CATIA Design Visualization Contest | WINNERS !

By Xavier
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CATIA Design visualization Contest | 2009RCcar

We would like to thank all participants for the amazing visuals we received. After reviewing all the candidates’ entries and the quality of the visuals, we have decided to relaunch the experience next year and to create a best-of video.

CATIA Design Viz Contest entries | 2009

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In the actual competitive consumer market everyone needs to have appealing products and to make faster decisions. More than ever Creative Designers must have a realistic visualization of their design, make rapid decisions on their product and communicate and sell their Ideas quicky. Design Visualization on virtual prototypes has become an essential and Strategic tool for designers to reduce the validation cycle time and allow better decision making with accurate virtual visualization.

CATIA offers both, Advance Realtime Visualization for styling and Design Study, and also Advanced Photorealistic Rendering with CATIA PhotoStudio based on Mental ray.

With the talent of Designers and Digital Artists combined with CATIA Technology you can live and communicate Virtual product experiences.

CATIA Design Viz Demo Reel | 2009

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Congratulation to the winners for the quality of the rendering !

2009 | Winner

Jason Busschaert | Project Industrial Designer | DEWALT, PORTER-CABLE , DELTA


2009 | Award for 2nd Place

Dominik Wolm

Dominik Wolm





2009 | Award for 3rd Place

Luca Bordin

Luca Bordin




Focus on the winner,

Jason Busschaert Project Industrial Designer  | DEWALT, PORTER-CABLE

We had the chance to talk to Jason, the winner of the CATIA Design Visualization Contest | 2009  to know more about him and his use of CATIA and the importance of Visualization.

Hi Jason,

Can you tell us who you are and the reason you use CATIA?

My name is Jason Busschaert; I am a senior project industrial designer, working for BLACK&DECKER. I am currently working for the DEWALT brand; I have category responsibility for Corded and Cordless DEWALT saws. Our core product development team for DEWALT is located @ Black & Decker’s World Wide Headquarters here in Towson, Maryland. In addition, we have various satellite design centers across the globe. Black & Decker’s various project development teams use Catia as our primary CAD platform. CATIA’s advance surfacing capabilities allow our Industrial Design teams achieves best-in-class ergonomics, and working in the same CAD solution with engineering, create marketing leading power tools.

We would like to discover what is the story of the product  you created with CATIA?

Launched in 2008, the DEWALT DW717 10-inch Double-Bevel Sliding Compound Miter Saw features best-in-class cross cut capacity and an exclusive bevel detent system for incredibly accurate cuts and amazing versatility. Designed and developed exclusively in Catia, this was one of my first projects as part of the DEWALT industrial design team. Working under Stuart Wright the lead designer on the project, I was involved in the final phases. These included working with Marketing and Sales to utilize the final CAD data to generate renderings for sales meetings, internal and external communication of the final design and features of the saw.  All this was done in CATIA’s Photostudio rendering workbench.

From your point of view, what are the main benefits you are getting from CATIA visualization tools usage?

There are several key benefits of photorealistic images in the design progress. High impact visuals allow design teams to make design development decisions prior to generating expensive prototypes. This also allows design teams communicate with marketing and sales and can benefit sales and marketing at the end of a project.

Which CATIA product do you use to create your visuals, and why did you decided to use it ?

CATIA Photostudio workbench allows our Industrial Design Group creates stunning visuals within our core development CAD platform. Having rendering capability within the design platform avoids complex exportation of data and allows us to generate new images after complex design changes.

What is the approximate amount of CATIA rendering images you are creating every year?

As a design team, we produce 100’s of CATIA Photostudio renderings per year to support internal design communication between our iD team, engineering, marketing and sales.

Thanks you very much jason and congratulation.



Focus on

Luca Bordin from Venezia






Can you tell us who you are and the reason you use CATIA?

I’m 28 years old and I work for Safilo company in Padua (Italy) as render maker of glasses; I started to use CATIA since a couple of years, as this software is used in the production deptm.
Thanks to the release 19 the form PHS has improved a lot and allowed me to realize that render I sent you.




