Draftsmen and designers can develop their initial ideas in freeform on a computer as well as develop data models from 3D scans or earlier drafts. The modeler can then easily and intuitively adjust these drafts in CATIA. The 3D models generated can be used at any time for subsequent stages in the engineering process. Real- time designs In addition to the parallel use of drafts and the high surface quality of the end product in particular, the multiple analysis and modeling functions of ICEM Shape Design are crucial. If the geometry of the surface changes while working with ICEM Shape Design, the impact of the change is directly visible via advanced dynamic diagnosis capabilities. The surface modeler receives real- time notification about the quality and the visual appearance of the surface enabling them to make a judgment on the validity of the outcome in terms of surface quality and aesthetics. Lighting studies with different settings for the definition of light sources, reflectivity, and positioning of highlights provides a good example of this type of diagnosis. Thanks to associative geometry, these changes to the surface model are immediately available in CATIA. Using a single common data format from end to end - as opposed to different formats from standalone, incompatible systems - results in large time and cost savings. This integration covers the entire development process chain, allowing software- based development to minimize the reliance on clay models and standalone renderers in the early phases of development. Data can be shared with other applications for everything from crash analysis and tooling to product documentation. The progressive replacement of physical models, prototypes and materials with virtual equivalents offering the same level of accuracy allows faster, less expensive product feasibility testing. Ultimately, the above process allows greater freedom and flexibility for design professionals, and a faster, more efficient, and more cost-effective complete development process. more information? click here!