STEP File (.STP/.STEP) Not Importing All the Data Wanted

STEP files are part of the ISO standard ISO 10303 and are internationally recognised as a convenient way of transferring CAD files between different CAD systems.

How to Create a Slide (Enhanced Scene) in CATIA V6

It is becoming more and more common that CAD users are upgrading from CATIA V5 to CATIA V6 and CATIA 3DEXPERIENCE. Although the upgrade will bring increased functionality with ease of use, it can often be intimidating to use when…

Dassault Systemes Software: Graphics Card Not Part of a Certified Configuration Warning

September 20, 2016 If you are receiving a warning that informs you that you are using a graphics card which is not part of any certified configuration, there are two things that could be wrong: The Graphics Card itself is…

Which CATIA Releases Will Your License Let You Use?

All DSLS licences have a max release date, meaning the date in the licence will determine the newest release of CATIA that you are able to use with this license.

Equivalent, Fake or Override Mass in CATIA V5

Although it may not be obvious, there can often be a reason for overriding the default mass of a part in CATIA V5. For example a supplier of a part can only supply you with the mass and no material…

Updating CAT Settings for Multiple Versions of CATIA

Having multiple versions of CATIA installed can sometimes cause issues with the CATIA settings.

Use CATIA V5 FEA (GPS/GAS) more Efficiently by Creating Templates

It is becoming more common for designers to produce their own basic FEA analysis. This can be an intimidating task for a novice with little or no knowledge of FEA.

Creating Catalogues in CATIA V5

When parts are often used and/or shared amongst many users, it is normally easier and tidier to store them as part of a structured catalogue. Default ISO catalogues are available with every CATIA V5 install but may not fit the needs…

Picking the Pockets of your Larger Engineering Competitors

May 26, 2016 Small to medium engineering businesses are finding an increasing number of ways to pick the pockets of their larger competitors under the shadow of Intelligent Engineering.   I love intelligent engineering, it gives an intense focus to a…

CATIA V5: On-Screen Model Manipulation

May 31, 2016 In CATIA V5, the mouse (or a Space Mouse, if used) can be used to control the position, orientation and zoom level of a model – and allows a great degree of control. Whilst for most situations…

DSLS Licences on Windows XP

When using Windows XP with CATIA, you can obtain a concurrent license from a server either using LUM or DSLS.

CATIA V5: Part Jumping When Being Moved by Compass

Under certain conditions, users may experience unusual behaviour when moving parts or sub-assemblies using the compass. It may appear that the part or sub-assembly being moved is not moving as the cursor is moved along the screen, only for it…

CATIA V5, V6, 3DEXPERIENCE… is it all still CATIA?

Dassault Systèmes CATIA is just one brand in their extensive portfolio of PLM products and solutions, specifically offering 3D design (CAD) capabilities. With such an array of solutions, it can be difficult to understand specifically which brand does what, which is why we have explained each brand in…

CATIA V5: Comparison of Old and New Versions of Model Geometry

In the DMU Space Analysis workbench, it is possible to visually and geometrically compare old and new versions of the same model.

Downloading and Installing Hot Fixes

Sometimes there are a few critical problems within the CATIA software. A hot fix is a software maintenance package containing fixes for a small number of these issues.

CATIA V5 Hints & Tips: Dimension Leader

May 17, 2016 In 2D Drafting, after creating dimensions it is possible to manipulate the leaders. When selecting the dimension that have been created, some white squares appear at the leader ends. These can be dragged by clicking the left…

CATIA V5: Propagation of Broken and Breakout Specifications

By default, any projection or auxiliary views generated from a front view with either a broken or breakout view having been defined, will not carry the broken/breakout view definition.

Problems With Your CATIA V6 Connection?

CATIA V6R2013X: Working With An Unreliable Network Connection

CATIA V5-6R2016 Now Available!

February 17, 2016 Good news, it is officially 2016 now that CATIA V5-6R2016 (or as I like to call it CATIA V5R26) is now available for download! It comes packed with a few neat tricks too. To take a look…

Evaluating the Change: Form, Fit and Function (FFF)

Form, Fit and Function rules specify how much new revisions of a part can deviate from the original before new part numbers are created. This is key in ensuring components can be substituted without issue.

