3D solid modeling programs have always held great promise in the possibility of reusing the models in downstream deliverables such as:
- Product documentation
- Technical illustrations
- Assembly/Maintenance instructions
- Interactive 3D experiences
Somehow that promise has never been realized. There are a number of reasons for it, but two major reasons are software capabilities and ease of use. Although all the major CAD systems have tools for capturing 2D images and creating animations it is not the focus of the software. They are engineering design tools first and foremost and always will be. Complexity also overwhelms the casual user.
Recently this has begun to change with a new generation of programs focus solely on the downstream possibilities. One of these programs from Dassault Systèmes is CATIA Composer. CATIA Composer lets you quickly and easily repurpose your 3D data. If you think you could benefit by this, we recently ran a webcast looking at CATIA Composer and explored some of its possibilities. Take a look: