Is Your Team Unsure About What PLM Really Is? Here are 3 Things You Need to Know

Do you know roughly how many parts are used in a new Airbus A380? … Four million.

Remove the Hassle of Managing Your Own License Server with Dassault Systèmes Hosted Licenses

Since the beginning of the year Dassault Systèmes have provided the ability, to have your software licenses hosted for you instead of having to provide your own server, free of charge.

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.

Has Industry 4.0 already arrived?

Remember that tale about the King’s new clothes? For several years industry has been buzzing about the dawn of a new era in manufacturing, a 4th Industrial Revolution or Industry 4.0 as we have come to know it.

Post-Processing with Abaqus/CAE: First Results

Abaqus/CAE provides several tools for Post Processing. Among these, there are several controls for displaying different variables, plotting their contours in different ways, controlling the maximum and minimum limits within the results, and plotting graphs that can show the evolution of…

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.

Analysis for Engineers: Fluid Validation in 3DEXPERIENCE (Part 1 of 2)

Hard core and pure Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) still remains one of the most complex fields within engineering. Yet, it is incredibly valuable, especially in a world where optimisation is becoming more necessary, not only for cost reduction but to make…

Analysis for Engineers: Fluid Validation in 3DEXPERIENCE (Part 2 of 2)

In part one you saw how to prepare a Fluid Validation analysis case. After running the simulation, the post-processing can be easily managed through the Results tab in the Action bars.

Guest Blog: How Can You Ensure Your Product’s Manufacturability?

Guest Blog Written By Nick Scott, Manufacturing Consultant at Dassault Systèmes

Installing Abaqus Subroutines

Arguably one of the most difficult steps in using User Subroutines in Abaqus is installing them correctly, and getting them to work! To help you overcome this first obstacle, we have produced a guide to walk you through the process.

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…

Creating a new part in Abaqus/CAE

The most basic of operations can be intimidating to perform when you are a new user of a particular application, and one as established as SIMULIA Abaqus/CAE is no different! Creating a new part in Abaqus/CAE is easy, and the…

Updating CAT Settings for Multiple Versions of CATIA

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

Analysis for Engineers: Structural Validation in 3DEXPERIENCE

Today, analysis is an essential part of any product development process. The use of simulation saves companies significant time and cost, by avoiding most of the expensive and lengthy physical testing process.

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.

Seamlessly Work in PDM and PLM for the Best of Both

Share, view and access easily the data that drives innovation.

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…

Is it Time to Consider Additive Manufacturing?

3D printing is a lot more interesting to me now that printing in metal is a reality for traditionally risk averse markets, such as aerospace, as they demonstrate their acceptance of AM produced components.

Using General Contact in Abaqus/CAE

Contact is essentially the definition of parts interacting with one another and/or itself. Abaqus/Standard & Abaqus/Explicit both use General contact and/or Contact pairs for defining contact.

ENOVIA SmarTeam Web Editor Workflow License Usage

"When I launch SmarTeam – Web Editor, a Workflow license is also taken. Is it possible to disable the Workflow product for users who do not utilize Workflow?"

SIMULIA Abaqus/CAE: Recording Macros

Abaqus/CAE allows the user to automate repeating tasks by running Python scripts, but writing these scripts from scratch can be difficult for first time users. To help you generate your scripts, Abaqus/CAE has a macro recording system, which allows the…

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: 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.

Intelligent Engineering, Enterprise PLM and ‘Best Practice’ Processes: The Golden Bullet for Automotive OEMs

Prediction and preparation for future market requirements is becoming a standard component within the front end of enterprise PLM systems and Dassault Systèmes 3DEXPERIENCE Platform has been designed to be the technology of choice for many of the world’s leading automotive…

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!

SIMULIA Abaqus 2016 Installation Guide

January 15, 2016 DOWNLOAD THE STEP-BY-STEP INSTALLATION GUIDE Some of you may be aware or even have been anticipating the arrival of SIMULIA 2016 suite of applications. Now that it is here, to get it up and running can be…

Importing Parts into Abaqus/CAE

There is more than one way to create geometry in Abaqus/CAE. The pre-processor (CAE) allows the user to create geometries, parts and assemblies, whether 1D, 2D or 3D. However very complex geometries could be time consuming using the pre-processer, and…

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…

End of Support for Windows 7 and 8 announced with Next Release of 3DEXPERIENCE Platform

All customers using Windows that wish to upgrade to 2019x will be required to upgrade to Windows 10 if they have not done so already. They have not confirmed an exact date, stating that it will be released by the…

My 3DEXPERIENCE Experience at TECHNIA

This summer I have been working as an Intern for TECHNIA & Integral Powertrain as a Design Engineer. I’ve recently completed my first year at the University of Portsmouth where I’m currently studying BEng Mechanical Engineering.

Up Above the Clouds with 3DEXPERIENCE

Or rather, ‘up in the (data) clouds’. After all, the model-based, data-driven PLM tool 3DEXPERIENCE is now offered by Dassault Systèmes as a software as a service (SaaS) solution in the cloud. Just to mention a few advantages: even greater…

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…

How do you design for manufacturing excellence in the world of Additive Manufacturing?

