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NVIDIA AND CATIA: THE PROVEN COMBINATION FOR EXCEPTIONAL DESIGNS
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Engineers and designers in industries ranging from automotive and aerospace to consumer packaged goods can fully leverage the power of Dassault Systèmes 3DEXPERIENCE platform with the latest NVIDIA professional graphics solutions. Collaboration with Dassault Systèmes and the leading workstation manufacturers ensures optimized performance for CATIA users and the ability to take advantage of advanced features such as CATIA Live Rendering with GPU-accelerated ray tracing.

NVIDIA Quadro professional graphics card solutions are certified and recommended by Dassault Systèmes and come with a three-year warranty. A decade of close collaboration between the two companies guarantees the stability and reliability of the platform, so everything performs just the way you expect from day one. It's no wonder that 9 out of 10 CATIA certified platforms today are based on Quadro GPUs.

With NVIDIA Iray® technology natively integrated into CATIA Live Rendering, product designers can visualize predictable digital prototypes at speeds never before possible. Now, designers and engineers who didn’t previously use rendering during their design process can photorealistically visualize their models interactively while they work. This lets them explore more design iterations in less time with complete confidence.

Support for NVIDIA Quadro VCA (Visual Computing Appliance) hardware was introduced in CATIA 3DEXPERIENCE R2015x. Quadro VCA is the fastest way to create photorealistic images, letting designers leverage one or multiple appliances to massively accelerate the time to noiseless physically based global illumination.

 

Close-up of car and jet rendered with CATIA

Motorcycle rendered with CATIA

 
 

Performance

The latest Quadro® graphics cards enable you to use advanced textures and materials on large assemblies without slowing down the design process. Stylists can now use realistic materials like car paint, diamond, and leather stitching to render life-like models. Electrical and hydraulics engineering teams can navigate complete airplane or car assemblies to make correct technical decisions faster. Go ahead and rotate, pan, zoom, and modify without worry. Quadro gives you the power you need.

CATIA Performance

CATIA Live Rendering provides an intuitive and interactive means for creating images that rival photographs, up to 10x faster with an NVIDIA Multi-GPU configuration. NVIDIA Multi-GPU-powered workstations are the first to deliver a unified platform that combines the industry-leading professional 3D graphics capability of Quadro GPUs and the high performance computing power of NVIDIA Tesla™ GPUs. The Tesla co-processors automatically take on the heavy lifting of rendering, freeing the Quadro GPUs to do what they do best—enabling rich interactive graphics. The long wait for stunning, print-quality images is a thing of the past. As you add Quadro and Tesla GPUs, performance accelerates, so you actually get more than what you pay for.

CATIA Live Rendering Performance

Workstations with NVIDIA Multi-GPU technology provide CATIA and CATIA Live Rendering users with greater graphics and computational performance than ever. Engineers and designers in industries ranging from automotive and aerospace to consumer packaged goods can perform fast SIMULIA Abaqus simulations or photorealistic rendering while still working on their designs.

Visualisation

NVIDIA Iray physically based rendering software helps designers create with confidence by interacting in real time with forms, materials, and lights so they can precisely visualize the final manufactured products they’re creating. CATIA Live Rendering, NVIDIA Iray and Quadro let designers try out design iterations while photorealistically viewing the impact of their design decisions interactively, without having to wait for renders.

 

Screenshot of CATIA workspace

 

This enables more accurate and predictable design visualization and more effective review meetings. Because designers can leverage this technology as part of their usual workflow, they can also explore more design concepts in less time with the confidence that they’re seeing a lifelike, photorealistic virtual product.

 

Fuselage rendered with CATIA and a Quadro graphics card

Fuselage edges shaded in real time

 

With complex add-on programs and long wait times, photorealistic rendering used to be reserved for styling and marketing only. Today, realistic models are a necessity for designers and engineers for more accurate and faster decisions throughout the entire process. The integration of NVIDIA Iray within CATIA means designers and engineers can now engage in interactive, photorealistic team reviews for rapid and effective decision making. With the power of NVIDIA Quadro GPUs you can seamlessly walk through photorealistic scale models and modify them on the fly if necessary.

 

Car rendered with CATIA and a Quadro graphics card

Car mirror rendered with CATIA and a Quadro graphics card

 

Review and change materials interactively using lifelike material libraries. Visualize reflections and refraction effects to see how different materials will look and interact with one another before materials are ordered and prototypes are built.

 

Perfume bottle rendered with CATIA and a Quadro graphics card

 

With CATIA Live Rendering stunningly accurate images are ready for prime time as soon as the design is done. Go right from the 3D model to the photorealistic representation of the product for use, as-is, in marketing or training materials.

 

Cellphone design rendered with CATIA and a Quadro graphics card

 

Help me choose

FIND THE RIGHT SOLUTION FOR HOW YOU USE CATIA

Whether your workflow includes desktops, workstations, mobile workstations, or remoting, NVIDIA has a solution for you.

NVIDIA has a history of the industry's best performance on leading Design and Manufacturing applications. This includes:

  • Driver quality and stability – by working closely with the leading software companies, NVIDIA develops mission-critical drivers certified on 100+ applications.
  • Preferred, trusted brand – the vast majority of today's design work is done on Quadro professional graphics cards.
  • Compute leadership - leading solutions for GPU rendering and simulation rely on NVIDIA CUDA® parallel computing technology.
  • Workspace and IT management – NVIDIA tools designed for professional display management and infrastructure include Mosaic, nView®, and NVIDIA Enterprise Management Toolkit (NVWMI).

 

Recommended Graphics Solutions for CATIA CAD

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CATIA Design Workflow

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CERTIFIED AND RECOMMENDED GPUS

Quadro M6000
  • 12 GB
  • 3072 CUDA Cores

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Quadro M5000
  • 8 GB
  • 2048 CUDA Cores

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Quadro M4000
  • 4 GB
  • 1664 CUDA Cores

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Quadro K2200
  • 4 GB
  • 640 CUDA Cores

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Jet and blue car rendered with CATIA

Motorcycle rendered with CATIA

Close-up of car and jet rendered with CATIA

 
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