3Ga Corporation

3Ga Corporation, a new contender in the collaborative commerce marketplace, today announces its partnership with MatWeb.com, an online materials database with information associated with over 24,000 materials including metals, plastics, ceramics, and composites.

The partnership between 3Ga and MatWeb offers several key features that can help compress the product design process. This partnership allows 3G.web.decisions customers to speed up material specifications and cost analysis processes since 3G.web.decisions links directly to MatWeb.com’s online materials database and imports any material listed. “This direct integration allows product design teams to access MatWeb’s extensive online database in real-time from 3Ga applications via Internet, ensuring material property accuracy,” says Dr. Yuri Kizimovich, 3Ga Corporation’s CEO and co-founder. “This is a great example of how web-native applications can be integrated using a Microsoft .NET platform,” he adds.

3Ga Corporation has negotiated an agreement with MatWeb to be the premier reseller of MatWeb’s new premium service. 3Ga will also be the first to offer MatWeb’s Premium database as part of a corporate intranet database alternative for organizations.

MatWeb says its very affordable premium service will offer many advantages over the free service now offered. “The power and flexibility associated with searching material property data using our new premium service will be unmatched anywhere at any price,” says Henry Bass, MatWeb’s CEO. Complete details about MatWeb’s premium service will be made available when the service is launched later this quarter. Some of its features will include the following: · Advanced Search Features – More flexibility, greater search functionality, and improved speed over current MatWeb searches. · Side-by-side material comparisons – Choose and view selected materials together in a single table. · New export feature – Download selected datasheets into a spreadsheet or text file on the user’s computer.

About MatWeb.com

MatWeb.com is a product of Automation Creations, Inc. It is a free searchable database of over 24,000 generic and commercial materials, including metals, ceramics, polymers and composites. MatWeb was launched in 1997 with one goal in mind: to provide quick access to current, comprehensive technical data on virtually any material. MatWeb has the tools to allow anyone, regardless of whether they are an experienced design engineer or a non-technical layman, to find materials that meet their exact needs. Visit MatWeb’s Free Searchable Material Database at www.matweb.com.

About 3Ga Corporation

3Ga Corporation is a leading innovator in today’s collaborative product commerce marketplace. 3G.web.decisions provides the first web-native architecture that enables collaborative engineering throughout the enterprise and its supply chain. 3Ga’s advanced technology provides a neutral environment for enterprise design teams and their supply chain partners to work collaboratively while comparing and selecting the best product design alternatives. 3G.web.decisions’ web-native design is built with Microsoft .NET and Java 3-D on a Peer-to-Peer architecture to harness Internet computing power for information access that enables product.decisions@internet.speed. For more information, visit the company website at https://partbrowser.com/

CADENCE magazine

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – March 7, 2001 – The editors ofCADENCE magazine announced today the winners of the prestigious CADENCE 2001 NDES Show Stopper awards. Winners were chosen from among all CAD-related products being shown at the National Design Engineering Show in Chicago, IL, March 5-8th. After a thorough review of software and hardware products, as well as service providers, the CADENCE editorial staff selected 10 companies that distinguished themselves with products that not only exemplify innovation, creativity, simplicity, and ease-of-use but also help to move the CAD industry forward with advanced technology. The editors of CADENCE magazine give Show Stopper awards at two major industry tradeshows a year – at NDES in March and at the A/E/C SYSTEMS show in June. Being awarded a Show Stopper award from the leading magazine in the CAD industry is an indication to CAD professionals of a cutting edge, highly usable product.

3G.web.decisions – 3G.web.decisions is an engineering system that allows engineers to use standard Web browsers to access and reuse parametric CAD and engineering data crucial to their projects. With 3G.web.decisions, project team components such as design, engineering, manufacturing, and suppliers can collaboratively discuss, plan, and validate design changes and modifications in real-time. 3Ga’s solution creates an interactive environment that allows project team members to examine and use a wide range of design alternatives. https://partbrowser.com/

Established in 1986, CADENCE magazine is the world’s largest independent computer-aided design (CAD) publication. CADENCE reaches over 100,000 CAD professionals working in architectural, mechanical engineering, civil engineering, industrial design, GIS, and other related industries. CADENCE educates CAD professionals on latest industry trends, informs subscribers of up-to-date developments in the fast growing PC-based CAD market, and delivers hands-on solutions to computer-aided design challenges. More information about the Show Stopper awards can be found at cadenceweb.com.