Creating Multiple Points in CATIA V5 using Microsoft Excel

I get asked time and time again if there is an easier way to input multiple points into CATIA V5. The answer in short is, yes there is! Furthermore the functionality is available with every install on CATIA V5 and…

CATIA V5: Performance Issues When Moving Parts in Large Assemblies

Under certain conditions, users may experience performance issues when moving parts using the compass – typically in assemblies with upwards of several hundred parts.

Hiding Derived Reps in a Review Slide for Exploded Views in Drawings

To carry out assembly machining, most people create a Derived Rep of the parts to be machined and then work on that. The problem with this method, is that the derived rep ends up in a 3dshape under the product and the…

CATIA V6: Product Tree Reordering

Within the Assembly Design workbench in CATIA V6, there initially doesn’t appear to be a way of reordering the Product tree. The Tree Reordering icon is missing from the toolbars, and it appears that the only way to reorder the…

Generative Sheet Metal Design WALL Vs Aerospace Sheet Metal Design WEB

Some people may argue that the additional expense of having the Aerospace Sheet Metal Design tools is not worth it. However let me show you why I beg to differ!

CATIA V5 Hints & Tips: 3D Annotations

January 26, 2016 Annotations can be made to a 3D part through, for example, the Text with Leader tool, within the Part Design workbench Annotations toolbar. Additionally, these can be viewed parallel to the screen by going to their Properties…

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…

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. While this could be a symptom of having multiple versions of CATIA installed (read our…

Simplified Change Management Options in 3DEXPERIENCE R2017x

The new release gives users the ability to simplify the Change Management process. The existing methods from previous releases are still available, but R2017x offers new features.

Sharing Data Between Collaborative Spaces in CATIA 3DEXPERIENCE

This is usually used to group data by project. Different CS types exist but the general idea is to ensure that only users with a role granted on a Collaborative Space can view, amend and/or lifecycle the data.

The Contribution of Dassault Systemes to Digital Composite Technology

Though composites have been around for a long time, it is still a science in the making with many aspects of composites yet to be discovered. Dassault Systèmes have offered many tools to make this discovery efficient and continue to…

Buying a new CAD spec PC or laptop? Be careful with Windows 10 compatibility and Windows 7 downgrades

As suppliers of hardware to many of our customers, we regularly source new CAD workstations and laptops form a range of suppliers. After 18 months on the market (and a generally good reception), Windows 10 is now the standard operating…

Batch Convert CATPart/CATProduct/CATDrawing to 3DXML/STEP/IGES/DXF/DWG/ or Reverse

In CATIA V5/V6/3DEXPERIENCE, users have the ability to convert data in batch mode. When using V6 and 3DEXPERIENCE, this will automatically import/export data from the ENOVIA database. The following example is performed using CATIA V5 but is identical in V6 and 3DEXPERIENCE. However, with V6 and 3DEXPERIENCE,…

Design Validation using CATIA Finite Element Analysis

CATIA V5 offers highly interactive finite element analysis capabilities for validating design.

Assembly DMU Section Causing CATIA V5 to Abend (Crash)

We are committed in helping our customers and others resolve issues which they are experiencing. We are also committed in sharing our knowledge to the wider Dassault Systèmes (DS) user base. One particular issue I had faced with a customer…

CATIA V5: Creating Electrical Automatic Assembly Between Connectors (Part 2)

In Part 1 we saw that the Installation and Equipment workbench can provide ease of installation, robust assembly behaviour and routine design reduction by automating the assembly on Electrical components. This post will show further capabilities on this topic, with a different combination of electrical links.…

CATIA V5: Creating Electrical Automatic Assembly Between Connectors (Part 1)

CATIA Installation and Equipment is a workbench which deals with electrical components, assembly, harness installation, and so on…

CATIA 3DEXPERIENCE and Trends in Design and Manufacturing (Part 2 of 2)

An Interview with Frédéric Martin

CATIA 3DEXPERIENCE and Trends in Design and Manufacturing (Part 1 of 2)

To find out more what the future of Design and Manufacturing, 3D Printing and Systems Engineering will look like, the CEO of TECHNIA, Jonas Gejer had yet another fruitful dialogue with Frédéric Martin, CATIA Sales Director at Dassault Systèmes.

