GAMBIT 2.1 to Include Native CATIA V4 Translation From Spatial and Automated Cleanup Tools For Complex CAD
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GAMBIT 2.1 to Include Native CATIA V4 Translation From Spatial and Automated Cleanup Tools For Complex CAD



WESTMINSTER, Colo. & LEBANON, N.H.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--April 15, 2003--Fluent and Spatial Corp., a Dassault Systemes (Nasdaq: DASTY; Euronext Paris #13065, DSY.PA) company, today announced that Fluent's GAMBIT 2.1 preprocessor, due for general release in the next month, includes native CATIA V4 translation. GAMBIT is the preprocessor supplied with Fluent's world-leading computational fluid dynamics (CFD) software. Fluent has licensed the native CATIA V4 import technology from Spatial, which is the sole provider of true, native CATIA translators.

GAMBIT 2.1 also comes with several new capabilities for supporting the import of complex CAD models, such as automatic connectivity leading to unique Boolean approaches, automated cleanup tools, and easier decomposition tools. It also includes a new, hybrid volume meshing approach (HexCore) based on adaptive Cartesian technology.

"GAMBIT 2.1 is a clear breakthrough in the path from CATIA to high-quality meshes for a broad range of CFD applications in many different industries," says Erling Eklund, GAMBIT product marketing manager at Fluent Inc. "In a typical CAD import sequence, a solid or surface model created by CATIA V4 is directly imported into GAMBIT 2.1. The fluid volume is extracted using simple Boolean operations, and straight-forward cleanup tools are used to produce the CFD domain. It can then be meshed with a combination of GAMBIT's advanced Cartesian and Hexahedral meshing technologies, resulting in optimal mesh quality at minimal cell count."

Engineers at Valeo Engine Cooling, one of many GAMBIT 2.1 beta test sites, were very impressed with this robust path from the CATIA V4 model file to automatic meshing. "GAMBIT has made great progress in CAD import, cleanup, and automatic meshing," says Nicolas Francois, research and development engineer at Valeo Engine Cooling, a major manufacturer of compact heat exchangers and cooling systems for the automotive industry.

"Spatial is dedicated to constantly improving our interop translators," said Linda Lokay, executive vice president of marketing and development at Spatial Corp. "Our native CATIA technology makes our translators superior to any comparable products on the market. The results experienced by Fluent and their end users are indicative of our continuous commitment to developing products that contribute to our partners' success."

About Fluent Inc.

Fluent is the world's largest provider of computational fluid dynamics (CFD) software and consulting services. Fluent's software is used for simulation, visualization, and analysis of fluid flow, heat and mass transfer, and chemical reactions. It is a vital part of the computer-aided engineering (CAE) process for companies around the world and is deployed in nearly every manufacturing industry. Using Fluent's software, product development, design and research engineers build virtual prototypes and simulate the performance of proposed and existing designs, allowing them to improve design quality while reducing cost and speeding time to market. Fluent's corporate headquarters are located in Lebanon, New Hampshire, USA, with offices in Belgium, England, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan and Sweden. Its CFD software is also available around the world through joint ventures, partnerships, and distributors in Korea, Australia, Brazil, China, Taiwan, the Czech Republic, Middle East, and most European countries.

About Spatial Corp.

Spatial Corp., a Dassault Systemes S.A. (Nasdaq: DASTY, Euronext Paris # 13065, DSY.PA,) company is a market-leading provider of world-class 3D software subsystem technologies. Spatial develops, markets, and supports best-of-breed 3D subsystem technologies and services, to address the requirements of 3D in Business-to-Business (B2B) applications. Spatial's component products for 3D modeling, visualization, and interoperability have been adopted by some of the world's most recognized software developers, manufacturers, research institutes, and universities. In addition, by working as the premier marketing and sales organization for the Component Application Architecture (CAA) V5, Spatial now provides companies with the opportunity to develop advanced solutions complimentary to the Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions offered by Dassault Systemes. Headquartered in Westminster, Colorado, Spatial has offices in the USA, Germany, France, Japan, and the United Kingdom. For more information, please visit Spatial's Web site at www.spatial.com, or contact Spatial by email at Email Contact or by phone at 303-544-2900.

ACIS and SAT are registered trademarks of Spatial Corp. CATIA is a registered trademark of Dassault Systemes. All other trademarks belong to their respective owners.

FLUENT is a registered trademark of Fluent Inc.

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