Sheet Metal Design in CATIA V6

By Caroline
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Today’s CATIA video pick is about mechanical design.  To learn more about the video I’ve spoken with Marc Fandard, our mechanical design specialist.

But first, the video:

Sheet Metal Design Made Easier

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This is a technology demo teaser and was made for engineers and sheet metal designers.  The video shows a new design concept.

In this live application, the whole design is made by simple dragging movements in the 3D. The design is not history based anymore, you just directly manipulate your part in the 3D, creating your sheet metal flanges and bends easily. Only a few contextual icons are available. Still you can make some precise definitions with measurements, and work in an assembly context.

Marc tells me that this application is available in all CATIA V6 packages. The idea is to have something simple to use that will help you save time when you work on sheet metal design, and that could be accessible to casual users.

Marc likes best how this application is straight to the point and clean, perhaps a more intuitive way of working.   What do you think?

That’s all folks!

To learn more about CATIA Sheet Metal, you will want to have a look here.


Connecting Minds @ #ecf2010

By Kate
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With several hundred attendees above target, there were lots of minds connecting at ECF 2010.  Is this a sign of economic hope?  I’d like to interpret it that way!

One of the people I enjoyed connecting with was David Nahon, our immersive virtuality/iV lead.   The event’s theme was lifelike experience, an area that intersects with David’s.  We had some ‘coffee tawlk’ and discussed whether traditional PLM is blending with lifelike and especially iV.  Said David,

“They’re beginning to merge.  You can look around the agora and see it.  There are three auto stereoscopic screens, a few stereo systems, Kinect . . . We’re now in the phase where PLM and iV are starting to bleed together.  The future is bright.”

David went on to explain that he thinks a mainstream iV solution for PLM users is not too far away.  Even with abstract data there’s a lot to be gained by translating it visually. 

I’ll leave you with a few goodies:

1. The PLM Marketplace has blogged some technology-in-action videos taken from the agora here

2. These are a few of my favorite event sound bites:

“We have to have the right to fail in order to innovate.” Jean Botti, CTO EADS

“There is no undo in the real world.” Bruno Delahaye, Dassault Systèmes

 “There is more value in your IP than the in products you make.”  Bernard Charlès, Dassault Systèmes

3.  And last but not least, look what I “bumped into” today!  Made with our software too.  

If you were with us, I hope you had an enjoyable, fruitful time!  And if you were not, I hope you have a feel for what transpired.



CATIA Packaging Design Demo Reel

By Caroline
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Hi everyone,

Following my blogpost featuring Dymola libraries in action within CATIA V6, I decided to feature what I consider one of CATIA’s sexiest domains: Shape.   I chatted with Pierre Maheut, one of our Shape specialists.  He was of a great help to help me understand the technical parts of this video better.

The chosen video is: CATIA Packaging Design Demo Reel

This video is in fact a demo teaser for CATIA’s industrial design software, and the whole purpose is to show in 3 minutes the process a designer goes through in the designing packaging.  The video covers the various steps the designers use to create, for example, a perfume bottle.  Imagine, create, share and experience. The video also shows the importance of communities and crowed sourcing in the interactive creation process.

Pierre breaks down the video into four parts:

  • Imagine: Integration of 2D Sketches in 3D environment
  • Create: Easily and quickly materialize an idea into 3D.
  • Share: Instant collaboration with Engineering
  • Experience: Choice of colors & materials with high quality real time visualization.

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To wrap up our chat, I asked Pierre to tell me what he likes about this video.  He answered that he likes the fact that this video shows CATIA in another perspective.  We are perhaps not yet well known in Consumer Packaged Goods, especially amongst industrial designers.  Last but not least, he likes how CATIA is both powerful and a fun to use design tool.

That’s all folks!


Caroline Heleu is interning with CATIA.

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