Software delivers collaborative 3D design solution.

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IX SPeeD v5 Suite allows product developers to create designs, and apply and communicate design changes with others during work in progress phase. Based on Component Application Architecture, suite includes add-on modules for specialized design requirements to address extended product development cycle. Instant Participation's collaborative capabilities allow OEMs and suppliers to share and merge elements of product designs at anytime, from anywhere, and with anyone.

Original Press Release:

ImpactXoft Announces Its New Generation Collaborative 3D Design Solution - IX SPeeD V5 Suite Based on CAA V5 PLM Architecture

Functional Modeling and Collaborative Design Capabilities Accelerate Product Development Cycles and Reduce Design Costs

SAN JOSE, Calif., February 23, 2004 - ImpactXoft, a provider of collaborative 3D product design environments, today announced the release of the IX SPeeD V5 Suite. The IX SPeeD Suite Functional Modeling and collaborative design capabilities allow product developers to rapidly create designs that are easily understood and provide the ability to apply and communicate design changes with others during the highly iterative work in progress phase.

The IX SPeeD V5 Suite is based on Dassault Systèmes' (NASDAQ: DASTY; Euronext Paris: #13065, DSY.PA) Component Application Architecture (CAA V5), making it THE natively interoperable and collaborative solution for the CAA V5 ecosystem, including CATIA(R) V5. This new product suite includes add-on modules for specialized design requirements to address an extended product development cycle. IX SPeeD V5 Suite will be available through a rapidly growing ImpactXoft reseller channel.

With IX SPeeD V5, companies in consumer goods, electronics and electrical (E&E) can take advantage of the power and flexibility of ImpactXoft's functional design approach. Additionally, IX SPeeD V5 will also provide a unique solution for companies that require a native connectivity with the Dassault Systemes' V5 PLM offering, for example the supply chain for the automotive and aerospace industries. This power and flexibility is derived from ImpactXoft's innovative method of capturing the design behavior as functional features. This makes it easier to create, interpret, edit and reuse designs across the extended enterprise. ImpactXoft and Dassault Systèmes are also working together to incorporate ImpactXoft's Instant Participation features for collaborative design within the CAA V5 environment. Instant Participation's collaborative capabilities allow OEMs and suppliers to not only communicate design changes, but to also share and merge elements of their product designs at anytime, from anywhere, and with anyone working on the project.

"Only six months after the announcement of the partnership, ImpactXoft has successfully delivered the first release of its collaborative design solution that is fully based on Dassault Systèmes V5 CAA open architecture and leverages ImpactXoft's core assets," said Dominique Florack, executive vice president, Dassault Systèmes. "The new IX SPeeD V5 solution will give manufacturers the unique benefits of functional modeling in a true collaborative environment."

"This release marks another step forward in our commitment to deliver our innovative solution for Simultaneous Product Development on a proven platform," said Attilio Rimoldi, ImpactXoft's co-founder, president and CEO. "With IX SPeeD V5's availability on CAA V5, we are providing to a broader user community the capabilities that will enable them to have greater impact on how tomorrow's products are developed."

"ImpactXoft's Functional Modeling and Simultaneous Product Development approach to solving design problems within a global development environment raises the bar for innovative 3D design and collaboration capabilities and offers a glimpse into the future of CAD technology," said Dr. Ken Versprille, research director, design creation and validation for CPD Associates, LLC (formerly the PLM group of D.H. Brown Associates, Inc.). "This new approach pioneered by ImpactXoft establishes an intriguing new direction for dealing with design changes, improving designer efficiency, and reducing product development timeframes."

The first set of IX SPeeD V5 products to be introduced includes ImpactXoft's IX Design V5, -- a complete 3D design tool focused on functional modeling and providing capability for surface and wireframe, assembly design, sketcher, drafting, and translators -- as well as add-on modules for specialized design and analysis tasks. These modules will enable customers to provide their users with a full range of product development tools within a collaborative environment. Add on modules available with this release include solutions for: Structural Analysis, Healing, NC Manufacturing Review and Prismatic Machining, Real Time Rendering, Sheetmetal Design, STEP Interface and Rapid Prototyping.

IX Connect V5 will complete the suite later this year, providing the capability to share and merge design changes using the Instant Participation paradigm ImpactXoft has been recognized for, delivering what is required for a complete collaborative and functional design solution.

About ImpactXoft
ImpactXoft is a private, venture-funded software company providing a suite of products that enable Simultaneous Product Development. The IX SPeeD Suite for collaborative 3D design delivers a new way to manage engineering design changes that fosters innovation, accelerates the product development cycle, and reduces design costs. It is based on two key technologies unique to ImpactXoft: IX Instant Participation enables real-time or on-demand parallel product development, while IX Functional Modeling enables a flexible, behavior-driven design approach. ImpactXoft has formed strategic partnerships with Dassault Systèmes and Toyota Caelum Inc. More information about ImpactXoft is available at

About the CAA V5 Software Community Program
CAA V5 (Component Application Architecture) is Dassault Systèmes' open middleware and development environment for PLM. The CAA V5 Software Community Program is dedicated to ISV (Independent Software Vendors) willing to develop, sell and support CAA V5-based applications, fully integrated with CATIA, ENOVIA and DELMIA V5. This collaboration results in the expansion of Dassault Systèmes' PLM solutions to cover the entire product lifecycle range, thus enabling mutual customers to take advantage of a larger set of products in response to their specific industrial needs. Spatial is the primary channel for marketing, sales and support/services for CAA V5. Information about CAA V5 is available at

ImpactXoft, IX, IX SPeeD, IX Design, IX Functional Modeling, and Simultaneous Product Development are trademarks or registered trademarks of ImpactXoft. All other marks are the property of their respective owners.

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