We would like to discover what is the story of the product  you created with CATIA?

The idea of “Long Siege” born from the need to rebuild the workstation I have at home, so I wanted to highlight the captivating hardware with a bit of design and creativity; the fusion of a skeleton boat and the ergonomic position are the bases of this project that I am realizing at home during my leisure time (I am sending you herewith attached the pictures of the working progress: as you can see it is not in plexiglass because I don’t have the correct equipment to make it).





From your point of view, what are the main benefits you are getting from CATIA visualization tools usage?

The benefit of using 3D software and rendering is to see what you have inside your head projected into the monitor of your PC and allows you to make the other people better understand your idea.
To create this virtual project I have used forms of CATIA GSD for Surfacing, the MD2 GSO for Global Deformation and the render modules CATIA PhotoStudio.



What is the approximate amount of CATIA rendering images you are creating every year?




Thanks to the variety of glasses and colors available I can make around 2500/3000 images every year. I hope to improve myself and I’d like to get to the extreme realism, to say: is this a render or a real image?…..


thank you Luca.

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Solar Impulse Photos & Images

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Hi everyone,

As I promised on Friday, here are some photos Virginie took (merci!) from her iPhone at the Solar Impulse Unveiling. I’ve also included some Solar Impulse CATIA images.

If you have any Solar Impulse images to share, feel free to upload them in the comments section.



The room was packed for the unveiling!
The room was packed for the unveiling!

‘Save Our Planet’ starring Solar Impulse

By Kate
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It’s a bird . . . it’s a plant . . . it’s a car . . . no, it’s a plane!

Actually it’s like the Superman of planes, ready to save our daily planet.

Solar Impulse, you know it?

Solar Impulse is a solar airplane, sporting 12,000 photovoltaic cells on its wings, which, like a plant, soaks up energy from the sun for power, but the power juices the four electric motors.

It’s like a giant bird, with a wingspan of an Airbus A340 (63 meters), but weighing only as much as a car, so light enough to surf on wind currents for miles and miles.

What a plane!

Today near Zurich Solar Impulse was unveiled to the public for the first time. Six years of hard work by 70 people, creating a true aerospace innovation, and just in time. We desperately need viable eco transportation solutions given the state of our planet.

According to the official Solar Impulse website, here’s the challenge:

In a world depending on fossil energies, the Solar Impulse project is a paradox, almost a provocation: it aims to have an airplane take off and fly autonomously, day and night, propelled uniquely by solar energy, right round the world without fuel or pollution. An unachievable goal without pushing back the current technological limits in all fields…

I just got off the phone with our PR Manager Virginie who was lucky enough to attend the unveiling. Her impressions:

Today marked a page in history. When everyone saw the aircraft, it was a WOW moment. The plane doesn’t look like any plane you can imagine. It’s very long, and very thin.

Virginie was impressed by the project’s “around the world” ambition, because:

There will only be one pilot in the plane at a time. And each pilot will take a shift of five days, during which he will fly NON-STOP. No sleep, just meditation and micro siestas.

That cockpit better be pretty darn comfortable! Well, not too comfy- don’t want any accidental dozes . . .

Did you know the engineers used Dassault Systèmes’ CATIA and ENOVIA Smarteam to design Solar Impulse? According to the press release:

Because Solar Impulse is a new and complex aerospace invention, it was critical for engineers to be able to test a wide range of design configurations, including various combinations of solar panels and lightweight composites structures. For example, Solar Impulse engineers used CATIA to define the best allocation of solar cells to comply with the energy specifications. The engineers also used CATIA for ergonomics analysis to optimize the aircraft pilot’s comfort in various positions.

Virginie told me that first flight tests will begin this fall, and that a second Solar Impulse will be built.

I should have photos taken at the event to publish in time for Monday, so stay tuned . . .

Meanwhile, enjoy this Solar Impulse Unveiling video:

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And if you were there for the unveiling, please share your impressions and any photos you took in the comments section! (I’ll try not to be jealous ;-) )

You can also see what people are saying about #solarimpulse on Twitter.



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