New Modeling Software From Altair’s SolidThinking

TROY — SolidThinking Inc., the Troy-based modeling software developer, Wednesday announced the release of solidThinking Evolve 2015.

The company says the new release offers features that make 3D concept creation and modeling faster, easier, and more realistic. Included are new 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,” said 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.”

Added Lear Corp. senior industrial designer Tom Hicks, a longtime solidThinking user: “The updates to the solidThinking Evolve 2015 rendering engine are awesome. 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.

The company said 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.

An introductory webinar for solidThinking Evolve 2015 is planned for April 14 at 9 a.m. Eastern time. Visit solidthinking.com/evolve for images, videos, and more product information.

SolidThinking is a subsidiary of the Troy engineering technology developer Altair. SolidThinking software is sold and supported by a global network of distribution partners and is also available as part of the Altair HyperWorks suite.

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