This software is different from its older versions and uses advanced environments and classified modules to provide the virtual production experience to companies from any scale and industry. Catia V6 digitizes products in the virtual world and creates a new user environment for all people in the product lifecycle from concept to recycling so that everyone, including consumers, take part in product design, since the consumers’ real experiences help experts to predict their behavior and its effects on the design.


System Modules
One of the most important changes to Catia.V6 is the addition of this powerful module to the user interface. This module allows for dynamic simulation and performance and behavioral evaluation of assembled groups in unified environments. For example, the following figure shows that after the full mechanical design and modeling of a car in the software’s modeling environments, the car is modeled separately and the performance of the engine, and brakes, dynamic, mechanical, and hydraulic systems, electrical equipment, and all the parameters that affect its design are evaluated, or an elevator’s movement and behavior can be fully simulated after modeling and the performance of its electrical, hydraulic, pneumatic, and mechanical systems can be observed concurrently and continuously with no difference from the actual behavior.




Mechanical Modules
The key priorities of this module are shortening the design to production cycle and improving efficiency. This part of the software is a very flexible environment for online cooperation and concurrent engineering along with excellent change management functionality in interrelated designs, and it effectively defines and engineers any 3D part and assembly from the simplest to the most complex. Catia.V6 uses three main principles, namely concept design, precision design, and manufacturing preparation to make the 3D design much more efficient than before for organizations and normal users.



System Modules Shape

This module is the most powerful instrument for designing class A surfaces in various industries for complex and hybrid modeling, and is much more capable than version 5. These tools are provided to users to model and design surfaces that cannot be described in shape and form as specific geometric shapes (rectangle, sphere, cylinder) and representations of rigid models (The shape of a car or airplane is important due to its aerodynamic properties, while the shape of a computer mouse affects its aesthetics as well as ergonomic design).

The shape module provides industrial designers and mechanical engineers a full set of instruments to easily design class A surfaces and advanced rendering of various equipment, reverse engineering, and various visual methods for creating, modifying, and validating any problems. It also facilitates transfers and cooperation between the design and engineering departments. Class A surfaces have many unique parameters which distinguish them from other surfaces and give the final product certain characteristics, including the following:

  • It is more aesthetically pleasing to the viewer and file sizes are smaller due to using fewer surfaces.
  • The file will be faster to edit.
  • There is effective control over surface geometry in sharp and long edges.
  • Surface cross-sections are accurate and highly controllable.
  • Faster machining
  • Minimized metal sheet tearing due to tension
  • Properly directed airflow over the surface of rapidly-moving parts


System Modules Equipment

This module provides a complete and integrated environment for online cooperative design in electronics, electricity, and fluid and piping systems. When the designer obtains a logical explanation of the system and is assured of compatibility with product specifications and its tracking and configuration management capabilities, the module integrates and coordinates scientific rules for compatibility with standards during the design and documentation process for production.


System Modules Building & Architected

Catia’s available toolset in this field helps companies in related fields to combine multidisciplinary features of various engineering sciences (e.g., structural design, channeling and piping, electrical, mechanical, architecture, and arts) in a fully integrated environment to design massive and complex structures and towers.

Some of the functions of these hybrid modules include obtaining the various output plans required in different fields, real project control and scheduling, controlling costs and resources, virtual reality, and collision analysis, which reduce error, increase precision and quality, and ultimately assist timely project delivery.

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