Nov 19 2007

Dassault Systèmes Announces New Student Edition of Abaqus Unified FEA from SIMULIA

Engineering Students Gain Industry-Transferable Experience Using Affordable, Realistic Simulation Technology

Paris, France, and Providence, R.I., USA, November 19 – Dassault Systèmes (DS) (Nasdaq: DASTY; Euronext Paris: #13065, DSY.PA), a world leader in 3D and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions, today announced the release of Abaqus Student Edition Version 6.7, Unified Finite Element Analysis (FEA) software from SIMULIA.

Abaqus Student Edition provides engineering students with the same state-of-the art technology included in the professional version of Abaqus. The student edition is available for purchase online and is priced at only $99 (US). New features in this release include improved architecture for high-performance linear dynamics, advanced simulation capabilities for nonlinear materials and composites, and a highly customizable user interface for accelerated model building and results visualization.  The enhanced HTML documentation provides a thorough, searchable resource for students to find detailed information.

"For our introductory finite element method (FEM) course, Abaqus Student Edition is an excellent companion to the Abaqus Teaching Edition,” stated Professor Richard Regueiro, University of Colorado at Boulder. "Students can do their homework problems on their personal computers with Abaqus Student Edition, and then use their initial model to solve larger problems in the lab using Abaqus Teaching Edition. This upward compatibility allows them to be fully prepared to use the full Abaqus Research Edition for their graduate research."

Professor Regueiro has implemented Abaqus Student Edition in an innovative introductory FEM course at the Center for Advanced Engineering and Technology Education (CAETE) at the University of Colorado at Boulder ( The class is taught via a web-based service, allowing Professor Regueiro to demonstrate Abaqus on a large-screen monitor while remote students follow the tutorial on their laptops.

“The use of Abaqus Unified FEA is growing rapidly within all industry sectors including in markets such as consumer products and electronics,” stated Steve Crowley, director of product management at SIMULIA. “These industries are driving the creation of new simulation technology and methods. Students and professionals who take advantage of Abaqus Student Edition are gaining practical, hands-on experience in realistic simulation -- which is highly valued in the competitive engineering job market.”

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