Drawing in 3D

By Michael
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What is seducing a designer to use 100% digital equipment to documenting and developing ideas?

Capturing creativity is a sensual act with decisions taken within micro seconds. Nothing must disturb the magic moment when the ideas flow from brain to the documentation support. For centuries or even back to the stone age designers have relayed on a pencil and a box of color crayons to serve the purpose of documenting their design intent.

I recall the mid ‘90s when I visited at the Opel/GM development center in Rüsselsheim, Germany, for a business project. Open space offices were hung with impressive hand-made sketches and drawings of vehicles on transparent paper, thus manifesting the team’s creative outbursts.

Now a new generation of designers has been raised who are drawing directly on computer screens. And they seem to prefer this approach as their natural way to go about their job. In addition, with a digital input there are some advantages on the down-stream processes: the possibility of applying changes, the effectiveness of re-use and transfer to other media, as well as the ease of enriching content, such as varying colors, further detailing  or adding background for presentations up until photo-realistic rendering.

At the Dassault Systèmes European Customer Conference which took place two weeks ago in Paris we were able to observe what seems to be a breakthrough in this path of development towards a comprehensive approach: Industrial Designers now can use CATIA with a pen and tablet device from WACOM to directly draw in 3D.

has been a partner in our Emerging Technologies Program since last year and has been working with the teams from CATIA and the Design Studio to develop this integrated solution.


With the availability of this functionality the door opens to a closed digital loop from documenting the first idea to developing a product design which is ready to be manufactured.

This sounds like science fiction to you? It still does it to me. But it’s nevertheless real. Have a look at the video:

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Listen to the 3D drawing experience of Julien Fournier, who is using this technology to design Haute Couture:

Up to the creative people of the world to check this out.




CATIA Design Visualization Contest | 2011 Winners !

By Xavier
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CATIA Visualization Contest | 2011 Winners

We would like to thank all participants for the amazing visuals you have provided for the CATIA Visualization Contest 2011 on facebook.

During this competition, you have demonstrated your creative talent through your incredible rendering images using CATIA.

We are pleased to announce & congratulate the two winners of the CATIA Visualization Contest | 2011


Dominik Wöllm (Germany) elected by the facebook CATIA fans community (link)

David Blanc (France) chosen by the Dassault Systemes CATIA jury board (link)

  You will both receive an Apple iPad2 as a reward for your amazing work !

Enjoy the video showcasing some of the realistic renderings taken from the contest.  


Here is the link to the facebook photo album of the contest entries > CATIA facebook Album


Discover also the power of V6 | CATIA for Creative Designers solution offering a new Interactive Rendering experience 

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 The CATIA Visualization  Contest  Team | 2011


 Get to know the winners !


Dominik WÖLLM is a german bachelor of arts in industrial design. Dominik finished his studies on HS Pforzheim in 2010

 Presentation of the concept :    Symbion-X is composed of parts of the words symbiosis and bionic.

 A symbiosis is a partnership of convenience between two parties, which complement each other. The term symbiosis is used extensively for any living together. Because the owner is always dependent on the Symbion-X, he builds a symbiosis with him. These facts are reflected clearly in the design. Rims with wires in two parts and casters with adapted elements also build a symbiosis like the seatshell.

Bionic deals with the decoding of „invention of animated nature” and its’ innovative realization of technology. Circular, floral shapes are reflected in the frame and the leaf-shaped seat cushion.

A large part of the seatshell is also a flowing and curved style. As a contrast with it, strongly mechanized parts like wheels, suspension system and forks are visible.

The whole appearance of the Symbion-X is not just like a symbiosis, but it shows concise characteristic of the bionic.

The suspension system and the lightweight seat shell are reducing the degree of intensity affecting the drivers body. This is achieved through a controlled absorbtion of the shock which comes up when the wheels touch the floor. Through this ingenious principle, the burdens of the spine are reduced up to 70%!

The approach from the beginning was to replace the conventional seat and back covering by a shell principle.

The seat is designed to relieve and also stabilize the spine.

The aim was to create a supporting element which achieves a high degree of individuality and functionality while rolling in an upright seating position.

 Dominik used CATIA part design, generative shape design, imagine and shape and different analyzing tools.

The project was created within 3 month from the final sketch to 1:1 scaled model.

It tooks about 1 month for the final design and construction in CATIA.


David BLANC is a french industrial designer, Master GSI Design.

Presentation of the concept :    Elusive is an ideation on modern watches and relativity of time.

Today, watches have other purposes than to give time. They can be linked to jewelry, fashion or technology. In many cases, watches are worn to show social achievement, group belonging or breaking established codes.

David choose to develop the “breaking established codes” theme and create a minimalistic concept watch that shows time differently.

This project attempt to represent the paradox of bringing to life an element that doesn’t exist => Time.

When searching for the correct shape, David came to the conclusion that it would be best to create a watch with a wide-open hole in its center.

It highlights the “notion of time”: a human invention that doesn’t represent anything real or universal.

In addition to this “shape” research, to oppose primary geometric shapes (squares, triangles, hexagons …) with time which is considered ambiguous. To confront the pragmatic side with the creative side. Pragmatism of geometrical shapes shows Man’s will to quantify time.

To emphasize the “unreal” aspect of time, the use of a laser beam has been selected to project directly the hour on the user’s wrist.

The “mechanical clock face” was chosen in order to increase the “Elusive” and “unphysical” aspect of time.

This project was entirely made with CATIA V6.

Tragic Crash in the Reno National Air Races

By Richard
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On Thursday September 16th, the P51 Mustang “Galloping Host” crashed in the crowd, killing his pilot, James Leeward, and causing multiple fatalities and critical injuries. This is a dreadful day for the whole aviation family.

We’re all sad after this awful accident. In those terrible hours, all our thoughts are going to the victims and their families. The Big Frog Team is safe and we are keeping in contact with them.

Pilots often say that sky’s not the limit. Sadly, sometimes, it is.

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