San Rafael, CA--Autodesk Inc. recently delivered its millionth ACIS-enabled software product. The company uses the ACIS kernel as core technology in its AutoCAD(reg) and Mechanical Desktop(reg) CAD packages.
ACIS, developed by Spatial Technology, Inc., is an object-oriented 3D modeling "engine" incorporated in several CAD packages from companies such as Visionary Design Systems, Applicon, Ashlar, Baystate Technologies, CoCreate, and others. According to Spatial Technology, there are more than 400 ACIS licenses, over 150 ACIS-enabled applications (not 50, as a printing error wrongly reported in a recent issue), and more than one million ACIS executables shipped to market.
Autodesk says the ACIS architecture enables it to rapidly increase functionality and robustness in its products as well as reduce development time. "We have been pleased with the collaboration between our two companies over the last three years," says Dominic Gallello, president of the Autodesk mechanical market group.
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