CATIA Design

Creative design talks directly to people’s heart. Creative designers must be equipped with software tools that enable them to easily craft and adjust the product's emotional content through their designs,while collaborating with engineering to ensure proper coverage of product functional scope.

Successful products in the market are usually those with designs that elicit positive emotional response from their consumers. CATIA is at the service of creative designers and their creativity. Whether starting ideation in 3D from scratch or from 2D sketches, industrial designers can manipulate shapes with unrivaled freedom and take advantage of a true creativity accelerator to explore more ideas in the early conceptual phase. CATIA fully addresses the Automotive Class-A process with a solution for surface refinement that integrates industry leading ICEM surfacing technologies. By combining the V6 technology strengths, which include knowledge capture-and-reuse paradigm, it delivers a powerful and intuitive suite of tools for modeling, analyzing and visualizing aesthetic and ergonomic shapes for the highest Class-A surface quality.

CATIA Icem Class A Surface Design

Highly productive suite of tools to model and visualize aesthetic and ergonomic shapes to the highest Class A surface quality

Class-A surfacing traditionally takes place within an isolated explicit modeling environment, and consequently the proliferation of this data often requires it to be imported into more mainstream PLM CAD systems to continue the product design. So when design modifications are required, changes are manual and time consuming to incorporate, as these traditional systems do not benefit from a feature based and parameterized geometry approach.

CATIA ICEM Class A Surface Design provides a comprehensive suite of products to create, edit and analyze aesthetic and ergonomic shapes to the highest Class A surface quality starting from basic inputs such as Design sketches through to the generation of real-time rendering of the final shape. Supporting the hybrid world of both explicit, direct surface modeling techniques and associative feature based methodology, CATIA ICEM Class A Surface Design dramatically improves the productivity in the Automotive Class A-process and delivers new levels of integration in the overall product development process.

