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The European Converge conference, hosted by solidThinking returns to the SANAA building in Essen Germany on October 17th, 2017. solidThinking again calls industrial designers, design engineers, architects, and others active in product creation to explore the growing creative middle ground shared by both designers and engineers. As the digital world spins faster every day and with new manufacturing methods such as 3D printing revolutionizing the production processes, the design and manufacture of products has to radically change. Knowledge is key to cope with these changes; it helps to know as much as possible about new methods and processes.

Attend Converge 2017 and explore industrial applications in which biomimicry and artificial intelligence engineering tools are helping to create sustainable solutions and to get a competitive edge. Join a community of creative designers and innovators to uncover strategies to develop top products. Attendees will learn how a clever combination of engineering tools, nature’s evolutionary power, and human creativity result in game changing solutions.

“We are very happy to host the 2nd Converge conference in Essen again this year,” says Dr. Pietro Cervellera, Country Manager Altair Engineering GmbH. “Last year's event was a big success, the location was very well suited and attendees, presenters, and partners were very pleased with the outcome of the event. We have therefore decided to again give a platform to those who want to explore the innovative intersections of technology and design. With a special focus on designs inspired by nature through artificial intelligence engineering tools, Converge will provide the attendees with a competitive edge, knowledge, and technologies needed to be truly innovative.”

Keynotes presentations and two master classes, including presentations from, with and about Zaha Hadid, Faraone, EOS, CSI, Protiq, Amazone, APWorks, Thyssen Krupp Elevators, Turi Cacciatore Design, and many more, will leave attendees with new insights toward product design and development.

2016 Converge presenter Turi Cacciatore of Turi Cacciatore Design said  “To present at Converge 2016 in Essen has been a very good experience for me, both on a professional and personal level. In addition, Converge was a great occasion to talk about inspiring subjects with inspiring professionals. Design and technology are evolving so fast, that events like Converge are becoming fundamental for creative professionals. It is definitely an event to keep up with the speed of innovation. I was amazed by both, the level of the discussions and the quality of the organization.”

Converge 2017 will also feature an exhibition area, presenting products and designs from customers and renown product creators and will support the Purmundus Challenge. "Fusion – 3D printing intelligently combined".  The exhibition will be opened with a welcome reception and pre-check-in opportunity on October 16th at 6pm.

Friday, 24 April 2015 13:19

solidThinking Evolve® 2015

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solidThinking Evolve® 2015 has been released and is packed with features that make 3D concept creation and modeling faster, easier, and more realistic than ever before. Featuring cutting-edge rendering technology, an enhanced user interface, and a new PolyNURBS toolset, users may now convert polymesh objects into NURBS curves and surfaces with a single click.

“Evolve 2015 gave us the opportunity to focus on what matters most to our user base,” says Darren Chilton, Program Manager for solidThinking Evolve. “This release gives users more control and flexibility for efficiently creating visually stunning models. Adding polygonal modeling and state-of-the-art rendering to an already robust set of tools truly makes Evolve 2015 the Swiss army knife of modeling and rendering software.”

“The updates to the solidThinking Evolve 2015 rendering engine are awesome,” says Tom Hicks, Senior Industrial Designer for Lear Corporation and longtime solidThinking user. “New visualization features streamline the rendering process while adding more textures, color and material choices. Also, upgrades to the user interface add improved functionality, making it easier to communicate concepts. Evolve 2015 captures the essence of ‘art to part’.”

Key enhancements for solidThinking Evolve 2015 include:

  • New PolyNURBS toolset with Nurbify – Convert a polygonal model to an organic NURBS surface with a single click using the new Nurbify tool.
  • Photorealistic rendering – A completely redesigned rendering tool creates life-like images with an enhanced user interface.
  • Improved surface modeling – Enhancements to the surface modeling toolset create a seamless experience with greater control over modeling outcomes.
  • Better user interface – An updated user interface focuses on creating more efficient workflows.
  • Greater compatibility -- Now compatible with 64-bit Mac OS X.


solidThinking Evolve allows industrial designers to develop forms faster, using either a Windows PC or Mac. The software captures an initial sketch, allowing exploration of styling alternatives and the visualization of products with high-quality renderings generated in real time. It combines the modeling freedom of organic surfaces and the control of parametric solids with a unique ConstructionTree™ history feature. Evolve releases designers from the constraints of engineering-oriented computer-aided design tools, while allowing the export of digital models required by a collaborative product development process.

