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LightWork Design, Standex Partner for Finishes Visualization

(August 27, 2001)
LightWork Design and Standex International have announced the formation of an exclusive partnership to give product designers a significantly easier method of selecting, visualizing and specifying industry-standard Mold-Tech and Roehlen Embossing finishes.

By providing the ability to accurately visualize manufactured surface finishes within LightWorks-based rendering applications, this exclusive partnership will provide product designers a reliable and accurate flow of design specification data throughout the whole art-to-part process, from the initial design stage to rapid prototyping, mold preparation, and final product manufacturing. Surface finishes selected and visualized using LightWorks can be passed directly to the rapid-prototyping and mold-preparation services provided by Standex International.

Standex International and LightWork Design are the industry leaders in their respective markets: LightWorks, LightWork Design's visualization solution, is the leading photorealistic rendering engine for 3D CAD software applications; Standex International operates 19 engraving plants around the world with additional licensees in Japan, Brazil, Hong Kong, Bohemia and Russia.

There are over 80 CAD applications based on LightWorks, forming the world's largest rendering user-base, of over 3/4 million designers. The solutions created by this partnership give this large user base the ability to select, accurately visualize and specify Mold-Tech and Roehlen Embossing finishes, directly within their CAD software. Designers can then assess a wide range of surface finish variations before the product manufacturing stage, resulting in faster design decisions and improved time to market as well as the creation of higher quality products for the consumer. After surface finishes have been selected and visualized within LightWorks, they can then be rapidly manufactured using Standex International's new Model-Tech process that imparts high quality surface finish to rapid prototype parts.

Applications that incorporate LightWorks include: CDRS from PTC, Unigraphics from UGS, SolidWorks from Dassault, ThinkReal from Think3, Form-Z from auto-des-sys, SolidThinking from Gestel, Vellum from Ashlar, PowerShape from Delcam, and products from many other major CAD vendors.

This exclusive partnership will lead to the creation of add-on Mold-Tech and Roehlen Embossing surface finish libraries to be used by any LightWorks-based rendering application. These material libraries will accurately simulate the surface appearance of the selected finishes.

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