02 October 2006

UGS Announces New Solid Edge Motion Simulation and Animation Features

FOR RELEASE Monday, October 2, 2006

PLANO, Texas - UGS Corp., a leading global provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) software and services, today announced enhancements to motion simulation and animation within Solid Edge®.  Solid Edge Version 19 leverages UGS’ own D-Cubed technology to realistically simulate motion of assemblies and mechanisms through the Assembly Engineering Manager (AEM).

Solid Edge is the CAD component of the new UGS Velocity Series™ portfolio.  The D-Cubed AEM component provides a streamlined capability to perform fast and accurate motion studies.  Complementing additional new capabilities to explode, render and animate designs, motion simulation tools let Solid Edge users animate complete product function, utilizing components such as gears, pulleys and hydraulic cylinders while applying motors to generate movement.

“By combining full motion simulation with exceptional capabilities to explode, render and animate designs, Solid Edge customers can reduce design errors and the need for expensive physical prototypes,” said Adrian Scholes, director of Solid Edge marketing, UGS.  “In addition, this technology improves collaboration among design review teams, project engineers/leaders, manufacturing engineers, process planner and service teams.”

Used together, Solid Edge’s motion, explode and rendering tools enable users to create exceptional animations and presentations.  Dynamic 3D motion files communicate design ideas, create technical illustrations in maintenance and repair manuals and develop clearer assembly manufacturing instructions and training videos.
Built on UGS’ own D-Cubed technology, part of UGS’ PLM Components portfolio, AEM is designed for integration by CAD vendors at the core of their CAD systems.  By continuing to leverage D-Cubed technology in Solid Edge, UGS further extends the position of the world’s leading supplier of components to the CAD/CAM/CAE/PLM application development community.

The AEM enables motion simulation in Solid Edge assembly environment, which supports two critical workflows.  First, it helps design teams communicate ideas, represent large complex assemblies and create technical illustrations in maintenance and repair manuals.  Second, it captures photorealistic animations as standard AVIs to improve assembly manufacturing instructions and training videos. 

The AEM satisfies the rigorous demands of engineering design processes in Solid Edge through these key features:

  • provides accurate solutions directly on solid models, not using faceted approximations,
  • creates motion through pre-defined elements, such as motors, as well as interactive dragging with the mouse,
  • automatically simulates genuine 3D contact behavior between all geometry types,
  • computes twisting motion as contacting parts separate,
  • provides immediate results through interactive performance,
  • enables assembly/disassembly verification and
  • supports contact-based mechanisms, previously difficult to fully simulate in a CAD system.

In addition to the AEM, D-Cubed develops a family of geometric software components that enable key functionality in CAD/CAM/CAE/PLM applications, including sketching, part and assembly modeling, motion simulation and hidden line visualization.  For more information, visit www.ugs.com/d-cubed.

For more information on Solid Edge, visit www.solidedge.com.

About UGS Velocity Series
UGS Velocity Series is a comprehensive family of modular, yet integrated solutions addressing the Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) needs of the mid-market. Consisting of a preconfigured family of digital product design, analysis, manufacturing and data management software offerings, UGS Velocity Series leverages the industry’s best practices to provide significant breakthroughs in ease-of-use and deployment. Emerging manufacturers can leverage the power of UGS Velocity Series to transform their process of innovation while maintaining a low total cost of ownership; and all UGS Velocity Series products are completely scalable to the full range of UGS’ industry leading, enterprise-level PLM portfolio.

About UGS
UGS is a leading global provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) software and services with nearly 4 million licensed seats and 46,000 customers worldwide.  Headquartered in Plano, Texas, UGS’ vision is to enable a world where organizations and their partners collaborate through global innovation networks to deliver world-class products and services while leveraging UGS’ open enterprise solutions, fulfilling the mission of enabling them to transform their process of innovation. 

Note:  UGS, Solid Edge and Transforming the process of innovation are trademarks or registered trademarks of UGS Corp. or its subsidiaries in the US and in other countries. All other trademarks, registered trademarks or service marks belong to their respective holders.

The statements in this news release that are not historical statements, including statements regarding expected benefits of the product, adoption by customers, continued innovation and other statements identified by forward looking terms such as "may," "will," "expect," "plan," "anticipate" or "project," are forward-looking statements. These statements are subject to numerous risks and uncertainties which could cause actual results to differ materially from such statements, including, among others, risks relating to developments in the PLM industry, competition, failure to innovate, partnering strategy, major design errors or security flaws and intellectual property. UGS has included a discussion of these and other pertinent risk factors in its quarterly report on Form 10-Q for the period ended June 30, 2006 filed with the SEC.  UGS disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise


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