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.

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.

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…

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: 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.

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…

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…

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.

How Will You Find Your Unique Advantage in Big Data?

Take Advantage of all that Big Data Since the emergence of the Internet of Things (IoT) and the exponential growth of items producing data, discussions and thoughts of how organisations will adapt to locate their advantage in a future characterised…

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’.

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 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?

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.

CATIA V5-6R2017 (aka V5R27) is finally Here!

Some of you may think, is it that time of year again already?! Dassault Systèmes has been busy rolling out the latest CATIA 3DEXPERIENCE 2017x release, but it has not forgotten its CATIA V5 companion. Dassault Systèmes have finally released CATIA V5-6R2017 (which most of you may…

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…

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.

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…

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…

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.

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.

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.

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…

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,…

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!

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…

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.

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 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.…

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.

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

ENOVIA SmarTeam: Create New Vault Sets

Having multiple vault sets will allow SmarTeam to function more efficiently during file operations, especially when the vaults contain a large number of files. This is a guide showing how to add additional SmarTeam vaults as required.

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

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

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.

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…

ENOVIA: Section Fills in DMU Navigator using DM1

DMU Navigator, when used alongside a DM1 licence, does not allow for section fills. However there is a workaround! Watch the video below to see how!

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: 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…

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.

A Journey through 3DVIA Composer

A journey through 3DVIA Composer!

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.