January 22, 2007
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SMBs are a market that I have felt for some time has been under-served by the giant engineering software companies, because maybe they weren’t quite worth the effort for the return. However, some of the CAD vendors at the next tier have served SMBs from the beginning, have a very loyal customer base, and sheer size aside, by and large have better year over year growth. In many cases, they are also more innovative. This isn’t to say that the CAD giants don’t have their place, because they certainly do, but there is also a lot of room for the next tier, as well as niche CAD and PLM applications, and that’s what keeps the MCAD industry interesting.

The Week’s Top 5

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MSC.Software Corp. announced preliminary revenue results for the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2006. For the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2006, the company expects to report revenue in the range of $65-68 million. This revenue range falls within First Call estimates for fourth quarter revenue. The revenue range is an estimate and may change pending the company's management and independent auditor's completion of their normal quarterly closing and review procedures. The company expects to report fourth quarter results the week of February 26th and file its Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2006 on March 1, 2007.

Punch! Software, LLC launched of ViaCAD, a 2D/3D design product that allows everybody to create designs in 3D. The product will be released for both Mac OS X and Windows platforms starting in March 2007, and will retail for $99. ViaCAD delivers a new way of designing, delivering a system for creating 2D and 3D designs using its adaptive user interface and LogiCursor technology. In ViaCAD, 3D designs automatically create 2D details, plans, and elevations with a single mouse click. The software also delivers interoperability with Google SketchUp, AutoCAD 2007, Adobe Illustrator, and other common 3D formats. The product supports 2D, 3D, surface, and solid modeling tools with
a wide array of features to allow precision illustrations while keeping the process of design simple. Accuracy is provided with ViaCAD’s ACIS-based kernel. The new release creates section and detail views, BOMs, and includes complete 3D editing tools, annotation, and dimensions, among many other practical features for the designers of every level.

Autodesk announced that Phoenix Gold, a designer and manufacturer of high-end audio components, is using Autodesk Inventor software for its design processes. The speed and efficiency provides Phoenix Gold with a significant advantage in the marketplace, allowing them to deliver audiophile products at a competitive price. Phoenix Gold took full advantage of the Inventor power and flexibility when designing its latest amplifiers and speakers, which contain anywhere from dozens to hundreds of individual components. Creating a working model in 3D with Inventor allows Phoenix Gold to help ensure that all the different parts work together without interference before they
create a physical prototype. Phoenix Gold is also seeing benefits from the flexibility of Inventor software when it comes to sharing information with its offshore manufacturing partners. The company designs and engineers its products from its Portland, Oregon-based headquarters. With Inventor 3D models, Phoenix Gold can communicate with its geographically dispersed manufacturing partners.

Icona Solutions Ltd., developers of aesthetica, a CAE software product for interactively visualizing the impact of manufacturing variation on the aesthetic quality of product assemblies, has announced the availability of a new aesthetica/CATIA V5 Interface Module. It enables the transfer of product model data from Dassault Systèmes’ CATIA V5 CAD/CAM/CAE software environment directly into the aesthetica environment, where it can be used in manufacturing variation studies. The new module can be installed on standard CATIA V5 configurations to provide users with additional export options from within the CATIA V5 environment. Using a new, lightweight file
format it enables the export of complete product assemblies, including all 3D solid and surface geometry, directly into aesthetica Version 2.3 (and above), while preserving the CATIA V5 product information, assembly structure, and geometry.

General Electric Co. announced that it agreed to purchase Smiths Aerospace, a U.K.-based supplier of integrated systems for aircraft manufacturers and components for engine builders, for $4.8 billion in cash. The deal is subject to approval by Smiths Group shareowners as well as customary regulatory reviews. Smiths Aerospace, which is part of Smiths Group, has more than 11,000 employees and had $2.4 billion in revenues in 2006. Smiths has a significant presence on most commercial aircraft, including the Boeing 737 and Airbus A320, as well as many military aircraft. More importantly, Smiths has a major presence on new aircraft such as the Boeing 787, Airbus A380 and the
Joint Strike Fighter. Smiths products include flight management systems, airborne platform computing systems, power generation, conversion and distribution products, actuation products and systems for flight control, thrust reversers and landing gear applications, various engine components and a global customer services organization.

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