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D-Cubed 2D DCM From Siemens PLM Software Powers IMSI/Design's IDX Variable Constraint System Plug-In For AutoCAD

Siemens’ PLM Components Enhance the Productivity of a New Community of CAD Users

PLANO, Texas, February 18, 2008 - Siemens PLM Software, a business unit of the Siemens Industry Automation Division and a leading global provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) software and services, and IMSI/Design LLC today announced that the D-Cubed™ 2D Dimensional Constraint Manager (2D DCM) parametric design engine has been integrated and released in IMSI/Design’s IDX Variable Constraint System plug-in for AutoCAD® software.

“This is a game-changing plug-in for AutoCAD users,” said Bob Mayer, chief operating officer at IMSI/Design. “The 2D DCM technology we're using from Siemens PLM Software is the same parametric design engine behind most of the world’s major CAD systems, and is highly compatible with the AutoCAD ObjectARX programming environment. It is the ideal foundation for this much needed parametric plug-in to AutoCAD.”

The IDX Variable Constraint System plug-in brings the benefits of 2D DCM based parametric design to AutoCAD users. Compatible with existing models and working practices, users simply choose if and when they want to take advantage of the parametric design approach. Design intent can now be built into an AutoCAD model, enabling variations to be rapidly evaluated. Furthermore, part families can be created faster, entire drawings updated more quickly after red-line comments require changes, and kinematic mechanisms designed and animated.

With a large and prestigious customer base, the 2D DCM is the most widely used parametric design engine in the CAD industry. This success is based on the technical leadership of a component that has been under continuous development since 1989, and the unmatched ease of integration that is illustrated by the number and diversity of 2D DCM based applications in the market. All of Siemens’ PLM Components offer flexible licensing arrangements that enable any organization, large or small, to add advanced functionality to any of their applications quickly and economically.

“Our PLM Components are used extensively in our own applications and made available under a level playing field policy to the global software community,” said Bruce Feldt, vice president of Open Tools for Siemens PLM Software. “Their value is constantly reinforced by this combination of internal usage and widespread deployment across many of the world’s major CAD, CAM, CAE, and PLM applications. We are delighted to extend our relationship with IMSI/Design and in the process expand the reach of PLM Components and the D-Cubed 2D DCM.”

About IMSI/Design

IMSI/Design is the global leader in retail CAD (Computer Aided Design). IMSI/Design products include the award-winning TurboCAD®, DesignCAD™, and TurboFLOORPLAN™ families of precision design applications. For more information visit http://www.imsidesign.com.

About PLM Components; Parasolid and D-Cubed

PLM Components are software tools that can help increase the profitability of software applications in the CAD, CAM, CAE and PLM marketplace by raising their value and lowering their costs. This is achieved by supporting innovation and interoperability with standard tools that ensure quality and reduce time to market. Siemens PLM Software develops these components, uses them throughout its own applications and licenses them to independent software vendors and end-user organizations. Flexible licensing arrangements and a simple, proven integration process enable any organization, large or small, to bring innovative capabilities to their applications quickly and economically. Part of the PLM Components family of products, the Parasolid and D-Cubed components provide 3D part and assembly modeling, editing and interoperability, 2D/3D parametric sketching, motion simulation, collision detection, clearance measurement and visualization. Applications include mechanical CAD, CAM, CAE, mold design, sheet metal, AEC, GIS, structural, plant and ship design, CMM, reverse engineering and sales configuration. For more information, please visit http://www.plm.automation.siemens.com/open.

About Siemens PLM Software

Siemens PLM Software, a business unit of the Siemens Industry Automation Division, is a leading global provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) software and services with 4.6 million licensed seats and 51,000 customers worldwide. Headquartered in Plano, Texas, Siemens PLM Software’s open enterprise solutions enable a world where organizations and their partners collaborate through Global Innovation Networks to deliver world-class products and services. For more information on Siemens PLM Software products and services, visit www.siemens.com/plm.

About Siemens Industry Automation Division

The Siemens Industry Automation Division (Nuremberg), a division of the Siemens Industry Sector, is a worldwide leader in the fields of automation systems, low-voltage switchgear and industrial software. Its portfolio ranges from standard products for the manufacturing and process industry to solutions for whole industries and systems that encompass the automation of entire automobile production facilities and chemical plants. As a leading software supplier, Industry Automation optimizes the entire value added chain of manufacturers – from product design and development to production, sales and a wide range of maintenance services.


Note: Siemens and the Siemens logo are registered trademarks of Siemens AG. Parasolid and D-Cubed are trademarks or registered trademarks of Siemens Product Lifecycle Management Software Inc. or its subsidiaries in the United States and in other countries. TurboCAD, DesignCAD and TurboFLOORPLAN are trademarks or registered trademarks of IMSI/Design LLC or its subsidiaries in the Unites States and in other countries. AutoCAD is a trademark or registered trademark of Autodesk, Inc. or its subsidiaries in the Unites States and in other countries. All other trademarks, registered trademarks or service marks belong to their respective holders.a

Primary Contact

Jim Thorpe
+44 1223 722 655
jim.thorpe@siemens.com

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