  • Extend your design possibilities by achieving Class A surface Quality
  • Ensure adherence to the initial design intent and any manufacturing constraints
  • Quickly generate new variants for review and decision making via Associative and feature based modeling
  • Extend your workflow productivity
  • Leverage knowledge and experience of proven technologies
  • Combine easily freeform and global modeling with feature-based operation
  • Preliminary advanced analysis of downstream manufacturing conditions
  • Model any complex styling shape
  • Deform shapes globally while preserving the design intent
  • Persuade and accelerate design validation
  • Share concepts and ideas quickly with powerful collaboration tools
  • Comprehensive suite of tools for surface creation
    CATIA ICEM Class A Surface Design enables the use of a pure surface-based approach that minimizes the need for curve manipulation. Designers can create flawless, styled shapes from scratch, in order to model three-dimensional free-form curves and surfaces. The system can blend and extrude curves, fill, and blend or match surfaces. Delivering advanced feature based curve and surface creation tools, users have the flexibility to design high quality aesthetical shapes to meet the demands of a stylist. Expert surface modeling capabilities such as Accelerated Surface, Global Flange, Global Blend, Loft etc. address the most challenging of shape designs.
  • Associative curve-based surfacing
    CATIA ICEM Class A Surface Design integrates an unrivaled free-form modeler. You can intuitively create and modify 3D and planar curves from control points, near points, or through point construction. The product offers a complete set of fully-associative styling sweeps, covering the different needs for profiled surface creation and ensuring curvature continuity with references.
  • Advanced Curve and Surface Modification tools
    Modification of curve and surface geometry is key to refining the result. Whether it is through modification of the parameters or inputs of a feature or the direct modeling techniques available, CATIA ICEM Class A Surface Design provides the user the flexibility and capability to fulfill their needs.
  • Feature based Approximation
    Quality of geometry is key within the Class A surfacing domain. The internal complexities of geometry are required to be simple and easy to manipulate. The task of ensuring this goal is maintained is delivered through feature based approximation capabilities. When the geometry is a feature, users can simply reactivate the feature to adjust the approximation parameters, thus influencing the shape quality and accuracy.
  • Advanced real time geometry analysis tools
    During creation and modification of geometry, advanced analysis tools provide the user an efficient capability to monitor and visualise the quality and accuracy of their designs in a real time environment.
  • Design compliance and templates instantiation to automate product creation
    Today designs are very often an evolution of a previous design concept, and whilst the shapes may change, the basic structure of the design is essentially the same. To address this, re-using basic concepts such as grills or standard features in the form of a standard template is a common requirement, so much so that CATIA ICEM Class A Surface Design provides the tools to implement such templates to rapidly improve and automate a product design.
  • Parallel commands capability
    Supporting explicit modeling methods, managed by 3D interactive tools, CATIA ICEM Class A Surface Design provides comprehensive dynamic performance and direct shape control. Fully integrated in the global product definition process, CATIA ICEM Class A Surface Design permits direct access to concurrently active commands, such as control point manipulation and matching. This modeling technique, using collaborative commands, greatly reduces the number of interactions required to obtain the desired shape.
  • Free form modeling for surfaces or curves features
    In the world of Explicit and direct surface modeling, users are familiar with the benefits of this capability, but even more so with its disadvantages of not being able modify feature based geometry without returning to the explicit world. With the introduction of Feature modeling, users can now not only direct model feature based geometry, they can maintain the associativity of the input geometry, thus removing the break in workflow.
  • Advanced filleting commands
    Extending the filleting capabilities within the CATIA ICEM Class A Surface Design product, the Advanced Fillet, Tri-Tangent Fillet and Corner Fillet capabilities provide a comprehensive set of tools to fulfill the most demanding of filleting shapes.
  • Global Modeling capabilities to morph, deform, or scale quickly existing shapes
    CATIA ICEM Class A Surface Design offers dynamic, interactive shape deformation capabilities, allowing users to easily adjust their designs. Smart and advanced tools enable the user to dynamically deform single or multi-surface shapes. Designers change the shapes by matching, smoothing and trimming curves and surfaces. The control point capability offers an interactive manipulation of curves and surfaces. Users intuitively modify control points on shapes and trimmed surface boundaries with direct mouse-based manipulation and with an immediate propagation of design change. Deformation laws on the control points refine the actions.
  • Real-time analysis and diagnostic tools to analyze surface quality
    CATIA ICEM Class A Surface Design provides immediate visual quality control through extensive and associative real-time curve and surface diagnosis tools. Thanks to the Virtual Showroom Inspection capacities, designers can check the quality of their surfaces with high accuracy and realism within a virtual showroom simulator, through the computation of reflect lines produced from a virtual neon row. Users can dynamically change the number, spacing and orientation of the neon lights to obtain the best surface reflection. CATIA ICEM Class A Surface Design also provides extended analysis capabilities addressing requirements such as Flat Region, Gap and Leveling and Head Impact analysis.
  • Industry specific feature to design components gaps
    A key task in the design of components which fit within or are adjacent too another component, is the design of the Gap conditions. Using the Create Gap command, you can as a feature result create geometry to not only simulate the correct gap condition required but also some manufacturing sheetmetal conditions.
  • Sketch integration
    CATIA ICEM Class A Surface Design allows the integration of stylists' work (such as Photoshop 2D Sketches) into the CATIA 3D environment, as the design reference for 3D modeling. It provides an intuitive toolset to calibrate the working environment. The user will first position and scale the image in 3D, then use the curve and surfacing tools to build the geometry over the sketches.
  • Real-time, high-end visualization
    CATIA ICEM Class A Surface Design enables designers to interactively create realistic renderings in real-time. They can dynamically create and manipulate materials, lights and environments and immediately view the result of any modification.
  • Instant and asynchronous collaboration
    Easily share data and ideas. Featuring image exchange, viewpoint synchronization, co-review and co-design, this solution allows instant and asynchronous collaboration between designers and engineers connected to the project reference.
  • Mechanical surface design
    Provide a comprehensive set of tools for creating and modifying mechanical surfaces used in the design of complex shapes or hybrid parts.
  • Export Standard Files: STEP, IGES for Rapid Prototyping Machining
    Provide tools to quickly transform 3D virtual models into real physical prototypes for quality, ergonomic and aesthetic evaluation. This delivers mesh creation to export as a standard binary STL file for rapid prototyping machining.