CADENCE is published by CMP Media Inc. CMP Media Inc. () is a leading high-tech media company providing essential information and marketing services to the entire technology spectrum-the builders, sellers and users of technology worldwide. Capitalizing on its editorial strength, CMP is uniquely positioned to offer marketers comprehensive, integrated media solutions tailored to meet their individual needs. Its diverse products and services include newspapers, magazines, Internet products, research, direct marketing services, education and training, trade shows and conferences, custom publishing, testing and consulting.

CAE Tools

New Tools Liberate CAD Data

The expansion of Web-based supply chain infrastructures carries with it a message for software vendors: Open your solutions to cross communication and data interaction or stagnate.

An effective enterprise-wide product engineering and delivery process demand the formation of intelligent communication and collaboration pathways between corporate organizations and suppliers throughout the design, manufacturing, distribution, and service cycles. The current response of software vendors that hide behind a veil of proprietary CAD data formats and voice claims that only their software must be used degenerates into an analogy of “You can only read my email if you use my e-mail program”— hardly what users want to hear.

CAD is very helping for plastic molding company to design the part or mold drawing, this can save lots of time.

In 2001, however, two new software vendors are poised to break through the established myth by proving parametric, feature-, and history- based solids can be intelligently exchanged and a proprietary CAD database can be automatically modified based on decisions made in an external multi-CAD collaboration session. Proficiency Inc. targets the engineering supply chain with its Collaboration Gateway— both an Internet-based communication infrastructure and an application— enabling intelligent design collaboration and information exchange. The pre-alpha implementation currently takes the position that feature-based solids can, indeed, be exchanged between native, proprietary CAD databases by meticulous mappings between the varied model databases.

Using the CAD vendors’ Application Programming Interfaces, Proficiency invokes a CAD product in a slave mode— across a network or across the Web— to extract history- based geometry into its central Universal Product Representation. That data can then drive the generation of a fully intelligent parametric, feature-based solid model in another modeling CAD database, enabling holes to transfer as holes while extrudes and fillet rounds retain their parametric, feature structure.

Proficiency rightly positions its Gateway product in the broader context of design collaboration to deliver upfront solutions for OEM/ supplier users rather than relegate its use as a back- room support tool. The pilot software’s mapping implementation today supports extraction and regeneration between PTC’s Pro/ ENGINEER, Unigraphics Solutions’ Unigraphics, Das-sault Systemes’ CATIA V4, and SDRC’s I-DEAS products. Although fall- back solutions are necessary when a direct mapping cannot be defined between certain high- end features unique to a particular CAD product, the preponderance of most commonly used features and parameter-driven dimensions transfer with eye-opening ease.

3GCorporation looks to introduce this year its new 3G.web. decisions software, which allows engineers, designers, suppliers, and partners to work collaboratively and compare and select product alternatives. The company’s Functional Decision Support System moves beyond the current multi-CAD visualization environments, which focus on form and fit, to allow access to functional product behavior data for a range of product alternatives.

Users select key driving parameters from their parametric solid CAD models, set allowable ranges for the imported parameters (the software runs automatic “sampling” of parameter changes and drives CAD modeler regeneration), and execute CAE analyses with results stored together with geometry in a central repository. Within the 3Genvironment, a slide bar is automatically defined for each varying parameter to allow users to step through the different model/ analysis results to see how varying that parameter affects change.

The Web-native architecture with extensive use of XML and 3Gcompressing technology is a breakthrough in affecting native CAD parametric models based on decisions made during a collaborative session on a neutral multi-CAD data structure. Because associative links are established between the selected parameters extracted into the 3Gframework and the CAD modeler itself, when a collaborative decision is made on the best product solution, those parameters are transmitted back to the CAD modeler for automatic regeneration. Users no longer have to remember to manually update their proprietary CAD models with the agreed upon changes.

