CATIA Engineering

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.

CATIA 3D Tolerancing and Annotation

Promote 3D as the master representation with standard-compliant semantic tolerancing

The tolerance and annotation modifications between 2D and 3D drawings must be taken into account early in the design process, so that manufacturing information is consistent and up-to-date. In order to do this, synchronicity between designers is essential in order to save time and be able to reuse 3D tolerance analysis.

Based upon 3D definition, CATIA Tolerancing guarantees consistency between 3D design and 2D tolerances and annotations. Users can create a 3D product from a 2D schematic and apply tolerance and annotation information to a 3D product, which ensures consistency. The 2D layout can be directly created in 3D to define the product and to capture key manufacturing knowledge. Afterwards, users can generate the assembly drawing and the product definition is directly re-usable for manufacturing planners and can propagate downstream systems.

Furthermore, CATIA Tolerancing enables specifications of tolerance and annotations to support international standards, such as the STEP standard.

  • Produce faster with 2D views and annotations directly captured in 3D
  • Promote design reuse with 3D models driven by existing 2D geometry
  • Avoid reliance on 2D drawings and increase consistency during product definition
  • Focus on the right area of investigation by filtering tolerances and annotations in 3D
  • Define a product quickly and reliably with generative dimensions
  • Decrease part definition time with design templates
  • Support latest revision of major international standards completely
  • Make decisions easier with product reviews
  • Encourage collaboration with live sharing of tolerance specifications and annotations
  • Make 3D tolerances and annotations accessible to personnel outside of the design office
  • Design and annotate 3D models using a 2D drafting look-and-feel
    2D Layout for 3D Design is the only product on the market that makes it possible for a designer to work in a 3D environment with advanced 2D drafting capabilities during the conceptual phase of a project. Multiple views can be positioned in the 3D environment and the user can also add 2D geometry to the views. Design intent is captured by taking advantage of all normalized dimensions, annotations and dress-up capabilities.
  • Drive 3D models from 2D geometry
    2D Layout for 3D Design also incorporates powerful tools to export 2D geometry as profiles and planes for fast and associative 3D geometry creation. Dimensioning and tolerancing annotation data can be added, with respect to norms from the preliminary design phase, and therefore do not have to be recreated in generated drawings for delivering technical documents.
  • Wizard-like creation of 3D tolerance specifications and annotations
    Users can benefit from wizard-like creation of 3D tolerance specifications and annotations in representations of parts and assemblies, fully associative to the geometry.
  • Display and filtering of annotations in the 3D environment
    Numerous filtering criteria are provided to build filters on views in the 3D environment. For instance, the type or the sub-type of the tolerance/annotation, the associated feature or geometrical element, the annotation plane, the annotation set, or the default annotation. Filters are defined at the 2D layout level and are referenced, on demand, by each view to achieve the best flexibility.
  • Functional Tolerancing and Annotation generative dimensions from part design
    Sketch-based part design features (hole, pad, shaft and rib) allow the user to automatically generate the relevant FTA dimensions and tolerances features, making it easy to reuse. Tolerance values and Part Design constraints are associative, allowing the use of the mean dimensions command on FTA dimensions. Moreover, constraints can also be edited through the FTA dimension.
  • Embedding tolerance specifications and annotations inside design templates
    The full integration in the Knowledge platform allows the user to define parts and products with tolerance specifications and annotations that are already captured in design templates.
  • Syntactic and semantic tolerancing check of annotations, fully compliant with latest revision of major international standards
    This unique tolerancing check ensures compliance with international standards and increases productivity.
  • Specialized measurement and sectioning collaboration tools
    Team members can perform measurement and sectioning to reveal or identify product elements that are not readily apparent from a basic, unmarked view of the exterior surface.
  • FTA review within a 3Dxml player
    This capability makes the 3D presentation of tolerances as accessible as 2D drawings, so that every customer or supplier can benefit from a full 3D product definition.
  • Dedicated tools for 3DLive collaborative review
    Users can visualize query and filter FTA features in the ENOVIA 3DLive environment. The team members involved in product reviews can exchange viewpoints with annotations thanks to 2D and 3D markers. Design specifications are rapidly shared within and throughout the enterprise.
  • Visualize CATIA V6 large format drawings in ENOVIA 3D Live in a maximized window
    Navigate easily among sheets with thumbnails to review annotations effectively. Take advantage of a vector quality visualization of drawing sheets.
  • Engrave or emboss the packaging of your product in a very supple way
    During 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.