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.

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