It includes high-level features with full specification capture and reuse. It provides an extensive set of tools for creating and modifying mechanical surfaces used in the design of complex shapes or hybrid parts. Its feature-based approach offers a productive and intuitive design environment to capture and reuse design methodologies and specifications. These include wireframe elements: point, line, angle, plane, curves, circle, bi-tangent, tri-tangent, through and trimmed , spline, parallel curves, corner on plane, connect 3D, spiral sphere, intersection and projection. Standard and advanced surface features include extrude, revolute, sweep, including segment and circle , offset including skin and fill.

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User's Guide. Version 5 Release Special Notices. Protected by one or more U. Patents number 5,,; 5,,; 5,,; 5,,; 6,,; 6,,; 6,,; 6,,; 6,,; 6,,; 6,,; 6,,; 6,,; 6,,; 6,,; 6,,; 6,,; 6,,; 6,,; 6,, other patents pending. Any of the following terms may be used in this publication. These terms are trademarks of:. Sun Microsystems Computer Company. Microsoft Corporation. Intelligent Manufacturing Software, Inc.

All other company names and product names mentioned are the property of their respective owners. Certain portions of this product contain elements subject to copyright owned by the following entities:. All rights reserved. This software contains portions of Lattice Technology, Inc.

All Rights Reserved. What's New? Getting Started. Basic Tasks. Advanced Tasks. Generative Shape Design and Drafting. Generative Shape Design and Knowledge. Generative Shape Design Interoperability. Workbench Description. Menu Bar Toolbars Specification Tree. General Settings Working With a Support.

This guide is intended for users who need to become quickly familiar with the product. This overview provides the following information:. Generative Shape Design in a Nutshell. The Generative Shape Design workbench allows you to quickly model both simple and complex shapes using wireframe and surface features. It provides a large set of tools for creating and editing shape designs and, when combined with other products such as Part Design, it meets the requirements of solid-based hybrid modeling.

The feature-based approach offers a productive and intuitive design environment to capture and re- use design methodologies and specifications. This new application is intended for both the expert and the casual user. Its intuitive interface offers the possibility to produce precision shape designs with very few interactions.

The dialog boxes are self explanatory and require practically no methodology, all defining steps being commutative.

The widest application portfolio in the industry is also accessible through interoperability with CATIA Solutions Version 4 to enable support of the full product development process from initial concept to product in operation. This User's Guide has been designed to show you how to create and edit a surface design part. There are numerous techniques to reach the final result. This book aims at illustrating these various possibilities.

Before Reading this Guide. Before reading this guide, you should be familiar with basic Version 5 concepts such as document windows, standard and view toolbars. Therefore, we recommend that you read the Infrastructure User's Guide that describes generic capabilities common to all Version 5 products.

It also describes the general layout of V5 and the interoperability between workbenches. You may also like to read the following complementary product guides:. Getting the Most Out of this Guide. To get the most out of this guide, we suggest that you start reading and performing the step-by-step Getting Started tutorial.

This tutorial will show you how create a basic shape design part. Once you have finished, you should move on to the Basic Tasks and Advanced Tasks sections, which deal with handling all the product functions. The Workbench Description section, which describes the Generative Shape Design workbench, and the Customizing section, which explains how to set up the options, will also certainly prove useful. Navigating in the Split View mode is recommended.

This mode offers a framed layout allowing direct access from the table of contents to the information. Accessing Sample Documents. To perform the scenarios, sample documents are provided all along this documentation.

For more information on accessing sample documents, refer to Accessing Sample Documents in the Infrastructure User's Guide. Graphic Conventions. The three categories of graphic conventions used are as follows:. Graphic Conventions Structuring the Tasks.

Graphic conventions structuring the tasks are denoted as follows:. This icon. Graphic Conventions Indicating the Configuration Required. Graphic conventions indicating the configuration required are denoted as follows:. Indicates functions that are. Graphic Conventions Used in the Table of Contents.

Graphic conventions used in the table of contents are denoted as follows:. Gives access to Site Map. Split View Mode. User Tasks or Advanced Tasks. Administration Tasks. Text Conventions. The following text conventions are used:. Frequently Asked Questions. How to Use the Mouse. The use of the mouse differs according to the type of action you need to perform. Use this mouse button. Whenever you read.

Select menus, commands, geometry in graphics area,. Click icons, dialog box buttons, tabs, selection of a location in the document. Check check boxes. Drag and drop icons onto objects, objects onto objects. Right-click to select contextual menu. New Functionalities. Creating Masks This new functionality enables you to create a box around the geometry Managing the Background Visualization This new capability enables you to manage and filter the visualization of geometric elements.

Interrupting Computations This new capability lets you interrupt the computation of a feature when it requires at least five seconds to perform. Creating User Patterns This new functionality lets you duplicate one or more features as many times as you wish at the locations of your choice. Generating a Drafting Document This new capability enables you to generate a.

CATDrawing document from a. CATPart document containing a 3D work on support. Generative Shape Design Parameters This chapter lists the parameters to be defined when generating a 2D view containing a work on support. Enhanced Functionalities. Creating Wireframe Geometry. Creating Circles. A new Lock button enables to prevent an automatic change of the type while selecting the. Creating Polylines You can now create a polyline with corner in P1 mode.

Creating Associative Isoparametric Curves In case of multiple surfaces support you can now swap in selected cells the isoparametric propagation direction from the nearest to the farthest.

Creating Surfaces. Creating Offset Surfaces. A new Manual smoothing type lets you define a deviation parameter so that to control the. Available with the With reference surface and With pulling direction sub-types: arrows are. New Remove cutters on Preview option to recompute the swept surface each time you click on Preview.

Available with the With reference surface , With reference curve and Draft direction sub-types:.


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