Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks wants to beef up your designs. A subsidiary of France's Dassault Systèmes, SolidWorks develops 3-D design software that helps mechanical engineers speed up product development, translate designs into 3-D models, and communicate product ideas to customers and collaborators. The company's solid modeling suite includes features for animation, analyzing designs, and publishing 3-D designs on the Web. Its global client base includes customers from such industries as consumer products, automotive, and aerospace. Clients have included InFocus, Leatherman, and Konica Minolta. The company is also entrenched in the global education market, with installations in thousands of institutions.
In addition to its core 3-D mechanical design software, the company offers software suites that include communication, collaboration, productivity, and product data management (PDM) tools, as well as simulation tools to decide on designs before proceeding with development work. SolidWorks was one of the pioneers to provide mechanical design software that lets users roll back through the design history to add additional features or change sequences.
To address growing demand for environmentally-concious designs, SolidWorks has developed an application, SolidWorks Sustainability, that helps designers forecast the environmental impact of new products throughout the life cycle, from raw materials used in manufacturing to product obsolescence.
SolidWorks' revenue rose 12% in 2011 on continued demand for its applications. The number of software licenses it sold grew by about 13% for the year. SolidWorks accounted for about 20% of its parent company's total sales in 2011.
Founded in 1993, SolidWorks was acquired by Dassault Systèmes in 1997.
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