CATIA Systems Engineering

CATIA Systems Engineering integrates complex product behaviour into the product definition, enabling a lifelike experience which predicts real world performance.

With CATIA Systems Engineering , system architects, product engineers, designers and technical experts define both technical and business aspects. The RFLP approach (Requirements, Functional, Logical and Physical Design) upholds a full traceability during product development and product introduction. This helps shortening the gap between requirements analysis and the choice of the right solution.

CATIA Mechanism Simulation

Enables designers to define, simulate, and analyze mechanisms for digital products of all sizes.

Because every small aspect of detailed design needs to be given careful consideration, the mechanism definition and validation process is time consuming, while collaboration is rather complex.

With CATIA Mechanism Simulation, you can clearly work with detailed designs productively and concurrently. With the help of the fully-automated Assembly Design workbench, product engineers and designers can create mechanisms from connections that have already been defined.

The functional check and validation of mechanisms may be carried out interactively or by running a kinematic simulation. This is processed concurrently with the Assembly Design workbench that offers powerful post-processing tools such as clash analysis, distance computations, trace, and swept volume generation of a moving part.

  • Ensure consistency and productivity thanks to integration of mechanisms with the Assembly Design workbench
  • Define kinematic mechanisms with high quality
  • Ensure powerful kinematic analysis with the simulation object
  • Experience concurrent engineering and lifecycle management of kinematic objects
  • Permit several simulation contexts for a single product
  • Ensure excellent legibility of the mechanisms interactive check
  • Evaluate mechanisms with the ability to drive under-constrained systems early on
  • Analyze assemblies with precision, for instance, flexible sub-assemblies
  • Direct reuse of assembly design constraints to define mechanisms
    Engineering connection allows mechanism definition with a seamless integration between kinematic joint connection and design constraint connection. It guarantees full consistency of the assembly definition and compelling productivity.
  • Wide variety of possible mechanisms definition
    You can define a wide variety of kinematic mechanisms thanks to 15 different types of joint connection.
  • Scenario definitions, animations and probes specified by the simulation object
    The creation of the simulation object enables you to create kinematic scenario set-ups via different remaining Degree Of Freedom (DOF) driving excitations. The user can also leverage knowledge-based excitation laws, display animation preview with video player-like capabilities, generate persistent animations, and perform dynamic clash detections.
  • Full PLM integration of kinematics objects
    Kinematic data such as joint connections or mechanism representations can be accessed concurrently as they benefit from PLM platform integration. They also benefit from a PLM update, versioning, maturity, and an impact graph. The impact graph also applies to simulation objects and their results.
  • Several mechanism representations for a single product, with their own life cycle
    You may define as many Mechanism Representations as you want to for a single product, depending on the combination of engineering connections you select. As different lifecycles between product data (design oriented data flow) and kinematics data (simulation oriented dataflow) are managed, analysts can reuse product design data in several simulation contexts.
  • Slider manipulation for interactive check of mechanisms
    You can control the mechanism motion interactively through sliders manipulation of any coupled mechanism commands.
  • Drive under-constrained systems
    Designers may define their parts with flexibility as the solver can drive under-constrained mechanisms.
  • Simulation creation at any product level
    Simulations can be carried out at any level on the product structure, and not only at the first level of instance under the product which contains the mechanism. Mechanism representations can be directly reused with a sub-product instance context. It makes it possible to simulate in detail the motion of an assembly built up with several occurrences of the same flexible sub-assembly, such as a crankshaft.