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CATIA Composer with Composite Part Data

Posted by Justin Brash on 05-Apr-2018 12:01:00

In this short video, see how CATIA Composer can import native CATIA V5 Composite parts, and preserve all of the Composite Design and Analysis data for use in creating rich 3D documentation.

A simple example of a CATIA V5 Composite part is used in the video, modelled using the 'Zone Approach' with one main laminate and four thicker, reinforcement laminates. 

Learn how to open and select the CATPart from your file browser and see how it replicates in Composer, with all the geometry included.  You will now have the ability to design and capture multiple scenes (or views) as well as create high quality key-frame based animations. 

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Topics: CATIA, Composites, Training, Dassault Systemes, Various - CAD CAM FEA PLM

Non-uniform Thickness with MSC Apex

Posted by Andy Woodward on 29-Mar-2018 13:47:42

Capturing data

If you work with moulded or die cast parts you’ll be familiar with thin shell parts that have tapering thickness due to draft angles.  Capturing this effect in your finite element mesh can be tricky and lead to approximations that might not be comfortable or conservative.  MSC Apex has an auto-assignment feature that will accurately capture and represent the non-uniform shell thickness with remarkably little effort. 

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Topics: TechTips, MSC Apex, MSC One, MSC Software

Geometry Manipulation with Apex

Posted by Andy Woodward on 28-Feb-2018 11:30:00

Ease of Use

The guiding principle for the development of MSC Apex has been ease of use. Through the intelligent design of an intuitive interface users need no formal  training and can be productive after watching a few short videos.  All the features of the product have both written and video instructions making it easy to learn as well as use. 

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Topics: MSC One, MSC Apex, MSC Software, TechTips

Defeaturing with MSC Apex

Posted by Andy Woodward on 13-Feb-2018 10:20:46

Prepping Computer Aided Design (CAD) geometry for Finite Element Analysis (FEA) can be a complex, time consuming and error prone activity. 

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Topics: MSC One, Finite Element Analysis (FEA), MSC Software, Various - CAD CAM FEA PLM

Electric Vehicles – a Gold Rush?

Posted by Geoff Haines on 26-Jan-2018 14:32:24

Global Warming - Global Driving

Foremost on the political agenda across the world is global warming. Whether you believe it or not, and there is one notable leader who doesn’t, there is little point in ignoring the fact most world governments have it on their agenda.

This has led to initiatives of eliminating internal combustion engines on our roads. 

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Topics: 3DEXPERIENCE, Automotive / Motorsport, Automotive - 3DEXPERIENCE

Modelling methodology in CATIA V5 - Part 7

Posted by Alex Fernandes on 22-Jan-2018 11:00:00

Additional Rules

This is the seventh article of a series concerning how to implement and use modelling methodology in CATIA V5.

In this article, we will discuss additional rules to be considered when defining part files. This article closes the main set of modelling methodology for prismatic geometry driven parts, with single body.

Angle Bracket part - referred to in past articles on modelling methodolgy

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Topics: Training, CATIA, Dassault Systemes

Modelling methodology in CATIA V5 - Part 6

Posted by Alex Fernandes on 16-Jan-2018 13:28:02

Defining features

This is the sixth article of a series concerning how to implement and use modelling methodology in CATIA V5.

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Topics: CATIA, Dassault Systemes, Training

Training Certification - why do it?

Posted by Geoff Haines on 09-Jan-2018 14:20:30

How do you get recognition of your skills or you want to be involved in better work or been seen as making a difference - how do you show your difference?  

It’s all about having something unique that gives value to your employer.

 

 

Or if when job seeking how do you differentiate yourself from the rest of the pack? I had a friend who said you should draw pretty flowers on your CV! – whether he ever did that I don’t know, but in the competitive world we live you have to have a difference. That’s what sells. In sales jargon it’s called a Unique Selling Point, and when going for a job or looking to improve your position, that’s what you need.

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Topics: Training, CATIA, Dassault Systemes, Various - CAD CAM FEA PLM

Modelling methodology in CATIA V5 - Part 5

Posted by Alex Fernandes on 01-Dec-2017 12:48:41

The modelling stage

This is the fifth article of a series concerning how to implement and use modelling methodology in CATIA V5.

In this article, we will discuss the modelling stage in detail.

This is the second stage of the creation process; we already have all the elements defined in the Skeleton group, so now is the time to start modelling the solid geometry.

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Topics: Training, CATIA, Dassault Systemes

CATIA 3DEXPERIENCE contributes to two Construction Awards

Posted by Geoff Haines on 24-Nov-2017 15:18:49

The 3DEXPERIENCE platform from Dassault Systemes has played an important role in winning 2 awards in the Construction industry.

The Institution of Structural Engineers has awarded the 2017 prize for Construction Innovation to the team that designed and built The TallWood House at Brock Commons - an 18-storey mass timber hybrid building at the University of British Columbia (UBC) in Vancouver, Canada.

At 53m high, this student residence building has been recognized as the tallest mass timber hybrid building in the world. It is comprised of 17 storeys of five-ply cross laminated timber (CLT) floor panels, glue laminated timber columns.

Key to proving the construction process was the use of 3DEXPERIENCE to simulate the construction methods, from delivery of prefabricated parts to the work processes involved in assembling the building. CADMakers* used the 3DEXPERIENCE platform to simulate in real time all these interactions and hence improve on methods in a digital world before committing to the real world.

See this video to compare the virtual with the real.

Zaha Hadid Architects used CATIA 3DEXPERIENCE as the platform for the design of the world’s longest asymmetrical single stay bridge in Taiwan – The Danjiang BridgeThe design teams based in 3 locations across 2 continents used CATIA 3DEXPERIENCE On Cloud as the design and collaboration platform. 

This greatly improved communication of ideas, management of information and enhanced the collaboration across the teams. The design team at Zaha’s were awarded the 2017 innovation in Collaboration Award from the Computing Construction Awards.

Read the full case study here >>

Both these awards show the gains that the construction industry can get from adopting the 3DEXPERIENCE platform as not only a 3D BIM tool but as a collaboration platform on which to store, control and manage all project data – meeting the requirements of BIM Level 3.

*VIRTUAL DESIGN MODELLING: CadMakers Inc

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Topics: Awards & Accolades, 3DEXPERIENCE, Architecture, Engineering & Construction (AEC)