CATIA V5: Save Time with 2D Advanced Meshing

In Finite Element Analysis, it is typical to wait during the calculation process. On the one hand, computers have become more and more powerful over the last decade, resulting in a reduction calculation time. But on the other hand, the user…

CATIA? DELMIA? EXALEAD? What do these brands actually mean? (In Layman’s terms)

One of the problems of Dassault Systèmes possessing such a wide variety of products is that it can often be a bit of an issue working out what each of these products even does.

3DEXPERIENCE and V5 Support on Windows 10 Operating System

Dassault Systèmes announces support of 3DEXPERIENCE and V5 Offers on Microsoft Windows 10 64-bit Edition operating system.

Custom designed applications take PLM software to a new level

Leading PLM software like CATIA and ENOVIA come packed with a host of standard features that meet the biggest needs of most businesses. But every company has its own unique processes, and sometimes customized solutions can help further boost productivity…

Make Your Designer Dreams Reality with Simulation

One of the toughest challenges a designer faces is to quickly determine whether an idea is viable or not. This is where a reliable simulation analysis tool can come in and save the day in a multitude of ways. If…

Lost in Translation? Compare CATIA V5 with SMG and JT easier

CAD conversion represents an act of transforming a relatively complex mathematical description into a totally different one, trying to maintain the same outcome for the user and process but under the hood, things can get messy.

Do I have PLM Express (Edition 3) media installed or the older P2 configuration?

It is very important that you have the correct Media installed when it comes to Dassault Systèmes products. CATIA V5 comes in two configurations, the older P2 configuration and the newer Edition 3 configuration. Although CATIA itself does not change,…

Measure Directly From Your CAD Screen … Literally!

Want to measure directly from your monitor using a ruler but struggle to scale your CAD accordingly? Well let us show how you can do just that using Dassault Systèmes CATIA applications!

Generative Structural Analysis Applied for Design Optimisation

Design optimisation is the process of finding the best design parameters that satisfy project requirements. Optimisation of parameters, whether “minimisation”, “maximisation” or “approaching a target value” is an iterative process. Using the conventional, manual approach can be time consuming and…

Customising CATIA V5: Setting Favourite Workbenches

CATIA can be customised for each individual user to improve the experience and speed up the modelling process. One of these customisations includes selecting your favourite workbenches for quick and convenient access.

Design Optimisation Using CATIA Knowledgeware Module

Design optimisation is the process of finding the best design parameters that satisfy project requirements. Optimisation consists of “maximise”, “minimise”, or “approach a target value”, using a variety of parameters. Performing a conventional optimisation using manual iterations can be a…

Kinematic Simulations in CATIA… Cool visual animations or a useful engineering tool?

The Digital Mock-Up (DMU) Kinematics workbench, available in CATIA, allows users to create simulations of assemblies. To have access to this workbench, the KIN product must be installed and available in your licence. For CATIA V5 PLM Express configurations, the…

Creating Thread Standards in CATIA V5 Using an XML File

To streamline the CAD design process, it is often easier to create a library of commonly used standard parts. The same principle can be applied to commonly used standards, and one of the more commonly used standards is the Thread…

3DEXPERIENCE Part Design App… So What?

With the recent release of Dassault Systèmes 3DEXPERIENCE R2015x, some would ask what is different about these apps? For example, the part design app tools appear to be identical to the part design workbench tools of CATIA V5.

CATIA: Issues with Remote Desktop

It is common to use the Remote Desktop feature within Windows to connect to another client machine or even the server to install and set up software, this is definitely advantageous as the machine could be in another location e.g.…

Help with Selecting Elements in CATIA V5

Most readers will be familiar with the usual method of helping to select an element that might be hidden behind others; namely the use of the up and down arrow keys.

How to Identify Problems Getting a License When Using DSLS

For all new releases of V5 starting at R21 and all versions of V6 and 3DEXPERIENCE, DSLS (Dassault Systèmes License Server) is used to manage software licensing. Like most license servers, there needs to be a secure connection between the…

Where Can the ADAPTIVE SWEEP Tool Be Advantageous Over SWEEP in CATIA V5?

