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Software For Automobile Modelling

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I want to take up a project which involves modelling the body of a car. What software would be the best option for it in terms of timetaken and ease of use?

 

Also, what softwares are usually used for automobile modelling?

 

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There are really two primary programs aimed at car body modeling, that's Alias Studio and ICEM Surf. Both were often specifically tweaked and enhanced for their automotive clients. Nevertheless they are approaching 15 years or more since their inception and it's not necessarily easy to work with them. They both use a nurbs/bezier patch modeling methodology. This means fighting with continuity a lot but, you can get some very nice models if you grow experience.

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You really need G2 continuity with stylized surfaces on Auto interiors and exteriors. What you really require is more control over curves and surfaces. Y=X^3 type curve math available in Solidworks and even older versions of Pro/ENGINEER have to fake (so to speak) G2 or approaching G3 does not allow the control in the light refelections required by the seasoned auto designers.

 

 

http://jobs.designengine.com/jobs/cad-specialist-2 < these guys use Alias for the difficult surfaces and use Solidworks for engineering.

 

http://jobs.designengine.com/jobs/gmengineer < GM seating Designers can use Alias however UG is capable of higher order math y=x^7 or in Alias speak 7 degree curves.

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