5 Advantages of Hybrid Cloud PLM

And how you can have the best of both On-Premise and On-Cloud

Turning Code Into Products On Shelves – Meet the Developer

The more intuitive a PLM system, the better it will work. But how does such a complex system become easy to use? We talked to Application Developer Munish Sharma to find out.

PLM Is About People, Not Just Technology

As a TECHNIA business consultant, it’s Samuli Sarasti’s job to match the technology to its users. He says the importance of people is often overlooked in a technologist’s world.

Why Your Business Needs to Embrace Digital Transformation

Why your business needs to embrace digital transformation, and how digital twinning saved NASA from a multimillion-dollar disaster.

Common Misconceptions Around Cloud Security

Have your feet on the ground while your business is in the cloud.

7 Reasons to Move Your PLM to the Cloud

7 reasons to move your PLM to the cloud, and why cloud PLM will fundamentally change the manufacturing landscape.

Usability VS Functionality: What’s the Key to PLM Platform Success?

By its nature, Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) software must consist of multiple layers of complex functionality that collectively work to manage all stages of a product’s lifecycle.

What Does Digital Transformation Look Like to Airbus?

And why partner specifically with Dassault Systèmes to achieve it?

Top Tips for Getting Better Customer Feedback for Product Development

We’ve all been in situations where we’ve been working on a project or a product design so long we simply can’t see it through someone else’s eyes.

These Unsung Formula 3 Stars Are the Real Ones to Watch – and TECHNIA Is Now Their Sponsor

From James Hunt to Lewis Hamilton, the biggest racing stars in the world first shot to fame through their spectacular performances in Formula 3.

3 Things We Learned at the TECHNIA PLM Innovation Forum 2018

PLM Innovation Forum 2018 was taken place this October. For those of you who couldn’t be there, here are our top three takeaways from the event.

The Industrial Equipment Industry now Focuses on Services, not Products.

Even if you’ve never been on a London bus, you’d recognise one if you saw one. The bright red double-deckers have evolved since the days of the original Routemasters, but they’re still an iconic part of the London cityscape. There…

On-Premise or On-Cloud? How to Choose the Right PLM for You

Imagine you have to transport your most prized possession to a new location 2,000 miles away.

Contacts: Second-Order Elements (Part 3 of 3)

In the previous blogs we covered various issues that can be encountered when dealing with contacts in Abaqus. However, all of the analyses shown in the examples utilized the first order element type. In this blog we will cover some interesting characteristics…

Train Maker Stadler Accelerates Innovation

The overall goal of the PLM 2.0 strategy is to improve efficiency by 10 percent company-wide. Swiss train maker Stadler is constantly moving forward. Over the last 20 years, the company has grown from 70 employees to more than 7,000 and its trains now…

Contacts: Surface to Surface Contact Considerations (Part 2 of 3)

In the last contact related blog we highlighted how the mesh density of the master and slave surfaces affect node to surface contacts in Abaqus. In this blog we will look at the more sophisticated contact discretization method offered by Abaqus; the surface…

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.

Engineering’s Great Escape

In a country where being an engineer used to have negative connotations it’s quite rewarding to see the rise of engineering and the influence it now welds within the entire organisation.

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.

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.

Seamlessly Work in PDM and PLM for the Best of Both

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

Contacts: Node to Surface Contact Considerations (Part 1 of 3)

Here at Technia, the vast majority of our analysis work, both support and consultancy, involves the use of contacts in the form of interactions. Their set-up and consequent behavior can have a significant effect on the results of an analysis,…

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…

Alternative to Dynamic Sectioning (CATIA V5) or Visualization Sectioning (CATIA/ 3DEXPERIENCE)

The alternative methodology to achieve a measurement via the part-based sectioning tool is to create a Positioned Sketch on a user defined sketch which contains an Intersect Projection of the required geometry (or body).

Resurrecting an Isolated Surface in CATIA using Formula Editor

It’s not as simple as it sounds, but hopefully this article will help users understand how this can be done. In order to turn an isolated surface back into perhaps a ruled surface, you need to utilize the Formula Editor function.

