Lawrence Tech Students Develop Winning Designs Using Dassault Systemes' CATIA
India Automobile News (01/11/12)
Lawrence Technological University (LTU) Transportation Design students have used CATIA to create award-winning designs. LTU student Colin Bonathan's steel wheel design, developed and analyzed using CATIA and its finite element analysis features, won first place from the Steel Market Development Institute's Wheels Task Force. His winning design is showcased at the North American International Auto Show in the LTU booth, which also will feature Dassault Systemes' new CATIA Natural Sketch solution. The new three-dimensional (3D) sketching tool melds the intuitiveness of creative two-dimensional (2D) painting gestures with accurate, realistic 3D simulation. "We all found CATIA Natural Sketch to be innovative, easy to use and a lot more efficient than the tools being used today," said LTU design student Greg VanderVoord. "It is awesome to see your 2D sketch transformed into 3D surfaces right before your eye." LTU Transportation Design program director Keith Nagara noted that "our program offers an environment that cultivates innovation where students quickly recognize the value that new design tools can offer. With CATIA Natural Sketch, the students readily embraced the solution, influencing the instructors on how valuable a tool it is." Dassault Systemes' Phil Borchard said that LTU's inclusion of CATIA in its program helps gives students the technical skills to ensure a migration from the academic sector to the private sector, and thus employment.