New Collaborative Software Unveiled at NDES

DN Staff

February 25, 2004

3 Min Read
New Collaborative Software Unveiled at NDES

ImpactXoft, a provider of collaborative 3D product design environments, today announced the release of the IX SPeeD V5 Suite. The IX SPeeD Suite Functional Modeling and collaborative design capabilities product developers to rapidly create designs that are easily understood and provide the ability to apply and communicate design changes with others during the highly iterative work in progress phase.

The IX SPeeD V5 Suite is based on Dassault Systemes'Component Application Architecture (CAA V5), making it a natively interoperable and collaborative solution for the CAA V5 ecosystem, including CATIA(R) V5. This new product suite includes add-on modules for specialized design requirements to address an extended product development cycle. IX SPeeD V5 Suite will be available through a rapidly growing ImpactXoft reseller channel.

With IX SPeeD V5, companies in consumer goods, electronics and electrical (E&E) can take advantage of the power and flexibility of ImpactXoft's functional design approach. Additionally, IX SPeeD V5 will also provide a unique solution for companies that require a native connectivity with the Dassault Systemes' V5 PLM offering, for example the supply chain for the automotive and aerospace industries. This power and flexibility is derived from ImpactXoft's innovative method of capturing the design behavior as functional features. This makes it easier to create, interpret, edit and reuse designs across the extended enterprise. ImpactXoft and Dassault Systemes are also working together to incorporate ImpactXoft's Instant Participation features for collaborative design within the CAA V5 environment. Instant Participation's collaborative capabilities allow OEMs and suppliers to not only communicate design changes, but to also share and merge elements of their product designs at anytime, from anywhere, and with anyone working on the project.

"Only six months after the announcement of the partnership, ImpactXoft has successfully delivered the first release of its collaborative design solution that is fully based on Dassault Systemes V5 CAA open architecture and leverages ImpactXoft's core assets," said Dominique Florack, executive vice president, Dassault Systemes. "The new IX SPeeD V5 solution will give manufacturers the unique benefits of functional modeling in a true collaborative environment."This release marks another step forward in our commitment to deliver our innovative solution for Simultaneous Product Development on a proven platform," said Attilio Rimoldi, ImpactXoft's co-founder, president and CEO. "With IX SPeeD V5's availability on CAA V5, we are providing to a broader user community the capabilities that will enable them to have greater impact on how tomorrow's products are developed.

"ImpactXoft's Functional Modeling and Simultaneous Product Development approach to solving design problems within a global development environment raises the bar for innovative 3D design and collaboration capabilities and offers a glimpse into the future of CAD technology," said Dr. Ken Versprille, research director, design creation and validation for CPD Associates, LLC (formerly the PLM group of D.H. Brown Associates, Inc.). "This new approach pioneered by ImpactXoft establishes an intriguing new direction for dealing with design changes, improving designer efficiency, and reducing product development timeframes."

The first set of IX SPeeD V5 products to be introduced includes ImpactXoft's IX Design V5, -- a complete 3D design tool focused on functional modeling and providing capability for surface and wireframe, assembly design, sketcher, drafting, and translators -- as well as add-on modules for specialized design and analysis tasks. These modules will enable customers to provide their users with a full range of product development tools within a collaborative environment. Add on modules available with this release include solutions for: Structural Analysis, Healing, NC Manufacturing Review and Prismatic Machining, Real Time Rendering, Sheetmetal Design, STEP Interface and Rapid Prototyping.

IX Connect V5 will complete the suite later this year, providing the capability to share and merge design changes using the Instant Participation paradigm ImpactXoft has been recognized for, delivering what is required for a complete collaborative and functional design solution.

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