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Ashlar-Vellum Launches Argon, Xenon, Cobalt 3D Modeling Tools

(December 04, 2001)
Ashlar-Vellum Inc., the number one name in precision design software, today announced the release of Argon, Xenon, and Cobalt, the three central products in the company's new Designer Elements(TM) Series of next-generation CAD and 3D modeling products. Together, Argon, Xenon, and Cobalt extend Ashlar-Vellum's world-renowned software expertise with a powerful new continuum of capabilities and pricing, enabling design and engineering professionals to choose the perfect 3D modeling tool for any assignment or job function.

Argon-Exceptional 3D Modeling at Affordable Price

Ideal for entry-level 3D modelers or others who simply need a companion modeling tool for third-party 3D packages, Argon is the best value on the market today. Its $995.00 price tag makes it exceptionally affordable, yet it offers many tools not found in competing products such as precision input, automatic generation of 2D drawings, and enhanced rendering and animation for expert presentations.

Argon provides precision rendering of any freeform surface or solid, and includes classic Vellum 2D/3D freeform wireframe integration. Vellum Drafting Assistant, another exclusive Ashlar-Vellum feature, provides intelligent snaps and alignments in X, Y, and Z axes.

Due to its broad interface capabilities, Argon files can be exported to all the leading engineering software products including SolidWorks, UGS Solid Edge, Autodesk Inventor(TM), Unigraphics(TM), PTC(R) Pro/ENGINEER(R), and Ashlar-Vellum's own Cobalt(TM0. Argon also supports VRML, Macromedia(R) Shockwave(R) 3D, Viewpoint(R), and other 3D Web and animation formats, making it an invaluable front-end companion to such well-known tools as Macromedia(R) Director(R), Adobe(R) Atmosphere(TM), Alias|Wavefront(TM) Maya(R) and NewTek(R) Lightwave 3D(TM).

Argon also offers surface analysis, organic NURBS surface modeling, true solid modeling, and advanced photorealistic rendering. Its feature set enables users to create virtually any shape, thanks to a smooth interface that allows designers to concentrate on the task at hand, rather than the software itself.

Xenon -- Historical, Associative Drafting Features

Xenon, the next step up in Designer Elements 3D modeling products, is for users who need a high-end industrial design tool but without the expensive engineering functions. The product offers Lightworks rendering, sophisticated interoperability, sheet views, part history, and modeling tools that allow users to create almost any shape imaginable.

Unlike Argon, Xenon supports history-based associativity, making design revisions significantly faster and easier. Users can update a curve, for example, and the software will automatically update any surface or solid based on the curve, enabling rapid reworks of entire projects in a fraction of the time. Xenon also offers Class-A NURBS surface modeling, ACIS solid modeling, a Design Explorer feature-based history tree, and flyby/walk-through/Object VR/Panoramic VR animation. Priced at $2,795.00, Xenon is the ideal choice for demanding professional designers.

Cobalt-Complete Design/Engineering Platform

The closest product to Ashlar-Vellum's legendary Vellum Solids tool, Cobalt offers all the capabilities of Xenon plus advanced engineering functions, making it a complete solution for the industrial designer or product engineer.

Cobalt extends Vellum Solids' capabilities with many of the features found in today's leading MCAD programs such as Solid Edge and SolidWorks. It supports equation-driven parametrics and offers a full-fledged 2D/3D constraint system that is both incredibly powerful and exceptionally easy to use. Cobalt also includes sophisticated mechanical engineering functions such as section cuts, GD&T symbology, and Bill of Materials. Selling for $3,995, Cobalt is the most impressive upgrade to the award-winning Vellum Solids platform since its introduction.

Available for Immediate Purchase

Cobalt, Xenon, and Argon begin shipping immediately, joining the other two products in the Designer Elements series: Graphite(TM), a professional drafting product; and Neon, for 3D publishing. All Designer Elements products are available online at the company's Web site, as well as from any Ashlar-Vellum authorized reseller or distributor worldwide.

Affordable upgrade paths for previous Ashlar-Vellum products including Vellum Draft, Vellum 3D, and Vellum Solids are also available. For full product descriptions of Argon, Xenon, and Cobalt, or any other Ashlar-Vellum product, visit .

About Ashlar-Vellum:

Founded in 1988, Ashlar-Vellum is the leading developer and marketer of products that automate and simplify industrial, mechanical, and commercial design processes for drafting, design, and engineering professionals. Ashlar-Vellum's renowned user interface and powerful toolsets have earned the loyalty of conceptual thinkers around the world. Originally located in Santa Clara, California, Ashlar-Vellum now operates from headquarters in Austin, Texas. To learn more about Ashlar-Vellum call 800-877-2745 or visit

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