CATIA Viewer

CATIA Viewer

What can a CATIA viewer do? Overview View ANY CATIA FormatZoom, Pan, Orbit, Save Named ViewsView PMI and Export to 3D PDFChange Color, Transparency, Cut SectionsMeasure, Dimension, EstimateMass Properties, Surface Area, Bounding BoxOptimize Settings for .Model, .CATPart and .CATProduct ReadOptimize Polygon and Write to Polygonal Formats Watch the Video – More Detail Below. 1-Minute CATIA Viewer Overview Open ANY CATIA Format CATIA V4 .Model parts and assembliesCATIA V5 & V6 CATPart and CATProduct parts and assembliesCGR Visrep modelsxCGM geometric modeling kernel filesDetect Hybrid Brep / Visrep assemblies Viewing Capabilities Orbit, Zoom, Pan Figure...
Four Threats to Manufacturing On-Time and On-Budget

Four Threats to Manufacturing On-Time and On-Budget

Avoid Million-Dollar Manufacturing Disasters In engineering, something as simple as declaring the wrong unit of measure can create a disaster costing millions of dollars. John Pike, space policy director at the Federation of American Scientists, stated, “It is very difficult for me to imagine how such a fundamental, basic discrepancy could have remained in the system for so long,” regarding the English to Metric units mistake at NASA [1]. Watch the video overview. Article continues below. Four Threats to On-Time and On-Budget Engineering disasters can often be traced back to design errors that creep into downstream manufacturing processes through...
CATIA Tutorials

CATIA Tutorials

Many web-based and video-based tutorials are of such poor quality (slow or missing pages, bad or unintelligible audio, incredibly slow pacing and over-reliance on slides) that they are unusable. Since a lot of our customers are CATIA users, we wanted to help clarify where the best CATIA tutorials are. If you know of good quality free or pro CATIA tutorial resources that are not listed here, please let us know via social@TransMagic.com and we will add them to this list. Free CATIA Tutorials Online CATIA V5k Tutorials – This free web-based tutorial resource has a lot of value and depth, being divided into categories of Part Design, Assembly Design,...
CATIA File Converter

CATIA File Converter

A CATIA file converter can translate to and from CATIA CAD and polygonal formats. The majority of CATIA files you will encounter will be .CATPart, or part files, and .CATProduct, or assembly files, although there are three other formats you may run into. This article will deal with what those formats are, best practices to consider when reading or writing to a CATIA format, and how to get access to a CATIA file converter.  CATIA Formats .Model – The .model extension is used for CATIA V4 parts and assemblies. Having the same name for parts and assemblies can create some confusion until the file is actually opened. .CATPart – A CATPart file is a part file...
CATPart to STEP

CATPart to STEP

CATPart to STEP refers to translating or converting a native CATIA CAD model to the neutral STEP CAD format. This article will discuss some of the reasons you may want to do this, reasons you may not want to do this, and other formats you might want to consider translating to. This translation can also appear as CATIA to STEP, .CATPart to .STEP, CATProduct to STEP, .CATProduct to .STEP, .CATPart to .stp, and .CATProduct to .stp. The CATPart Format The CATPart format is created by CATIA. The other two 3D CAD formats which can be created by CATIA are CATProduct, and Model. CATPart and CATProduct extensions are used for CATIA V5 and V6; the difference between...
What is Model Based Definition? Why Implement It?

What is Model Based Definition? Why Implement It?

This article is in collaboration with Dimensional Control Systems, authored by Ben Reese, DCS Marketing, and Norm Crawford, Model Based Definition Specialist. Part 2 of the MBD Series with Norm Crawford – understanding what MBD is and the value of implementing MBD The second part of the DCS series of Model Based Definition (MBD) articles, Norm Crawford, an expert in MBD implementation, discusses MBD with us at DCS, and shares his experiences in both successes and failures in Model Based Definition. Read the Other Parts: Understanding Model Based Definition with an Expert in GD&T What is Model Based Definition MBD? Why Implement Model Based Definition? The...