For more information, visit: www.solidthinking.com/evolve2015.html

Wednesday, 20 August 2014 13:44

solidThinking Inspire® 2014

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solidThinking, Inc. announced the latest version of solidThinking Inspire®, adding a multitude of new features. solidThinking Inspire enables design engineers, product designers, and architects to create and investigate structurally efficient concepts quickly and easily leading to reductions in cost, development time, material consumption, and product weight. Important new features in solidThinking Inspire 2014 include geometry simplification tools, linear static analysis, concentrated mass parts, and smoothing options as well as the ability to export solid geometry.

“With solidThinking Inspire 2014 we focused on enhancing the concept development process by proposing designs that can be rapidly iterated and easily exported to the user's preferred computer-aided design (CAD) tool,” says Andy Bartels, Program Manager for solidThinking Inspire. “We put a strong emphasis on improving the usability of the software while adding new features like geometry simplification tools for easier model setup and analysis to help users verify their concepts, all directly in the Inspire interface. These new features will allow customers to apply Inspire to a much broader set of design problems.”

More details are available on the solidThinking Inspire 2014 website, which features a collection of new videos, including a tour of the user interface, a comprehensive overview of the latest features added for 2014, and an overview of how the software fits into the product design process. In addition, customers may access tutorials created specifically for the solidThinking Inspire 2014 release, product demos and an interactive infographic.

“solidThinking Inspire 2014 fuses direct-modeling tools like push-pull faces and powerful Booleans with linear static and normal modes analysis, as well as geometry simplification and concentrated mass parts,” says Anthony Frausto-Robledo, Founder, Publisher, and Editor-in-Chief of Architosh. “Another exciting aspect of this tool is that it works on both Windows and Mac platforms, empowering designers to make lightweighting and material efficiency considerations prior to final engineering development.”

solidThinking Inspire is used by design engineers, product designers, and architects in multiple industries including aerospace, automotive, heavy industry, architecture, and consumer products. “Reducing part and assembly mass is important to us and solidThinking Inspire shows us how we can do this while also increasing the durability of structural components,” says Martin W. Dirker, Technical Specialist of Navistar Inc. “The great thing is the rapid feedback from design to an optimized shape.”

Earlier this year, solidThinking released solidThinking Evolve® 2014. Evolve allows industrial designers to develop forms faster, using either a Windows PC or Mac. Evolve captures an initial sketch, then allows exploration of styling alternatives and the visualization of products with high quality renderings generated in real time. It combines both the modeling freedom of organic surfaces and the control of parametric solids with its unique ConstructionTree history feature. Evolve releases designers from the constraints of engineering-oriented CAD tools, while allowing the export of digital models required by others in the product development process.

For more information, visit: www.solidthinking.com/inspire2014.html

solidThinking, Inc., today announced the release of Inspire™ 9.0, the latest version of its unique simulation-driven product development software. Inspire 9.0 provides design engineers and architects with an intuitive environment that enables the exploration of structurally efficient concepts in the earliest phases of the design process.

“It's never been easier to address structural challenges at the conceptual phase of a design project,” said Andrew Bartels, Program Manager for solidThinking Inspire. “By employing the new capabilities introduced in this release, users can rapidly generate design spaces and arrive at efficient design concepts while improving both static and dynamic stiffness and reducing weight.”

New features and improvements available in Inspire 9.0 include:

  • Sketching tools: Users can build simple design spaces by modifying or creating new solid parts using line, rectangle, circle and arc sketching tools. In addition, geometric relationships, such as tangents, perpendicular and collinear, can be applied to sketches. When sketches are modified, constraints ensure the intended relationship between the sketch and entity. The sketched solid geometry can be exported from Inspire in various formats including Parasolid, Step and IGES.
  • Boolean operations: New solid objects can be created by performing Boolean operations to combine, subtract or intersect sets of objects.
  • Maximum thickness control: Users can control wall thickness and the diameters of beam-like structures in a generated shape by specifying a minimum and/or maximum thickness.
  • Frequency targets: Design concepts can be optimized to maximize or meet specified frequency targets.
  • Faster shape exploration: The shape exploration function is now controlled by a single material slider.
  • View controls: In one click, users can switch between perspective and orthogonal views to enable more precise sketching. Models also can be aligned to the closest principal axis when oriented arbitrarily.
  • Improved geometry capture: Powerful new internal algorithm results in higher quality design concepts.
  • Altair HyperWorks integration: Files generated by Inspire can be exported to HyperMesh for validation and advanced structural analyses.
  • 64-bit Support: A 64-bit executable is available for Windows 7, Vista and XP.

