Janet L. McCoy


AUBURN -- Two software design companies -- think3 of Santa Clara, Calif., and Perception Kayak of Easley, S.C. -- have donated more than $100,000 in 3-D software to Auburn University's Department of Industrial Design.

Tom Dempsey, director of design and product engineering at Perception Kayak and a 1989 graduate of AU, made the presentation at an Industrial Design symposium on the AU campus.

Perception Kayak is the world's largest manufacturer of kayaks for the fastest growing outdoor recreational sport. In the past 18 months, the company has used think3's software to design its line-up of state-of-the-art kayaks, including whitewater, touring, recreational, sit-on-top and expedition models.

"I'm honored to have the opportunity to give back to the educational institution that has given so much to me," said Dempsey. "Auburn provided me with an excellent foundation to go out into the world and build a successful career doing something I love -- designing really sweet kayaks for paddlers everywhere.

"It's been a pleasure to work with think3. With this announcement, I'm looking forward to extending our partnership to make a significant contribution to future designers here at Auburn."

"This is spectacular news for the students at Auburn," said Clark Lundell, head of AU's Department of Industrial Design. "Companies like think3, teaming with academia and industry, can play a critical role in preparing the next generation of talented designers to make great contributions, even in their very first jobs.

"Think3 software will help our students get the experience they need in 3-D solid and surface modeling as an integral part of our curriculum," he added. "Many of our student interns have told us that 3-D design skills are critical to their future success in local industry, especially automotive, hand tool and equipment manufacturers."

"We're delighted to collaborate with Perception to support the industrial design students and faculty at Auburn," said think3 chairman and chief executive officer Joe Costello. "At think3, education is a top priority. "

AU will receive 25 copies of the think3's flagship 3-D software product, thinkdesignTM, and 25 copies each of thinkshapeTM and thinkrealTM, advanced software options for thinkdesign. The grant also includes think3's 3-D video game- based learning software, "The Monkey Wrench Conspiracy" so that students can get productive in 3-D design and have fun doing it.

With think3 products, design students will have access to powerful drafting, wireframe, solid modeling and surfacing, advanced surfacing and photorealistic rendering tools, all through one seamless interface, anywhere in their design process.

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CONTACT: Lundell, 334/844- 2369 ; Silvia Pineda, think3 at 408/987-6832.

(NOTE: think3 is spelled correctly)