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CATIA

  • Cannot save CATIA V5 files open in your CATIA session?

    Ever had an issue where CATIA refuses to save your file(s) that is/are open in your current CATIA session? Does the error below look familiar? The most probable cause for this error is that the original file opened in session has been deleted from its original location. For example, in the above case: The file is currently open in the CATIA Session. However when browsing to the location listed in the error message (where the original file was opened from), you can see it is missing...
  • Create a Customised Drawing Border in 3DEXPERIENCE

    The standard ‘Out of the box’ Drawing Borders in 3DEXPERIENCE provide a basic solution for adding a frame and title block to a Drawing. The functionality will add a template to the background view and further options are provided to add a revision ladder, assign a checker/designer, as well as resizing and deleting the template. The majority of information on the title block without automated functionality can be edited by accessing the background view.....
  • Manage DSLS Licence Authorisations

    If you have a large pool of licences available on a single DSLS licence server, then it often becomes more difficult to manage the licences available. For example in CATIA V5, a single user can select all available licences. The problem with this is that the user can consume several licences in one session of CATIA when in reality the user only requires a single licence. In the DSLS Licence Administration Tool you can set authorisations on each licence to...
  • CATIA V5 to 3DEXPERIENCE Transition: Creating a Revision from Saved As Geometry

    When using CATIA V5, the 'Save As' option can be used for creating a copy of an object which can then be used independently from the original file, often to evaluate different options during the development process. Sometimes, it is desirable to use one of these 'saved as' objects as the next new revision of the original product. 1) Search for both parts in 3DEXPERIENCE...
  • CATIA V5 to 3DEXPERIENCE Transition: Save As Function For Duplication

    When using CATIA V5, the 'Save As' option can be used for creating a copy of an object which can then be used independently from the original file, often to evaluate different options during the development process. Sometimes, it is desirable to use one of these 'saved as' objects as the next new revision of the original product. In 3DEXPERIENCE, the 'Save As' option is available in the “Save with Options…” drop-down menu...
  • How to Engrave Your CATIA V5 Model

    One of the most commonly asked questions by trainees on one of our CATIA V5 Fundamentals courses is “How do I put engraving on my model?” By this, they usually mean adding text in the form of a pad (emboss) or pocket (deboss) to permanently identify the part. A simple alpha-numeric text string on a flat surface either raised or embedded by a millimetre or so will suffice. CATIA V5 does not have this function built in as a directly available modelling feature....
  • STL (STereoLithography) file and CATIA V5/3DEXPERIENCE

    A Stereo Lithography (STL) file is a standard file format created by 3D Systems, USA. It also goes by other nick names of Standard Triangle Language or similarly Standard Tessellation Language. It is a very popular file format related to additive manufacturing [http://www.intrinsys.com/blog/2016/is-it-time-to-consider-additive-manufacturing], or 3D scanning and/or printing as it may be more commonly known...
  • How to Run CATIA V5 in Admin Mode

    Some administrators of CATIA V5 within, or even outside of an organisation require access to CATIA V5 in “Admin Mode” in order to restrict certain options and/or implement certain design best practises via the use of standards. This can range from limiting a user’s ability, to turn on or off options in Tools > Options to specify drawing standards. Below describes the method to which you can open CATIA V5...
  • CATIA V5-6R2017 (aka V5R27) is Finally Here!

    Some of you may think, is it that time of year again already?! Dassault Systèmes (DS) has been busy rolling out the latest CATIA 3DEXPERIENCE 2017x release, but it has not forgotten its CATIA V5 companion. DS have finally released CATIA V5-6R2017 (which most of you may prefer to call it V5R27), and yes, it’s compatible with Windows 10! The “-6” represents its compatibility with ENOVIA 3DEXPERIENCE R2017x. If you want to learn more about DS brands...
  • CATIA File Icon and Preview Thumbnail Doesn’t Display

    If your CATIA icons have lost their default CATIA icon symbols and a preview thumbnail of the part is not available in Windows Explorer, there is a fix available. This may not necessarily be a symptom of having multiple versions of CATIA installed or due to an update of CATIA, but could be due to a system change or file/folder change on windows that has initiated the issue...