CATIA – The allround genius for product development

For internationally successful products, today everything has to be just right – innovative technology, customer-specific variability, intuitive handling, highest quality, competitive price and a unique, brand-typical design. In order to make leading products ready for the market, you require an interdisciplinary team of experts that has the cross-company specific knowhow of the product and the manufacturing process and one that closely collaborates on a continuous basis.

Good for you if you use the allround genius CATIA for product development with which all development tasks can be effectively solved similarly and the consistent product data model of which consolidates all engineering disciplines without interfaces.

Whether your personal contribution involves industrial design, design engineering, volume or surface modeling, sheet processing, drawings, knowledge-based engineering, toolmaking, mechatronic development, 3D circuit board layout, composite components, electrical wiring, piping design, FEM simulation (CAE), NC manufacturing (CAM) or digital validation (DMU) – to name just a few – CATIA offers every user a custom-tailored solution for their specific tasks.

Challenges

Due to increasing customer expectations and international competition, companies are forced to develop new, innovative, inspiring, intelligent and resource-friendly products in ever shorter intervals. The trend toward ever-more complex products with higher diversity and increasing electronic and mechatronic share subjects companies to entirely new challenges.

Many development teams therefore have to battle it out with problems such as these:

  • Barriers and inconsistencies through various development tools for complete specification and validation of the product
  • Insufficient coordination in the case of distributed development locations as well as with external partners and vendors
  • Information silos lead to lacking transparency in multidisciplinary system development and validation
  • Heterogenous system worlds complicate the targeted storage and distribution of corporate knowledge
  • Multiple administration of product and manufacturing data in various point solutions cause inconsistencies and unnecessary iteration loops in the product development process
  • Frequent late and costly changes due to insufficient validation of the product design in the early development phases
  • "Reinventing the wheel" instead of making use of proven knowledge as searching parts and data stocks is too time-consuming
  • Complex CAD structures and an unknown parts history complicate reuse and change The development of sophisticated products therefore calls for effective teamwork throughout all disciplines with the largest degree of transparency in the conceptual design, form finding, system development, multidisciplinary development, detailed engineering, validation, equipment design – and all of this despite the fact there is less and less time and budget available for individual projects
    • Mechanical design

      The CATIA mechanical environment offers comprehensive tools for the generation of 3D parts of all kinds – from cast, forging, processing and metal sheet parts to mechanical assemblies – on a centrally integrated infrastructure for the easiest online collaboration.

      • All engineers and designers can work simultaneously on product specifications, from the requirements to the conceptional and physical definition
      • Live Shape offers a revolutionary direct 3D modeling concept, that quickly realizes 3D ideas and concepts and that aids in the structuring of ideas and concepts, with which existing designs can be changed without any extensive costs

      Shaping

      CATIA Shape solutions offer an extremely productive environment for the simple shaping and visualization of the design. It has comprehensive tool for esthetic forms of all kinds - to generate, test and change shapes from class A freeform surfaces to smooth manufacturing-appropriate shapes.

      • A unique, integrated solution for the effortless and quick generation of further hybrid forms from the concept to the detailed design
      • High-performance curve and surface-based tools for the generation of high-quality shapes
      • Modeling technologies that offer a high degree of productivity and efficiency for all industry segments
      • Surface modelling that all employees can command
      • Photo-realistic rendering and high-performance real-time design validation to ensure design quality

      System development

      CATIA Systems offers solutions for the parallel development and integration of electrical, electronic as well as hydraulic and pneumatic systems within a digital 3D model. These solutions specifically suited for various industries extend mechanical product descriptions into holistic system specifications.

      • Modeling and simulation of heterogeneous physical systems on the basis of the open, object-oriented language Modelica. The freely available and commercial libraries, as well as the simple reusability of own components reduce modeling costs considerably.
      • Definition and simulation of control systems via formal language. Various editors are available for behavior modeling: Status diagram, data flow diagram and sequential function diagram

      Equipment

      CATIA Equipment Solutions offer of series of products which enable the simultaneous development and integration of electrical and mechanical systems as well as flow systems within a digital 3D model.

