CATIA for Engineers enables Digital Prototyping including Analysis and Simulation for design and validation of function quality and performance at all stages ofthe design.
Mechanical engineering is complex as assemblies are designed to perform a specific task with a specific target performance. Digital prototyping, combined with digital analysis and simulation, allows product development teams to virtually create and analyze a mechanical product in its environment. Mechanical engineers must be equipped with these tools so that they can gain insight into key factors in quality and performance early in the product development phase.
Drafting and Annotation
Promote 3D as the master representation with 2D layout definition in 3D representations
If you’re using 2D drawings to capture tolerancing and annotations, they must be synchronized with 3D modifications to ensure the manufacturing design is consistent and up-to-date throughout, so that your products are correctly manufactured. However, the synchronization process can be time consuming and error-prone. It also makes it impossible to use 3D tolerance analysis further down the road.
Based upon 3D definition, CATIA 3D Drafting and Annotations guarantees the consistency between 3D design and 2D tolerances and annotations. The 2D layout can be directly created in 3D to define the product and to capture key manufacturing knowledge. In addition, you can create a 3D product from a 2D schematic. Then it's possible to move on and generate the assembly drawing to make the product definition directly re-usable for manufacturing planners and propagate downstream systems.
- Increase productivity with 2D views and annotations directly captured in 3D
- Foster reuse with 3D models driven by existing 2D geometry
- Avoid reliance on 2D drawings and increase consistency
- Focus on the right area of investigation by filtering tolerances and annotations in 3D
- Reduce part definition time with design templates
Design and annotate 3D models using a 2D drafting look-and-feelIntroduces a new efficient user interface that helps 2D-based designers reach a 3D process methodology and enables 3D-based designers to manage an early 2D layout for their future 3D design. You can also position multiple views in a 3D environment. Plus you can add 2D geometry in the views and capture design intent by benefiting from all normalized dimensions, annotations, and dress-up capabilities. Moreover, advanced print capabilities ease the review of the conceptual design phase and improve productivity. You will experience smooth interactions between 2D and 3D design by linking the 3D geometry to the 2D geometry and as well as edit within a consistent, transparent, display of 3D.
Drive 3D models from 2D geometryYou can benefit from powerful tools to export 2D geometry as profiles and planes to quickly create associative 3D geometry. Dimensioning and tolerancing annotation data can be added, with respect to norms, from the preliminary design phase, and therefore don’t have to be recreated in generated drawings for delivering technical documents.
Display and filter annotations in the 3D environmentTo help you improve productivity, View Filters enable the easy design of 3D models in a 2D process context by simplifying the visualization of the design view. Filters are defined at the 2D Layout level and are referenced, on demand, by each view. You can also benefit from advanced print management, during conceptual design phases.
Create and access functional tolerancing and annotation generative dimensions with the Part Design workbenchThanks to the 2D/3D design workbench, you can create and manipulate 2D Layout data within 3D models.
Engrave or emboss the packaging of your product in a very supple wayDuring detailed design, 3D texts defines accurately any kind of texts that will be embossed or engraved in your product. Benefit from direct creation of 3D profiles, with the right font, orientation and support, sparing time as text outlines do not need to be imported.