The CATIA 3DEXPERIENCE portfolio contains over 50 roles which support user experiences in Styling Design, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical and Fluids Engineering and Systems Engineering.
CATIA 3DEXPERIENCE provides a lean and intuitive environment for all design and engineering activities. Users now have an action bar at the bottom of the screen containing commands in the context of the current task.
These are arranged intelligently in groups that reflect real-life workflows, making it natural to find the right function. Standardized icons are used, enabling a rapid user learning curve and leading to immediate productivity gains.
What is new in CATIA 3DEXPERIENCE R2015x?
CATIA R2015x provides a new way to boost productivity with CATIA Generative Shape Design
Enhanced intuitive user interface & the new contextual toolbar: More efficient design of precise parametric shapes with less interactions. New immersive context toolbar: trigger design commands according to the current selection (context toolbar suggests relevant features, like intersect, split, trim or join). It is now easy to create geometry with direct manipulations by using the context toolbar in combination with the robot, and retrieve the feature in the specification tree with definition panel.
Dynamic simulation of Systems with Mechatronic Systems Engineer
CATIA R2015x delivers enhancements in system engineering, the product development process that integrates cross-discipline modeling, simulation, verification and management.
Improved Mechatronics Systems Engineer role: A simple example would be to model and analyse the initial acceleration of a mechanism from static in response to a load being applied. Fully model and simulate the physical behaviour properties of cross-discipline systems which combines hydraulics, electronics, mechanical and embedded software (e.g. vehicle braking system).
Composites Braiding Designer role to simulate Braiding Process
New role enables the design of composite parts manufactured using the braiding process – where a spinning machine deposits and interlaces composite fibres around a mandrel. An advanced simulation environment enables designers to predict and visualise fibre paths on complex surfaces, and optimise machine parameters to achieve the desired fibre orientation that meets mechanical requirements. Generation of an accurate mandrel shape is automated, without physical prototyping, and provides higher quality braided production parts.
Plastic Mechanical Designer enables the design of complex parts with advanced plastic filling simulation capabilities
This role enables the design of complex parts with advanced plastic filling simulation capabilities. Plastics Simulation Assistant guides the user in easily setting up the simulation with only a few clicks. Characteristics like injection locations and mesh are described effortlessly. A variety of plastic design indicators like sink marks and air traps can be instantly analysed to optimise design. This enables designs to be right the first time for manufacturability.
Visual Experience Designer delivers higher photorealistic image quality and integration with creative artwork
Feature delivers real-time “live” rendering visualisation so that a designer can work directly in a realistic visual environment; rendering and Artwork creation of high quality photorealistic images are as easy as using a camera. It provides an integrated user experience to manipulate environments, lighting, apply materials, and visualise product with interactive ray-tracing “global illumination” algorithms for accurate design decision.
Nvidia VCA support hardware boosts the interactive rendering experience. New capabilities for the Artworks creative workflow include import support of Adobe Illustrator SVG Files and enabled complex mapping of labels & textures on 3D objects.
CATIA expansion in Engineering & Construction with 3 New Roles
Concept Structural Designer: allows architects, structural engineers and consultants to manage the general arrangement of a building’s structure, including primary beams, secondary beams pattern, and foundation elements.
Civil Engineer: design, review and collaborate around a civil infrastructure project – e.g. accounting for typical specificities of such projects such as scale and terrain – with a comprehensive set of apps. It also allows civil engineers to prepare for infrastructure design by creating a realistic 3D model of ground and underground.
Architectural Detail Designer: delivers a collaborative design environment where architects, planners, consultants and building owners can work together.
Systems Openness Through FMI Support
Systems Engineers can benefit from more openness with the new support for the Functional Mockup Interface (FMI) standard. FMI is an open standard for the exchange of systems models for model sharing and co-simulation. Export Modelica systems models from CATIA as Functional Mockup Units (FMU) for validation in another system such as Hardware in the Loop (HIL) or Real Time Analysis (RTA) test environments. Similarly, FMU’s can be imported from other tools to co-simulate these systems components within CATIA.