TORONTO, Ontario--(BUSINESS WIRE)--June 16,
2003--Alias/Wavefront(TM), an SGI (NYSE:
SGI) company, announced today
that SEAT S.A., part of the Volkswagen(R) Group, has used Alias(R)
StudioTools (TM), the leading computer-aided industrial design (CAID)
software, in the design of such exciting models as the Salsa, Salsa
emocion and Tango.
The SEAT Technical Centre in Barcelona, Spain, uses StudioTools
software at nearly every point in the development process, from the
earliest stages of conceptualization to the design of the smallest
details and finishes. The CAID software is used for modeling,
rendering, animation, real time visualization and reverse engineering
processes for automobiles which have been displayed at the most
prestigious car shows throughout the world.
Ideal Tool for Conceptualization
Manel Garces, responsible for design surfaces at the SEAT
Technical Centre, believes that Alias software "is the best there is
for first proposals. It is the fastest method for designers who want
to start work from a sketch. It is also excellent in rendering and for
modeling, which is why it is the software most frequently used by
those who demand greater creativity."
Garces says SEAT designers find it easy and intuitive to shape
their initial ideas and give a product a basic definition. Then they
use advanced modeling and surface evaluation tools to build the final
execution, applying high quality material and texture simulations so
that it is often difficult to distinguish whether an image is real or
A Perfect Case In Point
The SEAT Salsa sprang from combining a minivan coupe with the base
of the Leon model and working up thousands of proposals from the first
outline. Styling work in 3D was carried out in parallel with building
the model's technical form (location of wheels, seats, etc.) so that
everything would match up perfectly. Once the two elements were
combined, the physical form was modeled in clay and repeated either
through milling or manually, until a perfect finish was achieved and
the automobile was ready for the auto show.
Cuts Development Time in Half
Garces believes digital technology has allowed automobile design
to take an enormous step forward. "By working with StudioTools, we can
shorten process times. For instance, models that previously needed six
years to develop can now be on the road in three. By using Alias
visualization tools, a model's degree of viability can be defined
without having to go through the process of manufacturing it."
StudioTools has helped SEAT achieve a considerable reduction in
design development time through improvements such as better and faster
conceptualization. Designers are able to produce high quality
material, texture and color simulations, evaluate surfaces and create
impressive high-level virtual prototype presentations. The software
has also allowed the design team to realize a significant cost savings
in the construction of physical prototypes.
gedas iberia, the Alias/Wavefront supplier in Spain, has been
responsible for the installation of StudioTools software in SEAT's
manufacturing processes, providing essential training and maintenance
of all the necessary infrastructures, as well as consultancy and
advisory services. "Working with gedas has greatly facilitated the
software's use but above all it has enabled us to be right at the
cutting edge," explains Manel Garces.
SEAT is a Spanish company owned by the Volkswagen Group and
integrated within the Audi(R) Brand Group. The brand develops and
produces models with an expressive design, and a sporty and innovative
character which reflects the company's motto "SEAT auto emocion."
One of the company's priorities is investment in Research &
Development (R&D) with a view to offering innovative products with
maximum quality. More than 2,000 people are working on this goal
daily, the majority of them in the SEAT Technical Centre. This new
company, which is managed entirely by the brand, affords SEAT an
outstanding position among all the automobile manufacturers
established in Spain because it is the only one capable of designing,
developing and producing its own cars.
gedas iberia, part of the Volkswagen Group, is an Information
Technology consultancy and services company, integrated within the
gedas AG group. Established in 1994, it now has offices in Barcelona,
Bilbao, Madrid, Murcia, Oviedo, Palma de Mallorca, Seville, Telde,
Valencia, Vigo and Lisbon. It provides services to companies seeking
to improve their business processes through technology for the
business sectors of Automotive, Consumption and Distribution, Public
Administration (also with the TAO brand), Finance (Banks, Savings
Banks, Insurance Companies) and Services (Telecommunications,
Utilities and Tourism).
At an international level, gedas AG develops, rolls out and
operates individual information technology solutions for the
optimization of its clients' business processes. This Volkswagen AG
subsidiary was incorporated in Berlin in 1983 and now has more than 50
offices in 13 different countries.
As the world's leading innovator of 3D graphics technology,
Alias/Wavefront develops software for computer aided styling,
industrial design and visualization markets. Alias/Wavefront's design
customers include AT&T, BMW, Boeing, Fiat, Fisher-Price, Ford, General
Motors, Honda, Italdesign, Kodak, Mattel, Rollerblade, Trek Bicycle,
Teague and Timex. Alias/Wavefront is a wholly owned, independent
software company of SGI(R) with headquarters in Toronto and custom
development center in Santa Barbara.
Please visit the company's website at
call 1-800-447-2542 in North America. International contact numbers
include: Northern Europe, Middle East and Africa, +44 (0) 1494 441273;
Germany, East & Southeast Europe, 0049 89 31 70 20; France, Spain and
Portugal, +33 1 44 92 81 60; Italy, 39 039 6340011; Japan, 81 3 5797
3500; and other parts of Asia Pacific, 81 3 3470 8282 and Latin
America, 770 383 1881.
(C) 2003 Alias/Wavefront, a division of Silicon Graphics Limited.
The Alias/Wavefront logo, Alias, and the StudioTools logo are
registered trademarks and Alias/Wavefront and StudioTools are
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in the United States and/or other countries worldwide. SGI is a
registered trademark of Silicon Graphics, Inc., in the United States
and/or other countries worldwide. Volkswagen is a registered trademark
of Volkswagenwerk G.M.B.H. Audi is a registered trademark of Audi AG.
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