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  • Functional Tolerancing & Annotation: A workbench for CATIA

    Model-Based Engineering defines an approach to engineering that uses models that function as the technical baseline for a project and support the product throughout its full life cycle. Established at the conceptualisation of a product, the models are set up to define the product requirements and then subsequently to perform analysis and simulate processes, to specify design details and to validate and verify the...
  • 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.....
  • Inheriting Surface Colours of Surface Based Features in 3DEXPERIENCE

    Within 3DEXPERIENCE, it is possible to allow solid-based features to inherit the colours of the surface-based features used to create them. For example, if a pink surface is sewn onto a grey solid body, the part body can be set to be unaffected and remain grey. Alternatively, the part body can be set to inherit the colour of the surface and become pink. The default behaviour of 3DEXPERIENCE in this respect can be set within Preferences...
  • 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...
  • New Option to ‘Hard Metal Machining’ in 3DEXPERIENCE 2017x

    Development of ‘Hard Metal Machining’ is continuing at a pace at Dassault Systemes, with the introduction of a new option for ‘Profile Contouring’. In versions before 3DEXPERIENCE R2017x, the option to select multiple radial cuts with a ‘concentric’ tool path style (used for Hard Metal cutting) was present but the user had to juggle the number of cuts required along with the depth of the radial cuts to make it clear the area required...
  • 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...