Geometric's DFMXpress Tool for Manufacturability Analysis Included with SolidWorks 2008

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Automated tool helps designers quickly assess the manufacturability of models.

Geometric Software Solutions (Geometric), a leader in Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) services and technologies, today announced that DFMXpress has been included in SolidWorks® 2008. With this free tool that is fully integrated into SolidWorks, designers can easily gain insight into the cost-effective manufacturability of their design. DFMXpress accelerates and enriches the entire design through manufacturing process by automating the iterative design process via a series of rules-based checks for manufacturability.

Design for Manufacturing (DFM) is a revolutionary technology framework developed for designers by Geometric that facilitates upstream manufacturability validation and identification of areas of a design that are difficult, expensive or impossible to machine. DFM is engineered to advise the designer on common problems faced in the manufacturing process. It is based on Geometric's industry-leading Manufacturing Feature Recognition technology, and leverages SolidWorks Intelligent Feature Technology (SWIFT™) and manufacturing tolerances.

DFMXpress features include:

  • Explanations and recommendations that help designers identify and rectify manufacturing feasibility issues
  • Basic set of rules for drilling, milling, turning
  • Configurable rules parameters
  • Integrated and designer-centric graphical user interface

"DFMXpress is perfect for the designer who needs manufacturability analysis, but is not necessarily a manufacturing expert," according to Mike Coleman, CEO of Geometric's Desktop Products & Technologies Business Unit (DP&T). "Finding errors and correcting possible manufacturing problems during the design stage is the optimal way to achieve high quality and cost effective products."

Fielder Hiss, Manager of Product Management at SolidWorks Corp. added, "I am very excited about the value that DFMXpress will bring to our customers using SolidWorks 2008. Everyone cares about manufacturability and now with DFMXpress users can perform checks on their designs right from within SolidWorks."

As analysis needs change, DFMXpress customers can switch from DFMXpress to Geometric's more powerful DFM products:

  • DFM Pro is engineered for designers who want greater in-depth examination of product manufacturability. DFM Pro includes all the features of DFMXpress plus advanced design rules for manufacturing processes like milling, drilling, turning and sheetmetal fabrication. It also contains rules to process manufacturing tolerances specified using SolidWorks SWIFT technology. DFM Pro is available as an add-on to SolidWorks 2007 and later.
  • DFM Enterprise involves the customization and integration of DFM Pro into a company's own environment to enable fully optimized workflows and optimal cost-effective product design processes. DFM Enterprise can support multiple CAD platforms and geometry kernels.

For detailed product information, please visit: http://dfm.geometricsoftware.com/

About Geometric
Geometric is a specialist in the domain of engineering solutions, services and technologies. Its portfolio of Global Engineering services and Digital Technology solutions for Product Lifecycle Management (PLM), enable companies to formulate, implement, and execute global engineering and manufacturing strategies aimed at achieving greater efficiencies in the product realization lifecycle.

Geometric was incorporated in 1994 and is headquartered in Mumbai, India. It is listed on the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE: 532312) and the National Stock Exchange (NSE: GEOMETRIC) in India. The company recorded revenues of 3.95 Billion Rupees (85 Million US Dollars), with market capitalization of 6.2 Billion Rupees (142 Million US Dollars), for its consolidated operations for the year ending March 2007.

The company has two main business subsidiaries. Modern Engineering, Inc., headquartered in Rochester Hills MI, provides product engineering and manufacturing engineering solutions to the automotive and industrial sectors. Teksoft, Inc., headquartered in Phoenix AZ, develops and supplies cutting-edge productivity solutions for manufacturing operations. Geometric employs over 2500 people delivering solutions from 10 global delivery locations in the US, France, Romania, India, and China. The company is assessed at SEI CMMI Level 5 for its software services and the engineering operations are ISO 9001:2000 certified.

Geometric has a joint venture with Dassault Systemes, 3D PLM Software Solutions Ltd., which was set up in 2002 with an equity participation of 70% and 30% respectively.

For further details about Geometric, please visit http://www.geometricsoftware.com.

About SolidWorks Corporation
SolidWorks Corporation, a Dassault Systèmes S.A. (Nasdaq: DASTY, Euronext Paris: #13065, DSY.PA) company, develops and markets software for design, analysis and product data management. It is the leading supplier of 3D CAD technology, giving teams intuitive, high-performing software that helps them design better products. Visit http://www.solidworks.com.

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