MSC.Software Integrates MSC.Patran With MSC.Engineering-e.com Internet Infrastructure

MSC.Software Integrates MSC.Patran With MSC.Engineering-e.com Internet Infrastructure

Business Editors/High-Tech Writers

SANTA ANA, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–July 24, 2001

Key Engineering Software Tool Will Enable Cost Effective Simulation

For Thousands of New Companies

MSC.Software Corporation (NYSE:MNS), the established information technology software and services provider helping companies worldwide develop better products faster, today announced the availability of MSC.Patran 2001, the industry’s leading simulation platform. MSC.Patran 2001 provides a reliable, high-performance software environment for companies performing simulation of mechanical products and is integrated with, and available through, the Simulation Center, MSC.Software’s online software application environment.

“Enabling our software with Internet capabilities keeps MSC.Software on the cutting edge of new technologies and applications that allow our customers to tackle the most complicated simulations in a timely and cost-effective manner,” said Frank Perna, chairman and chief executive officer of MSC.Software. “Our customers are able to directly integrate their local simulation environment with Engineering-e.com’s SimulationCenter infrastructure. This is another example of how MSC.Software is making simulation more accessible and dramatically reducing the investment required for thousands of new companies to benefit from our technology.”

MSC.Patran 2001 allows users to conceptualize, develop and test a product, using computer-based simulation prior to making manufacturing and material commitments. Companies worldwide use MSC.Patran during their product improvement process and reduce or eliminate costly physical prototyping by utilizing applications such as finite element modeling, linear component design and thermal management.

Key new features of MSC.Patran 2001 include:

— Integration with MSC.Software’s Internet resources providing

immediate access to engineering expertise, design data and

simulation resources on the web.

— Customers are able to automatically submit simulation jobs

to the Simulation Center http://www.simulationcenter.com/.

— Customers are “one click away” from Engineering Exchange

the place to turn resources into results

exchange.engineering-e.com.

— A new CAE Solids Modeling module to deliver robust simulation

geometry creation and advanced editing tools directly in the

MSC.Patran environment.

— Significant enhancements to support recent advances in

MSC.Marc, MSC.Nastran and MSC.Dytran also enabling many new

analysis capabilities in MSC.Patran 2001.

— CAD and analysis integration enhancements with third-party

software, including ABAQUS, ANSYS, CATIA, LS-DYNA3D,

PAM-CRASH, Pro/ENGINEER, SAMCEF and Unigraphics to help to

integrate MSC.Patran’s simulation modeling within the

customers’ design analysis process for maximum impact.

— Many enhancements in finite element modeling, including the

introduction of some exciting new surface meshing tools, and

enhanced assembly meshing.

— The MSC.Laminate Modeler 2001 to bring powerful composite

laminate modeling capabilities to support design and analysis

of new composite material technologies.

— More than 600 updates to the software.

Customers may subscribe to MSC.Patran on the Simulation Center on a weekly or monthly basis thereby reducing their total cost of ownership in using simulation technology. The Simulation Center provides all of the IT resources needed to run MSC.Patran including installation, maintenance, support and all upgrades. To access MSC.Patran, customers simply need an Internet connection and a browser. Other applications, including MSC.Nastran, are also available on the Simulation Center found at www.simulationcenter.com.

About MSC.Software Corporation

MSC.Software (NYSE:MNS) is the established information technology software and services provider helping companies worldwide develop better products faster. MSC.Software’s software and services are used to enhance and automate the product design and manufacturing process. The ability to model and test software prototypes has cost-effectively enabled manufacturers to design and build everything from sophisticated aircraft and automobiles to electronic products. Simulating product performance reduces development expenses, time to market and warranty costs, positively impacting customer profitability. MSC.Software is capitalizing on the advantages of the Linux operating system for high-performance computing and the Web in all of its forms. For additional information about MSC.visualNastran, our ASP or Linux initiatives, visit us at www.engineering-e.com or www.mscsoftware.com.

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