“The advancements in Inspire 9.0 continue to drive experimentation and analysis,” said Peter Macapia, Ph.D., director of labDORA (Design Office for Research and Architecture). “Inspire has become an indispensable tool for innovation in structural design and architecture.”

For more information, visit: www.solidthinking.com/InspiredFeaturesStart.aspx

solidThinking, Inc. today announced the release of solidThinking Evolve™ 9.0, a new version of its concept-design and 3D modeling software. solidThinking Evolve 9.0 features a simplified user interface and workflow, improved comprehensive modeling interaction, interactive photorealistic rendering and additional format and language support.

The successor to solidThinking 8.5, solidThinking Evolve 9.0 offers a hybrid modeling system that allows designers to rapidly create organic surface or solid models while enabling the flexibility of parametric CAD modeling, which gives them complete freedom to create beautiful, manufacturable products.

"We're giving designers the best of both worlds in one package with fewer limitations," said Darren Chilton, program manager for solidThinking Evolve. "With its new capabilities and updated features, solidThinking Evolve 9.0 lets users focus on their design work and bringing concepts to life, rather than being distracted by the tools and technology they are using."

That has precisely been the company's focus over the last year – to continuously refine its role in the product design process. The new features in the latest solidThinking Evolve release include:

  • An improved user interface for better visualization and communication, improved model shading and visualization options, more flexible object naming, flags indicating features that may need repair and a "smart delete" feature for hiding and un-hiding source objects when deleting items.
  • Better surface continuity and control for several tools, and a simplified workflow that allows multiple modeling operations to be completed in a single function.
  • Interactive rendering including functions that improve the ability to control multiple textures and materials on each surface. Updated texture mapping allows for interactive placement, and a new KeyShot® plug-in to save native .bip files and launch them directly to KeyShot®.
  • Spanish and Portuguese language support.

solidThinking has redesigned the engine that controls the software's tools and the way that the geometry is created and stored. As a result, Evolve 9.0 is more robust than ever and produces better models to pass downstream for engineering and production.

"The improvements in tool functionality and features such as 'smart delete' make the workflow an absolute breeze," said Michal Hrk, creative director of Sundog Eyewear. "Even if you're new to the 3D CAD world, solidThinking Evolve makes the process extremely intuitive, so you get the desired result quicker."

Dozens of updates, both large and small, make Evolve 9.0 easier and faster to use, while creating an environment in which designers are very comfortable working. Users can even submit feedback in real time under the software's help section.

"We have been testing solidThinking Evolve 9.0 for a few months in our client projects and this new update enhances the software with very good improvements in workflow, visualization quality and speed, yet it feels very familiar," said Ari Salonen, CEO of Fokusdesign. "It has proven to be very stable and to handle larger files better. For us the ultimate proof is the 'wow' reaction we get from our clients. We highly recommend it!"

For more information, visit: www.solidthinking.com/st8FeaturesStart.aspx

Concept design software developer solidThinking, Inc. will offer designers a sneak preview of the new tools that will be available in solidThinking Version 9 when the company demonstrates its software at the 2011 Industrial Designers Society of America International Conference Sept. 14-17 at booth 20 of the Roosevelt Hotel in New Orleans.

Designers attending the conference will have the opportunity to “test drive” some of the advanced capabilities that will be incorporated into the next version of solidThinking, which is scheduled to be released in late 2011. In addition, they will be able to participate in a demonstration of solidThinking 8.5 and solidThinking 8.5 Inspired, which incorporate hundreds of improvements, enhancements and updates from previous versions, based on user feedback, to make the development of digital 3D designs even more intuitive and flexible.

Current solidThinking design tools also have been displayed across the nation this year at regional IDSA conferences, enabling solidThinking product specialists to gather more firsthand reactions from the user base and to share new approaches to design. That experience will be incorporated into the next version of solidThinking.

