GlobalSpec and SolidWorks Announce Strategic Partnership

Agreement Integrates GlobalSpec’s Powerful Search Technology Into SolidWorks’ 3D Modeling Software

TROY, NY – (INTERNETWIRE) – 1/16/03 – GlobalSpecR, the leading online resource for the engineering community, has announced a strategic agreement with SolidWorks Corporation, the market leader in mechanical CAD software, to integrate SpecSearchR (its specification-based search capabilities) into 3D ContentCentralsm. 3D ContentCentral is a new online directory from SolidWorks that provides design engineers with access to millions of downloadable 3D models from leading component manufacturers.

The more than 200,000 users of SolidWorks’ software will find that GlobalSpec’s SpecSearch provides deep content and robust search functionality, enabling them to quickly and easily locate the component manufacturers that meet the exact requirements of a project. With SpecSearch, engineers can search across multiple suppliers simultaneously, greatly decreasing the time and effort needed to find possible solutions. Once the suitable manufacturers have been discovered, a 3D model of the part can be downloaded directly into the product design without having to create a model from scratch. The agreement gives the SolidWorks’ user community direct access via 3D ContentCentral to GlobalSpec’s database of more than 750,000 searchable product families representing over 38 million parts from more than 8,750 searchable supplier catalogs.

“GlobalSpec offers engineers something no other company can – the ability to search for technical products on a detailed, specification-based level,” commented John Schneiter, president of GlobalSpec. “The availability of CAD files is of great importance to design engineers, but only if they can easily find specific products and manufacturers. By pairing our unique strengths with the CAD capabilities of SolidWorks’ 3D ContentCentral, the engineering community will have the best of both worlds.”

“SolidWorks Corporation has built its business by offering innovative CAD solutions that make design engineers more productive everyday. 3D ContentCentral offers engineers access to millions of CAD models from innovative component manufacturers,” said Jim Giebutowski, director of 3D content solutions at SolidWorks Corporation. “GlobalSpec’s SpecSearch is the perfect complement to 3D ContentCentral – providing 213,000 SolidWorks users with intuitive search tools for finding the right products quickly and easily.”

“SolidWorks' mission to unleash the power of 3D solid modeling to the masses was truly visionary. However, to really extend the product designer's efficiency requires extensive parametric search capability in both breadth and depth of parts and components content. A number of vendors have attempted partnerships like this and ultimately have not been very successful, primarily because content was not sufficiently rich and was not current, and because they couldn't incorporate such a key component into their partner's offering," said Jack Maynard, Research Director for Boston-based Aberdeen Group. "Working with GlobalSpec, the industry leader for parts specification search capability across multiple suppliers, greatly enhances SolidWork's 3D ContentCentral product, making it a viable turnkey offering for the design engineer.”

About SolidWorks Corporation

SolidWorks Corporation, a Dassault Systèmes S.A. (Nasdaq: DASTY, Euronext Paris: #13065, DSY.PA) company, develops and markets mechanical design software solutions. Founded in 1993, SolidWorks’ mission is to unleash the power of 3D for everyone in product development. In seven years of shipping product, SolidWorks has shipped more than 213,000 total seats of software worldwide. SolidWorks has offices around the globe and sells, distributes, and supports its products through a worldwide network of resellers. For the latest news, information, or a live online demonstration, visit the company’s Web site (www.solidworks.com) or call 1-800-693-9000 (outside of North America, call +1-978-371-5000).

About GlobalSpec, Inc.

GlobalSpec, Inc. is the world’s largest online resource of technical catalogs searchable by specification, connecting engineers and technical buyers with the products and services they need. SpecSearch, GlobalSpec’s parametric search technology, provides users bias-free access to more than 750,000 searchable product families representing over 38 million parts from more than 8,750 searchable supplier catalogs. GlobalSpec currently has more than 525,000 registered users. Information about GlobalSpec can be found at http://www.globalspec.com.

GlobalSpec, GlobalSpec.com, and SpecSearch are registered trademarks of GlobalSpec, Inc.

SolidWorks is a registered trademark of SolidWorks Corporation and 3D ContentCentral is a service mark of SolidWorks Corporation.

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