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CATIA V5 Foundation Course

Foundation Course Assembly Design
Compiled by: Kevin Burke Approved by: Authorised by:

Kevin Burke
Date: 16/Apr/2003 Date: Date: AIRBUS UK Ltd. All rights reserved.

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Contents Session 5 – The Assembly Design Workbench ........................4
An Introduction to the Assembly Design Workbench .............................................. 5 Accessing the Assembly Design Workbench............................................................ 6 An overview of the different Specification Tree Nodes ........................................... 7 Different Display Modes when using CATProducts................................................. 8 Assembly Design Toolbars and Icons..................................................................... 11 Product Structure Tools Toolbar ............................................................................. 12 Add New Component.......................................................................................... 13 Add New Product (CATProduct)........................................................................ 13 Add a New Part (CATPart) ................................................................................. 14 Adding A Existing Component ........................................................................... 15 Replacing a Component ...................................................................................... 16 Graphic Tree Reordering..................................................................................... 18 Generate Numbering ........................................................................................... 18 Creating Multiple Instances of a Node................................................................ 19 Renaming a Node Name ..................................................................................... 20 Defining a Multi-Instantiation............................................................................. 22 Saving a Newly Creating CATProduct ................................................................... 24 Move Operations Toolbar ....................................................................................... 25 Manipulation ....................................................................................................... 25 Snap Operations .................................................................................................. 26 Explode Assembly............................................................................................... 27 Stopping Manipulation on Clash......................................................................... 27 Assembly Constraints.............................................................................................. 29 Assembly Constraints Toolbar ................................................................................ 29 Coincidence Constraint ....................................................................................... 29 Contact Constraint............................................................................................... 31 Offset Constraint ................................................................................................. 32 Angular Constraint .............................................................................................. 34 Fix Constraint...................................................................................................... 35 Fix Together Constraint ...................................................................................... 36 Quick Constraint ................................................................................................. 37 Flexible/Rigid Sub-Assembly ............................................................................. 37 Change Constraint ............................................................................................... 38 Reuse Pattern....................................................................................................... 38 Create a Scene ......................................................................................................... 38 Assembly Operations .............................................................................................. 42 Assembly Features .............................................................................................. 42 Create Symmetry................................................................................................. 45 An Overview of Contextual Links .......................................................................... 47

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Accessing the Digital Mockup (DMU) Workbenches ............................................ 51 Proximity Queries ................................................................................................... 52 Clash Analysis......................................................................................................... 55 Sectioning................................................................................................................ 58 DMS42177 ANS-UG0300108 Page 2 of 71 Issue 1

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♦ Be able to create a Scene. ♦ Be able to create Product Specification Tree.AIRBUS UK CATIA V5 Foundation Course Session 5 – The Assembly Design Workbench On completion of this session the trainee will: ♦ Be able to access the Assembly Design Workbench. ♦ Have an understanding of Assembly Operations. ♦ Be able to Position and Orientate Parts within the Product. DMS42177 ANS-UG0300108 Page 4 of 71 Issue 1 . ♦ Understand the Assembly Design Toolbars and Icons. ♦ Be able to apply Assembly Constraints.

Fitting Simulation.AIRBUS UK CATIA V5 Foundation Course An Introduction to the Assembly Design Workbench The Assembly Design Workbench is used to bring together Parts (CATParts) into an assembly. Assembly Constraints are used which are attached to the Specification Tree under a Constraints Node. which holds details of all sub-assembles and their associated parts together with their relative positions to each other. Fitting Simulations. To maintain the position of the sub-assemblies and parts within the CATProduct. which is known as a CATProduct document and as such contains no geometry but links to CATParts. etc. The CATProduct structure is represented by the Specification Tree. CATProducts can also be made up of a mixture of smaller CATProducts and CATParts to form larger complex assemblies. are also attached to the tree under an Applications Node. etc. Kinematic Mechanisms. Top level Assembly Node Sub-Assemblies Graphical representation of the Assembly Sub-Assembly Parts Assembly Constraints DMS42177 ANS-UG0300108 Page 5 of 71 Issue 1 . Stress Analysis. CATProducts can be used in Kinematic simulation.

