February 28, 2018
Pattern Generator: Mosa improves digital modelling export possibilities for architect’s software
The Dutch tile manufacturer Mosa is adding another piece to its digital modelling offerings for CAD and BIM: With the upgrade of the Pattern Generator, a design tool for ceramic wall and floor surfaces, architects and designers can now directly export tile surface designs into their respective CAD or BIM software (e.g. Vectorworks, ArchiCAD, AutoCAD, Revit and SketchUp) via the Pattern Generator. Visual and technical information is automatically fed in one’s own software package. In addition, several different resolutions for rendering, modelling, and sketching are available so the user can choose the best resolution for the task at hand.
The fact that the architect can export the tile surface design to the software he is already working with has several advantages. The design process becomes faster and easier for him, as he always has the correct data ready at hand. This speed also results in cost advantages, e.g. when preparing a pitch for a client or when sharing the design and data with other participants in the building project.
The upgrade of the Pattern Generator, which was originally introduced in 2015, is the result of a close cooperation of Mosa with a large number of users. The new features of the Pattern Generator are based on the users’ input. The new resolutions and the use of standard import processes that function as the base in several programs are a direct result of this cooperation. In addition, the steps that a user needs to follow in order to have modular elements have been minimized for the new version.
The Pattern Generator is part of Mosa’s overall vision of making CAD and BIM working easy and fast by offering extensive information and files for tile surfaces that can be used in the architect’s and designer’s software. It is part of a service environment: Instead of focusing on one generic file, Mosa has decided to offer a full package that can be fed with native formats. That way, users can retrieve information from the Mosa system at any time, create tile surfaces and generate output to start designing their spaces. As part of the service, Mosa leads the user through the important features, explaining what they can do with the Pattern Generator. The important aspect is to always create a connection between visualisation and information.
For Mosa, this upgrade is not the end of the story: In the near future, the company will provide even better and more design possibilities and a higher level of visualisation that allow to create tile designs by using mathematic formulas.