LA Business Journal

Two-year-old Los Angeles software company 3Ga Corp. has designed a breakthrough product – called 3G.web.decisions 2001 – that it says will help dramatically lower the price of a wide variety of industrial products.
With technical assistance from Intel Corp., Microsoft Corp., and auto parts manufacturer Delphi Diesel Systems, 3Ga has created the product to streamline the engineering design process, thereby accelerating the time it takes to get a product to market.
     “We are excited to be in a position to set the pace for collaborative engineering,” said Yuri Kizimovich, president and co-founder of 3Ga. “Customers using 3G.web.decisions will shrink design cycles and enhance communication, which represents a significant paradigm shift in enterprise computing as we know it.”
     Kizimovich expects sales of 3G.web.decisions to reach $2.5 million by the end of the year, with sales ramping up to $7 million in 2002.
     The company has financed the development of the software through two financing rounds that raised $2 million from a number of investors, including Zone Ventures, a Los Angeles-based venture capital firm.
     “We are expecting to close our third round of funding by summer,” said Sandra McIntosh, 3Ga’s director of marketing. “We plan to use our next round of funding to expand the company from 25 employees.”
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     By putting plans online – and allowing users to overlay 3G.web.decisions over existing design software programs – teams across the country and around the world can work on a design project simultaneously.
     3Ga’s technology, based on languages Java, XML, and the Microsoft.NET platform, “will allow designers to change their plans or communicate with other designers online instead of over the phone or by overnight mail,” said Tomi K. Mossessian, 3Ga’s executive vice president of engineering. “Approximately 70 percent of a product’s cost happens in the design stage. This software will save about 50 percent of that cost by putting it all online.”
Taking the product to market
With the initial test phase of 3G.web.decisions concluded, 3Ga recently began to market its product specifically to the automotive, aerospace, electronics, consumer products, and heavy machinery industries. No deals apart from those struck with Intel and Delphi are yet in place.
The cost of 3G.web.decisions is based on installation, said Mossessian. 3Ga charges each client a $10,000 annual subscription for the base software, along with a $5,000 fee per user, per year.
     “We are targeting small to medium companies within these industries,” he said. “We have also entered into a marketing agreement with Intel and have been testing our product with Delphi Diesel Systems.”
     Both 3Ga and Intel officials declined to comment on whether the Santa Clara-based chipmaker would eventually seek to take an equity position in the L.A. company. But Intel clearly recognizes the potential of 3Ga.
     “Being able to collaborate on a design in real time is something that is important to us and our customers,” said Bob Knighten, Intel’s peer-to-peer evangelist. “It also allows for several corporations to work together while protecting property rights,” by locking portions of a file not necessary to a collaborator’s engineers.
     John Milroy, the principal engineer with Troy, Mich.-based Delphi, said the company’s initial testing has found the software to be more than a collaborative tool.
     “My team can easily compare and collaboratively evaluate more design alternatives in a dynamic Web environment,” said Milroy. “Now, we have the ability to dramatically improve workflow, have an information base for product synthesis and accelerate our time to market.”

Testing functional behavior
From a common server, any remote member of the product design team can use three-dimensional designs to simulate the impact of engineering changes on the functional behavior of a design.
     According to Kizimovich, the software is easy to use.
“     Users simply move a slider bar to scroll through hundreds of design alternatives in real time,” he said. “Team members then collectively determine which configuration is the most cost-effective, highest quality and easiest to produce.
     Users optimize models by applying constraints to keep several dimensions unchanged or stress levels below a specified value, said Kizimovich. Other features permit engineers to work with suppliers and mold makers; manufacturing considerations also can be studied.

Computer Graphics World

3G.web.decisions is a decision-making assistance software package that lets a design team simulate the impact of parametric engineering changes on the form, fit, and functional behavior of the design. Design project teams can scroll through literally hundreds of design alternatives in real time. These users can then intelligently determine the design configuration that is the most cost effective, has the highest quality, and is the easiest to manufacture. This is accomplished as 3G.web.decisions builds its unique database, called an Active Solution Space, that contains objects that associate design configurations to external information can be used as a guide for engineering alternatives and changes. These knowledge-based objects are full associative to the original CAD geometry and features with assigned parametric ranges, such as conditions and dimensions. These ranges can then be examined and evaluated against engineering criteria for optimizing designs.

Currently, the 3G.web.decisions technology supports Solid Edge and SolidWorks, but the company plans to eventually support all CAD systems.

Desktop Engineering

3Ga Corp. (Los Angeles, CA;  partbrowser.com), a new contender in the collaborative commerce marketplace, has recently come out with 3G.web.decisions Workgroup Edition. 3G.web.decisions let you use your web browser to access and reuse parametric CAD and engineering data that supports a design change recommendation or new product innovation. From a common URL, any member of the design team can simulate the impact of parametric engineering changes on the fit, form, and functional behavior of the design. By moving a slider bar, project teams can scroll through design alternatives in real time. You can assign geometric, operational, and environmental parameters to the design, including initial conditions, loads, and dimensions, for most components and assemblies, and you can apply constraints.

The technology supports models from SolidWorks and Solid Edge. According to the company, future releases will support Pro/Engineer and Unigraphics models and, eventually, all CAD systems. all of that software are used for industrial products design, mold design, part design, etc.

