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NEW HYPERGEN SOFTWARE BY ALGOR MAY REVOLUTIONIZE FINITE ELEMENT ANALYSIS (FEA) AND COMPUTER-AIDED DESIGN

 PITTSBURGH, April 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Algor, Inc., a mechanical design optimization software manufacturer, today announced it was marketing Hypergen, the first-ever engineering software that automatically generates solid meshes from a CAD representation of a surface mesh.
 "Because Hypergen can use the surface mesh from a CAD representation, the engineer can originate the mesh from any CAD/CAM/CAE source. This feature will change the computer-aided engineering market as dramatically as the transformer changed the electrical distribution industry in the late 19th century," said Michael L. Bussler, founder and president of Pittsburgh-based Algor. "Because its output is in a neutral file format, Hypergen can even be used with FEA software from our competitors.
 "Hypergen will tremendously expand the range of computer-aided modeling that is cost effective to perform. Hypergen results in higher efficiency and more accurate modeling of virtually anything an engineer designs," said Bussler.
 According to Bussler, Hypergen substantially shortens the tedious and intricate process of dividing a design model into finite elements. "By enabling engineers to build a mesh on a 3-D wire frame, we can literally shorten the human time needed to run engineering analysis on computers from hours to minutes," said Bussler.
 Hypergen can import from and export to a broad range of CAD/CAM systems, including those by Parametric Technologies, Computervision, Autodesk, Aries Technology, IBM, SDRC and Intergraph. The surface mesh can come from any number of interfaces including:
 -- NURBS surface;
 -- CAD wire frame;
 -- Surface mesh; and
 -- STL (stereo lythography file).
 "These features are vitally important today, when the world supply of mechanical engineers is shrinking," said Bussler.
 With Hypergen, a design engineer can generate models of either four node or 10 node tetrahedral elements, depending on the level of the processing speed and accuracy required. The engineer controls the density of the solid mesh by altering the density of the surface mesh. Tests and early usage indicate that Hypergen can be used to create finite element models of even the most complex parts of products.
 Hypergen offers more power than any other engineering "pre-processing" software for both DOS and UNIX workstations. Because of the dramatic savings in design time, use of Hypergen improves the cost/benefit ratio derived from current computer-aided design software.
 The benefits of Hypergen derive from a concept that appears to be simple, but has long eluded other computer software manufacturers: How to convert automatically a surface-only engineering representation of a solid object into a true solid model which accurately reflects the object's physical characteristics, and is useful for engineering analysis.
 "Hypergen lets engineers do what they went to school for: Design better, safer products that benefit industry and consumers," said Bussler.
 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, a spokesman said. 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 Belizar of Jampole Communications, 412-471-2463, for Algor, Inc./


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