AIRBUS UK CATIA V5 Foundation Course Accessing the Assembly Design Workbench The Assembly Design Workbench can be accessed by either Selecting Start > Mechanical Design > Assembly Design from the Start drop down menu. DMS42177 ANS-UG0300108 Page 6 of 71 Issue 1 . If a CATProduct is not active you will be prompted to create a new product by the appearance of the Part Name panel.

A Part – contains a link to a CATPart document and used to position and orientates the part within the CATProduct. You can also use the View>Tree Expansion drop down menu. You can position/orientate this node and attach other nodes to it such as Products and Parts. below are the three commonly used nodes: - A Product – this node links to a CATProduct document and can be used to position and orientate it within another CATProduct. You can not attach other nodes to a Part node. Here is an example of a CATProduct with three Part nodes attached and a Component node with a single Part node attached to it. DMS42177 ANS-UG0300108 Page 7 of 71 Issue 1 . Parts and Component to it.AIRBUS UK CATIA V5 Foundation Course An overview of the different Specification Tree Nodes There are a variety of different node types displayed in the CATProduct Specification Tree as well as the ones contain within a CATPart Specification Tree. Yon can attach other nodes such as Product. A Component – this node contains no links to external documents and can be thought of as a dummy node. Product Node Component Node Part Nodes Again the Specification Tree can be expanded or collapsed by selecting the ‘+’ or ‘-‘ symbol on the tree branch.

Only the external appearance of the component is visualised. modify any geometry or display the Parts Specification Tree.AIRBUS UK CATIA V5 Foundation Course Different Display Modes when using CATProducts There are two types of display modes available when viewing CATProducts: 1. This is normal and the link should reconnect when you switch to Design Mode. When you open an existing CATProduct you are automatically placed into Visualisation mode.This uses a Catia Graphical Representation or CGR format to create a visualisation of the CATParts within the Product. In Visualisation mode there is no means of expanding the Parts node to view the Part Specification Tree. Note that that Assembly Constraints have yellow exclamation symbols attached to them which indicate that the link to the relevant Features have been broken. the CGR files are extracted from the CATPart documents that are attached to the Product and placed in a Cache directory on the Workstation. The main disadvantages when Parts are in Visualisation mode are that you can not apply Assembly Constraints to them. Below is the Specification Tree for a Product when it is in Visualisation mode. DMS42177 ANS-UG0300108 Page 8 of 71 Issue 1 . This is especially true on large Assemblies. The main advantage of using this mode is that performance of the workstation is improved by virtue of the fact that only a small amount of data is loaded into memory on the Workstation compared to using Design Mode. Visualisation Mode .

AIRBUS UK CATIA V5 Foundation Course 2. As mention prevoiusly when you open an existing Product you are automatically placed in Visualisation mode. This may be a more preferable method when large Assemblies are concerned. One way to enter Design mode is to select the top or root Node of the CATProduct and then use MB3 to access the contextual menu and then select the Representations tab followed by the Design Mode option. You also specify which Parts are loaded into Design mode by selecting them individually on the Specification Tree and then use MB3 to load them. This also has the effect of loading the CATPart documents into the Workstations memory and on a large Assembly there may be a time delay whilst this task is performed. The other mode is called Design Mode which allows gain access to the Part Specification Tree to edit Geometry. DMS42177 ANS-UG0300108 Page 9 of 71 Issue 1 . The yellow exclamation symbol on the Constraints should now have disappeared indicating that they have successfully re-linked. Once in Design mode the CATPart Specification Trees are accessible by selecting the ‘+’ symbol next to the Part node. All the CATParts attached to the Product Specification tree will now be loaded into Design Mode. you can also apply constraints between Features on different Parts.

The Update All Icon Update Required No Update Required To switch back to Visualisation mode by using MB3 > Representations >Visualisation Mode. DMS42177 ANS-UG0300108 Page 10 of 71 Issue 1 .AIRBUS UK CATIA V5 Foundation Course Another way to load a Product into Design mode is to select the Update All icon on the button menu bar. When you first open an existing Product this icon will be yellow if you are in Visualisation mode and by selecting it all the Parts on the Specification will be loaded into Design mode and any links will be updated. Note: When you add a New Part to the Specification Tree it will be automatically loaded in Design mode.