“IDSA is an important element in our development process, because it enables us to gain wide-ranging user feedback while demonstrating our latest tools to those who rely on solidThinking for designing everything from accessories to product packaging to furniture and architecture,” said Jim Hassberger, Vice President of Business Development, solidThinking, Inc. “This year at IDSA, in line with the conference theme of ‘power in community,’ designers not only have the chance to work with our most current version of solidThinking but, for the first time, to preview features of an upcoming version and offer a direct hand in its development.”

solidThinking’s NURBS-based design software offers conceptual modeling, high-quality visualization tools and fast real-time photorealistic rendering for design presentation. Its best-in-class ConstructionTree™ technology allows designers to experiment with designs without having to start from scratch if they change their minds. solidThinking is available on Mac and Windows operating systems and is compatible with leading CAD/CAID/CAE software, encouraging enhanced collaboration and productivity between industrial designers and engineers during the product development cycle.

solidThinking is a subsidiary of Altair Engineering, Inc., a leader in simulation, predictive analytics and optimization, leveraging high-performance computing for engineering and business decision-making. solidThinking is now also available as part of Altair’s HyperWorks computer-aided engineering (CAE) software suite and can be accessed by HyperWorks customers using their existing license units.

For more information, visit: www.solidthinking.com or www.idsa.org/2011internationalconference

solidThinking, Inc., a global concept design and styling software company, today announced that it will participate at the New Designers 2011 Show July 6-9 at the Business Design Centre in London. With its longstanding reputation for bringing young design talents and businesses together, New Designers partners with prestigious, forward thinking and innovative organizations to highlight inspiring, fresh and exciting new work and ideas. It is the only design event that brings together more than 3,500 graduates from all major design disciplines.

solidThinking will exhibit at booth B13 jointly with Cadsoft Solutions Limited, its Cambridge-based distributor and partner in the U.K. Cadsoft Solutions provides 2D and 3D CAD and design software solutions that enable innovative product development and design.

“New Designers is one of the few shows focusing specifically on the academic design community, which offers us a great platform to expose our solutions directly to the future designers who will help shape the industry,” said Jim Hassberger, vice president of business development for solidThinking. “solidThinking’s attendance at New Designers is the first step in a newly established program to support design institutes in the U.K. The show presents not only an excellent opportunity for young designers to share their talents and work, but it is also an ideal venue for us to collaborate and work closely with the educational community in the U.K.”

As a long time supporter of experienced designers, students and new graduates, solidThinking will use the opportunity at the show to promote its design competition, open to all college and university students worldwide (entries will be accepted now through Sept. 30, 2011). It will present the new features of solidThinking 8.5 as well as solidThinking 8.5 InspiredTM with its morphogenesisTM capabilities. Attendees will have the opportunity to try the software right at its booth, giving them first hand insights into the use and capabilities of the software. The software’s better, faster, easier functions include expanded approaches to modeling, data exchange and CAD collaboration, rendering, presentation and form generation.

For more information, visit: www.solidthinking.com / www.cadsoftsolutions.co.uk / www.newdesigners.com

solidThinking, Inc., a global concept design and styling software company, today announced that designers will have an opportunity to participate in hands-on demonstrations of the recently released solidThinking 8.5 and solidThinking 8.5 InspiredTM software at the Product Design + Innovation Conference in London, May 18-19. solidThinking is a major sponsor of the event, where senior product design and innovation professionals from leading brands, OEMs and consultancies will share ideas and explore emerging sources for growth.

As a silver sponsor of the conference at ExCeL London, the international exhibition and convention center on London’s waterfront, solidThinking will welcome members of the industrial design community to its exhibit. Designers, concept engineers and architects will be able to view and try out the new features of solidThinking 8.5 and solidThinking 8.5 InspiredTM with its morphogenesisTM capabilities. The software’s better, faster, easier functions include expanded approaches to modeling, data exchange and CAD collaboration, rendering, presentation and form generation.

Joining solidThinking at the conference will be its recently appointed distributor for the U.K., Cadsoft Solutions Limited. Located in Cambridge, Cadsoft Solutions provides 2D and 3D CAD and design software solutions that enable innovative product development and design.

“ProductDesign + Innovation is one of the few international conferences focusing specifically on the needs of the industrial design community,” noted Alessandro Mazzardo, vice president of product strategy and marketing for solidThinking. “It presents not only an excellent networking opportunity for designers but also an ideal venue in which to learn about our latest technology advancements.”

