Geometric Software Solutions and Dassault Systemes Announce Original Software Development Partnership

Partnership to integrate Feature Recognition technology within CATIA V5 and DELMIA V5 for 3D PLM market

Paris, France, and Mumbai, India - October 24, 2002 - Dassault Systemes (Nasdaq: DASTY; Euronext Paris: #13065, DSY.PA) and Geometric Software Solutions Co. Ltd. (Geometric) today announced the signing of an Original Software Development (OSD) partnership. Under the terms of the agreement, Feature Recognition technology developed by Geometric will be embedded in the open architecture of the next Version 5 release of Dassault Systemes’ 3D PLM (Product Lifecycle Management) portfolio.

Feature Recognition technology from Geometric will dramatically reduce design and manufacturing cycles by enabling mechanical and manufacturing products in CATIA and DELMIA V5 to automatically recognize features from any legacy 3D model. CATIA Feature Recognition technology will operate on the geometry of any 3D solid and automatically identify prismatic and transition features such as fillets and chamfers for design applications, as well as prismatic machining features for manufacturing applications.

“We are very excited and pleased with this new partnership with Dassault Systemes,” said Manu Parpia, managing director, Geometric. It adds to Geometric’s contribution to the Dassault Systemes ecosystem while demonstrating our success in building world-class components and technologies.”

”Integrating Geometric’s Feature Recognition technology into CATIA and DELMIA V5 design and manufacturing products will provide our customers with powerful tools for fast design modification, manufacturing planning, and NC (Numerical Control),” said Jacques Leveillé, vice president of CATIA Research and Development at Dassault Systemes. “That results in reduced development cycles for both their internal business processes and supply chain management.

”“Feature Recognition is an excellent example of how research ideas originating in India’s premium technology institutes can be converted into world-class products,” said Anil Risbud, chief technology officer, Geometric. “With this partnership, we look forward to building a solution with key innovative differentiators thanks to the CAA V5 open architecture.“

Feature Recognition is a patent-pending technology from Geometric and incorporates over ten years of research. Part feature recognition in CATIA will enable quick design modification of the geometry of 3D solids and enable its intelligent reuse in downstream and knowledge-based applications. Prismatic machining preparation will generate a view of the manufacturing features for any design model and help leverage the design-to-manufacturing path and the automation of manufacturing processes.

The new partnership strengthens a long history of cooperation between Geometric and Dassault Systemes. Earlier this year, the two companies formed a joint venture in which Geometric provides software development services for Dassault Systemes, and later announced a worldwide Consulting and Services partnership for Dassault Systemes’ 3D PLM software.

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