Microsoft Windows 10 Compatibility with 3DEXPERIENCE

If you allow your Windows 10 to update automatically, or if your local IT department push out Windows 10 on your behalf, this could potentially be harmful to your Dassault Systèmes applications.

Design Data Management with CATIA/ 3DEXPERIENCE

Focus on Designing That’s why CATIA/ 3DEXPERIENCE has not only improved the way you model, but also has eliminated the aggravation and hassle of organizing your CAD data. The problem is with files. Old CAD systems constantly require engineers to locate, validate,…

Supercharge CATIA V5 with the new “Power’By” 3DEXPERIENCE

In Short Dassault Systèmes introduces an all-new CATIA V5 integration to the 3DEXPERIENCE platform CATIA V5 data can be managed in the 3DEXPERIENCE platform “on-cloud” for the first time View CATIA V5 data and build/edit assemblies through a web browser, even on…

PML Innovation Forum Insights: The Data-centric World Will Make Your Life Easier

Information is the core of most businesses nowadays. But the way we interact with data is changing drastically. We’re moving from a document-driven, to a data-centric world.

Strictly Come Engineering – the Modern Partnership

If you are working in a modern engineering business using the latest tools, cracking the impossible problems and delivering market leading products and services then you’ll be familiar with the latest technologies designed to optimize your engineering.

3DEXPERIENCE on Windows 10 (with 4K Screens)

Despite being released in the age of Windows 10, 3DEXPERIENCE 2015x is not officially supported on Windows 10 – a list of certified machines can be found here. And as Windows 7 reaches the end of its life, it may be necessary to…

How to Use the 3DEXPERIENCE Platform: Features and Advantages

The 3DEXPERIENCE Platform is packed full of various Dassault Systèmes brands and has proven to be both intuitive and user-friendly. Is that not a contradiction, not at all. Users are able to customize their 3DEXPERIENCE as they please.


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.

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…

Inheriting Surface Colours of Surface Based Features in 3DEXPERIENCE

The 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…

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…

New Option to ‘Hard Metal Machining’ in 3DEXPERIENCE 2017x

Development of ‘Hard Metal Machining’ is continuing at a pace at Dassault Systèmes, with the introduction of a new option for ‘Profile Contouring’.

CATIA V5 to 3DEXPERIENCE Transition: Save As Function For Duplication

Save as in 3DEXPERIENCE 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…

Changes in Aerospace Development Process Trends

Working in Teams In addition to knowledge management, collaboration is another key aspect of today’s engineering world. Due to the aforementioned more complex and diverse engineering projects, the classic waterfall type of information flow is inadequate to successfully complete design…

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…

Does the 3DEXPERIENCE Platform beat BREXIT?

UK Intelligent Engineering Forum

How to Engrave Your CATIA V5 Model

One of the most asked Questions 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…


STL as a Standard File Format 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…

Mozilla Firefox Removes Support for NPAPI Applet (Technology used by Java Applets)

Mozilla have ended support for NPAPI Applets in their Firefox browser. The NPAPI Applet is a technology used by Java, thus Mozilla are effectively ending support for Java applets.  

Invisible Governance – The Demise of Meetings?

Diaries of Managers; whether that be people, processes or projects are often clogged with back-to-back meetings.  In fact, if you came from another planet you might surmise the Manager’s purpose for living, their ‘raison d'être’ is to attend meetings.

Design in the Age of Experience – The Event

A Good Way to Stay up to Date Technology is an increasingly popular subject nowadays. It is advancing at such a pace that it is becoming more and more difficult to keep pace with its development throughout numerous fields. Besides…

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!”

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.

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…

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,…

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…

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? 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…

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…

A way to manage standard parts in V6 3DEXPERIENCE

Almost all manufacturing companies have to deal with standards parts to some extent. But how many companies consider standard parts management as an important task?

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.

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.

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…

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…

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

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

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)…