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PlanetCAD Announces New Release of DesignQA

(September 06, 2001)
PlanetCAD Inc. announced the release of DesignQA version 4.1 for UGS' Unigraphics.

DesignQA 4.1 allows Unigraphics users to establish and maintain higher-quality design practices -- saving time, reducing model rework, and creating high-quality CAD models.

DesignQA is the industry's leading engineering quality assurance software. It detects, assesses, corrects and prevents product development problems caused by inaccurate, incomplete or inconsistent design modeling practices. DesignQA has been proven to save more than 12 percent in engineering projects by current customers, and DesignQA 4.1 for Unigraphics has already been tried and approved during testing by a major aerospace manufacturer.

UGS is a leading supplier of product lifecycle management (PLM) solutions, employing over 3,400 individuals worldwide. UGS supplies over 18,000 customers with the broadest range of PLM offerings including solutions for collaborative product commerce, product data management, e-manufacturing and mechanical computer aided design.

DesignQA 4.1 improves on the leading design quality software with the addition of 18 new design standards, including the popular "Engineering Checklist." This checklist automates the process of tracking the list of items that a designer must complete for each phase of the design release process. The checklist is fully customizable and is stored in the model as a permanent record. The capability to add custom fields to the quality metrics data captured by DesignQA is also included. This provides greater flexibility to collect or subdivide quality metrics data to more easily pinpoint key issues and drive process improvements with DriveQA.

Features in DesignQA 4.1 include:

-- 18 new standards

-- Standards file versioning, password protection and quality

stamping in support of supply chain management.

-- Improvements in usability to customize the sizing, sorting,

etc. of the configurator and results browser.

-- Profile options that allow the administrator to limit the user

run panel options.

-- Expanded data segregation capabilities when analyzing quality

metrics through custom field support.

"DesignQA 4.1 represents a major step forward for Unigraphics customers wishing to exploit the benefits of high standards of design," said Jim Bracking, president and CEO, PlanetCAD. "DesignQA has been proven to dramatically reduce project rework costs and now Unigraphics customers can maintain competitiveness through this technology."

DesignQA belongs to the PrescientQA(TM) family of design quality software. Others in the line include DriveQA(TM), GeometryQA(TM), CertifyQA(TM) software and the AuditQA(TM) products.

About PlanetCAD Inc.

PlanetCAD, with offices in Boulder, Colo., Westborough, Mass. and the United Kingdom, is the leader in Cycle Time Reduction solutions for manufacturing. The company's award-winning products reduce cycles, costs and waste from design to manufacture by integrating engineering data with supply chain transactions. PlanetCAD's current products include the PrescientQA(TM) design-quality engineering software suite, which reduces costly design errors, accelerates time-to-market, and improves the product development process; and IntraVISION(R), which enables viewing, markup, measuring and conversion of more than 300 file formats. For more information on PlanetCAD or Cycle Time Reduction, visit, or call 888/319-0871.

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