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nPower Software and Datakit announce 
Power CatiaToMax

The Premier Solution for Catia Design Visualization!

San Diego, July 28, 2004 - nPower Software / Datakit announce Power CatiaToMax for 3ds Max / Viz.  Power CatiaToMax provides translation of native Catia models directly into 3ds Max / Viz.  Catia users no longer have to spend days or weeks translating their high quality surface models into imprecise polygonal models or intermediate formats, and then struggle to generate high quality renderings.  Now with Power CatiaToMax, Catia users can transfer their high quality surface models directly into 3ds Max / Viz for high quality rendering, animation, etc. without intermediate formats, and without loss of precision.  Power CatiaToMax utilizes a precise NURBS-based boundary representation object within Max / Viz for the most accurate modeling representation.  Instead of importing imprecise polygonal approximations, Power CatiaToMax uses its precise representation to generate extraordinarily smooth, crack free renderings without polygonal artifacts.  Power CatiaToMax opens a streamlined portal to the advanced 3D modeling and rendering environment of 3ds Max.  Power CatiaToMax combined with the powerful 3D modeling and rendering environment of 3ds Max / Viz is the premiere solution for Design Visualization of Catia models. No designer who uses both Catia and 3ds Max / Viz should be without this essential tool.  

Power CatiaToMax leverages a state of the art precise CAD geometric modeling kernel that has been added to 3ds Max.  It performs dynamic tessellation at render time to generate a render mesh with the appropriate level of detail based on the size of the object in the view, eliminating the need for multiple levels of detail.  Power CatiaToMax is powered by Datakit's outstanding translation tools for reading Catia models, and by SOLIDS++, "The Modeling Kernel of the Future".  SOLIDS++ is a NURBS-based modeling kernel from IntegrityWare Inc; Power CatiaToMax leverages this powerful modeling kernel to provide precise geometric representation within the 3ds Max environment. 

Power CatiaToMax is the first of several precise data translation tools developed through a partnership between Datakit and nPowerSoftware.  Power CatiaToMax is an extension to nPower Software's popular Power Translators plug-in for 3ds Max.

Power CatiaToMax Features
Power CatiaToMax contains the following features:

  • Native Translation of Catia Models
  • Import Precise Trimmed NURBS
  • User Control of Tessellation for Display / Rendering
  • Batch Import with Mesh Generation
  • Manual Sewing for cleanup of Import Data
  • Trim / Un-trim Surfaces
  • Snapping to Imported Catia Objects

Native Translation of Catia Files
You can directly import native Catia model files for optimum throughput.  Maximize your rendering efficiency and quality using the native translation directly into the excellent 3ds Max rendering environment.

High Quality Mesh Generation
The user has detailed control over the tessellation quality; he/she can control the level of detail, the maximum edge length, arc length, etc.

Batch Import with Mesh Generation
You can import multiple Catia model files simultaneously with the batch import feature.  The automatic mesh generation will generate a high quality mesh suitable for accurate, high quality renderings.

Editable Brep Object
Like the Max Editable Mesh and Editable Poly commands, the Editable Brep command allows the user to easily manipulate sub-objects of the BREP.  In addition, you can sew together faces, flip face normals, trim and un-trim, project curves, apply materials to faces, and other editing options.  You can trim surfaces by curve projections or surface intersections.  One of the great things about Power CatiaToMax is that even when your Catia data is not correct, you can use the powerful Power CatiaToMax editing tools to cleanup the models before rendering or animating.  

Snapping to BREPs
Power Solids now supports snapping to its BREP objects.  You can snap to edges, faces, vertices, edge midpoint and end points, greatly facilitating associative construction techniques.

How to Get Power CatiaToMax for 3ds Max / Viz
Turbo charge your 3ds Max and Catia with Power CatiaToMax, and unleash the power of your creativity.  Power CatiaToMax sells for $2995.  Power CatiaToMax is available for purchase at the nPower Software on-line store (, from Datakit (, and through various resellers throughout the world.  A free 30 day evaluation copy can be downloaded from the nPower Software web site at

About nPower Software
nPower Software LLC is a company founded by IntegrityWare, Inc. ( employees to market the technology developed by IntegrityWare over the past 7 years into the end-user graphics plug-in market. 

nPower Software Contact
David Gill, VP of Product Development

About Datakit
Datakit just celebrated its 10 years of experience in developing Data Translators. (

Its strategy is based upon its capability to provide and support powerful libraries to the major software companies.   It perfectly matches 2D, 3D, Wireframe, Solid, Surface, FD&T, Machining Features, History Tree, Piping, Harness With more than 120 data converters or plug ins, it succeeds to meet the needs of the most demanding companies.

Datakit is going to join nPowerSoftware in the IntegrityWare booth during IMTS Stand D - 3228 pavilion Controls & CAD CAM

Datakit Contact
Francis Cadin, Datakit Manager




Imported IGES file from Peter Neceda (who told us "I can hardly express my gratitude") using Power Translators.  View high resolution image

IGES Lighting model imported by Aksel Karcher using Power Translators.  View high resolution image

Power Translators Customer Quotes
Jonas Ahnme:
"I would like to say that you have an awesome product. It's a great feeling to be able to open 3dm files directly from 3ds / Viz, after a couple of years of exporting meshed 3ds objects, and failing IGES geometries from Catia to Viz. The Brep wireframe looks a lot better than the default Viz wireframe, and for some reason I feel it's easier to pick the right objects with the Brep wireframe."

Richard Toften: "Your plug-in is fantastic and I use it all the time, importing from Catia... Thanks for providing such a useful tool!"

Joel Fazzi: "What can I say?...........................It is incredible, you're making us look good out here in the 3d world with minimal effort, I love the new stuff!; there is nothing I can throw at this that it can't handle."