V5R9 makes Product Morphing a Reality  Breakthrough Business Practices for Accelerating Product Development


Paris, France – June 11, 2002 - Dassault Systemes (NASDAQ: DASTY; Euronext Paris: #13065, DSY.PA) today announced the delivery of their latest product lifecycle management solutions, 3D PLM Version 5 Release 9 (V5R9). V5R9 delivers a set of business practices for breakthrough product morphing, which automatically combines existing design data and templates with new specifications to form an original, full-featured product and production systems design. Morphing draws on next-generation reuse of design data and knowledge to dramatically accelerate product and production system developments and maximize capitalization of past experience.


Companies of all sizes and in any industry can utilize V5R9. Interoperability with multiple computer-aided design (CAD), product data management (PDM), and other business systems has been enhanced to accelerate deployment and integration within existing solution environment. The new release will be available worldwide on July 26, 2002, with a total of 374 products under four brands: CATIA (129 products), DELMIA (130 products), ENOVIA (89 products), and SMARTEAM (26 products).

“By introducing morphing today with V5R9, we illustrate again the uniqueness and capability of our 3D PLM solutions,” said Bernard Charles, President and CEO of Dassault Systemes. ”With V5R8, we established the benchmark for 3D PLM. V5R9 breakthrough morphing capabilities are the result of world-class partnerships with our leading customers, which regard morphing as the key driver for slashing development time and costs significantly and redefining competitiveness for their industries.”


Introducing Product Morphing



Building on Dassault Systemes’ undisputed leadership in digital mock-up (DMU) technology, V5R9 opens up a new dimension in product life cycle management by providing customers with automatic, intelligent product morphing. Product morphing involves the combination of data generated from previous development programs and/or predefined templates with new program specifications, resulting in the transformation of this combined information into a new, valid design for the required program environment. Knowledge models are applied during the transformation process to guarantee conformity of the new design with business and technical requirements, standards and lessons learned. As a final step, analysis tools verify the viability of the resulting design within the new context based on external constraints.

Morphing can be applied to any industry type and product size, ranging from complete, full-scale products, such as car bodies, to smaller components, such as tooling resources. It does not limit itself to the use of product definitions; resource and process definitions can also be transformed in combination with the product. This additional flexibility makes it possible to optimize the role of manufacturing within new product programs.


Value for the Customer



  • Radical reductions in development cycle time and costs
  • Best practices sharing by the best people across the enterprise
  • Improvements in product quality through prevention of error replication
  • Improved product accuracy and market fit because critical development decisions came be made right up to product rollout
  • Consolidated brand identity through consistent formalization, stabilization, and control of product characteristics
  • Bidding advantages for “engineering-to-order” companies, through improved reliability and faster response to requests for proposals (RFPs)
  • Innovation due to enhanced opportunities for creative decision-making


As the prerequisite for best-in-class product morphing, 3D PLM enables companies to optimize their business Processes for engineering, manufacturing, maintenance and support, using Collaborative Workspaces to share a common product, process and resource model (PPR). With PPR, companies can capture, share and reuse Knowledge throughout the product lifecycle. The open CAA (Component Application Architecture) V5 allows extension of this solution to - and integration within - multiple enterprise environments.





Product morphing draws on the expansive process coverage afforded through the vast range of product and production system creation and life cycle applications based on unified V5 architecture. It capitalizes on product value derived from multiple disciplines for maximum re-use.


3D Collaborative Workspace



Morphing relies on connectivity and 3D communication efficiencies created by collaborative workspaces used by the different disciplines to build reusable digital products and production systems.





Product, process and resource models are intelligently updated when product variations occur.  As a result, digital products created by morphing can be quickly validated within the context of manufacturing models.





Morphing leverages rules and lessons learned from previous product development programs. The use of rich knowledge models and business specifications to drive the modification of the digital products and processes becomes the key differentiator of the morphing practice.






About Dassault Systèmes

Dassault Systèmes, the 3DEXPERIENCE® Company, is a catalyst for human progress. We provide business and people with collaborative virtual environments to imagine sustainable innovations. By creating virtual twin experiences of the real world with our 3DEXPERIENCE platform and applications, our customers can redefine the creation, production and life-cycle-management processes of their offer and thus have a meaningful impact to make the world more sustainable. The beauty of the Experience Economy is that it is a human-centered economy for the benefit of all – consumers, patients and citizens. Dassault Systèmes brings value to more than 300,000 customers of all sizes, in all industries, in more than 150 countries. For more information, visit https://www.3ds.com