solidThinking Evolve frees designers from the constraints of engineering-oriented CAD tools, while allowing the export of digital models required by others in the product development process. It allows industrial designers to capture an initial sketch, explore styling alternatives, and visualize products with realistic renderings generated in real time. Evolve provides organic surface modeling and parametric control, with NURBS-based surfaces and solids and a unique ConstructionTree history feature.

A short overview of features present in Evolve software

The Construction Tree

The ConstructionTree is one of the most valuable features of Evolve. It shows the construction history of a selected object and allows you to adjust parameters at any time during the modeling process. When a parameter changes, all the actions down the tree are notified and re-evaluated, propagating the change along the tree without limiting the number of actions or objects involved.

Evolve’s ConstructionTree gives you real time updates when you modify parameters, curves, or surfaces. You can freely manipulate your models, experiment with new shapes, and easily evaluate design alternatives. The ConstructionTree allows you to switch freely between parameter editing and local control points editing without having to cut the construction history of the model.

Supported file formats

Evolve supports the following file formats for import:

  • Evolve (.evo, .st, .stm)
  • 3D Studio Mesh (.3ds)
  • Adobe Illustrator (.ai)
  • AutoCAD Drawing (.dwg)
  • AutoCAD Drawing Exchange (.dxf)
  • H3D (.h3d)
  • IGES (.iges; .igs)
  • OBJ (.obj)
  • Parasolid (.x_t, .xmt_txt, .x_b, xmt_bin)
  • Point cloud (.cld, .txt)
  • Rhinoceros (.3dm)
  • sT-Adv (Catia, SolidWorks, Pro/E, NX:Acis, Jt Open, I-DEAS, Inventor)
  • STEP (.stp; .step)
  • STL (.stl)
  • VDAFS (.vda)