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 STL Rapid Prototyping

Helps to generate and repair meshes for rapid prototyping machines working with STL files as input

Companies need to have intuitive tools to quickly transform their 3D Virtual models into real physical prototypes, in order to evaluate the quality, the ergonomics or the aesthetics of their design.

CATIA STL Rapid Prototyping creates meshes in a fast and accurate way by tessellation of CAD data. It allows the import of existing STL files, the display of meshes and the analysis of their quality. The product offers advanced tools to improve the quality of meshes by local editingof triangles, by hole filling or by local or global re-meshing. In addition, it allows the creation of thin offsets to obtain a watertight solid and the split and merge of meshes. The meshes can be exported as standard binary STL file for rapid prototyping machines.

  • Quickly and easily create quality STL files directly usable for Rapid Prototyping
  • Benefit from an integrated workflow
  • Optimize the quality of STL data produced
  • Save time using CATIA STL Rapid Prototyping
  • Take advantage of the complete CATIA Design environment
  • Accurate Tessellation
    CATIA STL Rapid Prototyping allows to tessellate CAD data with control of the sag value and the maximum length of edges. Obtaining best quality meshes reduces drastically the process duration.
  • STL Import
    CATIA STL Rapid Prototyping covers also the 3D copy process by allowing to import existing STL files in binary or ASCII format. The user can view, check, repair and optimize the imported meshes.
  • Smart & advanced tools to manipulate meshes
    CATIA STL Rapid Prototyping provides also a set of smart and advanced edition tools to manage and improve meshes such as: Several visualization modes (flat and smooth shading, free edges, ...) Sub-areas management Local or global re-meshing to improve the quality of existing meshes: the top of the range 3D mesher offers the best respect of the forms (topology, sharp edge, without holes) Local editing: vertex, edge or triangle management Mesh cleaning: remove of duplicated or corrupted triangles, of non-manifold vertices and edges, of triangles with small angle or long edges, orientation, ... Holes filling Geometrical shape improvement by reorganizing triangles to redesign sharp edges and fillets Triangles decimation with shape respect to reduce meshes Trim, split or merge meshes
  • Thin Offset Creation
    CATIA STL Rapid Prototyping supports a fast and easy creation of a thin offset of a mesh with the availability to obtain a watertight solid. This functionality allows to generate machinable mock-ups from surface geometry.
  • STL Export
    CATIA STL Rapid Prototyping output can be exported in standard binary format in order to feed rapid prototyping machines.