Dassault Systèmes, provider of 3D design software, 3D digital mock-up and product lifecycle management (PLM) solutions, has announced that leading Italian design house Pininfarina, has selected its 3DEexperience Catia for Creative Designers application, to design and manufacture a new concept car to recognise its honorary chairman Sergio Pininfarina.
The CATIA application enabled project designers and engineers to produce an aesthetically innovative and aerodynamic design under a very tight schedule.
Using virtual clay modeling and 3D sketching features, Pininfarina designers were able to express their creativity, experimenting in the earliest stages of development with a variety of different approaches, quickly converging on the most appropriate shape and configuration of the Sergio Concept Car.
The resulting 3D virtual model was rich in detail and production-ready class-A surfaces, generated using ICEM Surf. Designers were also able to manage different variations of their concept car and experience each design alternative in 3D using Catia Live Rendering application capability. All of the designers’ styling features, including textures and colours, with the technical features developed by Pininfarina engineers were combined into one unified model. This facilitated the exchange of ideas and accelerated the decision-making process.
'The CATIA application provides us with an innovative way of working that respects Pininfarina’s own historic and crucial design philosophy,' said Fabio Filippini, design director at Pininfarina. 'Our search for purity, performance and emotion are the very values that Sergio has transmitted to us throughout his career. Concept modelling, focused on these three core values, is our forte and Dassault Systèmes’ 3DExperience design solutions help us transform our ideas into reality.'