SolidWorks Sponsors More Than 120 BattleBots Teams, Invests More Than $1.2 Million in Competitors


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 technology."

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 www.solidworks.com/battlebots.

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 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.

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