Spatial Inc., the world’s leading developer of Web-hosted engineering application services, e-frastructure, interoperability solutions and open, component 3D modeling technology, announced today that its PlanetCAD(tm) division is partnering with ANX eBusiness Corp., an SAIC company, to provide the model translation and healing solution to SAIC’s ANX® network service (ANX®) also known as the Advanced Network eXchange(tm) and the Automotive Network eXchange®.

With this alliance, Spatial will be the first to offer engineering data quality solutions to trading partners within this secure, managed extranet.

“Through our alliance with Spatial, ANX eBusiness Corp. is demonstrating its commitment to offering solutions that streamline and enhance the vehicle design and engineering processes of the ANX® trading partner community,” said Steve Shapiro, vice president and general manager for Application Services on the ANX® network.

The ANX® network provides a secure and reliable global network infrastructure that replaces complex legacy networks and facilitates the re-engineering of supply chains. The ANX® network, introduced by the Automotive Industry Action Group (AIAG) in 1995 and in service since late 1998, now connects more than 500 trading partners electronically, allowing them to collaborate on product design and development; solicit and process orders; and facilitate just-in-time manufacturing and post shipping schedules. In addition to SAIC, current ANX® certified service providers include Ameritech, AT&T, BCE Emergis, EDS, Ideal Technologies and MCI WorldCom.

“Having software running on the ANX® network puts some teeth into the integrity of the data traveling throughout the supply chain,” said Don Hedeen, the former director of the ANX® program for AIAG. “Interoperability and downstream use of design data cost the automotive industry more than $1 billion per year. Collaborative engineering solutions, including those offered by Spatial, offer the promise of major reductions in process costs and cycle times.” is a Web-based service offered by PlanetCAD enabling the automated translation and repair of 3D CAD files to streamline the digital manufacturing supply chain. Its thousands of members have already proven that’s proprietary technology offers a critical missing link in the digital manufacturing and engineering processes by enabling interoperability of data throughout the extended manufacturing enterprise.

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AIAG in a 1998 report entitled “Best Practices in Supply Chain Product Development,” revealed that the “highest priority issue (affecting the effectiveness of best practices in the automotive supply chain) was concern about the quality of product data, or rather, the lack thereof, which is directly related to the usefulness of that data for purposes beyond basic product representations.” The report went on to note that “these kinds of product data quality problems lead to increased cost and time delays.”

“The partnership between SAIC and PlanetCAD is a tremendous benefit for the ANX® network and customers,” said Bruce Morgan, president and CEO of Spatial. “The ANX® network allows the delivery of interoperability solution at the extremely high level of security that major automotive OEMs and suppliers require.”

This strategic alliance with SAIC means that and other services from PlanetCAD will be available via a secure link into SAIC’s ANX® network where members can safely upload 3D CAD models to streamline their manufacturing design processes in real-time.

About SAIC

SAIC is the nation’s largest employee-owned research and engineering company, providing information technology and systems integration products and services to government and commercial customers. SAIC scientists and engineers work to solve complex technical problems in telecommunications, national security, health care, transportation, energy, the environment and financial services. With annual revenues exceeding $5.5 billion, SAIC and its subsidiaries, including Telcordia Technologies, have more than 40,000 employees at offices in more than 150 cities worldwide. More information about SAIC can be found on the Internet at

About Spatial Inc.

Spatial is the world’s leading provider of Web-based services, e-frastructure and advanced engineering technology solutions to streamline the digital manufacturing supply chain and set global standards for product engineers, designers, software developers and manufacturing professionals. Spatial is headquartered in Boulder, Colorado, USA, and has offices in California, Germany, Japan and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit Spatial’s Web site at or call (303) 544-2900.

Spatial’s PlanetCAD division develops and delivers Web-hosted application services, e-commerce sites and portals that are the premier online destinations for manufacturing and design engineers needing to streamline the digital manufacturing supply chain. PlanetCAD’s application services include: (, the successor to, which provides online translation and repair of 3D CAD models to streamline the flow of engineering data between organizations regardless of the installed CAD systems;, ( an application service for the online, automated capture of high resolution 2D graphics from 3D CAD models; and, ( an e-commerce service that streamlines the communication and data transmission process between manufacturers and rapid prototyping service bureaus across the Web.

Spatial Technology Inc.,,,, ACIS 3D Toolkit, SAT and PlanetCAD are trademarks. ACIS and IntraVISION are registered trademarks of Spatial Technology Inc. All other trademarks are properties of their respective companies.