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R2020x What’s New:  Mechanical Engineering Roles

Core Modeling Highlights 

Dassault Systemes released the R2020X version of 3DEXPERIENCE recently - a major new release that features new roles and apps. The core CATIA mechanical engineering role enhancements are listed below.

For more details on the highlights, download our presentation here or call any of our consultants for a more in-depth discussion on how these improvements can help.

Generic UX improvements:

  • New User Interface. Flat Design
  • New Panel Design
 
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Topics: 3DEXPERIENCE, Dassault Systemes, CATIA, TechTips, xGenerative Design, R2020x

Taper Barrell Milling in CATIA and DELMIA

What is it?

Taper Barrel milling is ever growing in popularity. Traditionally, complex geometry with a double curvature such IML features on aerostructure surfaces would have been generated or scanned using ballnose cutters. This would significantly increase the overall cycle time due to the small step overs or step downs used to achieve the required surface finish or scallop height. Another application where these tools can be used is in very deep pockets where traditional endmills or long edge cutters struggle due to the instability invoked when using high length to diameter ratio tool assemblies.

A typical representation is shown above . The barrel radius is so large it is almost invisible to the eye.

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Topics: 3DEXPERIENCE, CATIA, TechTips

Maximising Efficiency with CATIA Manufacturing

CATIA Manufacturing (V5 or 3DEXPERIENCE) offers a complete CAD/CAM solution for a multitude of industrial applications in a fully homogenous environment.

The programming tools CATIA offer are highly powerful and industry leading on both the manufacturing and design side. However, unless this powerful functionality is being sufficiently leveraged, the investment is not being capitalized on.

Let’s have a look at just 3 CATIA functions, that if implemented correctly, will very quickly bring about some noteworthy benefits and address key areas that have become buzz words within manufacturing –

‘The Skills Shortage’, Automation, Standardisation:

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Topics: 3DEXPERIENCE, TechTips, CATIA 3D Master, Manufacturing

Highlights of New Release of 3DEXPERIENCE CATIA R2020X

What's New?

Dassault Systèmes has released the new version of 3DEXPERIENCE CATIA, version R2020x, delivering improvements and enhancements across the design and collaboration portfolio.

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Topics: 3DEXPERIENCE, Dassault Systemes, CATIA, R2020x

3DEXPERIENCE Tech Tips

Potential 3DEXPERIENCE Full Text Search License Renewal Required

A little-known fact is that the Full Text Search service on your 3DEXPERIENCE (formerly ENOVIA V6) server uses a license. This license comes packaged into the Full Text Search install and is given an expiry date way out into the future, so that – hopefully – it will never become an issue.

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Topics: 3DEXPERIENCE, TechTips, ENOVIA

We’ve gone live! – Engineering Services Portal

Desktop Engineering’s entry on the new Engineering Services Marketplace developed by Dassault Systemes is now live!

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Topics: 3DEXPERIENCE, Dassault Systemes, 3DMarketplace

Building Experience Modeling Era

The design revolution is now and a new era has begun! Welcome to the Building Experience Modeling (BEM) era!  This generation has been given the task to design and build sustainable green buildings using renewable resources, reliably and safely - in less time and with unnecessary outlay of costs.

Delivering these complex solutions with reliability and precision is a challenge facing the building industry.  With the introduction of new innovative tools available, designers are able to go from 2D to 3D CAD - using Building Information Modeling (BIM) methodology to digitally create design simulations to manage all the information associated with architectural projects.

(While Computer Aided Design (CAD) creates 2-dimensional (2D) or 3-dimensional (3D) drawings that don't distinguish between elements, BIM incorporates 4D (time) and 5D (costs) allowing users to manage information throughout project lifecycle intelligently, whilst automating processes such as programming, conceptual and detailed design, analysis, documentation, manufacturing, construction logistics, maintenance, building operations, renovations or demolition.)

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Topics: 3DEXPERIENCE, Architecture, Engineering & Construction (AEC), Building Information Modelling (BIM), CATIA, BIM, xGenerative Design, Building Experience Modeling (BEM)

Intelligent 3D Curtain Wall Design

Goethe said that “By seeking and blundering we learn ....

Well I am not so sure that I would like to start a career in engineering knowing I was blundering in order to learn. But his point is bluntly put - that what we call 'knowledge' is gained through making mistakes. In other words, engineers push the envelope in design, making things bigger or lighter until they fail and then seeking out what went wrong.

In some cases, this leads to fundamental research to capture the laws of nature in formulae. In other cases, it leads to best practice or rules. This is how the aerospace industry has made flying one of the safest modes of transport.

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Topics: Architecture, Engineering & Construction (AEC), Facade Design, Building Information Modelling (BIM)

How to Manage Aerospace Supply Chains using Software

 

A commercial jet aircraft has millions of individual parts and a supply chain that covers multiple tiers, from raw materials to the finished product.

It’s the supply chain that can be spread across numerous companies globally, specialising in different parts and components. To complicate things further, each component might be part of a subset that is being developed by a different supplier, and so compatibility issues between parts may surface.

With such a complex supply chain it’s easy for things to wrong, especially when you consider the thousands of people who might be involved in the development of a new aircraft.

By using a software package that improves communication, eliminates design and development errors, speeds up time to market and reduces costs along the way, managing the supply chain becomes much more efficient.

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Topics: 3DEXPERIENCE, Dassault Systemes, Aerospace, CATIA 3D Master

How a 3D design environment can improve your structural design

For a long time 2D drawings have been central to the product development process. Yet 2D drawings also have their flaws, often producing errors in design and contributing to higher manufacturing costs. That’s where the CATIA 3D Master concept is able to help. 

The CATIA 3D Master approach enables various departments within a company to share, annotate and improve product design using the 3D format. This approach yields numerous benefits, including boosting accuracy in design, improving decision-making and improving efficiency in design.

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Topics: Dassault Systemes, CATIA, CATIA 3D Master