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Digitizing Shop Floor documentation with CATIA Composer

Wide Ranging Capabilities

Whether your company specializes in machining, assembly or maintenance, CATIA Composer offers wide ranging capabilities to produce animation, still images or technical illustrations.

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Topics: CATIA, TechTips, Manufacturing

3DEXPERIENCE Platform – Key Features End Users Will Relate To!

PLM (Product Lifestyle Management) can be a scary term. Costly, complicated and ‘only for large companies’ are some of the general concerns people will often raise. 3DEXPERIENCE on the cloud is a real game changer with regards to most misconceptions around PLM.

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Topics: 3DEXPERIENCE, Various - CAD CAM FEA PLM, TechTips, Manufacturing, Remote Working

ICAM Post Processing Advantage

Post Processing Overview

If you’re a CNC Programmer or Machinist the likelihood is you interact with machine code, often referred to as G-Code, on a daily basis. Around the world thousands of these G-Code files are produced from a CAM system with a few clicks of the mouse ready to be sent to a CNC machine or robot.

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Topics: ICAM Technologies, Various - CAD CAM FEA PLM, CATIA, Manufacturing

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, CATIA, TechTips, Manufacturing

Why 2D alone design hinders manufacturing

2D drawings have played a major role in product design and manufacturing, and still play an important part today. Yet, 2D drawings can’t always cut it in a 3D world. 

Two-dimensional drawings can provide a good understanding of how a product will function and what tolerances and dimensions are required to ensure fit and functionality.

The challenge is that 2D drawings have a few drawbacks that can hinder the manufacturing process within an organisation. This is where 3D design comes into its own.

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Topics: Various - CAD CAM FEA PLM, CATIA, Manufacturing

Improve your 3D metal printing process

Additive Manufacturing has been around in some form or other since the 90's when stereolitography (SLA) and selective laser sintering (SLS) techniques were used for rapid prototyping components, but with little strength or physical integrity there was limited utility from them.

3D printing of plastic parts can now be achieved on the desktop with a printer costing hundreds of pounds, but printing metal parts that could be used for load bearing applications has really come to the fore in the last few years with focus from industry and government on it as a cost-effective and short lead time manufacturing technique.

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Topics: Finite Element Analysis (FEA), Manufacturing, Hexagon MSC Software