If you are one of the many businesses considering 3D Printing/Additive Manufacturing (AM), how can you ensure that your designs are right the first time, every time?

Intelligent Engineering, the Fourth Musketeer

No need to worry help is at hand. For those of my era “Don’t panic Mr Mainwaring!”

Problems Retrieving IBM License Use Management (LUM) Target ID

When trying to obtain the IBM License Use Management TargetID through the ‘i4target’ executable the ID returned shows ‘00000000’. This can also be encountered in the LUM Basic License Tool where the TargetID shows the same 8-digit alpha numeric which…

Cloud Upgrade: Steps to Resolve Issues When Installing Upload Rich Applications

As we switch to the new 3DEXPERIENCE R2017x, it’s recommended that you remove all 3DEXPERIENCE R2016x code previously installed on your machine and that you clean up your system.

Will Enterprise PLM Tame Additive Manufacturing?

As the amount of R&D pounds aimed at developing new Additive Manufacturing technologies and applications heads skywards so does the spend and the development time that is focused on the PLM design, analysis & simulation and digital manufacturing software to…

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…

DraftSight 2017 Service Pack 1 Now Available

Although it was previously announced that all DraftSight users (Windows 32 and 64 bit versions) need to download and install a critical hotfix that was made available to avoid being negatively affected by this. Downloading and installing DraftSight 2017 SP1 will…

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.

I once had a Coke! Is Big Data and Business Analytics working?

It’s an annoyance story that used to be replayed as marketing professionals bemoaned how advertising used previous purchase data to target offers. You may know the story; Guy walks into a bar and orders a Coke. Next time and the…

DraftSight Critical Hotfix

To continue working with DraftSight a Critical Hotfix has been made available. We advise that you download and install this hotfix as soon as possible.

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,…

PLM: Too late, too late, will be the cry

“Too late, too late will be the cry when the man with the bargains has passed you by.” From Lock Stock & Two Smoking Barrels. When the character Bacon delivered this line in the film he was not talking about…

Do you master these 3 key business trends?

Being aware of market trends and the potential impact of them on your business is crucial when developing a winning strategy. To find out what key trends Dassault Systèmes is recognizing on the market, and how the 3DEXPERIENCE platform can…

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…

Digitalizing the Construction Industry

Ask a construction company today whether they are using lean production methods, and many of them will say yes. But chances are that their definition of “lean” doesn’t have much in common with what the manufacturing industry is doing.

8 of the Best New Features from 3DEXPERIENCE R2017x

Current cloud users have had access to a 3DEXPERIENCE 2017x pre-release Beta on cloud, so I’ve been having a look around for what’s new and improved in this latest release. Instead of going through an exhaustive list of new features, here’s…

5 Reasons Why TECHNIA Is the Only 3DEXPERIENCE Deployment Partner You Should Consider

1) We’re experienced. Our relationship with Dassault Systèmes’ stems back to 1998 when our engineering business was recognised as a significant user and was engaged by Dassault Systèmes to become a test site for new software products. TECHNIA have continued…

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…

Applying Boundary Conditions in Abaqus/CAE

It is possible to create boundary conditions in Abaqus/CAE and control how they take effect through different steps where we may be applying different load cases to a model.

Accessing Software Program Directories – What’s New?

The easiest way to keep up to date with the latest fix packs, service packs, hot fixes and updates for your software is to visit the program directories page on Dassault Systemes website.

Virtualisation of FLEXnet Licence Servers for SIMULIA

Many people ask if a License server can be hosted on a virtual machine (VM), known as virtualisation. Although Dassault Systemes do not encourage it, it is possible. Unfortunately for most, it will not fit requirements due to not all…

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.

Managing Manufacturing BOMs in DELMIA 3DEXPERIENCE

In an ideal world, a full CAD structure of your product would contain everything you would need to make or order in order to assemble one. However in reality this is seldom, if ever, the case. There are many objects…

Design Optimisation using Tosca/Abaqus

Today’s engineers aspire to develop innovative products in the shortest development time possible. Security, comfort, performance, efficiency, durability, and flexibility are just some of the aspects to take into account. 

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,…

DELMIA V5-6R2015: Create User Representations for Milling

DELMIA lets users create tools for digital manufacturing quickly and simply, however there are times when the basic cutters created on the fly are not sufficient for simulating clash collision or metal cutting involving more complex tools.

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…

DSLS Licence Authorisation

In the DS License Server utility there is a feature which allows the administrator to set authorisation. The authorisation feature allows the administrator to set restriction rules to only allow certain users/groups of users to access and use that licence…

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…

Viewing Geometry with Z-Buffer Depth

Construction geometry is a core part of modelling all bar the most basic forms. Most of the time this geometry will likely be kept hidden, but when it comes to showing these features (to generate links or make modifications) sometimes…

LUM Installation for Server

Installation 1) Run setup.exe 2) Click Next 3) Accept and click Next 4) Click Next 5) Click Next 6) Click Next 7) Click Install 8) Click Finish   Configuration Note: Stop the IBM Network Licence Server services first if already…

Why Use a Positioned Sketch in CATIA V5 When a Normal (Sliding) Sketch Does the Same Thing?

