CDS Provides Online Catalog for 2009 FIRST Robotics High School Teams
Catalog Data Solutions Provides Online Catalog for 2009 FIRST Robotics High School Teams
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San Jose, CA, March 3, 2009. Catalog Data Solutions Inc. (CDS), a leading provider of online product selection tools for industrial suppliers, today announced the launch of two online CAD libraries of PTC Pro/ENGINEER models for FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) high school programs: FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) and FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) . Pro/ENGINEER is PTC’s 3D parametric CAD/CAM/CAE software. PTC has modeled the FRC and FTC kits of parts and, with CDS, made it available to the competing teams through an online CDS catalog for drag and drop download directly into Pro/ENGINEER.
FIRST strives to engage students in grades K-12 in exciting and innovative programs designed around the use of robotics to develop science and technology skills and motivate students to pursue careers in science, technology and engineering. PTC is a sponsor and the highest level supplier - Crown level - of the FIRST Robotics Competition. PTC is also the CAD and Collaboration sponsor for FTC. All participating teams have the opportunity to use PTC’s Windchill® content and process management software, PTC’s Pro/ENGINEER and Mathcad® engineering calculation software schools editions, and PTC’s ProductView™ visual collaboration software.
“The FIRST competition is a highly educational and inspirational experience for all participants - students, coaches, mentors, volunteers and sponsors. The practical collaboration and product design is helping to develop the skilled technology workforce of the future” said John Major, CEO of Catalog Data Solutions. “We’re proud to support PTC’s sponsorship by powering the FRC and FTC Pro/ENGINEER CAD Libraries with our CDS Catalog and CDS ModelServer technology. This online CAD model library is for the use of all competing teams and helps FIRST meet its education goals by introducing participants to online mechanical part search and CAD downloads.”
According to Robin Saitz, senior vice president and executive sponsor for PTC’s partnership with FIRST, "With direct access to the FIRST CAD Library from within Pro/ENGINEER, FIRST students and mentors can quickly search for specific parts and download the CAD models. Because FIRST teams have only a few short weeks to design their robots, quick access to the kit of parts models lets the teams focus on robot design rather than modeling standard components. We are happy to work with CDS to bring these Pro/ENGINEER models to FIRST teams worldwide"
Accomplished inventor Dean Kamen founded FIRST in 1989 to inspire an appreciation of science and technology in young people. Based in Manchester, N.H., FIRST designs accessible, innovative programs to build self-confidence, knowledge, and life skills while motivating young people to pursue opportunities in science, technology, and engineering. With the support of many of the world's most well-known companies, the not-for-profit organization hosts the FIRST Robotics Competition and FIRST Tech Challenge for high-school students, the FIRST LEGO(R) League for children 9-14 years old, and the Junior FIRST LEGO League for 6 to 9 year-olds. To learn more about FIRST, go to www.usfirst.org.
PTC (Nasdaq: PMTC) provides discrete manufacturers with software and services to meet the globalization, time-to-market and operational efficiency objectives of product development. Using the company’s CAD and content and process management solutions, organizations in the Industrial, High-Tech, Aerospace and Defense, Automotive, Consumer and Medical industries are able to support key business objectives and create innovative products that meet both customer needs and comply with industry regulations. For more information on PTC, please visit http://www.ptc.com.
About Catalog Data Solutions (CDS)
Catalog Data Solutions Inc. is a leading provider of SaaS solutions and consulting services that enable industrial suppliers to achieve a competitive online advantage. Since 2005 Catalog Data Solutions has been a pioneer in providing industrial suppliers with innovative online solutions that enable their products to be found and specified into new engineering designs. Catalog Data Solutions SaaS products help customers to enhance their existing website with enhanced Product Search Catalogs, CAD Drawing Downloads, 3D Visualization, and Product Configuration. The company's customers include more than 50 of the world's leading industrial manufacturers and distributors. Catalog Data Solutions is headquartered in San Jose, CA, USA and can be reached by visiting www.catalogdatasolutions.com