think3 announces v9 of its product line

12 Apr, 2004

think3 announced v9 of its PLM (product lifecycle management) suite of products: thinkdesign, thinkteam, and thinkID. The products should ship in early May. Designed for mid-sized manufacturers ($50-$500 million in annual revenue), thinkdesign and thinkteam together provide an end-to-end solution for product design and delivery.

New features in thinkdesign v9 include Adaptive Measures, which let you input values directly from surrounding geometry. Adaptive Measures adapt to model changes that affect the features that incorporate them.

Thinkdesign includes translators for DWG, DXF, IGES, and Draftmaker, as well as 3D translators for IGES =, STEP, STL, and other formats. A new thinkdirect translation platform handles data exchange with CATIA V5, Pro/ENGINEER (read-only), and Parasolid. Thinkteam handles data management tasks with new automatic BOM (bill of materials) generation. New features in v9 include thinkview and thinkview basic, viewers that enable users to view and mark up think3 models.

ThinkID replaced the former thinkshape product as a tool for industrial designers. Based on think3’s GSM (global shape modeling) technology, it offers integrated surface and solid modeling. You can make freeform modifications ot any shape with or without a history tree. New zone modeling functionality allows all changes to propagate through related geometry while maintaining full associativity.

“Our mission is to provide new and effective weapons for product designers and midsize manufacturers to help them compete and win in the global market,” said think3 chair and CEO Joe Costello. “With think3’s 9.0 product suite and the services we offer around it, our customers can leverage state-of-the-art technology and best practices to differentiate their products and win business away from larger competitors – without having to pay premium prices.”

In the past year think3 has expanded its service offerings to include not only consulting but offshore resources for outsoucing engineering functions.