Develop forms faster: Evolve from SolidThinking

Evolve enables you 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. It 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. For Mac or Windows.

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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 Construction Tree allows you to switch freely between parameter editing and local control points editing without having to cut the construction history of the model.

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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)

Export to

Evolve supports the following file formats for export:

  • 3ds
  • Acis SAT
  • DXF
  • IGESKeyshot
  • LightWave
  • Maya ASCII
  • OBJ
  • Parasolid
  • Rhinoceros
  • STEP
  • VRML

“Our designers are constantly searching for innovative shapes, volumes, and curves. Our market demands continual innovation and fresh ideas. With solidThinking

[Evolve], while you develop one project, you can find ideas for many others.”

– Luca Palmini, Product Design Manager, Bros Manifatture

A brief overview of Evolve by solidThinking