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 Industrial Design Refinement

Advanced Freeform Surfacing & Photorealistic interactive Rendering

Since the consumer market is consistently pushing for advanced designs with more and more complex shapes, you have to decide quickly and deliver products to market faster than ever. Designers need total freedom and flexibility to create and visualize the shapes they imagine, all the while streamlining collaboration.

CATIA Industrial Design Refinement provides all the advanced freeform surfacing tools to design any complex styled shapes, from early concept modeling to industrialized surfacing ready for production. It dramatically simplifies the shape design process by unifying all types of free-form curves and surfaces in a single math-free representation. CATIA Industrial Design Refinement also provides designers with high-end rendering solutions based on mental ray and iray to produce photo-realistic imagery of their products.

  • Model any complex styling shape
  • Apply high precision surfacing
  • Deform shapes globally while preserving the design intent
  • Streamline design-to-engineering collaboration with integration in the CATIA environment
  • Create high quality, photo-realistic images based on NVIDIA® mental ray®
  • Interactive ray tracing rendering solution based on NVIDIA® iray®
  • Associative curve-based & Control point surfacing
    CATIA Industrial Design Refinement 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.
  • Comprehensive suite of tools for surface creation
    This industrial design software 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.
  • Complete set of manipulation and deformation tools
    CATIA Industrial Design Refinement offers dynamic, interactive shape deformation capacities, 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
    CATIA Industrial Design Refinement 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.
  • Developed shapes
    Quickly and easily unfold ruled and non-ruled surfaces and develops curves on revolution surfaces! Design engineers, both non-surface specialists and advanced-shape designers, can define an associative flattened pattern from their 3D models for manufacturing from flat sheets of raw materials.
  • Photorealistic rendering with NVIDIA® mental ray®
    Produce high-quality photo-realistic images of a digital mock-up, with NVIDIA® latest generation rendering software component mental ray®. Its powerful ray-tracing engine dramatically enhances the realism of generated images by computing real soft shadows, accurate reflections, refractions of light, anti-aliasing, final gathering, global Illumination, caustics, etc. The product provides a set of photographer-oriented tools, which allows advanced users to control depth of field, aperture, shutter time, exposure or any parameters that are usually accessible on a real camera. You can also compute images bigger than the full screen resolution.
  • Interactive raytracing based on NVIDIA® iray®
    CATIA Live Rendering is an interactive, physically correct, and photo-realistic rendering solution, based on ray tracing engine iray® from NVIDIA®, that is fast and simple to use. CATIA Live Rendering is as simple as a Camera. You select your lighting environment from a library of HDRI (High dynamic Range Image), then apply and tune your material color & settings and interactively choose your point of View. Producing your high end rendering is only a print screen or “save as” image workflow.