Rapidly develop high-quality mechanical products with the highest productivity in design changes.
CATIA Mechanical Design
Create and manage complex assembly and part designs and perform mechanism simulation.
Finding ways to reduce design-to-manufacturing cycles is a key priority for industrial companies. The required solution must be highly productive and flexible, fostering collaboration even in a wide geographical context and allowing design changes with controlled impacts.
CATIA Mechanical Design provides users with world-class tools to design simple to highly complex products. It expands 3D design to user communities outside of the design office thanks to the V6 collaborative platform, addressing each profile with the right tools. This covers a wide range of operations such as part design, parts positioning, automated mechanisms design, live kinematics simulation, assembly drawing generation, photorealistic images creation, etc.
From chalking out an idea in 3D at the click of a mouse to process-oriented tasks, you can benefit from all the CATIA modeler capabilities including direct 3D conceptual sketching out, geometrical surfaces handling, feature based design and history-free functional modeling.
The V6 collaborative platform enables multiple users to work concurrently on the same assembly and to share and trade modifications at the object level, offering a truly concurrent design. Moreover, the effective management of inter-part relations yields robust relational design and automates the design process.
- Reduce design time with concurrent engineering on complex parts
- Experience more agility with relational design
- Increase productivity and quality with design templates
- Reduce design time with functional modeling
- Benefit from high quality design for all mechanical parts, resulting from strong partnerships with industry leaders from all industries
- Produce comprehensive drawings with market-leading generative drafting
- Ease part positionning with contextual constraints
- Ease check and validation with automation of the motion definition
- Unleash designer creativity with an explicit modeler
- Productive and agile product creation for symmetrical assemblies
- Foster daily interactions in 3D with immersive instant collaboration
- Strengthen reactivity with integrated 3D brainstorming
- Reduce cycle times with automated design collaboration
- Simplify exchanges across the supply chain thanks to the adoption of industry standards
- Benefit from real-time realistic rendering of the virtual product
Support concurrent design with a complete range of integrated and collaborative PLM assembly toolsYou can establish mechanical assembly constraints with simple mouse movements or graphical commands to easily snap parts into position. You can also manage large, hierarchical assemblies of CATIA V4, V5, VRML or STEP parts using a top-down or bottom-up approach with greater productivity. In addition, parts and sub-assemblies are easily reused in the assembly without data duplication.
Benefit from industry-proven relational design for effective design automationBoost design productivity and increase quality of the final product thanks to design templates and rule-based corporate standards.
Automate product creation with design compliance and template instantiationDesigners and design engineers many simple re-use scenarios for designs and methodologies. This is achieved through the use of intelligent Product Knowledge Templates. Part and assembly templates are instantiated in context and automatically created.
Capture design intents and improve productivity for cast, forged, machined or molded parts and assemblies with Functional ModelingDesign flexibility makes it easier to capture design intent. Thanks to behavior-driven design, that offers intelligent features that encapsulate industry-specific behaviors, users have the freedom to focus on WHAT to design rather than HOW to design it. Order Independence gives users the flexibility to focus on their design intent and not on the order in which they create design elements.
Manage skill techniques with generative design oriented by manufacturing processA design to manufacturing environment yields a process-centric solution based on powerful wireframes, surfaces & solid creation tools. With automated dress-up features, a part can be drafted in one single operation and its sharp edges can be filleted in one shot, making it ready to be then manufactured. Extensive catalogs and user-defined features enable the design to be suitable for any manufacturing intent.
Produce generative, productive and flexible drawingsGenerative Drafting offers a flexible and scalable solution to create associative drawings from 3D mechanical designs, surfaces, hybrid parts and assemblies.
Position parts automatically with contextual constraints for predictable design change propagationMechanical System Design establishes mechanical assembly constraints using mouse movements or graphical commands to easily snap parts into position.
Automatically define engineering mechanisms within the context of assembly positioningBased on the respective publications of the parts, constraints creation becomes as simple as drag and drop. Parts snap together (according to their positioning definition) with greater safety as it depends on part interfaces. In addition, assembly constraints can be contextual to leaf parts, facilitating collaboration.
Eliminate repetitive symmetrical assembly management workSupport both basic and advanced scenarios. You can generate an assembly symmetric to another assembly in only one click. For advanced scenarios, the specifications are managed with unsurpassed flexibility such as generating the associative symmetric structure of an assembly, mirroring each geometric shape and/or its position independently. Stored in the database instance per instance, the symmetry specifications allows for concurrent engineering and partial open.
Design naturally with a direct editing modelerCATIA Live Shape delivers an ultra fast modeling technology, enabling all users to sketch out any idea in 3D from scratch.
Foster daily interactions in 3D with immersive instant collaborationBecause designers have immersive access to their working group and part owners, they can communicate spontaneously at any time. Interactions include chat, video-conferencing, 3D snapshot exchange, and email or html format to keep track of exchanges. Efficient collaboration brings designers set in diversified geography together.
Strengthen reactivity with integrated 3D brainstorming3D video conferencing allows all project participants to physically view the project and better understand the case at hand. You can encourage persuasive reviews with 2D snapshots, annotated in real-time, and 3D snapshot exhanges, with synchronized viewpoints.
Reduce design cycle time with automated design collaborationSeveral designers can design parts together while sharing and trading features in a controlled process. This increases productivity and reduces design cycle time.
Simplify exchanges across the supply chainIn addition to the V6 PLM platform which provides each company with a single database to store its Intellectual Property (IP), the industry standards adoption (STEP, IGES) make exchanges between the Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) and their suppliers more efficient.
Benefit from real-time realistic rendering of the virtual productPhoto Studio includes an image creation engine based on Mental Ray. This responds to the needs of casual users to quickly create high quality renderings at an early stage of product development.