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ALGOR ANNOUNCES NEW PROGRAM OF DESIGN OPTIMIZATION AND ENGINEERING ANALYSIS SUPPORT FOR AUTOCAD

 PITTSBURGH, March 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Algor, Inc., a Pittsburgh maker of design optimization and engineering analysis software, today announced increased support for AutoCAD, including special support for AutoCAD's solid modeler (AME).
 AutoCAD, made and sold by Sausolito, Calif.-based AutoDesk, Inc., is currently one of the most popular computer-aided design (CAD) software systems for DOS and SUN workstations.
 "New Algor software, new versions of software and new utilities combine to make it possible for engineers drafting or designing with AutoCAD to use Algor's complete line of powerful analysis tools without having to re-input the design into the Algor system," said Michael L. Bussler, founder and president of Algor, which manufactures, sells and supports mechanical design optimization software in which engineering analysis is tightly integrated for both DOS (personal computer) and UNIX workstations.
 "We are delighted that engineers using AutoCAD will now find it so easy and quick to conduct a broad range of analyses using Algor software, including linear and nonlinear stress, dynamic, heat transfer, electrostatic and fluid analyses," said Mike Tanner, marketing manager of AutoDesk, Inc.'s Mechanical Division.
 Bussler cited three software products and enhancements that boost the integration of Algor and AutoCAD:
 -- Release of a new version of Algor's Superdraw software that enables users to import "IGES type 102" composite line entities from AutoCAD into Algor. "This enhancement enables the Algor user to import complex AutoCAD geometry, such as polylines, splines and Boolean solid models, created in the AutoCAD AME modeler," said Bussler.
 -- The enhancement of Algor's Eagle, a design optimization control system that can run AutoCAD and thereby automate all communication between AutoCAD and all full lines of Algor engineering analysis programs.
 -- The recent release of Algor's revolutionary Hypergen software, which automatically converts a surface representation of a solid object into a true solid mesh model which accurately reflects the object's physical characteristics, and is useful for engineering analysis. "Where once engineers spent literally days creating a solid model on the computer, it now takes minutes using Hypergen," said Bussler.
 "What we have done is created a seamless design and engineering environment for users of AutoCAD, and expanded the versatility of AutoCAD," said Bussler.
 AEL Harnesses the Combined Power of AutoCAD and Algor
 AEL Defense Corporation, a Philadelphia maker of equipment for electronic defense systems, has already reaped the benefit of Algor's new support for AutoCAD.
 "We need to use Algor's engineering analysis software to test the structural integrity of the parts models we make in AutoCAD. The recently enhanced IGES type 102 utility enables us to go right into Algor without having to reconstruct our original AutoCAD AME model," said James McDonald, a senior staff mechanical engineer for AEL.
 "The IGES type 102 import utility converts an AutoCAD solid model done in AME into NURBS in Algor's Superdraw. We then use Hypergen to make the solid tetrahedral engineering model in a fraction of the time that it used to take, then do the analysis with Algor engineering analysis packages," according to McDonald. "This higher level of support marries AutoCAD to Algor, which saves us time and gives us design and analysis capabilities that we could only dream about before."
 About Algor
 Algor software is used by engineers in more than 60 countries for computerized design optimization and model analysis. It is virtually impossible to spend a day without using a product Algor's software helped to design. Products as diverse as fast food restaurant furniture and food containers, Black and Decker's "Dustbuster," Nautilus exercise equipment and B.F. Goodrich tires were all designed with the help of Algor software.
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 /CONTACT: Denise H. Belizar of Jampole Communications, 412-471-2463, for Algor/


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