What is CATIA V5 PLM Express and How to Install It

What is CATIA V5 PLM Express? One of the great features of CATIA V5 is that it has a wide variety of functionalities. Unfortunately, navigating through all of them to find which ones are going to be beneficial to your business can be a bit challenging and individually hand picking which options to use could end up being expensive. This is where CATIA V5 PLM Express comes into play. CATIA V5 PLM Express provides numerous bundled solutions or configurations based […]

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Reusing Your CATIA V5-6 Data Efficiently

As fun and as riveting as CAD work is, it can become monotonous when the same geometry must be made repeatedly. When there is a geometry that is commonly used throughout a company or design group, it is ideal to create a method that is also common in order to develop and reuse this geometry. This makes it so that users can find the geometry rapidly, easily edit their data in the future, or pass off their data without worrying […]

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Custom Drafting Standards in 3DEXPERIENCE

While using 3DEXPERIENCE, some companies may find it beneficial to set standards that all users must adhere to. In Drafting, users can manage and configure standards such as ISO, ASNI_ASME, JIS, or custom enterprise-wide standards. These standards define drafting elements like annotation, dimensions, dress-up, etc. In this demonstration, we will show how to create a custom set of standards and how to distribute them as a default option across an enterprise. We are only focusing on Drafting in this demonstration […]

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12 Days of InFlow – 3DExperience Platform

Introduction to the 3DExperience Platform On my last blog of the series and closer than ever to Christmas, I’ve decided to focus on the foundation of the 3DExperience Platform. There are hundreds of different things we can discuss. However, understanding the fundamentals of the platform is key before we start elaborating on its different tools. Most of the 3DExperience capabilities were derived from ENOVIA, a high end product life-cycle management solution offered by Dassault Systèmes. This cloud enabled collaboration will […]

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Export CATIA V5 Parts with PMI Using Step AP242

Recently, the STEP neutral file format has been upgraded to included 3D Product and Manufacturing Information (PMI) in addition to the CAD data. This new STEP format is known as Application Protocol (AP) 242. With STEP AP242, the user can send 3D Master data which can include annotations, notes, constraints, and tolerances (both Linear/Angle and Geometric Dimension and Tolerance (GD&T)). This eliminates the need for a user to have to send both 2D drawings and 3D CAD data to the […]

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Navigating Large Assemblies in 3DEXPERIENCE with Explore Mode

CATIA has always been known for its ability to efficiently design in the context of large and data-intensive assemblies. Luckily, Dassault has passed down these abilities to its new platform, 3DEXPERIENCE. However, with the ability to design the entirety of a large assembly in one place, there comes the challenge of finding parts that directly affect, or are in the proximity of the part you’re working on. To do so would require the ability to view the entire assembly and […]

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SOLIDWORKS PDM 2019 What’s New – File Shortcut Menu – #SW2019

SOLIDWORKS 2019 What’s New – File Shortcut Menu – #SW2019 This 2019 release of SOLIDWORKS PDM will have updates to accessibility to specific PDM functions, such as Check-In or Get Latest, throughout the vault. This blog will focus on the Right Mouse Click menu in specific tabs on the Window Explorer. In previous versions of SOLIDWORKS PDM, the File Shortcut Menu was only available in the Windows Explorer File View. This meant that right clicking on a file that you […]

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DriveWorks 16 Now Available!

Just Released: DriveWorks 16 In DriveWorks 16 we’ve built on our extensive Design Automation capabilities, greatly enhanced our 3D capabilities and made sure DriveWorks is positioned as a powerful configurator and CPQ solution company-wide for manufacturing companies. This release focuses on enhancements to stability and performance, scalability and usability alongside new features. Many of the enhancements in DriveWorks 16 have come from customer suggestions. Thank you to everyone that has submitted requests & suggestions to suggest@driveworks.co.uk. Here’s just a few of […]

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DriveWorks Best Practice: Renaming SOLIDWORKS Files

When working on a new or existing DriveWorks project, SOLIDWORKS practices need to be considered as well. Unfortunately not everything can be fully determined prior to setting everything up, so changes are bound to happen, such as renaming SOLIDWORKS parts, assemblies or drawings. Below is an outline that will allow you to rename your parts and assemblies without losing any information that was created or captured. Before we begin, make sure that SOLIDWORKS has the ability to rename parts from […]

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Transition from CATIA V5-6 to 3DEXPERIENCE: At First Glance

3DEXPERIENCE is Dassault Systèmes’s answer to the ever-growing and ever-demanding marketplace of today. While the main difference between Dassault’s CATIA V5-6 and 3DEXPERIENCE is their adaptation of a Cloud-Based & Data-Driven platform, there are some significant changes to their 3D Modeling Interface layout as well. We will cover those differences here. Upon opening the platform, you immediately notice that the interface has been completely re-vamped and has adapted a more sleek and modern look. CATIA V5 Interface 3DEXPERIENCE Interface Another […]

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