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From your sketches to the final surfaces, solidThinking Evolve is a comprehensive NURBS-based 3D modelling and rendering environment for Windows and Mac that delivers all the necessary tools for the creation of high-quality, manufacturable models and the power to render them with unsurpassed photorealism. Based on our industry-leading ConstructionTree™ technology, the modelling process in solidThinking grants you the greatest freedom to experiment with shapes and innovate.



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Mix and match modeling techniques on the fly without additional plugins. The software gives users the flexibility to create complex freeform shapes with polygonal modeling, maintain technical precision with solid modeling, and use traditional tools like blends and sweeps. All within one tool and in perfect harmony!​


Due to Evolve's flexibility and construction history, you can quickly create and explore multiple iterations and make changes on the fly without any rework. Evolve enhances creativity by letting designers drive the design, not the software driving the designer.


Evolve features industry-leading integrated rendering. Use Evolve's built-in rendering to create stunning photorealistic images directly inside the modeling window without exporting to third-party tools.

Altair University

Altair University: Het online platform voor Altair Training & Academic Programs

The home for Altair Training & Academic Programs

Altair facilitates a source of instructive training programs, tutorials and other learning materials with Altair University. Software users from the Altair platform, but also students can go here for learning purposes or amplify their knowledge of the software.

For example, as a user on this platform you will find the Training Program with an overview of (virtual) training, tutorials, ebooks and learning materials that you can follow at your own pace. Students can go to the Academic Program for free software licenses, academic learning tools, tutorials, ebooks and even internships!

You can also use the Altair Support Forum at Altair University where you can go for specific user questions.


Evolve is equipped with the following functionalities to offer you versatile 3D NURBS modeling.



System Requirements



  • Windows 7 to 10 - 64 Bit

System Requirements:

  • Intel Core2Duo processor or higher
  • 8 GB RAM
  • Video card 1+ GB 100% OpenGL*
  • 3-button mouse with scroll function

Video card

* If you are looking for a new system or upgrade, please pay extra attention to the video card. We do recommend video cards with a nVidia Quadro or GTX chip. These cards support OpenGL very well and have qualitative drivers



  • macOS 10.10 - 10.13

System Requirements:

  • Intel Core2Duo processor or higher
  • 8 GB RAM
  • Video card 1+ GB 100% OpenGL*
  • 3-button mouse with scroll function

Video card

* If you are looking for a new system or upgrade, please pay extra attention to the video card. For Apple we recommend video cards compatible with a recent version of OpenGL. Integrated chip sets are not supported.


At this moment, there is no Linux version of Evolve available



Commercial Licenses

Single User License
• Annual Maintenance *

USB License
• Annual Maintenance *

Network License
• Annual Maintenance *

Annual Single User License
Annual Network License

Upgrade from v2017 or earlier

€ 1.795,- excl. VAT
€ 400,- excl. VAT

€ 2.240,- excl. VAT
€ 400,- excl. VAT

€ 2.395,- excl. VAT
€ 475,- excl. VAT

€ 800,- excl. VAT
€ 965,- excl. VAT

€ 400,- excl. VAT

* Annual Maintenance includes upgrades and support for one year

Educational Licenses

Evolve History

New in Evolve 2017 (February 2017)
  • Symmetry - New Planar Symmetry and Radial Symmetry tools have been added to replace the Mirror and Polar Copy tools.
  • Loft and Sweep Feedback - The Loft and Sweep tools now provide additional feedback in cases of failure.
  • Length Parameter - A length parameter has been added to the Line and Rounded Polyline tools.
  • Curve Offset - When using the Curve Offset tool, you can now select surface edges directly.
  • Depth of Field - All images which are rendered inside Evolve include a Depth Channel (tiff). This Z-depth channel can now be saved in the Image Browser and used in post-processing tools such as Adobe Photoshop to simulate the natural blurring of foreground and background scene elements when viewed through a camera lens.
  • File of Import/Export - The user interface for importing and exporting IGES and STEP files has been unified and now includes the option to select either the Parasolid or the Core Technologies library. This eliminates the need for two IGES and STEP options when opening or saving files.
  • SVG Format - Evolve now supports import and export to SVG format.
  • PDF 2D Format - Evolve now supports export to PDF 2D format.
  • DWG and DXF Update - Support for the AutoCAD Drawing (.dwg) and AutoCAD Drawing Exchange (.dxf) formats has been upgraded.
  • Quick Help Link - You can now access help for the current tool by clicking the ? icon on the Control Panel.
  • Background Image - Added an option to hide the background image.
  • KeyShot Live Link - Updated the KeyShot plug-in to support Live Linking with KeyShot version 6.
New in Evolve 2016 (April 2016)
New in Evolve 2015 (April 2015)
New in Evolve 2014 (April 2014)
New in Evolve 9.5 (July 2013)


User cases, video's, manuals, tutorials and more. Everything you need to get you started with Evolve.


See below the various applications and examples of Evolve in practice.

User Case: Philips

User Case: Philips


The latest Evolve video tutorials to get you started.





In case you have missed it - watch the recordings of the Evolve webinars here:


Modeling with PolyNURBS

Hybrid Modeling

More Info?

Would you like more information about Evolve?
Please contact us at:

Phone +31 344 577 884
E-mail info@design8.eu

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