30 August 2004

The University of Tokyo to Participate in Student Formula SAE Competition of Japan Using Racing Car Designed with Solid Edge®

FOR RELEASE Monday, August 30, 2004

TOKYOand PLANO, Texas -- UGS, a leading global provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) software and services, today announced studentsof The University of Tokyoparticipating inthe Student Formula SAE Competition of Japanwill use a Formula SAE racing car designed with UGS’Solid Edge® software.  The competition isto be held in Twin Ring Motegi from August30to September 2, 2004.

The University of Tokyo Formula Factory’,a team of students from ‘A-D Production of A Formula Racing Car’ class led by associate professor Kohei Kusaka ofDesign Engineering Laboratory, have managedthe entire production process for the car, from planning, designing and production to testing and improvement.  Solid Edge -- UGS’industry-leading, value-based 3D computer aided design (CAD) system for the mainstream PLM market --enhanced this process by providing the team with the ability to design and develop theframe, suspension, power train and structural components in 3D.

Formula SAE competitions are designed to test students’ knowledge, creativity and imagination, with evaluations based on design technology along with race times.  TheUniversityof Tokyoteam took third place honors atitsfirst competition last year.

The Student Formula SAE Competition of Japan aims to develop the skills of students who will form the engineering cornerstone of Japanese industry in the future and to provide an opportunity for the students to take part in practical object creation exercises.  The competition was planned as the Japanese version of the Formula SAE held in the U.S.

Two hundred seats of Solid Edge were deployed atThe University ofTokyo inApril 2002.  The softwareisimplemented throughout the curriculum oftheDesign Engineering Laboratory where studentsspend one and a half yearsin design and drafting courses, learningfoundational design and draftsmanship through practical application of 3D modeling, rapid prototyping and machining. 

“Solid Edge is easy for students to grasp and allows them to quickly acquire 3D CAD skills,” saidTamotsuMurakami, associate professor,Design Engineering Laboratory, The University of Tokyo.  “It allows us todevotemoretime to critical mechanical design topics. Thanks to Solid Edge the studentscan now masterthe 3D CAD technology, understand its efficiencyand complete products in a limited time.  We are especially enthusiastic about Rapid Blue high-performance shape creation technology now in Solid Edge andintendto incorporate shape creation in our courses.”

Using Solid Edge is an extremely valuable experience forourstudents, since it is the same 3-D CAD being used in the industry,” said Kusaka. Studentswith little experiencecan smoothlyhandleCAD and they come to appreciate thebenefitsof working in 3-D.”

The University of Tokyo was an early leader in implementing CAD systems when it introduced the technology in itsmechanical design and drafting programsin1986.  The university continues to provide outstanding mechanical designeducation to producehighlyqualified talent for Japan’s industrial advancement.

“We are honored thatoursoftware has been the choice forJapan’s top educational institution, the University of Tokyo,” said Haruyoshi Iida, senior vice president for Japan Operation, UGS. We are pleased to contribute to the education of highly skilled individuals who will supportJapan’smanufacturing industries.

The Solution

Solid Edge (www.solidedge.com) from UGS is powerful 3D CAD software that allows manufacturing companies to Design with Insight and achieve competitive advantage through cost reduction, while increasing top line revenues.  The exclusive Solid Edge Insight technology embeds design management capabilities directly within CAD, providing insight into design intent to the entire organization and enhancing collaboration.  Insight, complemented by Solid Edge’s superior core modeling and process workflows, greatly eases the design of increasingly complex products required to meet continually changing market demands.  The extensive Solid Edgeuser community is comprised of designers at thousands of companies worldwide, including Alcoa, NEC Engineering, and Volvo.  The Solid Edge Voyager Program includes 200 integrated engineering software applications and computer hardware solutions.


About the Design Engineering Laboratory at the Department of Engineering Synthesis

Based on scientific and engineering knowledge developed through analysis and application of mental processes used in the designing of man-made creations, this is a laboratory that aims to support design activities by researching, developing and giving instruction on new theories, methods, and technologies.  Current research themes include rapid prototype technology as represented by stereolithography, intuitive 3D interface technology for CAD and computer graphics, and intelligent software for supporting mechanical design.  For details see our web site www.design.t.u-tokyo.ac.jp/.


AboutThe University of Tokyo

The University of Tokyo is one of Japan’s national universities administered by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology.  It offers a wide range of courses and supports research covering a full spectrum of academic fields, presenting expansive learning opportunities for students pursuing specialized interests and technologies and for students seeking avenues for intellectual growth.  The University of Tokyo employs nearly 2,800 professors, associate professors, and researchers, it has over 28,000 students enrolled, and it hosts approximately 2,000 foreign exchange students and 1,700 researchers from other countries.  The students and professors ofThe University of Tokyo are well known for their commitment to excellence, and graduates are actively sought as leaders for government, industry, and academics.  For detailed information visit www.u-tokyo.ac.jp/eng/.

About UGS
UGS is a leading global provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) software and services with more than 3.1million licensed seats and 42,000 clients worldwide.   Headquartered in Plano, Texas, the company promotes openness and standardization and works collaboratively with its clients in creating enterprise solutions enabling them to transform their process of innovation and thus begin to capture the value of PLM. 


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