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Developer(s)Dassault Systemes
Stable release
ICEM Surf 2016
Operating systemWindows,
TypeCAID software
LicenseProprietary software

ICEM Surf is a computer-aided industrial design (a.k.a. CAID) software used for creating 3D digital surfaces for automotive design and industrial design;[1] this software is used to create class A surfaces using the Bézier surface modeling method. ICEMSurf was later purchased by Dassault Systemes,[2][3][4][5][6] its similar rival is Autodesk Alias.


ICEM Surf, originally known as VW Surf,[7] was developed by Volkswagen in 80’s for advanced 3D surface modelling class A surfaces, visualization and analysis for use in the vehicle body development process.[8]

Later VW Surf was made commercially available to other automotive companies and was renamed as ICEM Surf and a joint venture company ICEM Technologies was floated to market and support the software. Later in mid 90's post Europe success, the division was spun off and became part of Control Data Systems, Inc. whose first CAD/CAM product was released way back in 1978. For a brief period ICEM Technologies was part of PTC and again was a standalone company.[9][10][11] Since 2007[12] ICEM Surf is part of Dassault Systemes.[9][13][14][15][16]


  • ICEM Surf Professional[17] – The premier module for developing class A surfaces using free form methods
  • ICEM Surf Master
  • ICEM Surf Magic
  • ICEM Surf Realtime – Offers rendering tools for designer to generate a photo-realistic representation of the CAD model.
  • ICEM Surf Scan Modelling – Extra tools to generate model from point clouds or facet data.
  • ICEM Surf Advanced Tools – more advanced industry specific tools to create accelerated Surfaces, Advanced filleting, Gaps, and advanced analysis tools.
  • ICEM Surf Safety Analysis – Developed for safety and legislation studies during design to detect edges and corners on a 3D model that may cause injuries.


  1. ^ "ICEM Announces Viewer Software for ICEM Surf Surface Models and Digital Mock-up Visualizations Over the Internet". MCADCafe.
  2. ^ "ICEM Surf 4.6 Released – Digital Engineering".
  3. ^ "Cadalyst Labs Review: ICEM Surf 4.5 – Cadalyst".
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  7. ^ "ICEM – about us – history". 10 February 2007. Archived from the original on 10 February 2007.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  8. ^ "ICEM Sets out its Future Software Development 'Roadmap'".
  9. ^ a b "A Class A Acquisition: Dassault and ICEM". MCADCafe.
  10. ^ "Icem – Company Overview". 14 April 1997. Archived from the original on 14 April 1997.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  11. ^ "Welcome to ICEM". 22 December 1996. Archived from the original on 22 December 1996.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
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  13. ^ "Dassault Systèmes to Acquire ICEM".
  14. ^ "ICEM". 26 May 2007. Archived from the original on 26 May 2007.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  15. ^ "ICEM Shape Design R17 released – Car Body Design".
  16. ^ "EDS Technologies Ties-Up With ICEM". 11 September 2007.
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