      • The electric products offer a process-oriented solution to design and install electrical systems and cable harnesses controlled by logic circuit diagrams. The consistent process also supports cable harness manufacturing and documentation
      • The hydraulic and pneumatic design generates and administers the specification and geometric characteristics of piping networks, whereby terminology and standardized conventions of various industries are taken into consideration

      Knowledgeware

      CATIA Knowledgeware offers numerous tools with which developers can define, reuse and share their knowledge in the extended enterprise. In V6, Knowledgeware supports Lifecycle Management of company knowledge for reuse in design and manufacturing.

      • Knowledgebases can be integrated within a design and put to use later on, in order to prevent errors and to automate the design process
      • To comply with defined standards, company knowledge can be documented, set up, managed and applied in rule bases
      • Intelligent construction templates unify geometry and know-how for simplified reuse

      Simulation

      CATIA simulation solutions offer a calculation environment in which designers can independently perform and administer simulations. Linear and non-linear simulations examine the realistic behavior of models in various stress situations.

      • Simulations generate relevant knowledge for the improvement of product performance. They reduce the number of physical prototypes and tests
      • The management of simulations and simulation results extends traditional PLM concepts, by documenting specific FEM expert knowledge and making proven best practices available in a process-reliable fashion even to individuals who are not experts
    • CATIA is the pioneering product of Dassault Systèmes. Today, CATIA is the world's leading solution for product development and innovation, used successfully in companies of all sizes, from SMEs to large-scale OEMs and their supplier chains.

      CATIA V5 is the leading software solution for the development and the definition of the complete digital product model. Through its process-oriented scalability, CATIA V5 covers the entire product development process – from the concept idea to maintenance.

      CATIA V5 PLM Express offers SMEs the quickest path to CATIA V5 including coordinated Product Data Management (PDM). The offered PLM Express packages make the choice for the optimum solution for all tasks and requirements easy. The preconfigured packages are based on task descriptions that support specific engineering disciplines as well as typical activities in the development process.

      CATIA V6 embodies the the next generation of the now 30-year old success story and offers a comprehensive service range for the cross-discipline development and global collaboration in virtual development teams. The area of application of CATIA V6 goes far beyond traditional 3D-CAD software tools, as it conveys a unique digital product experience, based on the 3DEXPERIENCE platform. It is used to plan all aspects of the product, to uniquely specify, multiphysically simulate, realistically visualize and thus make them fully comprehensible and assessable.

      With V6 and the 3DEXPERIENCE platform, various brands and solutions of Dassault Systèmes – CATIA, ENOVIA, DELMIA, SIMULIA, CATIA Composer, DYMOLA, ICEM, EXALEAD, NETVIBES – are integrated via a consistent user concept and integrated product data model to a seamless solution.

      • Identification of improvement potentials in the product development process through the anlaysis of existing processes, methods and tools
      • Conceptal design and realization of complex CATIA introduction and migration projects including PDM and data transfer concepts
      • Extensive training portfolio in 9 training centers with didactic and technically trained instructors and certified training processes ensure your sustainable training success
      • Development of individual training concepts designed to generate the largest potential benefit as well as the highest degree of acceptance from the functional diversity of CATIA
      • Consulting and training of industry-specific CATIA solutions such as freeform and styling surfaces, toolmaking and mold & die production, composite development, electrical wiring, 3D PCB layout, equipping, NC manufacturing procedures, etc.
      • Support in the creation of consistent design methods under consideration of downstream departments such as toolmaking and mold & die production, manufacturing and documentation
      • Conceptual design and implementation of sustainable strategies for the improvement of parts reuse, knowledge management as well as modularization and standardization of the product range
      • ITIL-compliant operative support (Application Management Services) for CATIA V5 and V6 including ENOVIA-PLM solutions
  • The experts of the PLM consulting firm stood as partners by our side with words and deeds. Much value was placed on the flexible, worldwide use of V6 technology.
    Bernd Göllnitz, Director IT Technology & Operations, Webasto AG
  • CATIA allows us to create complex free-form surfaces and intricate parts with many interior cores, and to reproduce them at any time.
    Dr. Anton Rechsteiner, Head of Engineering / Technology at vonRoll casting
  • For us, a decisive aspect in favor of CATIA was the total congruence between CAD and CAM.
    Christof Suppiger, CAD-CAM Director, vonRoll casting