Mathsoft, SolidWorks integrate software to increase engineering accuracy

Cambridge, MA—Mathsoft and SolidWorks Corp. have formed an alliance to integrate their software, which will enable more complex engineering calculations, driving 3-D design and tech-nology integration.


Cambridge, MA— Mathsoft and SolidWorks Corp. have formed an alliance to integrate their software, which will enable more complex engineering calculations, driving 3-D design and tech-nology integration. This is expected to streamline users' engineering efforts, shorten product de-velopment cycles, and reduce risk of errors.

The partners are integrating SolidWorks’ 3-D mechanical design software and Mathsoft’s Mathcad to enable joint users to harness Mathcad-generated values to automatically drive para-metric modeling in a SolidWorks design. They say users no longer need to spend time copying, pasting, and transcribing between applications, and risk the related errors. The integration is available to users of recently announced Mathcad 12 calculation software and SolidWorks 2005.

The staff at Haumiller Engineering Co., which specializes in high-speed automation solutions for manufacturing, reportedly are eagerly anticipating the integration. 'It will couple Mathcad to SolidWorks on every engineers' desktop, promising better documentation, easier design evaluation, higher accuracy, reduced costs of mistakes and faster time to market,' says Price Hodson, Haumiller's engineering manager. 'We currently embed Excel spreadsheets in our master designs, but we will replace them with Mathcad worksheets, eventually enabling Mathcad equations to drive our part models.'

Mathcad is aface. 'SolidWorks software and Mathcad are a perfect fit, since engineering calculations and 3-D solid modeling are part of the same process,' says Brian Houle, SolidWorks’ partner program manager. 'The integration advances our common mission of helping engineers work faster and smarter.'

Lisa-Jean Clifford, Mathsoft’s business development director, adds that, 'It's important for Mathcad to interoperate with the most valuable tools that engineers and product development professionals are using in their engineering work. SolidWorks is one of the best examples of such a tool, and its integration with Mathcad enhances the value of both products for the many engi-neers who use sophisticated calculations to drive their designs.'

Control Engineering Daily News Desk
Jim Montague, news editor

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