The MathWorks Integrates SimMechanics with SolidWorks CAD Assemblies

5/29/2003 - The MathWorks announced its collaboration with SolidWorks Corporation to deliver the latest version of The MathWorks simulation product SimMechanics 2.1. This new version extends the engineering analysis capabilities of SimMechanics by allowing the effortless importation of SolidWorks® CAD assemblies. SolidWorks models can now be simulated in the Simulink® environment to analyze forces and torques in mechanical joints, plot the accelerations and displacements of each part in the system, and visualize motion of the CAD assembly. By simulating the behavior of mechanical, control, and other dynamic systems, engineers improve the quality of their design and shorten the time required to create a new design and bring that product to market.

With SimMechanics 2.1 from The MathWorks, users can automatically generate a SimMechanics model from a SolidWorks CAD assembly.

With SimMechanics, engineers who design mechanisms that have control systems can simulate both their mechanical and control systems in the Simulink environment. Simulink engineers can now automatically build mechanical models from their SolidWorks assemblies and simulate the dynamic motion of the system. For SolidWorks engineers, the new version of SimMechanics provides the ability to collaborate and share designs in Simulink, thus iterating and improving the product design.

SimMechanics now allows SolidWorks users to automatically generate a SimMechanics model from their existing CAD designs. The software provides users with measurable time-savings by eliminating the need to re-create their CAD models in SimMechanics. As a result, SolidWorks users can instantly utilize the SimMechanics interface to add control systems, actuators, sensors, and other modeling elements.

"We're pleased that The MathWorks is extending engineering analysis capabilities to the SolidWorks community," said Brian Houle, manager of SolidWorks Solution Partner Program. "The ability for SolidWorks users to now import their CAD assemblies into SimMechanics builds on our commitment to providing software and services that enable our customers to get new products to market faster."

"By making use of the CAD capabilities of SolidWorks and the analysis and simulation features of Simulink, this new version of SimMechanics provides a powerful new resource for the mechanical engineering community," said Jay Sharp, product marketing manager for SimMechanics. "In the past, SolidWorks engineers could not easily model and simulate their CAD designs in Simulink. This new interface allows them to automatically generate mechanical models from SolidWorks software, and simulate the behavior of these models before having to build costly physical prototypes."

About SimMechanics
SimMechanics enables engineers and researchers to model mechanical systems (bodies and joints), simulate their motion, and analyze the results all within the Simulink environment. As a physical modeling product, SimMechanics expands Simulink to enable multidomain modeling of mechanical systems connected to any control and dynamic system designed with traditional Simulink blocks.

About The MathWorks
The MathWorks is the world's leading developer of technical computing software for engineers and scientists in industry, government, and education. With an extensive product set based on MATLAB and Simulink, The MathWorks provides software and services to solve challenging problems and accelerate innovation in automotive, aerospace, communications, financial services, biotechnology, electronics, instrumentation, process, and other industries.

The MathWorks was founded in 1984 and employs more than 1,000 people worldwide, with headquarters in Natick, Massachusetts. For additional information, visit

About SolidWorks Corporation
SolidWorks Corporation, a Dassault Systèmes S.A. (Nasdaq: DASTY, Euronext Paris: #13065, DSY.PA) company, develops and markets software for mechanical design, analysis, and product data management. Founded in 1993, SolidWorks' mission is to unleash the power of 3D for everyone in product development and foster a collaborative user community. In seven years of delivering product, SolidWorks has shipped more than 230,000 total seats of software worldwide. SolidWorks has offices around the globe and sells, distributes, and supports its products through a worldwide reseller network. For the latest news, information, or a live online demonstration, visit the company's Web site ( or call 1-800-693-9000 (outside of North America, call +1-978-371-5000).

MATLAB, Simulink, Stateflow, Handle Graphics, and Real-Time Workshop are registered trademarks, and TargetBox is a trademark of The MathWorks, Inc.

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