CATIA-CADAM Solutions Version 4 Release 2.0 from Dassault Systemes (CAD/CAM from 2D to digital mock-up)
Platforms: AIX, IRIX, Solaris, HP/UX
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Customers in the shipbuilding, construction, aerospace and automotive industries are among the major beneficiaries of the three new products and 37 others enhanced in Version 4 Release 2.0. The new release expands the CATIA portfolio to 115 products.

This release supports customers from 2D drawing to digital mock-up methodologies and notably expands customer competitiveness and productivity in three major domains -- manufacturing, analysis and digital mock-up.

For mechanical, construction and other industries requiring comprehensive yet integrated, associative and easier-to-use manufacturing tools, Release 2.0 expands the manufacturing solution by introducing a new product -- Lathe Machining Programmer. This product provides extensive turning designs for such operations as roughing, grooving, threading and finishing. The new release also offers full integration across all the CATIA Manufacturing product suite to enable mixing mill, drill and lathe operations in a seamless fashion. Other enhancements in the manufacturing domain include a higher level of automation for prismatic machining and an extension of multi-axis capabilities for contouring and surfacing. Moreover programming and machining productivity is significantly enhanced in the mold and die areas.

In any industry where analysis on assembly is critical, especially in fabrication & assembly, aerospace and automotive, Version 4 Release 2.0 introduces a new dedicated product -- Assembly and Substructure Analysis to analyze very large assemblies as well as individual components in the context of the assembly. This allows true concurrent engineering on large systems and rapid design-analysis iterations on a component in the context of an assembly. Dedicated functions are introduced for car body meshing, in preparation for crash, noise and vibration simulations. For sheetmetal or plastic parts, another new meshing capability is the ability to generate a shell mesh directly from a thin solid.

The new Version 4 Release 2.0 facilitates further implementation of the digital mock-up process. The definition and analysis of wire harnesses can now be performed in multi model fashion, consistent with the way automotive and aerospace industries segment their design either spatially or functionally. This gives much more flexibility in determining the most optimal design and placement for wire bundles. To perform quality engineering at any level of a product structure, customers can now assign 3D tolerances on assemblies within the digital mock-up. Other enhancements include capability to generate the 3D solid representation of composite material parts and integrate it within a digital mock-up; and extension of CATIA 4D Navigator, the tool of choice for digital mock-up inspection and simulation, to become multi-CAD in order to support access to any CAD systems. With 4D Navigator, users can also browse on ENOVIA information. This complete integration between the logical representation (BOM, configuration) and the 3D physical representation of products gives a better understanding of the status of product development.

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