CAD Software offers application programming interface.

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MSC.visualNastran for Windows 2002 offers Windows-based graphical user interface for generating models and visualizing analysis results. It employs access to computer-aided design (CAD) geometry, and lets users import in house tools. Features include small feature suppression, mesh sweeping, and interactive mesh editing. Parasolid replacement function facilitates Parasolid geometry model update and re-evaluation within MSC.vN4W environment.

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MSC.visualNastran for Windows 2002 Offers Enhanced Application Programming Interface and Other Features

Santa Ana, CA - June. 11, 2002 - MSC.Software Corp. (NYSE: MNS), the leading global provider of simulation software, services and systems, today announced the availability MSC.visualNastran for Windows (MSC.vN4W) 2002. MSC.visualNastran for Windows combines the power of MSC.Nastran with the ease-of-use of a Windows-based graphical user interface for generating models and visualizing analysis results.

"MSC.Software's has a very focused strategy for increasing the market for our core software products and the best way to do that is to continue to ensure the products are best in class," said Frank Perna, chairman and chief executive officer of MSC.Software. "We are confident that customers will be able to continue to reduce the design time and costs and increase their profitability with the sophistication and ease of use in the latest version of MSC.vN4W."

MSC.visualNastran for Windows employs advanced computational techniques, along with access to computer-aided design (CAD) geometry, enabling customers to verify designs and reduce physical prototyping. Engineers around the world use it to analyze the stress, vibration, dynamic, nonlinear and heat transfer of a wide range of structures and mechanical components. The state-of-the-art solution modules and new geometric modeling capabilities shorten the design cycle of products, lowering costs, and improving product quality.

MSC.vN4W already provides a robust set of finite element modeling and post processing functionality based on the industry leading MSC.Nastran finite element analysis software. At times however, users may need a specific capability that is not included in the standard product. The new MSC.vN4W Application Programming Interface (API) lets you customize MSC.vN4W to meet specific engineering needs, including importing in house tools into the interface. The new features include enhancements to the meshing functionality; small feature suppression, mesh sweeping and interactive mesh editing. There is a new enhanced render mode that increases graphical display quality while increasing performance time. Also included is a Parasolid replacement function, facilitating Parasolid geometry model update, and re-evaluation within the MSC.vN4W environment.

"The API feature makes MSC.visualNastran for Windows extensible into our end-to-end process, from conceptual design through certification and support. We can share and extract data from our simulation models for other proprietary analysis, which helps us develop best practices," said Mark Beyer, engineering specialist, Cessna. "It minimizes training and allows us to develop robust processes, and actually streamlines the engineering effort by getting all the data together and in the right context."

MSC.visualNastran for Windows 2002 is available directly from the MSC.Software sales team and through its worldwide network of resellers. For more information on MSC.vN4W 2002, please visit

About MSC.Software Corporation

MSC.Software (NYSE: MNS) is the leading global provider of simulation software, with related services and systems, that helps companies make money, save time and reduce costs associated with designing and testing manufactured products. MSC.Software works with thousands of companies in hundreds of industries to develop better products faster by utilizing information technology, software, services and systems. MSC.Software employs more than 1500 people in 22 countries. For additional information about MSC.Software's products and services, please visit

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