A changing world is placing greater demands on the engineering process. Products and experiences are getting more complex, while performance and quality targets are becoming more demanding. 3DEXPERIENCE CATIA enables engineers to meet these challenges by rapidly developing high-quality mechanical products.
Mechanical engineers equipped with CATIA 3D Modeling tools can gain insights 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 powered by the 3DEXPERIENCE platform on the cloud enables engineers to create any type of 3D assembly in a highly productive and intuitive environment, for a wide range of engineering processes.
3DEXPERIENCE CATIA allows you to create anything you want without limits.
CATIA geometrical modeler lets you complete highly complex mechanical products and parts with great accuracy, from concept to detailing.
To that end, the most comprehensive process coverage is available, including high-quality surface and part design, assembly creation, mechanism motion, 3D mock-up review and drawing generation.
With 3DEXPERIENCE CATIA you are sure to get the best geometry accuracy for part and tooling surfaces. It also guarantees you the highest level of performance even if you work on very heavy models with thousands of features or parts.
CATIA geometrical modeler is very stable, particularly during updates and design modifications, so you can increase the number of studies for complex mechanism design and simulation alternatives. Explore different iterations very easily and very quickly to enrich your designs.
3DEXPERIENCE CATIA makes it easy to explore innovative solutions and workable concepts for detailed design.
Advanced Surface Design will help enrich your mechanical products with sophisticated and high-quality shapes.
The Associative Drawings feature allows you to generate associative layouts with multi-views, dimensions, and an associated bill of materials.
Thanks to a set of what we call knowledgeware applications in CATIA, you can capture and reuse your best practices to make your work faster and easier. CATIA’s simple and very lean knowledgeware language lets you automate repetitive tasks. You can also create templates to store your company's intelligence and expertise within specific 3D models that can be reused in different contexts.
Imagine you're designing a set of gears. You can easily create a template from a highly parameterized model and then reuse it with different parameters and in different contexts. You can also create a template for the whole gearbox so you get all of the axes and the different gears. And when you instantiate this template, you just select the different dimensions, the different ratios between the speed of the gearbox, and the names of the different parts. In just a few clicks you’re able to create this gearbox. You can also define in the templates some checks to make sure that everything is compliant when you instantiate the template.
You can accomplish repetitive tasks quickly and easily with knowledgeware. Store and reuse complex parts and products created by experts, then create specific rules so all the products you design are compliant with your company's design standards.
Whatever your manufacturing process, you can take manufacturability constraints into account from the start. Most of the time you get a specific application depending on the type of part you want to create, or at least specific functions. . For plastic parts, for example, there's a specific app for designing and a specific app for simulation. For cast and forged part there's a list of dedicated functions within part design. There are specialized applications for sheet metal as well.
When your design is done you can validate the manufacturability thanks to add-on analysis tools. Here are a few examples of useful features:
With the 3DEXPERIENCE CATIA, account for manufacturability constraints at the early design stage and validate the manufacturability of your design with advanced analysis tools.
Efficient and seemless collaboration is essential in every team. With 3DEXPERIENCE CATIA’s powerful database platform, colleagues, suppliers and external partners can innovate together more efficiently and effortlessly. This results in compressed cycle times and fewer late changes.
With 3DEXPERIENCE CATIA you and your team are always sure to access and share the latest version of your data. Different stakeholders are able to work in parallel on the same project, and save their modifications at the same time.
If you need different stakeholders to have different access rights, you can do that too. Whether they are reviewers or providers, they will see only the parts they need for their work but will not see the overall product. They can have some read rights on some parts and some modify rights on some other parts. You can easily manage all access rights on the platform. If you want to add people who are external to your project at a later date, it's also easy to do this thanks to the simple user and license management in the platform.
The unified 3DEXPERIENCE user environment allows us to collaborate efficiently not only within the internal team but also with part suppliers. With the cloud, we can develop much faster and reduce the number of errors we make from incorrect versioning. We also like that configuration management and commenting functionality is interlinked with modules so we can measure the lifecycle of all the different components of our product.
Czech-based startup Zuri plans to revolutionize the way people travel by making air transportation more accessible and efficient. The company adopted the 3DEXPERIENCE platform on the cloud to design and produce its VTOL aircraft, create a virtual experience twin and connect all stakeholders.
As it brings its VTOL hybrid plane to life, Zuri needed an industry-standard design and product development platform to replace the various design tools being used across the organization, connect its disciplines and scale with the business. The 3DEXPERIENCE platform on the cloud was an ideal fit.
Zuri continues to explore the full potential of the 3DEXPERIENCE platform but is already using CATIA to handle the early stages of final product development for initial analysis, aerodynamics and measurements. “CATIA is the worldwide standard in aircraft design,” Illich said. “And the cloud version is ideal for a startup like us to benefit from the same solution that bigger players in our industry are used to working with. It allowed the team to start immediately, without the need to equip the company with an expensive IT infrastructure and to flexibly change the structure of the applications according to our changing needs. We like that everybody can securely work on the platform from any device connected to the internet, share data and have data versioning under control.”
CATIA, powered by the 3DEXPERIENCE platform, enables startups and engineering companies to achieve engineering excellence via its powerful array of social and collaborative 3D modelling and simulation tools.
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3DEXPERIENCE CATIA has a large portfolio of Mechanical Design and Engineering solutions. Find the one that fits your needs!