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 Aerospace Sheetmetal

Aerospace industry designers gain momentum with a pre-defined set of sheetmetal features.

Aircraft programs face a number of challenges due to the vast amount of complex sheet metal parts they must produce. Detailed manufacturing information must be gathered early in the engineering definition stage to prevent waste and unnecessary errors, while managing the consistency between manufacturing representations can be problematic.

CATIA Aerospace Sheetmetal Design is specifically dedicated to the definition of hydro-formed sheetmetal parts. You can capture company knowledge, such as design and manufacturing constraints so you can work with precision and speed.

Based on sheetmetal design and manufacturing processes, it empowers designers and manufacturing engineers with a pre-defined set of features that facilitate the design of sheetmetal parts and their respective tooling.

  • Design complex hydro-pressed and break-formed parts quickly and efficiently
  • Ensure manufacturability with concurrent access to both 3D and flattened part geometry
  • Increase quality with administrator-defined environments
  • Empower concurrent engineering and assess manufacturability constraints
  • Draw with dedicated sheetmetal tools
  • Sustain communication between suppliers and contractors
  • Dedicated Aerospace Interface for typical hydro-pressed or break formed aerospace parts
    With Aerospace Sheetmetal Design, designers work with familiar aerospace features including: Web (planar or curved), Surfacic Flange (curved, double curved or planar), User Flange, and Joggle (On Flange or On Web). Bend allowance can be computed through user-defined neutral fiber when flattening. Parts may be decomposed with a unique multi-body capability for a better understanding of the design.
  • Work concurrently on unfolded and several folded states
    Collaborators can sustain their design as a 3D formed part or a 2D flat pattern, switching from the folded to the unfolded view whenever desired. Moreover, different manufacturing preparation stages of the same part can be managed for the Strip Layout process.
  • Set up data management of external resources by the administrator
    All the external resources such as design tables, catalogues, or rule sets can be defined by the administrator in environments for each kind of user. The administrator can guarantee that users will use the right profiles or parameters and that knowledge rules will be automatically instanciated in every new part. Plus, the company’s standard sheetmetal components can be migrated from V5.
  • Process-centric solution based on experience acquired with key airframe manufacturers
    Due to the design approach's flexibility, users can initially define, in context, the outer rough characteristics with dedicated sheetmetal trade features. Later, the user can refine parts and define inner details such as holes, cutouts, or fasteners. Lastly, tooling designers can complete the process with forming tool definition. Relational design mechanisms enable the user to synchronize forming tools after any design and/or manufacturing parameters changes are performed.
  • Derive manufacturing view from design
    A dedicated manufacturing part derived from an engineering part enables users to define manufacturing specifications linked to engineering ones (standard excess, tabs, holes, etc., defined on flat pattern) as well as manufacturing parameters such as spring back angle and surface, height add-on, etc. Manufacturing data synchronization allows iterations with design changes.
  • Forming tool definition for manufacturing preparation
    CATIA Aerospace Sheetmetal helps tooling designers and manufacturing engineers to define the successive steps of the forming process. The forming block is carved with surfaces extracted from the manufacturing view part and can be cut with the forming tool NC cutting programming. Profiles, body punches or dies may be selected in an unequalled set of catalogues to supply Cutout, Corner Relief and Stamp creations. Other components, such as sole-plate or counter-form, can complete the forming tool.
  • Sheetmetal drawings with dedicated capabilities
    In the context of a sheetmetal part, a drafting view of the part can be automatically generated, including the representation of bend axes, value and radius, line for upward /downward bends and stamps, for example. The folded view can be also added in the same sheet. The drawing generation supplies sheetmetal manufacturing. And a seamless export extracts documents in DXF format (the AutoCAD ASCII format) for nesting and NC cutting downstream applications.
  • Simplified exchanges with neutral formats
    Modify external sheetmetal parts, for example through international standards as STEP and IGES, thanks to feature recognition.