Santa Ana, Calif. - May 12, 2004 - MSC.Software Corp. (NYSE: MNS), the
leading global provider of virtual product development (VPD) products
including simulation software and services today announced the release of
SimDesigner 2004 r3 for CATIA V5R13. SimDesigner for CATIA V5 is a suite of
CATIA V5-embedded simulation tools that allow CATIA users to streamline and
automate the task of building and testing virtual prototypes by simulating
stress, motion, heat transfer and other physical attributes of components
"The SimDesigner product line is really gaining momentum in 2004 from both a
sales and development perspective," said Frank Perna, chairman and chief
executive officer of MSC.Software. "We have seen strong sales growth, with
more than 100 customers now using SimDesigner as part of their development
process. In addition, we have executed against an aggressive product
development schedule that has resulted in SimDesigner being able to handle
simulation of a wide array of engineering disciplines, now including
composites, flexible bodies and fatigue simulation. We are looking forward
to the continuing growth of SimDesigner and of the CAD-embedded VPD market
The SimDesigner product family allows components and systems to be simulated
before they are built, saving manufacturer's time and money during the
design and physical testing process. The family is comprised of Generative
products and Gateway products:
* SimDesigner Generative products provide the capability to simulate
structural behavior in a virtual product development environment.
* SimDesigner Gateway products provide access to other corporate
simulation resources including in-house developed and third party
SimDesigner 2004 r3 for CATIA V5R13 includes four new modules specifically
designed to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of product development
organizations. These new modules are:
* SimDesigner Gateway for LS-DYNA (GWL): This new module enables
models to be exported to the LS-DYNA input file format and import the
subsequent execution results back into SimDesigner for visualization and
* SimDesigner Composites (SCP): This module enables engineers to
create models and perform simulation studies on laminate composite
* SimDesigner Fatigue (SFA): This module allows engineers to perform
fatigue simulation with an advanced fatigue solver
* SimDesigner Flex (SDF): Based upon ADAMS/Flex, this module allows
flexibility of parts to be simulated and evaluated within a system or
mechanism by using SimDesigner Motion
In addition, several enhancements have been made to the functionality of
existing SimDesigner modules. The module enhancements include:
* CATIA V5R13 Support: CATIA Updates, which provide access to and
support for the latest CATIA V5 release.
* SimDesigner Linear (SDL): Thermal Analysis Capabilities, which
enable simulation of thermal effects on structure using the embedded
MSC.Nastran thermal solver.
* SimDesigner Linear (SDL): Modal Frequency Response Analysis, which
provide the ability to evaluate the response of designs to oscillatory
* SimDesigner Advanced Structures Professional (ASP): Giving engineers
the ability to store specifications and retain associativity with the
geometry. New capabilities for importing finite-element models.
* SimDesigner Thermal (SDT): Shell support, which allows thermal
conditions to be mapped and results to be evaluated on a shell structure.
* SimDesigner Motion (SMO): More accurately modeling real world
mechanisms and supporting flex bodies; bushings, faster contact algorithms,
and more ways to review and validate results.
* SimDesigner Suspension (SDS): Enhanced expert user interface,
including improvements to pre/post processing features such as mass property
control and measures.
The SimDesigner product family allows product development teams to test how
products function within the CATIA V5 environment before they are built,
saving manufacturers time and money during the design and physical testing
process. Through the Gold Software Partner Agreement between Dassault
Systemes and MSC.Software and the open CAA V5 development architecture, the
SimDesigner user interface is a seamless extension of CATIA V5.
For more information on SimDesigner for CATIA V5, please register for the
SimDesigner for CATIA V5 webinar on May 26 at
http://www.mscsoftware.com/events/event_view.cfm?event_id=475, or visit