COSMOS 2004 Wraps Sophisticated Analysis Tools in an Easy-to-Use Automated Package for Designers of Every Skill Level

Software's new features and performance upgrades let designers perform high-powered analysis 10 to 15 times faster than ever before

CONCORD, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--July 7, 2003-- SolidWorks today put sophisticated design analysis within the reach of every designer with major upgrades to its COSMOS analysis applications. Enhancements to COSMOSWorks(TM), COSMOSFloWorks(TM), and COSMOSMotion(TM) make the COSMOS products the first to put advanced finite element analysis (FEA) features in an affordable package that's easy enough for designers of all skill levels to use.

Performance upgrades that enable solvers to use processor cycles more efficiently make the COSMOS family anywhere from 10 to 15 times faster than comparable analysis applications. The applications' speed and automated simplicity enable users to focus on perfecting designs with ongoing analysis throughout the design process. More than 10,000 companies currently use COSMOS products to reduce their prototyping costs and cut time-to-market by producing accurate designs faster than the competition.

COSMOSWorks 2004 enables users to test assemblies' behaviors without the complicated and time-consuming step of fully modeling component connectors - such as pins and springs - up front. COSMOSWorks 2004 also simplifies analysis with new usability features to simulate processes such as heat regulation using a thermostat with simple menu-driven commands that replace manual computations. The COSMOSFloWorks 2004 flow analysis application performs analyses on a broader spectrum of machinery and materials, such as rotating machinery and more non-Newtonian fluids. The COSMOSMotion 2004 virtual prototyping application can break assemblies down into sub-assemblies for more precise testing. New visual and reporting features enable users to extract more precise results from their analyses. Tightened integration with SolidWorks(R) 3D mechanical design software enables users of all three COSMOS applications to analyze designs without re-entering data and switching between applications. Today's COSMOS 2004 release coincides with SolidWorks' release of its SolidWorks 2004 mechanical design software.

More than half of the COSMOS family's upgrades came through feedback from users such as Jack Kleinfeld, P.E., of Bronx, N.Y.-based Kleinfeld Technical Services, Inc. ( Kleinfeld, a COSMOSWorks user, asked for more sophisticated reporting tools so he could better represent results to his customers.

"I'm very pleased with SolidWorks' responsiveness. They've made the product much more usable and efficient so I can give better results to my customers," Kleinfeld said. "For example, calculating the average heat flow across a surface now takes one step using two numbers. Before it could have taken a thousand steps using a thousand numbers - if I chose to do it at all."

The ability to run such complex calculations without time-consuming manual work enables users to weave analysis into every phase of the design cycle without slowing it down. Testing frequently saves time and expense by cutting back on the use of expensive physical prototypes to determine whether a design will perform properly.

Mirroring real-life working conditions

The COSMOSWorks, COSMOSMotion, and COSMOSFloWorks 2004 applications match analysis processes to real-life work flows, eliminating repetitive data input and reducing opportunity for error. Each product also has specific enhancements in its own realm that enable designers to perform sophisticated analysis without laborious manual processes:


COSMOSWorks 2004 simplifies assembly simulation with three new features that enable designers to model three commonly used assemblies:

    --  pin connectors that join assemblies such as mechanical arms;

    --  spring connectors that provide flexible resistance in
        assemblies such as shock absorbers; and

    --  elastic supports such as soft beds that absorb vibrations from

Simplified assembly simulation enables designers to analyze their designs without much of the repetitive manual work of modeling these structures. Designers no longer must model each pin, spring connector, and elastic support before performing an analysis. In COSMOSWorks 2004, designers simply enter values into a pull-down menu and the software simulates a pin, spring, or elastic support. For a mechanical arm joined by pins, for example, the designer would assign resistance properties to each pin location and run the analysis to determine how the mechanical arm would behave if the pins locked up.

In addition to its new modeling features, COSMOSWorks 2004 has also made strides in ease of use by incorporating features such as:

    --  Added heat transfer capabilities such as a new thermostat that
        simulates on/off switching of a heat source based on
        temperature sensors and surface-to-surface radiation heat;

    --  Ability to simulate buckling due to thermal effects;

    --  Single-file storage for analysis data that simplifies

    --  Adjustable vector plot visuals that make analyses easier to
        read than one-size-fits all visuals;

    --  Tighter integration with SolidWorks 2004 that eliminates
        re-entering design data to perform analysis. COSMOSWorks 2004
        automatically uses SolidWorks 2004 data to define the physical
        properties of materials in assemblies and reads data from the
        COSMOSXpress(TM) analysis embedded in SolidWorks 2004.
        COSMOSWorks 2004 can also schedule analysis runs in SolidWorks
        2004 task scheduler.


The COSMOSFloWorks 2004 flow analysis application features automated data transfers to COSMOSWorks 2004 that enable designers to perform stuctural and flow analysis in the same simulation. This "multi-physics" capability is unique to COSMOSFloWorks 2004. The software also simulates flows in rotating machinery such as turbine blades with a new "rotating frame of reference" feature, and supports analysis of more non-Newtonian fluids, such as chocolates and molten plastics.


New for 2004, the COSMOSMotion virtual prototyping application supports sub-assembly motion analysis. This gives users the ability to leave a sub-assembly as a rigid group of parts, or to move specific parts in a sub-assembly to test their behavior. Testing specific sub-assemblies yields more accurate results and helps users root out redundancies in their designs.

"Our goal is to make every engineer and designer into an analyst without forcing them to take specialized training or learn complicated, expensive software," said Suchit Jain, vice president for analysis products at SolidWorks Corporation. "Our COSMOS 2004 products represent the biggest stride yet toward sophisticated analysis software that's easy enough for everyone to use and economical enough to deploy widely in any organization."

Pricing and availability

COSMOSWorks 2004, COSMOSFloWorks 2004, and COSMOSMotion 2004 will be available in the third quarter of 2003. Contact a SolidWorks reseller for pricing information.

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 ( or call 1-800-693-9000 (outside of North America, call +1-978-371-5000).

SolidWorks is a registered trademark of SolidWorks Corporation. COSMOSWorks, COSMOSFloWorks, COSMOSXpress, and COSMOSMotion are trademarks 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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