Sliding sketches allow users to quickly sketch 2D geometry in CATIA V5.

Creating & Preparing Surfaces Properly in CATIA V5

Recently I was given the task to prepare some geometry in a suitable format that would ease the FEA model building time for an Analyst. However the geometry I was presented with had many internal edges and it was an…

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…

Make 2D & 3D Welding Simulation Easier using the Abaqus Welding Interface

Welding simulations are complex, requiring accurate representation of geometry, multiple weld passes, non-linear temperature dependent material properties, thermal and structural boundary conditions, and more. To capture all of these details, significant user effort is required.

SmarTeam: Saving Multisheet PDF Drawings

What is a Multisheet Drawing?

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.

3DEXPERIENCE Platform on Cloud: Known Issue Preventing CAD Data Import

It is a known issue that if a user only has one Cloud Collaborative Space, he will not be prompted to choose his role at login.

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.…

Do You Know When Your Rental License(s) Will Expire?

In the world of renewals, it is so common for people to forget or mistime when their licenses are set for expiry. It is so easily done in the modern working world, with so many distractions and higher priority tasks.…

How To Optimise Your Use of SIMULIA Abaqus Tokens

SIMULIA products are offered on an annual-lease token-based licensing using FLEXnet licensing utilities, which enables the user to monitor and manage how Abaqus software is used.

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!

So what happened to CATIA’s interface?

Some of you reading this blog may have seen screenshots and videos of the new 3DEXPERIENCE platform, and seen something that looks like this: And you might be wondering, “What have they done to CATIA? It’s just like V4 to…

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.

3DEXPERIENCE R2015x: X-CAD Using Multiple CAD Formats in One Top-level Assembly

3DEXPERIENCE R2015x X-CAD allows you to work with multi-CAD designs within 1 single environment. Designers can work independently of CAD systems, designing in numerous native CAD formats all managed within 3DEXPERIENCE R2015x. Various native formats can be used to create…

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…

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…

Enrolling DSLS Licenses

Learn how to enroll DSLS licenses using the License Administration tool provided by Dassault Systèmes.

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…

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

Extended Token Licensing within Abaqus 6.14

The new version of Abaqus 6.14 now supports the following products with Extended Token Licencing: Finite element analysis (Abaqus) Topology and shape optimisation (Tosca Structure) Fluid channel topology optimisation (Tosca Fluid) Durability and fatigue evaluation (fe-safe) Design-of-Experiments, parameter optimisation, and…

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

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

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…

ENOVIA SmarTeam: Standard Rolled Up BOM Instructions

1) Run a search for the assembly Item you wish to run a rolled up BOM on: 2) Select the assembly Item you wish to open the BOM editor on, and on the PLM tab click the ‘Open BOM Editor’…

DS Licence Server (DSLS) Alongside Multiple Network Devices

Often large companies use their main network server to host the DS Licence Server. For many reasons (performance, redundancy, etc) it may be necessary to have multiple network (Ethernet) devices attached to the server. The network devices may be standalone…

Technical Note: Offlining Licenses in the New Dassault Systèmes Licensing System (DSLS)

We have recently become aware of a feature within Dassault’s new licensing system (DSLS) that may mean users who have ‘offlined’ a license may lose the use of that license under certain circumstances.

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: 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.

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.

Smooth Camera Path in 3DVIA Composer

The last blog in our journey through 3DVIA Composer…. how to create a smooth camera path.

Magnetic Lines in 3DVIA Composer

3DVIA Composer’s unique magnetic line functionality makes it possible for users to easily align collaborative actors such as callouts and images.

Animation from Views in 3DVIA Composer

With 3DVIA there are two main approaches to creating your document; creating views or creating animations. But you aren’t restricted to one or the other, both can contribute towards the production of the other.

3DVIA Composer Advanced Transforms

Similar to the camera paths function in an earlier blog, the transformation of actors contain a path to follow. Again, similarly, this has the default option of Linear but can be changed to Custom or Smooth.

3DVIA New in 2013x

It’s that time of year, a new release of the Dassault Systemes package is out, and there is some nice additions to 3DVIA.

3DVIA Composer Output Security Features

Ever wanted to send a sample of your product to a customer but not want it shared around to anybody else? 3DVIA allows you to add rights management to your documents such as passwords, time expiry and agreements upon opening.

Customise Ground Texture or Logo in 3DVIA

To make your 3DVIA presentations more tailored towards your company, you may want to try changing the ground logo. This currently defaults to the Dassault Systemes logo.

Understanding Dassault Systemes 3DEXPERIENCE

Understanding Dassault Systemes corporate brand positioning has been a real challenge for me. While I have minimal difficulties understanding their product lines—CATIA, ENOVIA, DELMIA, SOLIDWORKS, and all the rest are competent, competitive, and (so far as engineering software can be)…

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.