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Keio University Deploys 500 Seats of Solid Edge

(September 13, 2001)
UGS today announces that Keio University in Japan has deployed 500 seats of Solid Edge mechanical computer-aided design (CAD) software system used at more than 1,600 academic institutions worldwide.

The University of Keio, where many of Japan's distinguished engineers have emerged, plans to use Solid Edge in mechanical engineering classes and for design and manufacturing information technology research studies within the Department of System Design Engineering, at the School of Science and Technology.

Undergraduate students started using Solid Edge in May for mechanical design and drafting. Solid Edge is now installed for lessons in mechanical design and drafting in the department. About 150 sophomore students in the department received drafting and 3D solid modeling lessons for 15 weeks, as part of their design literacy curriculum. Lessons begin with the fundamental operations of Solid Edge, the creation of 3D models and related drawings. Despite the large quantity of models and drawings to be produced, all of the students were able to finish the assignments within a short period of time.

"We know that Solid Edge has excellent 2D drafting. Initially we started lessons using our existing 2D CAD system and later we used Solid Edge, which was installed after the course had started. Even though both subjects taught the same content, the 2D CAD lessons needed 15 hours for content completion, while Solid Edge's 3D CAD lessons required just five hours to complete," says Dr. Hideki Aoyama, associate professor in the Department of System Design Engineering.

Keio University is planning to install Solid Edge throughout the wide range of their research laboratories in addition to Dr.Aoyama's laboratory.

"We have been receiving many requests to install Solid Edge from other offices in the university," says Dr. Aoyama. "In my research laboratory, we are studying different areas of design with CAD, such as for industrial design and intelligent manufacturing systems that consider cutting resistance. In the area of industrial design, a system to create exact models by using expressions of artistic sensitivity, not currently used by today's engineering systems, is needed. For example, we are developing a system to create precise 3D engineering shapes from vague design outlines which are hard to define by numerical expressions alone."

The laboratory is also researching a system to assist in capturing an industrial designer's creative thought process and ideas and how Solid Edge can be applied to that effort. In the near future, Keio University believes that technology from UGS combined and integrated with technology from the School of Science and Technology at Keio University will be able to play a significant role in the development of Japanese industry. "As graduates move into the business world, they intend to continue to develop such research collaboratively with industrial companies," says Dr. Aoyama.

Machinery Design Productivity: The Solid Edge Advantage

Solid Edge is the proven design engineering solution that can reduce time to market by an achievable 50 percent using STREAM, an exclusive technology that accelerates the engineering process. The choice of leading machinery designers worldwide, Solid Edge has been selected by companies such as Alcoa, NEC Engineering and Volvo as a strategic tool to help them realize the benefits of better quality, lower costs, and shorter delivery cycles.

Solid Edge is uniquely positioned to deliver exceptional value to machinery designers. Solid Edge directly addresses the practical aspects of design engineering with powerful CAD functions that are extremely easy to learn and use. With an unmatched ability to capture design intelligence, Solid Edge ensures more accurate and rapid design change turnaround and increased productivity for machinery development.

The Solid Edge Voyager Program includes more than 150 downstream engineering software applications in such disciplines as finite element analysis, manufacturing, kinematics and dynamics, electro-mechanical, rapid prototyping, standard parts, product data management, translation, view/redline/animation and hardware solutions.

Written for Microsoft Windows NT, Windows 98, Windows 2000 and Windows ME operating systems, Solid Edge is distributed in eight languages to customers around the world, including Boeing, Kaiser Optical, Alcoa, Volvo, L-3 Communications, Ohio State University, Yale University, University of Edinburgh, Stanford Linear Accelerator Center, NASA, Pella Windows, Royal Air Force, S&C Electric, Lincoln Electric, WMF, ULMA Group, Groupe Moulinex-Brandt , Groupe SEB , Groupe BENETEAU, Electromagnetic Sciences, Liebert Corp., Kaeser Kompressoren, Prodrive, USSC Group, Seiko, Hyundai, Daikin and NEC Engineering.

About the Department of System Design Engineering

The Department of System Design Engineering aims to establish new systematic scientific techniques -- co-existing with today's global environment and society -- which add engineering value to developing an information-oriented society. The new techniques bring harmony with the environment into life by designing a wide range of optimum engineering systems which consider the influences of people, society and nature on science and technologies. For this purpose, the department has been meeting the challenge of collectively using fundamental concepts of dynamics, energy, control and information technologies.

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About Keio University

Keio University is a private, co-educational university founded in 1858 by Yukichi Fukuzawa, a highly respected intellectual leader of the era. Keio is the oldest institution of higher education in Japan and one of the nation's foremost computer science research centers and universities. Keio offers a comprehensive educational program that begins with grammar school. Keio has five major campuses in the Tokyo area. Keio University has been promoting joint research projects in cooperation with industry, government and international organizations, and is now becoming one of the research leaders for network and digital media technology.

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About UGS

UGS (NYSE: UGS) is one of the world's fastest growing and most successful software and services companies, dedicated to helping manufacturers optimize their product lifecycle process. UGS' rich heritage and financial strength have been established by consistently providing the industry's best product development applications for over 25 years. Today, UGS is distinguished as the leading supplier of Internet-based product life cycle collaboration solutions as well as the company that is creating the de facto industry standards for the digital product. With offices in over 30 countries around the globe, UGS is the vendor of choice for open solutions that seamlessly weave into any environment and create unprecedented value for the world's most demanding customers. In addition, UGS is the first company in its industry to earn the ISO 9001/TickIT certification.


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