The SWEEP tool within CATIA V5 is a very useful tool. However it can have its limitations. One of the limitations is that the profile curve cannot be adapted along the sweep.

LUM Concurrent Licences Not Releasing

Sometimes when CATIA crashes or has not been closed down properly, the Basic Licence tool thinks the user is still using it. Unfortunately you cannot release the licence from the basic license tool or even remove it as it thinks…

Speed Up Your Design Time Using Insert Mode in CATIA V5

The longest part of generating a decent CAD model is housekeeping! Users often assume that once the 3D CAD model is completed, it will never be touched again. However this is often not the case!

URGENT – Windows Update Information

Microsoft windows update on 13/05/2015 (specifically KB3061518) seems to have an impact on DSLS connection protocol for levels lower than 3DEXPERIENCE R2015x.

CATIA V5: Creating a Smooth Blended Surface

When using CATIA, the user may find that using an operation alone does not give the required result. It is using a combination of tools that gives the user the required result. This is often a matter of playing around,…

CATIA V5: Surfacing… It Doesn’t Have To Be Difficult!

There are many misconceptions associated with surfacing in CATIA V5, particularly that it is intimidating to use! In fact it is quite the opposite.

CATIA Losing File Association

Dassault Systèmes quite often bring out new releases of CATIA V5. The most current release of CATIA V5 to date is V5-6R2015 (which is often referred to as R25), however not everyone using CATIA V5 are using the latest release. This can be…

3rd Angle Projection

Third Angle projection is a method of orthographic projection which is a technique in portraying a 3D design using a series of 2D views.  

CATIA V5-6R2014 Crashes/Abends When Trying to Create a New VBA Library or Run a Macro

Have you found that your recently installed CATIA V5-6R2014 install always crashes when you try to create a new VBA library or try to run a macro? This seems to only be the case when Microsoft Office products are not…

Prevent CATIA Consuming Multiple Licenses

On a single machine you can run multiple versions of CATIA at the same time e.g. R18, R19 and R22. We have noticed that this is becoming more frequent that CATIA is using more than 1 license. To  eliminate this…

DSLS – Enrolling Nodelock License

This short guide lists the steps to enrolling a DSLS nodelock license.

Having Problems with your CATIA V5 Applications?

Has CATIA V5 been acting differently lately? Have there been recent stability issues? Does everything look different compared to how it first looked when you opened it? Are you unable to perform tasks that you were able to in the…

LUM: Enrolling Concurrent Licenses

This guide will describe how to install LUM licenses onto your machine/server.

Quickly Validate a Part Design Using CATIA FEA

It can often become a tiresome iterative process designing a part, especially when the number of people involved increases. For simple analysis, the designer can validate their designed component(s) with respect to thickness, design, material, etc using the Generative Structural…

Capture Images and Videos from Inside CATIA V5

Users tend to rely on using the operating systems native tool for capturing screen shots or third party applications for recording the screen.

LUM: Extract License from Server Setup

Aim: The aim is to be able to checkout\extract a license from the license server onto the client machine. Note: This is only for CATIA licenses Solution: 1) Copy & Paste the link below into your Internet Browser: ftp://ftp-ip.com/CATIA/i4_offline_mig_13.zip username: [email protected] password: download_1234  …

CATIA V5: Transitioning from LUM to DSLS (CATIA V5R21)

This guide contains the steps required to change from LUM licensing to DSLS licensing. Note: Ensure CATIA is closed before transition.

CATIA V5: Creating Equivalent Dimensions

It can often become tedious for designers to keep changing multiple constraint values in CATIA V5, which will always equal to the same value, for instance in a sketch. If one value is changed, the user is then forced to…

Quickly Convert CATIA V4 Model Data to a CATIA V5 Part

The following example shows users of CATIA V5 how to quickly convert CATIA V4 model files into CATIA V5 part files without using any migration tools.

