New CATIA Release Improves Solid Design,
Styling, Optimization and Manufacturing Solutions
CHARLOTTE, N.C. and PARIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--June 11, 1997--
Enhanced capabilities for Fabrication and Assembly, Automotive
and Consumer Goods industries
IBM(a) (NYSE: IBM) and Dassault Systemes (Nasdaq: DASTY) today
introduced new products and functions for CATIA-CADAM(b) Solutions,
the world leader in delivering a fully integrated product
With 8 new products and enhancements to 45 others, CATIA-CADAM
Solutions Version 4 Release 1.8 now has a suite of 107 products,
that offer companies of all sizes an affordable way to gain
significant benefits from concurrent design simulation and
manufacturing in collaborative computing environment. The new
release offers unmatched competitive capabilities in solid design,
styling, optimization, and manufacturing disciplines. Worldwide
general availability is June 13.
Automotive and consumer goods customers will benefit from new
integration with industry leading styling solutions and accelerated
specification-driven shape design. When large scale solid modeling
is required, such as in Automotive Powertrain design, new
concurrent design methodologies offer more efficiency and higher
productivity. Creation and manipulation of large assemblies is
faster and easier for customers in various fabrication & assemblies
industries. Release 1.8 also delivers an enhanced interface
between CATIA Data Management and ProductManager(a), IBM's leading
Product Data Management solution.
Highlights of CATIA-CADAM Solutions 4.1.8 include:
The Assembly Modeling product is enhanced for customers in the
fabrication and assembly industries, to include a new easy-to-use
graphical tree-based assembly management tool. Creation and
manipulation of multilevel assemblies is faster, with shorter
overall design time and reduced errors.
A new Generative Shape Modeling product for users in automotive
and consumer goods industries, where ergonomic and aesthetic
styling issues are critical, is based on the capture of design
specifications. Thin parts can be designed in an associative way.
Also the new CATIA-Alias Interoperability product enables the
efficient interchange of data between CATIA and Alias, the computer
aided industrial design product from Alias|Wavefront(d). This
makes it possible for stylists and engineers to collaborate earlier
-- and more productively -- on designs.
Substantial productivity gains are delivered for companies
where solid modeling of large parts is a major requirement, such as
in Automotive Powertrain design. New concurrent design
methodologies enable a structured design approach that reduces
design time, model size and change cycle. Designs can be changed
and drawings generated from 2 to 10 times faster compared with
CATIA Version 4 Release 1.6.
A new CATIA Generative Part Optimization product dramatically
improves product design by automatically adjusting part dimensions
to achieve stress deformation targets and weight requirements. By
allowing design optimization studies to be performed at the
earliest stage of the cycle, it produces high-quality designs as
fast as possible with minimal specialist skill and reduced costs.
Two new products for Manufacturing customers extend the range
of fully interactive geometry-based (programmer level) and process-
oriented semi-automatic (assistant level) products. These products
give customers more flexibility in choosing the level of company
know-how automatically included in the manufacturing process. As a
result, part programming is handled with greater quality and
productivity. Surface Machining Programmer is a complete and easy-
to-use product which generates 3 Axis / 3D Milling programs. Multi-
Axis Machining Programmer, takes advantage of technology from
Numerical Control Computer Sciences (NCCS), and addresses the need
in the aerospace industry for complex machining functions.
Digital mock-up inspection using CATIA 4D Navigator environment
is also enhanced. Users can invoke multi-windowing capabilities to
conveniently inspect mock-ups from several viewpoints at the same
time. Users can also display colliding parts or the progress of a
profile produced by a dynamic sectioning operation. The new
release also offers new clash and clearance detection capabilities,
dynamic part motion, sectioning and annotation.
A new CDM-PM Integration product provides an unsurpassed level
of CAD/CAM and PDM integration. It couples the graphical product
structure management and design-in-context function in CATIA Data
Management with the configuration management, change control, and
development management features in IBM's ProductManager(a). Users
throughout the extended enterprise can have access to design data
on a timely and accurate basis.
For AEC Plant designers and shipbuilders, there are
enhancements to the AEC Infrastructure and 4D Navigator products.
The enhancements provide access to the non-graphical attributes of
the components during an interactive 3D design review. For
shipbuilders, AEC Ship Hull Design is a new product that takes full
advantage of the component-based AEC infrastructure while being
integrated with all other disciplines such as piping, equipment and
ductwork. It allows shipbuilders to be more productive when
creating and modifying the structural parts of a ship.
CATIA-CADAM Solutions Version 4 provide unique Solutions for
integrated product and processes development and teamwork
optimization. They include an evolutionary architecture which
enables customer growth and leading-edge applications for task and
process optimization. CATIA-CADAM Solutions are developed by
Dassault Systemes and marketed by IBM and more than 200 IBM
Business Partners worldwide. These solutions are leaders in the
CAD/CAM/CAE/PDM marketplace and more than 9,000 companies worldwide
use them to move products from "art to part" faster and with
greater quality assurance. Many of the world's largest
manufacturers as well as smaller companies with as few as one or
two seats, are gaining a competitive advantage and achieving design
excellence with these systems.
Editor's Note: A complete briefing package on Release 18 is
available upon request. This package contains pictures
illustrating Release 1.8 together with a copy of this press
release, CATIA-CADAM Application Architecture, CATIA-CADAM
Mechanical Design, CATIA-CADAM Analysis & Simulation Solutions,
CATIA-CADAM Manufacturing Solutions, CATIA-CADAM AEC Plant Design
and Shipbuilding Solutions press releases and detailed information
documents. CATIA-CADAM Solutions press releases and general
information on CATIA are available on the CATIA home page at
http://www.catia.ibm.com . IBM press releases are also available
on the Internet, via the IBM Home Page at http://www.ibm.com .
The IBM Fax Information Service allows you to receive facsimiles of
prior IBM product press releases. Dial 1-800-IBM-4FAX and enter
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(a) Indicates a trademark or registered trademark of International
Business Machines Corporation (b) CATIA is a registered trademark
of Dassault Systemes SA. (c) CADAM is a registered trademark of
Dassault Systemes of America. (d) Alias\Wavefront is a trademark of
Wavefront, a subsidiary of Silicon Graphics Inc.
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