Mechanical Engineering

Products continue to increase in complexity. Performance and  quality targets become more demanding. It has become vital to gain early insight into the quality and performance key factors of a product.  CATIA provides this, enabling rapid development of high-quality mechanical products.

Opening a new Field for Mechanical Engineers

Mechanical engineers equipped with 3D Modeling tools can gain insight into key factors of quality and performance early in the product development phase. Digital prototyping, combined with digital analysis and simulation, allows product development teams to virtually create and analyze a mechanical product in its operating environment. 

CATIA Mechanical Engineering solutions enable the creation of any type of 3D assemblies for a wide range of mechanical engineering processes. They  addresses the specific requirements of a wide range of processes and industries, including cast and forged parts, plastic injection and other molding operations, composites part design and manufacturing, machined and sheet metal parts design and advanced welding and fastening operations. Engineers can rely on CATIA 3D Modeling tools to define a complete mechanical product, including functional tolerances, 3D annotations as well as kinematics. Predefined processes in CATIA empower engineers to deliver greatly improved productivity, not only in completing the mechanical design more quickly, but also in greatly reducing the time to perform 3D Modeling changes.

CATIA facilitates the following Mechanical Engineering processes:

Mechanical Systems

Mechanical Systems

This covers a wide range of operations such as part design, part positioning, automated mechanism design, live kinematic simulation, functional tolerances and annotations, assembly drawing generation, and photorealistic image creation. From roughing out an idea in 3D to detailed process-oriented tasks, engineers  benefit from all the CATIA modeler capabilities, including direct 3D conceptual sketching, geometrical surfaces creation, feature based design and history-free functional modeling. 

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Body in White

Body in White

CATIA provides advanced technologies for mechanical surfacing & BIW, based on a powerful specification-driven modeling approach. This solution brings quality high-end surface modeling for detailed designers and promotes efficient concurrent engineering between the styling and engineering worlds in order to optimize the product design workflow.

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Structural Parts and assemblies

Structural Part and Assembly Design

Fast and flexible solutions based on leading edge technology provide an optimal method for dealing with changes throughout the product lifecycle. Cast, molded and forged parts, and their associated tooling, can be defined in record time.  The engineer can access productive tools such as Automatic Draft and Filleting or take a functional modeling approach. CATIA also covers welding, composites, structures, fastening and sheet metal processes.

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Electrical design

Electrical Design

CATIA delivers a dedicated electro-mechanical, end-to-end solution for designing and documenting electrical wire harnesses in all products that include electrical, electronic and electro-mechanic components. Creating electrical modules directly in the digital mock-up reduces time, costs and clashes.  It also enables automatic creation of manufacturing documentation.

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Piping & tubing design

Fluid Systems Design

Fluid Systems like Piping & Tubing in industrial products are like the arteries in the human body ; a design mistake or approximation can be a disaster for the global product performances. A good accuracy in design with respect to the full product context and to the internal/external fluid system constraints are key factor of success.

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Electronics engineering and design

Electronic Engineering

Today's consumers require compact high-function electronic devices. To create high-quality products faster, CATIA delivers the integration of realistic Printed Circuit Boards (PCBs) inside a virtual product and simplified collaboration between mechanical and electronics specialists.

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tooling design

Tooling Design

CATIA provides a wide range of applications for tooling design, for both generic tooling and mold & die. A rich catalog of industry-standard components is provided to automate tooling definition. Specific tools are also provided to address the needs of mold tool injection designers.

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