10 Reasons for Transitioning to CATIA V6 (Part 5 of 5)

Extract taken from Whitepaper “10 Reasons for Transitioning to CATIA V6” by TECHNIA’ 3DEXPERIENCE/V6 Specialist Technical Team

10 Reasons for Transitioning to CATIA V6 (Part 4 of 5)

Extract taken from Whitepaper "10 Reasons for Transitioning to CATIA V6" by Technia' 3DEXPERIENCE/V6 Specialist Technical Team

Quickly Associate One Parameter Value to Another in CATIA

There is now a quick and easy way to link one parameter value to another in CATIA. In this example we will look at linking two dimensions quickly in sketcher.

10 Reasons for Transitioning to CATIA V6 (Part 3 of 5)

Extract taken from Whitepaper "10 Reasons for Transitioning to CATIA V6" by TECHNIA' 3DEXPERIENCE/V6 Specialist Technical Team

10 Reasons for Transitioning to CATIA V6 (Part 2 of 5)

Extract taken from Whitepaper "10 Reasons for Transitioning to CATIA V6" by Technia' 3DEXPERIENCE/V6 Specialist Technical Team

CATIA Stops Working with AVAST Antivirus New Definition Update

Some of our customers have experienced CATIA crashes after AVAST antivirus update today (22 July 2014)… We recommend to exclude CATIA folders namely C:Program FilesDassault Systemes from scanning!

10 Reasons for Transitioning to CATIA V6 (Part 1 of 5)

Extract taken from Whitepaper "10 Reasons for Transitioning to CATIA V6" by Technia' 3DEXPERIENCE/V6 Specialist Technical Team

What is CATIA?

CATIA stands for Computer Aided Three dimensional Interactive Application

Why Use Publications?

Many parts contain important features that the designer knows will be used in other parts, or to constrain the part in an assembly, such as hole centrelines, mating faces etc… There are three problems with this however: 1) Important features…

CATIA: Using Draft Analysis with Imagine and Shape to Optimize Design

This is a useful tool for quickly making moulded plastic objects, such as drink bottles. However before making mould tools it is useful to analyse the draft angles and correct mistakes to ensure that the bottles can be successfully removed…

CATIA: Using the DMU Optimiser Tools to Reduce the Size of CGR Files

The PRE license gives access to various tools that can reduce the size of CGR models without losing key packaging information.

CATIA V5: GS1 (Basic Surfacing) vs. GSD (Full Surfacing)

With CATIA V5 there is often a cost associated with additional functionality and it can become a dilemma to a user/company whether the tools available justifies the cost. In this example we will have a look at the PLM Express products GS1…

CATIA V5: Assigning Keyboard Shortcuts to Commonly Used Commands

It can often be a nuisance to use the mouse and click on commands that are commonly used in CATIA V5. One of the most used commands, which will we use as an example in this article, is the Hide/Show…

CATIA V5: Generating a CATPart from a CATProduct

It may be necessary for a CAD user to create a single part from an assembly of multiple parts. Most commonly this is done when analysing an assembly using other software. Each part within the assembly is converted into its…

CATIA V5: Creating Text in Sketcher Without Using Macro’s or Third Party Software

It is common in CATIA V5 for a user to want to create text inside the sketcher workbench. Dassault Systemes have addressed this need in CATIA V6 where a tool is available for the user to simply enter text and use it! However no…

CATIA V5: Changing the Co-Ordinate Axis System Representation Size

In the part design workbench users often have difficulty seeing the coordinate axis system. The following is a quick hint enabling users to control the coordinate axis system display size, allowing for a more comfortable CATIA experience.

CATIA V5 Data Management on the 3DExperience Platform

Are you currently using CATIA V5 without any PDM system? Do you want a 30% improvement in productivity, 25% improvement in design change management and a 40% improvement in BOM (Bill of Materials) accuracy? Are you interested in the PLM…

Optimise CATIA V5 design with ENOVIA V6

The globalisation of engineering activities often involving design offices spread over various countries and multiple suppliers is a key factor in the quest to improve quality and reduce costs during development of new products.

CATIA V6: Native Products and Parts Are Now Editable in V5

Dassault Systèmes launches industry’s best multi-version compatibility with new V5 Release. The new release V6-native products and parts are now editable in V5. Still, advancement of V5 continues.

CATIA V6 Release – How will it affect V5 users?

CATIA V6 has been released, and the improvements are significant. It offers users greater collaboration throughout the supply chain, as well as increased security of designs.