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 Plastic Part Design
A complete design environment for complex plastic parts
Designing and creating molded parts requires a fast and flexible solution based on cutting-edge technology, so you have time to keep up-to-date with the latest design market trends and stay ahead of the competition.
CATIA Plastic Part Design delivers ultra-fast functional modeling for unmatched productivity and flexibility to address the complete design-to-manufacturing preparation process of molded parts. It responds to the needs of companies that require an optimal method for dealing with changes throughout the product lifecycle.
- Capture design intent easier with behavior-driven design
- Ensure right-the-first-time molded parts design
- Support compelling design flexibility with order independence
- Decrease design iteration loops
- Reduce cycle-time of modeling and design changes
- Capture manufacturing intent at the earliest stage of the design
- Obtain best quality meshes to feed rapid prototyping machines
- Reuse existing data intensively with powerful recognition tools
Flexible and highly productive 3D modeling package dedicated to molded and plastic partsFunctional modeling provides a wide range of industry-specific functional features that take manufacturability constraints into account. Functional modeling performance improved up to 60% versus V5R19, depending on the part complexity.
Concurrently design both the product and the associated tooling for molded and plastic partsThis advanced application is focused on concurrent design for both the product and the associated tooling of molded and plastic parts.
Associative and intuitive functional bodies, volumes and featuresThe collection of advanced functional features includes: Extrude, Revolve, Cut, Thicken surface, Rib, Boss, Cutout, Rest, Pocket, Grill, Reinforcement, and Shell.
Order-independent features resulting in history-free part constructionUsers have the flexibility to focus on their design intent and not on the order in which they create design elements. These characteristics foster collaborative design, as any set of features can be shared with several designers before being merged as a final part.
Checking tools to assess and repair surfacesThe Healing Assistant checks the intrinsic validity of each surface, detecting self-intersections in boundaries, wrong topologies, thin surfaces, holes (G0 gaps in mm), sharp edges (G1 gaps in degrees), curvature breaks (G2 gaps in %). Then users can automatically fill all gaps up to a given value in mm, smooth all tangency discontinuities up to a given value in degrees and even erase all curvature discontinuities between edges of the boundary. It is also possible to automatically remove very small edges (very short curves) and to concatenate boundary curves to reduce the number of edges. The same operations can be performed on any type of curve other than surface boundaries. The modifications are controlled by a maximum deformation parameter.
Geometric Comparator to compare models according to distance criteriaThe Healing Assistant allows users to compare two models to find differences according to distance criteria. The Compare function provides continuous information; the comparison results are stored in the model and can be reused afterwards.
Cutting-edge 3D mesher for reliable rapid prototypingAccurate tesselation offers maximum form respect (topology, sharp edge, without holes). STL Rapid Prototyping allows users to check, repair and optimize meshes with the tightest control abilities. They can take advantage of the full ability to import or export standard binary STL files or ASCII format. The fast and easy creation of a thin offset of a mesh enables users to obtain a watertight solid from a surface geometry.
Global and local recognition toolsThese tools enable users to recreate part design features from isolated solids.
Comprehensive set of process-oriented analysis toolsDraft analysis, 3D Wall thickness Analysis, Connection checker, etc.