ProductDesign + Innovation is organized by Crain Communications and is supported by British Design Innovation, (BDI) Verband Deutscher Industrie Designer (VDID) and the Institution of Engineering Designers. Major global brands, including Sony, Pegler, Hasbro and Novo Nordisk, will participate in the conference, which will feature speakers from such companies as Jaguar Land Rover, Unilever, Electrolux, Philips Design, Seymourpowell, Cisco Internet Business Solutions Group, Tangerine and British Airways. Joining solidThinking as event sponsors are Objet Geometries Ltd., DuPont and IP Research Ltd.

For more information visit: www.solidthinking.com or www.pdesigni.com

solidThinking, Inc. announced today that it recently signed Cadsoft Solutions Limited to its network of worldwide distributors. As the company’s U.K.-based distributor, Cadsoft Solutions will introduce its creative design and architectural customer base to the extensive design capabilities of solidThinking 8.5 and solidThinking 8.5 Inspired™.

“This new relationship further emphasizes the international interest surrounding solidThinking,” said Jim Hassberger, solidThinking vice president of business development. “Adding a prominent U.K. distributor such as Cadsoft Solutions to our growing network provides the opportunity to extend our reach within the global design community and highlight how solidThinking can complement the concept development process.”

Located in Cambridge, Cadsoft Solutions provides 2D and 3D CAD and design software solutions that enable innovative product development and design. The addition of solidThinking to its product portfolio will further enhance Cadsoft Solutions’ ability to provide its customers with the latest in concept design technology.

"solidThinking's powerful conceptual tool set and cross platform compatibility make it an ideal addition to our product portfolio," said Nicholas Johnson, founder of Cadsoft Solutions Limited. "We are genuinely excited to be able to offer our existing and prospective customers access to solidThinking's cutting edge technology. True surface modeling history via solidThinking's ConstructionTree™ and the ability to rapidly explore organic forms through solidThinking Inspired's morphogenesis™ technology are just some of the highlights which will enhance design flexibility and value."

solidThinking, a NURBS-based software, offers conceptual modeling, high-quality visualization tools and fast real-time photorealistic rendering for design presentation. Its best-in-class ConstructionTree™ technology allows designers to experiment with designs without having to start from scratch when changing their minds. solidThinking is available on Mac and Windows operating systems and is compatible with leading CAD/CAID/CAE software, encouraging enhanced collaboration and productivity between industrial designers and engineers during the product development cycle.

For designers and architects who are interested in exploring with form generation to enhance and structurally optimize their initial design concepts, solidThinking offers solidThinking Inspired™ software. With solidThinking Inspired™, users can apply morphogenesis™ form-generation technology – which draws on the principles of biomimicry – to grow efficient shapes in response to environmental forces and pressures.

For more information visit: www.cadsoftsolutions.co.uk or www.solidthinking.com

solidThinking, Inc., a global concept design and styling software company, today announced a design competition, open to college and university students worldwide, that will honor the best design concepts created completely using solidThinking 8.5 or solidThinking 8.5 Inspired™ software. Any student 18 or older can enter a design of any kind of product, including—but not limited to—consumer goods, electronics, furniture, jewelry, fashion, medical products, packaging, toys and transportation.

The first prize in the global solidThinking Design Competition 2011 is US$5,000 cash and a solidThinking 8.5 Inspired commercial license. Second prize is US$3,000 and a similar license. Third prize is US$2,000 and a solidThinking 8.5 commercial license. All entries published on the solidThinking.com website will receive a 24-month solidThinking Inspired educational license.

“Through the solidThinking Design Competition 2011, we want to give an opportunity to young designers to express their creativity while learning our 3D software, with the additional benefits of gaining exposure for their talents, being evaluated by global design thought leaders and – why not – winning nice prizes,” said Alex Mazzardo, solidThinking’s vice president of product strategy and marketing. “solidThinking tools are inspired by and used by some of the world’s most creative product designers, and we are certainly eager for up-and-coming designers to apply their talents and techniques to our concept-creation software.”

An international jury of high-profile professional designers, academics and journalists will judge the entries on aesthetic qualities and form innovation, function innovation and feasibility, and presentation techniques.

