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18 January 2005

Company News

Imaginestics LLC Develops Engineer Design Aid With NSF Grant

Imaginestics LLC was awarded $500,000 from the National Science Foundation to develop an engineering advisory system for early product design.

The Small Business Innovative Research Program's (SBIR) Phase II grant will extend Imaginestics' research into the development of a software system that can help engineers anticipate the cost and manufacturability of design changes as they occur.

"Companies can save hundreds of thousands of dollars by building a cost conscious culture through our software product, so the design engineers get a better understanding of how their design improvements will affect the product's overall manufacturing cost," said Nainesh Rathod, President & CEO of Imaginestics. "The technology analyzes the design and conducts mini feasibility studies, leaving engineers/designers free to be creative."

This technology makes use of software developed at Purdue University, where researchers discovered a way for engineers to search for and find three-dimensional shapes within databases.

"The original 3-D Shape Search technology is so versatile," said Karthik Ramani, professor of mechanical engineering and director of the Purdue Research and Education Center for Information Systems in Engineering, or PRECISE, where the 3D shape search technology was developed. "We are pleased it can be applied to helping engineers design more cost-effectively."

Along with collaborative research and development, the company plans to use this technology in Purdue classrooms to educate students on manufacturing processes and to develop cost consciousness amongst future designers and engineers.

For further information, contact Nainesh Rathod, Imaginestics (765) 464-1700 ext. 111 or e-mail


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