New Discovery Channel 'Prototype This' Show Uses SolidWorks to Invent the Future
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New Discovery Channel 'Prototype This' Show Uses SolidWorks to Invent the Future

CONCORD, Mass.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—October 15, 2008— If you launched a reality TV series featuring engineers inventing the future one brilliant prototype at a time, what tool would you use for quick and easy design?

SolidWorks® 3D CAD software is the choice of Prototype This, a new Discovery Channel series that brings viewers straight to the design in an island warehouse in San Francisco Bay. Viewers experience the design process firsthand as a team of engineers and PhDs bring inventions to life. Prototype This premiers tonight, Wednesday, Oct. 15, at 10 p.m. ET with an attempt to prototype a mind-controlled car.

Any great prototype starts with a great design, and to design I use my favorite tool, SolidWorks, said Dr. Mike North, the teams materials and mechanical engineering expert. It takes a lot of headache out of the design process.

In a video on the shows Web site, invention-central.html, North uses SolidWorks to quickly design a Prototype This emblem and send it to the machine shop for instant production.

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The Prototype This team takes full advantage of this powerful tool to design custom components for many of the builds, the shows Web site says. The digital design files can be exported to the 3D printer, the CNC mill and other computer-controlled modeling or machining equipment.

SolidWorks software is the 3D CAD product of Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks Corp. (DS SolidWorks), a world leader in 3D solutions.

Its exciting to see the fun and cool aspects of engineering revealed for the world to experience, said Fielder Hiss, director, product management of DS SolidWorks Corp. Were thrilled that the Prototype This team chose SolidWorks, and we cant wait to see what they come up with.

About Prototype This

In a warehouse on an island in San Francisco Bay, a team of engineers and PhD's are inventing the future one prototype at a time. From finding solutions to today's problems, to conceiving cool machines that are just fun to have around, the Prototype This crew imagines and then invents the future by using emerging technologies to build the craziest, one-of-a-kind prototypes of tomorrow. Tune in Wednesdays at 10 e/p for loads of zany brilliance, hi-tech wizardry, and a inside look at some of the latest tools and gadgets that just may change the way we live and work. For more information, visit

About Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks Corp.

Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks Corp., a Dassault Systèmes S.A. subsidiary, develops and markets software for design, analysis, and product data management. It is the leading supplier of 3D CAD technology, giving teams intuitive, high-performing software that helps them design better products. For the latest news, information, or an online demonstration, visit the companys Web site ( or call 1-800-693-9000 (outside of North America, call +1-978-371-5000).

About Dassault Systèmes

As a world leader in 3D and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions, Dassault Systèmes brings value to more than 100,000 customers in 80 countries. A pioneer in the 3D software market since 1981, Dassault Systèmes develops and markets PLM application software and services that support industrial processes and provide a 3D vision of the entire lifecycle of products from conception to maintenance to recycling. The Dassault Systèmes portfolio consists of CATIA for designing the virtual product - SolidWorks for 3D mechanical design - DELMIA for virtual production - SIMULIA for virtual testing - ENOVIA for global collaborative lifecycle management, and 3DVIA for online 3D lifelike experiences. Dassault Systèmes is listed on the Nasdaq (DASTY) and Euronext Paris (#13065, DSY.PA) stock exchanges. For more information, visit

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