Students may enter as many projects as they wish simply by registering and uploading their designs at http://www.solidthinking.com/AcademicRegistrationForm.aspx, where they also will find the detailed official rules for the competition. Entries will be accepted now through Sept. 30, 2011 11:59 pm ET. Winners are scheduled to be announced on Nov. 30, 2011, on www.solidthinking.com, www.core77.com, www.designboom.com, www.dezeen.com and www.productdesignhub.com. They also will be notified by email.

To create their entries, all applicant students will receive a full-featured license for solidThinking Inspired with related documentation through Nov. 30, 2011. Participants also may register for a free “Introduction to solidThinking” webinar.

solidThinking’s NURBS-based design software offers conceptual modeling; high-quality visualization tools including global illumination and advanced rendering techniques; fast real-time photorealistic rendering for design review and presentation; and flexible data exchange and CAD collaboration. Its best-in-class ConstructionTree™ technology allows designers to experiment with designs without needing to start from scratch when changing their minds. solidThinking Inspired allows users to apply morphogenesis™ form-generation technology – which draws on the principles of biomimicry – to grow efficient shapes in response to environmental forces and pressures.

The competition allows students to submit their designs confidentially to a password-protected site. Entries must incorporate a detailed concept of the design with rendered images from various view angles and include a description and the reasoning behind the design.

solidThinking, Inc. will showcase its recently launched solidThinking 8.5 and solidThinking 8.5 Inspired™ software at the Industrial Designers Society of America’s (IDSA) five regional conferences April 1 – May 3, 2011. As a comprehensive program sponsor, solidThinking aims to support the continuing education of industrial designers and contribute to the conferences’ ongoing collaborative discussions on technology and the future of industrial design.

Product specialists from the solidThinking team will be on-hand to help attendees experience the software’s more than 900 fixes, updates and enhancements, learn more about how solidThinking can enhance design workflow, and collaborate with attendees on the ways innovative 3D software is redefining the ID world. For a preview prior to the conferences, attendees can learn more about solidThinking’s 3D modeling, rendering and presentation, computational inspiration and data exchange features by visiting the solidThinking website.

“Feedback from the industrial design community truly helped shape the development of both solidThinking 8.5 and solidThinking 8.5 Inspired,” said Alex Mazzardo, solidThinking’s vice president of product strategy and marketing. “IDSA’s 2011 regional conferences will give us the opportunity to gather firsthand experiences and reactions to these product enhancements, which we believe will enrich and accelerate design inspiration for industrial designers and their collaborative partners.”

The five IDSA district conferences held regionally include:

Midwest Conference – CONTRAST
St. Louis, April 1-3

Northeast Conference – Design4 2011
Providence, RI, April 8-9

Mideast Conference – DESIGN EXPERIENCE
Cincinnati, OH, April 8-10

Southern Conference – Business of Design
Austin, TX, April 15-17

Western Conference – SOCIAL IMPACT!
San Jose, CA, May 6-7

solidThinking’s NURBS-based design software offers conceptual modeling, high-quality visualization tools and fast real-time photorealistic rendering for design presentation. Its best-in-class ConstructionTree™ technology allows designers to experiment with designs without having to start from scratch when changing their minds. solidThinking is available on Mac and Windows operating systems and is compatible with leading CAD/CAID/CAE software, encouraging enhanced collaboration and productivity between industrial designers and engineers during the product development cycle.

For more information visit: www.solidthinking.com or www.idsa.org

“Better, faster, easier.” That’s how solidThinking Inc. (http://www.solidthinking.com) describes its latest 3D concept design and visualization software releases, solidThinking 8.5 and solidThinking 8.5 Inspired™. Industrial designers, concept engineers and architects will soon be able to experience the enhanced benefits of the new solidThinking 8.5 releases, which launched worldwide today.

“Our global team of product specialists, all of whom are experienced industrial designers or architects, paid close attention to the needs of existing and prospective users,” said Robert Little, president of solidThinking. “Their feedback, careful benchmarking of competitive products, and close collaboration with the software development team have resulted in the solidThinking 8.5 releases achieving outstanding levels of improvement.”

