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Computer Aided Technology, SolidWorks, and 3DQuickPress Announce Partnership with the Tooling and Manufacturing Association


Buffalo Grove , IL, March 21, 2005   - Computer Aided Technology, Inc. (CATI), a top Value Added Reseller (VAR) of SolidWorks, has announced a partnership with the Tooling and Manufacturing Association (TMA). Recognizing manufacturers as value-added producers of goods and services, and creators of high quality jobs for Chicago area citizens, TMA supports industry by providing educational opportunities, industry representation, and services to foster member company global competitiveness. CATI is now their certified supplier and exclusive program partner for both products.

SolidWorks is the standard in 3D mechanical design software and offers unmatched 2D and 3D design capabilities, performance, and ease-of-use. In addition, SolidWorks Corporation partners with industry leading companies offering best-in-class hardware and software solutions, including specific tools for the mold, tool and die industries. 3DQuickPress, a SolidWorks add-in, is the most advanced and comprehensive 3D progressive die design system in the SolidWorks environment. CATI is the original SolidWorks Reseller and a top selling reseller of SolidWorks in the Midwest . CATI offers numerous opportunities for manufacturers to learn about the software through their 3D Skills Sessions. 3D Skills Sessions, offered at CATI locations throughout the Midwest , provide a hands-on introduction and a free copy of the SolidWorks Personal Edition software. For more details and a complete schedule, visit http://www.cati.com or contact Laura Amick lauraa@cati.com at 1-888-308-CATI for TMA special offers.

“CATI is pleased to enter into this partnership with TMA,” comments Richard Werneth, President, CATI. “TMA is a great resource for the tooling and manufacturing community and we are pleased that they have decided to add SolidWorks and 3DQuickPress to their training curriculum. We look forward to supporting their instructors and members through this new partnership.”

To assist their 1,300 member companies to gain competitive advantage, the TMA will now offer training for the most popular 3D CAD system for a smooth transition from 2D to 3D design.  “TMA is pleased to partner with CATI, SolidWorks and 3DQuickPress to enhance our two-year die design training program”, says Dan Kiraly, Director of Education.  In addition to die design, all members can enjoy the benefits of SolidWorks to learn Jig & Fixture, Weldment, Sheetmetal, Mold, and Machine design techniques.  Kiraly also adds, “TMA especially appreciates the CATI approach to facilitate this partnership through granting software and services toward making the program a reality!”   The TMA will be immediately offering 3D Skills development sessions at their location in Park Ridge , IL at no charge for member companies.  Formal classes will soon follow later this spring.   

About CATI
Computer Aided Technology, Inc. (CATI), headquartered in
Buffalo Grove , IL , provides the Midwest with six full-service facilities, supporting Illinois , Indiana , Iowa , Michigan and Wisconsin . CATI creates competitive advantage for manufacturing clients by leveraging an industry-experienced team and leading technology solutions. CATI is the Nation’s original SolidWorks Reseller and a Top Reseller of SolidWorks in the Midwest . CATI is dedicated to providing comprehensive solutions to engineering, manufacturing, and educational sectors and offers a full suite of SolidWorks Solution Partner technologies including CAD, CAE, CAID, CAM , ECAD, and PDM solutions. For the latest news from CATI, visit the company’s website at www.cati.com or contact a representative at 888-308-2284.

About TMA
The Tooling & Manufacturing Association was founded in 1925 by 8 small manufacturing companies who thought they could better themselves by associating with one another. Through the years, members established programs and services that would help their businesses grow and prosper, train their employees, and provide medical and retirement benefits. As a result of these efforts, TMA has grown into a 1,300 member not-for-profit organization of precision manufacturing and supplier companies in the greater Chicago area. For more information, visit http://www.tmanet.com.

About SolidWorks Corporation
SolidWorks Corporation, a Dassault Systèmes S.A. (Nasdaq: DASTY, Euronext Paris: #13065, DSY.PA) company, develops and markets software for mechanical design, analysis, and product data management. It is the #1 supplier of 3D mechanical design software for the mainstream market. SolidWorks leads the market in number of users in production, customer satisfaction, and revenue. For the latest news, information, or a live online demonstration, visit the company's Web site (www.solidworks.com) or call 1-800-693-9000 (outside of North Amserica , call +1-978-371-5000).

About 3D QuickTools Limited
3D QuickTools Limited is the developer of 3DQuickPress, 3DQuickForm, and 3DQuickQuote. These applications provide the most advanced and comprehensive 3D progressive die design solution in the SolidWorks environment.  The company has been providing high quality progressive die design solutions since 1994.  All products are supported by leading industrial support partners in all major countries.  The North American value-added distributor for sales, support and training is Strategic Technology Solutions (STS), contact Dave Peterson davep@callsts.com or 1-888-207-1096.  For further information, visit www.3dquickpress.com.