SolidWorks-sponsored designers include creator of reigning super heavyweight champion Diesector
CONCORD, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--June 30, 2003-- More than 120 teams competing in the BattleBots(R) robot fighting competition are using SolidWorks(R) 3D mechanical design and COSMOSWorks(TM) analysis software, SolidWorks Corporation announced today. SolidWorks-sponsored competitors span all ages and professions, from middle school students to the current "pro" super heavyweight champion. The value of SolidWorks' software donations exceeds $1.2 million.
SolidWorks-sponsored teams include Mutant Robots, Pandora's Bots,
Team Blakeslee, Team Half-Life, Team Poison Fists, Team Primal, Team
Secret Weapon, and Tozer-Kilts Robotics. These teams are using
SolidWorks and COSMOSWorks to create robots that slice, ram, and crush
competitors in head-to-head and "rumble" matches.
The dominant robot on the BattleBots circuit is Diesector, 340
pounds of metal menace and the two-time, reigning super heavyweight
champion. Its creator, Mutant Robots team captain Donald Hutson, used
SolidWorks to design Diesector's all-new jaws and "battle mallets,"
key factors in the robot's 43-percent knockout rate. Hutson also used
SolidWorks to design key features of another Battlebots superstar,
Tazbot, and to design three robots from scratch for Comedy Central's
"It's Your Battle" sweepstakes.
"SolidWorks is the only CAD tool I've ever picked up in which
everything was where I thought it should be and it worked exactly the
way I expected it to work," said Hutson, whose full-time job is
building artificially intelligent robots in the machine psychology lab
of the Neurosciences Institute in San Diego. "I never thought my
computer would become such a helpful design tool. I'm really not just
drawing on the computer anymore, I'm inventing and seeing my invention
in 3D before a single screw is turned. And I can go from idea to
finished product in one day. That's amazing."
In addition to the fun and thrills, Hutson sees Battlebots as an
important vehicle for cultivating America's next generation of
engineers. "Battlebots is 'violent,' but nobody gets hurt and
engineers are the heroes," he said. "Kids are e-mailing me by the
thousands wanting to know how to build a robot. They want to know
everything from how to drill a hole on center to what it takes to
operate a CNC (computer numerically controlled) machine. Kids think
it's cool to be an engineer, and you can't buy that kind of cool."
That's a big reason SolidWorks is deeply committed to its
sponsorship program and plans to develop it further as the sport
matures. "With all its primeval, gladiatorial allure, Battlebots helps
young people connect to the passion of engineering," said Paul Mazur,
director of marketing at SolidWorks. "That's great for our market,
great for 3D mechanical design, and great for the advancement of
SolidWorks has sponsored teams with a free version of SolidWorks
Office and COSMOSWorks. SolidWorks also provides discussion forums and
support materials. For more information on joining the SolidWorks
BattleBots Sponsorship Program, visit
About SolidWorks Corporation
SolidWorks Corporation, a Dassault Systemes S.A. (Nasdaq:
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 250,000 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 (
www.solidworks.com) or call 1-800-693-9000
(outside of North America, call +1-978-371-5000).
SolidWorks is a registered trademark of SolidWorks Corporation,
and COSMOSWorks is a trademark of Structural Research and Analysis
Corporation. Other brand and product names are trademarks of their
respective owners. Copyright (c) 2003 SolidWorks Corporation.
CONTACT: SolidWorks Corporation Laura Kozikowski, 978/371-5077 Email Contact or Beaupre & Co. Public Relations, Inc. Darby Johnson, 603/559-5809 Email Contact