“solidThinking empowers users to explore many different aesthetic variations of a design while maintaining the model’s core function,” said industrial designer and solidThinking user Emanuele Rodella. “For example, the new round tool is truly excellent, and helped me handle some very complex changes; and I often used the environment visualization mode to review the model’s progress. The faster, more improved modeling in solidThinking 8.5 has developed noticeably higher-quality, smooth and sinuous models, and a more interesting, visually dynamic shape – ultimately allowing me to realize the full potential of my design projects.”

“The fundamental functions behind design are ideation and iteration – the ability to conceptualize ideas at the speed of thought and without constraints,” said Alex Mazzardo, solidThinking’s vice president of marketing and product strategy. “solidThinking 8.5 and solidThinking 8.5 Inspired are our next steps in redefining the way design concepts are created, evaluated and photorealistically visualized, in real time, in the early development phase.”

The solidThinking 8.5 releases introduce more than 900 new features, enhancements and updates, including:

Modeling

* Faster workflow and functional performance.
* Simplified user-interface navigation and scene organization.
* A new and improved round tool with advanced options for shape control and handling of overflowing/overlapping rounded surfaces.
* A new Face Extract modeling tool for the creation of new surface objects by extracting faces of existing objects.
* More shortcuts, construction aids, sort and selection filters.
* Dramatically faster and higher-quality environment mapping and interactive visualization.

Data Exchange/CAD Collaboration

* New direct import for several native formats including H3D, SAT (ACIS), Catia V4, Catia V5, Parasolid (x_t and x_b), Pro/ENGINEER, SolidWorks and UGS NX – all at no additional cost.
* New export capability for Parasolid native format (x_t and x_b).
* Improved import and export capability for IGES, STEP and STL.

Rendering/Presentation

* A new real-time photorealistic rendering option, which integrates raytracing and progressive rendering to obtain a more photorealistic representation of lighting and materials.
* Enhanced anti-aliasing techniques and more efficient glossy materials for real-time rendering.
* Reflection Catcher, a new function that adds reflection below the model in a photorealistic rendering when the model is added to a back plate image.
* Enhanced materials library with more than 300 new "apply-and-render" materials. Material default settings have been optimized for best results.
* New ready-to-render lights and interior sets.
* Increased selection of background images and environments.

Form Generation (solidThinking Inspired)

* The ability to run morphogenesis™ form generation on multiple model parts and materials.
* Define parts as design or non-design space.
* Show design space and morphogenesis results simultaneously for full review of the form generation.
* Faster, more intuitive part manipulation through smart snaps.
* Simple push and pull capabilities for turning 2D sketches into 3D design spaces.
* Measure static weight distribution of parts and assemblies on supports.

Current solidThinking users and members of the creative community are encouraged to further explore solidThinking 8.5 and download a free trial version by visiting http://www.solidthinking.com. solidThinking is also offering updated tutorials and essentials videos, which users can utilize to get up and running quickly and independently. The videos will be available in 10 languages, including English, Chinese, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese and Spanish.

In 2000 solidThinking became the first to offer industrial designers NURBS-based 3D modeling software on both Mac and Windows operating systems. By 2008, solidThinking had launched its software globally, bringing industrial designers worldwide the flexibility leveraged by Italian design firms for everything from jewelry and electronic devices to furniture and yachts. Initially recognized for its flagship ConstructionTree™ history technology, which allows designers to quickly explore and evaluate any design alternative, in 2009, solidThinking announced a breakthrough in digital product development with the release of morphogenesis™, a computational, form-generation technology dedicated to helping designers and architects explore virtually countless design options during the conceptual phase.

For more information, news and upcoming events, connect with the solidThinking team on:
Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/solidThinking
Twitter – http://www.twitter.com/solidThinking
YouTube – http://www.youtube.com/solidThinking

About solidThinking, Inc. (http://www.solidthinking.com)
solidThinking, Inc. develops and markets industrial design/styling software that helps designers invent, explore and evaluate new ideas easily, rapidly and cost-effectively, without the limitations of traditional software. Using solidThinking’s conceptual 3D modeling capabilities, visualization interface and fast real-time rendering, designers can model, render and share their projects on the fly, from architecture and automobiles to electronic devices, jewelry, product packaging and yachts. solidThinking is a wholly owned subsidiary of Troy, Mich. (USA)-based Altair Engineering, Inc. (www.altair.com). Altair Engineering is privately held and employs more than 1,300 in North America, South America, Europe and Asia/Pacific.

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