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aPriori to Enhance Design-to-Cost Software Solution with Tech Soft 3D’s HOOPS Graphics Platform

Berkeley, CA and Concord, MA, March 25, 2008 – Tech Soft 3D (TS3D), the leading provider of core graphics components to the engineering software industry today announced that aPriori has licensed HOOPS for use in its Product Cost Management software platform. With HOOPS, aPriori will extend its capabilities for automatically costing parts and assemblies by allowing users to view, select and control product cost drivers directly in the interactive 3D model display.

“aPriori’s real-time product cost assessments are helping leading manufacturing and product companies drive significant costs out of their products prior to production,” said Eric Hiller, founder and chief technology officer at aPriori. “Through our partnership with Tech Soft 3D, aPriori is extending its next-generation costing solution with powerful graphical capabilities that provide users with an interactive view of the parts and assemblies being costed.”

Ron Fritz, managing partner for TS3D added, “aPriori demonstrates that use of 3D is indeed spreading rapidly into all areas of the manufacturing process, in this case into Enterprise Cost Management. We enjoy seeing innovative solutions that use HOOPS as their graphics platform and look forward to helping aPriori develop and deliver a successful application.”

About HOOPS
HOOPS is a set of extensible, high-level components that dramatically simplifies the design, development and maintenance of high-performance, interactive 2D/3D applications. HOOPS components provide the technology building blocks for developers to create custom, high performance applications capable of driving OpenGL and/or Direct3D. Developers work from a high level to extend and customize the HOOPS framework, taking advantage of the power of the underlying set of libraries. Rather than attempting to re-invent the vast functionality already encapsulated within the HOOPS product set, developers can focus their development efforts on their true value-add and build better software faster.

About Tech Soft 3D
Tech Soft 3D (TS3D) provides building block technologies and related services, enabling their ISV customers to rapidly develop world-class technical software. The company’s flagship HOOPS technology has been incorporated into over 175 commercial software applications, including many of the leaders in CAD/CAM and CAE software including COADE, Autodesk, SolidWorks, Dassault Systemes, Siemens PLM, PTC, IronCAD and many others. In addition to the flagship HOOPS technology, the company also resells premium components such as the Autodesk RealDWG Toolkit, Adobe PDF Libraries, Parasolid Modeling Kernel from Siemens PLM, and Spatial 3D InterOp translation.


About aPriori
The aPriori Enterprise Cost Management software platform improves the financial results of discrete manufacturing and product companies by enabling them to actively control Cost of Goods Sold (COGS) with real-time, predictive and precise product cost assessments. aPriori’s proven and patent-protected software platform allows companies to assess, control and reduce the cost of their products in real time, at any time during design, sourcing and manufacture. This enables companies to understand the cost impact of product design decisions earlier than ever before, reduce their Cost of Goods Sold, and improve operating margins. The aPriori platform is rapidly deployable across the extended enterprise, up and running in a matter of weeks generating cost assessments reflecting a customer’s factories’ and suppliers’ capabilities. For more information or to view an online demonstration, visit www.apriori.com.

aPriori and aPriori Technologies are registered trademarks of aPriori Technologies Inc. HOOPS is a registered trademark. Other brand and product names are trademarks of their respective owners.

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Contacts:

Ed Thomas
aPriori
978.371.2006 x333
ethomas@apriori.com


Sandy Muller
Tech Soft 3D
1.541.385.3000
sandy@techsoft3d.com
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