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Solid Edge Selected as Standard 3D Mechanical CAD System by The University of Tokyo Design Engineering Laboratory(September 06, 2001)
The Design Engineering Laboratory, under the leadership of Dr. Tamotsu Murakami, is one of the most prestigious academic institutions in the world. Solid Edge will be implemented as the 3D CAD system for mechanical design and drafting instruction for all three of the university's mechanical departments focused on engineering, engineering synthesis, and mechanical information technology.
Undergraduate students study mechanical design and drafting as well as advanced 3D modeling. This is followed by workshops on rapid prototyping and CNC (computer numerical control) programming at the university's machining center.
In 1986, the University of Tokyo was the first among all of Japan's universities to offer classes for mechanical design and drafting using CAD. Since then, the university has continued to provide advanced mechanical design education in line with future technology and industry trends, producing a regular supply of talented engineers to Japanese industry. Dr. Murakami, associate professor of the Design Engineering Laboratory, is researching the application of Solid Edge into more advanced mechanical design and drafting curricula.
"We are researching various Solid Edge applications for our educational curricula. A CAD system used for university education must employ state-of- the-art technologies and the relevant advanced capabilities that engineers will need in industry. It also is essential that CAD be quick and easy to learn and provide high levels of skills to first-time users," says Dr. Murakami.
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.
The laboratory's objective is to propose new technologies to aid human "design" activities for creating products based on engineering and scientific knowledge obtained through analysis and investigation of a "design" thought process. In order to achieve this objective, time is spent studying rapid prototyping technologies as typified by a stereolithography system, intuitive 3D shape manipulation and interface technology and intelligent software technology added to mechanical design.
For more information, please visit http://www.design.t.u-tokyo.ac.jp .
The University of Tokyo is a national university operated under the auspices of the Ministry of Education, Science, Sports and Culture. It essentially offers courses and provides research facilities in all academic disciplines at both undergraduate and graduate levels. The university aims to provide its students with opportunities for intellectual development as well as for the acquisition of professional knowledge and skills. The university has a faculty of about 2,800 professors, associate professors, and lecturers, and a total student enrollment of about 28,000. There are about 2,000 foreign students, and about 1,700 foreign scholars who come to the university for short or extended visits. The university is known for the excellence of its faculty and students; many of its graduates are and have always been leaders in the government, in business, and in the academic world.
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