To create innovative products and experiences that resonate with consumers, designers from various fields need to work together. A new e-book by Dassault Systèmes details how the 3DEXPERIENCE platform can support collaboration across multiple teams and on a global stage 

Three-dimensional modelling has become more than just a tool to render ideas. Today it can be used to assess surfaces, materials and even customer reactions to new automotive products. It can absorb huge amounts of data to produce highly detailed renderings across multiple reality formats accessible by teams across the world. 

Dassault Systèmes’ CATIA Design products provide a powerful platform that can increase collaboration across every step of the design process and beyond. Whether it is 3D sketching, surface construction, reverse engineering, light visualisation or material for customer focus groups, it elevates design to the next level of reality.

To give a deeper look into the 3DEXPERIENCE platform, CATIA has put together a new e-book that outlines the key uses and benefits on offer. It can be downloaded for free below or by following this link


The Visual Scripting app in action on the 3DEXPERIENCE platform 

A holistic, algorithmic approach 

CATIA Design Solutions enable a holistic approach to conceptual forms and processes, and in combination with their platform, allows for input to be made in real time by teams around the world. This could be anything from 2D and 3D modelling to surface modelling or human interaction.

It is also perfect for reverse engineering, enabling exact geometry for rebuilding Class C and B surfaces. From working via desktop to virtual and mixed reality, it adds a new dimension to design interaction and provides results users can almost feel. And with machine and deep learning available in various applications, CATIA proposes a different approach of Generative AI to reinforce the creation of higher-performance designs and products, able to generate ideas faster.

Through the Visual Scripting editor, the platform also allows for an algorithmic design approach when needed. In short, this provides greater flexibility across multiple products, especially when standardised company patterns are required. It also ensures consistency across multiple products from teams around the world.

Integrated, high quality visualisation

The look and feel of a physical model is tough to beat, but producing prototypes can be expensive. Whether it’s about shortening the time to market or managing costs, being able to produce high quality, photorealistic renderings is vital to the design process.

“Designers should run out of ideas, not time”

The 3DEXPERIENCE platform can not only produce initial renderings, but also provide real-time access to users around the world. This enables instant modifications that can be viewed in a mixed reality environment. It can also be used in a marketing or focus group setting to provide an immediate response to feedback.

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Class A modelling on the 3DEXPERIENCE platform 

Collaboration that encourages innovation

The latest 3DEXPERIENCE platform is seen as a genuine game-changer, able to increase collaboration not just between automotive design, engineering and commercialisation teams, but also with suppliers. It can reduce the time to market, make it easier to implement changes throughout the vehicle lifecycle and provide a fresh approach to innovation. 

Critically, it also allows more time to explore ideas and evaluate new opportunities – great news for anyone directly involved in vehicle design. As senior industry process consultant Bill Michael Silamianos says, it facilitates a scenario where designers “run out of ideas, not time.” 

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Collaboration is central to the tool 

“Projects all have timelines and milestones,” he explains. “By supporting collaboration on the platform, teams ensure the success of their project by having all stakeholders involved in realtime, with one source of truth.”

Silamianos adds that, for CATIA, “human experience is at the centre of design and engineering. With Virtual Twin Experiences, it transforms the way organisations conceive, develop and realise new products to deliver a competitive edge through innovative customer experiences.”

Overall, their new CATIA Design solutions fosters innovation and creativity. The software brings ideas to life in a new and exciting way, providing more scope for collaboration and more effective integration of new technology and design throughout the lifecycle of automotive products and beyond.

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