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Siemens PLM Software Crosses 3.5M Active End-User Seats of Software based on Parasolid

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Siemens PLM Software  has achieved a unique milestone with the number of active end-user seats of software based on its Parasolid software surpassing 3.5 million.  

Siemens PLM Software is a business unit of the Siemens Industry Automation Division and a leading global provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) software and services.  

As a widely used 3D geometric modelling component in the world, Parasolid provides solid modelling functionality and interoperability to over 150 independent software vendors (ISVs) and over 350 of the industry’s most popular software applications across a broad cross-section of disciplines including computer-aided design (CAD), engineering analysis (CAE), manufacturing (CAM) and architectural engineering and construction (AEC).  

According to Joan Hirsch, Vice President of Product Design Solutions, Siemens PLM Software, the unique functionality and superior quality of Parasolid along with its universal appeal to innovative software developers and across multiple disciplines has helped the company achieve this milestone.  

She attributes the achievement to their long-term relationships with Parasolid licensees that have promoted mutual growth over the years in addition to their dedication to open technology and open business model that has helped these ISVs foster innovation and collaboration.  

By combining its technology, quality and open business model, Parasolid has demonstrated a high degree of business value to independent software vendors in four principal sectors.  


Parasolid is a widely used 3D geometric modelling component in this highly demanding market where the ability to efficiently update the digital model supersedes all other requirements.    

Product designers rely upon Parasolid to create a wide variety of highly accurate and detailed 3D models from aircraft engines and mobile phones to construction equipment using software applications from various ISVs.  

These ISVs include Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks Corp, Delcam plc, IronCAD LLC, Missler Software, Top Systems Ltd and Vero Software Ltd, as well as Siemens PLM Software’s Solid Edge software and NX software.    

CAE and CAM  

As the component software used to create over 40% of the world’s 3D digital models, Parasolid is the logical choice for vendors of CAE and CAM software needing to import data created in a wide variety of CAD applications based on the software.    

Many of these companies now also use Parasolid functionality to simplify designs for analysis, create derivative designs such as moulds and tooling, and provide design creation capabilities.    

These CAE and CAM ISVs include ANSYS Inc., CD-Adapco, Planit Software, Mentor Graphics, DP Technology Corp, Gibbs and Associates, and MSC.Software Inc.    

Parasolid is also used by CNC Software, Inc. in its Mastercam software and by Autodesk Inc. in its Moldflow software.    

Parasolid is also the geometric component modeller used as the foundation for the CAE and CAM modules of Siemens PLM Software’s NX solution.    


AEC applications based on Parasolid are being used to design and detail an increasing number of mainstream buildings and iconic architectural structures.    

These applications are developed by major AEC software vendors such as Bentley Inc. and Nemetschek Vectorworks Inc.    


Siemens PLM Software’s commitment to open solutions and an open business model has made Parasolid a popular format for seamlessly sharing data between a wide variety of applications.

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