Product Key Customer Benefits
|Ease of Use
What makes GSM unique on the market is that it can be used by either non surface specialist designers, thanks to the product ease of use, or by advanced shape designers looking for complete surfacing tool, due to a wide functional set. The specification capture is as a matter of fact completely transparent as if the user was designing explicit shapes.
From preliminary to detailed design
CATIA - Generative Shape Design 1 provides a comprehensive set of features for shape design. These include among others wireframe elements like: point, line, angle, plane, curves, circle, (bi-tangent, through and trimmed), spline, parallel curves, corner on plane, connect 3D, spiral sphere, intersection and projection.
Standard and advanced surface features include extrude, revolute, sweep excluding segment, circle and conic), and fill. Standard combinations of elements use associative transformation, including symmetry, scaling, translation, affinity, extrapolation and fillet.
Design in context allows concurrent work with user control of associativity.
The wireframes and surfaces can be designed using the part or assembly context. When design changes are made, the user controls the propagation of modification.
The designer can reuse an existing surface, and link in additional parts to support concurrent engineering.
Managing changes with timesaving features
Several GSM features help for efficient management of design modifications. For example, a datum curve or skin used in one feature can be replaced; A set of features can be isolated as a single feature (with no history) to facilitate design comprehension and accelerate design changes.
End-to-end full process coverage
You are in a design to manufacturing environment and need to manage skill techniques? You need then a process centric solution. For example, GSM will be the best product for easily designing surfaces of plastic parts or shells. After importing some surfaces the designer will check and heal them with the CATIA - Healing Assistant 1 (HA1) product, for instance, he will then modify and add other surfaces thanks to the powerful wireframes and surfaces creation tools of GSM. To finish, the design parts will be manufactured after the surface machining programming in the CATIA 3-Axis Machining 2 (SMG) product.