products' ergonomics are complex in terms of shapes and moldings and our previous design software was not flexible enough to model all the surfaces," said Ian Hallett, KeyMed's medical research and development manager. "We also wanted to expand our CAD use within the engineering department and throughout the entire company, and our existing software wasn't suitable for that because it was too difficult to use. SolidWorks is clearly a more advanced design package that offers superior modeling capabilities, a powerful user interface, and extensive integration with third-party packages."

With SolidWorks, KeyMed can visualize what a product will look like on the computer screen instead of machining actual parts, an expensive and time-consuming process. The company uses SolidWorks' PhotoWorks(TM) to produce photo-realistic images for internal feedback on its designs. KeyMed uses SolidWorks' eDrawings to e-mail designs to its parent company in Japan, replacing in-person meetings that added months to the product lifecycle. The company also uses eDrawings to share designs with its 200 suppliers, allowing them to view 3D CAD files as a simple, self-executing program, without downloading additional software. Suppliers can review and mark up the drawings and e-mail them back to KeyMed in record time.

KeyMed uses COSMOS finite element analysis solutions, which let KeyMed calculate how its products will perform under shock and loading vibrations, such as those that come from orderlies pushing trollies through hospital doors. Additionally, KeyMed uses SMARTEAM product data management software (PDM) to effectively manage the thousands of drawings KeyMed produces every year, allowing engineers to view the designs on a read-only basis.

"As a leader in the specialized medical and industrial equipment market, KeyMed realized it needed to move to an integrated 3D CAD package that would allow it to increase productivity to continue to meet market demand," said Simon Booker, SolidWorks sales and marketing director for the UK and Ireland. "SolidWorks has set the standard for 3D CAD software and has the largest selection of integrated partner applications in the industry, making it the right choice for companies that need a complete, powerful, solid modeling solution."

KeyMed is working with SolidWorks reseller NT CADCAM for ongoing software implementation, training, and support.

About KeyMed

KeyMed is one of the principal business centers of the Olympus Optical Co. Ltd. of Japan and since its formation in 1969, has established a worldwide reputation as a leading supplier of specialist optical and electronic products to both medicine and industry. KeyMed is now one of Britain's largest medical companies, having core technology in optics, electronics, thermo-

plastics, and precision mechanics. The company researches, develops, and manufactures products within its own facilities, with the largest export markets being Japan and America. For more information, visit


NT CADCAM has offices in five locations across the UK and Ireland, and has in-house expertise in the fields of FEA, CAM, PDM, ERP, and the integration of all these disciplines. A SolidWorks Solution Partner, NT CADCAM provides complete end-to-end design and manufacturing solutions by offering SolidWorks software. Supporting a wide range of SolidWorks Gold Partner and Solution Partner products, NT CADCAM provides organizations with a total solution, including support, training, consulting services, and API programming. For more information, visit the Web site at

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. COSMOSWorks is a trademark of Structural Research and Analysis Corporation. SMARTEAM is a registered trademark of SmarTeam Corporation Ltd. Other brand and product names are trademarks of their respective owners. Copyright (c) 2003 SolidWorks Corporation.

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