bom.com Receives SolidWorks Solution Partner Status

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Foster City, Calif., Feb 15 - bom.com today announced that it has received Solution Partner status from SolidWorks Corporation, recognizing the bom.com SolidWorks Integration Adapter (SWIA) as a product of great value to SolidWorks users. The SWIA enables seamless integration between SolidWorks 3D computer aided design (CAD) part, assembly and drawing files and bom.com, a web-native application for collaborative product development. SolidWorks customers using bom.com and the SWIA gain an easy way to share model information with non-SolidWorks users. They also benefit from robust functionality for organizing and analyzing additional related product information and an automated process for adding that data to the appropriate SolidWorks drawings. The bom.com SolidWorks Integration Adapter is available immediately.

“We are pleased to welcome bom.com as a SolidWorks Solution Partner, ” said Robert McGill, manager of the SolidWorks Partner Program. “We look to our partners to develop innovative tools that extend our products’ capabilities. bom.com provides a collaborative development environment that gives design teams a better way to work together. We are pleased that the company is offering SolidWorks users a way to integrate their design information with the rest of the enterprise using the bom.com application. ”

The bom.com SWIA bridges the gap between SolidWorks and the rest of the design chain. Once the SWIA has synchronized information from a SolidWorks 3D CAD part or assembly file with bom.com, the entire design team can see web-viewable images of SolidWorks parts and assemblies within bom.com, even if they are not SolidWorks users. Everyone on the team can use bom.com to create, organize, access and share additional product information - cost and sourcing data, non-modeled objects and processes, documents and more - and link this information back into related SolidWorks part, assembly and drawing files. Throughout development, users can take advantage of the application’s sophisticated sharing, analysis and version control features and then use the SWIA to import a whole-product BOM into a SolidWorks drawing and create complete manufacturing documents.

bom.com is committed to providing a better way for organizations to collaborate during product development,” said Michael Topolovac, co-founder and chief executive officer of bom.com. “That means making it easier to bring together information from different sources, as well as people from different disciplines, departments and organizations. The SWIA helps establish these connections not only by linking the data in SolidWorks with the data in bom.com, but also by offering an easy way for all the people involved in the development process to access up-to-date product information. We’re proud to have SolidWorks recognize this extra level of value we can bring to their customers.”

“Ever since we started using bom.com instead of spreadsheets to manage our product information, tracking changing data during design is much easier,” said Cuc Nguyen, engineering services supervisor at DeepSea Power & Light, a company that has designed and manufactured quality oceanographic equipment for over 15 years. “With the bom.com SolidWorks Integration Adapter, we can be sure that any changes made in one tool are reflected in the other - and available to the rest of the team. Then when we’re ready to move from design to production, we have all the information we need, like sources, costs, and documents, organized in one place and ready to go. We just drop the bom.com BOM back into SolidWorks and give manufacturing everything they need.”

Specific benefits of the bom.com SolidWorks Integration Adapter include:

  • Centralized product data: With bom.com and the SWIA, users can seamlessly integrate product-structure and component information from SolidWorks with non-mechanical product data, such as electrical parts, spec sheets, packaging design, processes, bulk parts, even pricing and sourcing information. By centralizing product data in a web-native environment, bom.com users maintain “one version of the truth” about a product at any point during development.
  • Liberated CAD data: The SWIA links SolidWorks 3D CAD part and assembly files with extended product data in bom.com so SolidWorks users can take advantage of the bom.com collaboration and data analysis tools. This makes the process of importing, linking and reconciling data straightforward and automatic, so that SolidWorks users can share product-structure and component information with the extended design chain in a few clicks of the mouse - saving countless hours previously spent extracting, reformatting, faxing, reviewing and re-importing data.
  • Expanded options: bom.com captures complete product information, including unlimited suppliers, lead times and cost alternatives for each part, and leverages these data relationships to provide users with cost roll-ups, where-used analyses, instant access to past designs and other advanced functionality.
  • Enhanced communication: With bom.com, all members of the extended design team can collaborate in real time around the same up-to-date product data. The SWIA automatically generates web-viewable images of all parts and assemblies so that the entire design chain - including project managers, purchasing agents, manufacturing engineers and suppliers - can refer to the same web-viewable images of parts and assemblies in conjunction with all related BOM information. The SWIA lets engineers spend the critical development phase focused on designing - not on re-entering, replicating or figuring out how to share design data.
  • Complete manufacturing documentation: With the SWIA, users can drop a bom.com BOM - including multiple configurations and non-modeled bulk items - directly into a SolidWorks drawing. This creates a complete assembly drawing that incorporates the extended product information captured by bom.com and dramatically streamlines the hand-off to manufacturing.

Pricing and Availability
The bom.com SolidWorks Integration Adapter is offered as an add-in to the bom.com application at an annual license of $100 per user and is available immediately. Users must be bom.com customers to use the Integration Adapter. bom.com is available for an annual prepaid subscription of $1000 per user with no set-up or installation fees. Customers can access bom.com from any computer with a web browser; there is no traditional software to buy, install, maintain or upgrade. New bom.com accounts can be up and running within days. New customers can sign up by visiting the company’s website at www.arenasolutions.com or by calling the sales department toll-free at 866.937.1438.

About SolidWorks Corporation
SolidWorks Corporation, a Dassault Systèmes S.A. (Nasdaq: DASTY, Euronext Paris: #13065, DSY.PA) company, develops and markets mechanical design software solutions. Founded in 1993, SolidWorks’ mission is to unleash the power of 3D for everyone in product development. In over five years of shipping product, SolidWorks has shipped more than 175,000 total seats of software worldwide. SolidWorks has offices around the globe and sells, distributes, and supports its products through a worldwide network of resellers. 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 America, call +1-978-371-5000).

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