CADscope

Prior to the Daratech 2001 Summit Conference (February 26–28, 2001), I asked an editor who planned to attend to count how many times she heard the word “collaboration” during the three-day event. From what I’ve heard since the Summit, collaboration was the word of the hour, minute, second, and presentations. What’s the mania about collaboration? In my judgment, the word/idea/phenomenon has taken on the same popularity as other buzzwords such as concurrent engineering from the 1990s, and more recently, dot-com and Internet-based come-ons that have garnered just as much hype.

With that in mind, we asked several executives how they think the collaboration landscape will shape up in the next year or so. Will companies base business models around collaboration, or will the concept siphon off just as the dot-com frenzy did at the end of 2000?

Are engineers and designers simply using email as a collaborative tool or are they utilizing more sophisticated means of exchanging engineering data to achieve their time-to-market, time-to-money, and customer requirement goals?

Yuri Kizimovich, 3Ga co-founder and CEO (www.partbrowser.com), says it’s imperative that vendors and their customers understand how collaboration will mutually benefit them. “In the product development process, collaborative reviews are used to help streamline the decision-making process and ensure that an engineering change is required. By associating the effects of engineering requirements as a way to measure the effectiveness of an engineering change, design teams can collectively evaluate what makes a particular design configuration optimal. This evaluation cycle is still missing from today’s collaborative offerings.”

News

VCs Name Firms They Think Will Be Next Microsoft
Los Angeles Business Journal, LOS ANGELES, CA – March 19, 2001 –
Plenty of venture and angel deals have turned sour in recent months, which is testing the fortitude of even the heartiest investors. But despite the uncertainties, several entrepreneurial ventures hold tremendous potential for growth. So the Los Angeles Business Journal asked some veteran local venture capitalists the following question: If you could only invest in one LA – area company, the one with the best chance of emerging as the Amgen or Microsoft of tomorrow, which company would it be?

“Well, 3GA because, if you look at what happened for (Waltham, MA-based software company) Parametric Technologies in the ’90’s, 3GA is the next generation. Intel has dubbed them the great evolutionary technology. And the reason I bring it up is Parametric was a 1,000-time win for its early investors, and we see 3GA having the same capacity.”
David Cremin,
Partner
Zone Ventures

CADENCE MAGAZINE ANNOUNCES NDES 2001
SHOW STOPPER AWARD WINNERS
The world’s largest independent CAD publication honors 10
of the best products in the mechanical CAD/CAE industry
SAN FRANCISCO, CA – March 7, 2001 – The editors of CADENCE
magazine announced today the winners of the prestigious CADENCE
2001 NDES Show Stopper awards. Winners were chosen from among
all CAD-related products being shown at the National Design
Engineering Show in Chicago, IL, March 5-8th. After a thorough review
of software and hardware products, as well as service providers, the
CADENCE editorial staff selected 10 companies that distinguished themselves with products that not only exemplify innovation, creativity, simplicity, and ease-of-use but also help to move the CAD industry forward with advanced technology. Being awarded a Show Stopper award from the leading magazine in the CAD industry is an indication to CAD professionals of a cutting edge, highly usable product.

Microsoft Corporation
“3G.web.decisions is a great example of where we see the industry headed–toward distributed applications that take full advantage of the internet. By architecting their solution as a web service and by building it on Microsoft Windows 2000 and SQL Server, which are part of the family of Microsoft .NET servers, 3Ga is well-positioned to provide customers with a flexible and efficient collaboration solution.”
— Chris Ray,
Industry Manager for Engineering
Microsoft

Intel Corporation
“Peer-to-Peer collaboration is an exciting opportunity to increase productivity and speed time to market within the enterprise. 3G.web.decisions running on Intel® architecture servers and workstations is an example of how P2P computing can be utilized in the manufacturing arena to deliver innovative solutions and maximize IT resources.”
— Kurt Sehnert
Director, Peer-to-Peer Initiative
Intel Corporation

Unigraphics Solutions
“We are excited about the addition of 3Ga’s engineering decision system to the Voyager Program. 3G.web.decisions presents a tremendous opportunity for our resellers and customers to extend the value that Solid Edge brings to their organization. By using Solid Edge data as the master model for collaborative engineering, our customers can use their original design intent to facilitate better communication between functional groups and publish data required for making more informed decisions.”
— Bill McClure
Director of the Solid Edge line of business
Unigraphics Solutions.

3Ga Editorial contact:

Sandra McIntosh
Director of Marketing

213-236-1120 xt. 117
sandra@3gacorp.com

3Ga Advertising/Events contact:

Lezlie L. Ramsey
MarCom & Events Manager

213-236-1120 xt. 109
lezlie@3gacorp.com

Public Relations contact:

Laura Carrabine
PR Specialist

412 441 1039

lcarrabi@nb.net

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last updated: 13 August 2001