Annotations – attaches text annotation to assembly features. Product Structure Tools – used to create the Specification Tree. Assembly Features Workbench Icon Selection Annotations Product Selection Constraints Move Operations Create Scene The Assembly Design Toolbars are also accessible via the Insert Drop down menu DMS42177 ANS-UG0300108 Page 11 of 71 Issue 1 . Constraints – creates assembly constraints between Products and Parts. 2. Assembly Features– used to create assembly based features within the Product. 5. 3. Product Structure Tools 4.AIRBUS UK CATIA V5 Foundation Course Assembly Design Toolbars and Icons There are five main toolbars within the Assembly Design workbench: 1. Move Operations – used for the positioning assembly Products and Parts.

Insert New Component Insert New Product Insert New Part Insert Existing Component Replace Component Reordered Tree Generate Numbers Load/Unloads Components Manage Representations Multi Instantiation Tools You can also access the majority of these commands by the use of MB3 when you pass over the currently selected node on the Specification Tree to display a contextual menu and select Components to display a sub menu DMS42177 ANS-UG0300108 Page 12 of 71 Issue 1 .AIRBUS UK CATIA V5 Foundation Course Product Structure Tools Toolbar The main purpose of this toolbar is to allow you to create a Specification Tree and manipulate its order.

Select the icon to display the Part Numder panel and enter a name for the CATProduct.AIRBUS UK CATIA V5 Foundation Course Add New Component This allows you to add a new Component Node to the Specification Tree. Currently Active Node New CATProduct Node Product/Part name Product/Part Instance name Note: the Origin of the new CATProduct is same as the currently node. After selecting the icon a Part Number panel will appear in which you must enter a name for the Node in the New Part Number field and then click OK. The Absolute Axis system (origin) of the Product is defined by the first Part or Product inserted. DMS42177 ANS-UG0300108 Page 13 of 71 Issue 1 . After entering a valid name click OK to add the new CATProduct to the Specification Tree. An empty Product has no origin until a Part has been inserted. Again the new node is attached to the currently active node. A new Component Node with the name you specified is added to the Specification Tree attached to the currently active node that is highlighted in blue Currently Active Node New Component Node Add New Product (CATProduct) Selecting this icon will allow you to add a new CATProduct to the Specification Tree. The name must conform to the relevant Airbus naming conventions and procedures.

New CATPart Node If you now add a second new CATPart to the Specification Tree. If you select the No button then the origin will be same as the currently active node. If you select the Yes button you will have to select either Point element from within an existing CATPart on the Specification tree or an existing Node to specify the origin. DMS42177 ANS-UG0300108 Page 14 of 71 Issue 1 . On selecting this icon the Part Number panel will appear and again you must enter a valid part name. As with adding a new CATProduct the origin on the CATPart is the same as the current active node.AIRBUS UK CATIA V5 Foundation Course Add a New Part (CATPart) This icon allows you to add a new CATPart to the Specification Tree. A New Part: Origin Point panel will appear asking you to define the origin for the new part. After you click OK the new CATPart will be attached to the currently active node on the Specification Tree. after entering a valid part name in the Part Number panel and clicking OK. Note: Using one of the Move Operations or Assembly Constraints can change the position and orientation of a new CATPart.

The Open as read-only check box limits access to read only although when you add an existing file for the ROA it is already set to read only and can not be changed. After selecting the icon an Insert an Existing Component panel will appear. L57P123* will list all files beginning with L57P123. Once the required files are listed in the main window you can select them using MB1. You can also multi select files using the Shift or Ctrl Key. Enter the directory where you wish search for the required CATProducts or CATParts in the Look in field and hit the Enter key.e.AIRBUS UK CATIA V5 Foundation Course Adding A Existing Component This command is not as the name implies to add an existing Component node to the Specification. /epd/readparts or /epd/roa…. The standard directories to enter in this field are /epd/parts. You can limit your search to a specific file type by selecting one of the options available in the Files of type field via the down arrow.. You can also enter partial file names together with * as a wildcard in the File name field followed by hitting the Enter key to perform your search i. The required file name(s) will now appear in the File name field. DMS42177 ANS-UG0300108 Page 15 of 71 Issue 1 . but in fact it is used to add existing CATProducts and CATParts. The Name or the files and folders contained within the directory is now listed in the main window of the panel together the file Type. Clicking Open will add them to the Specification Tree and position them on the origin of the currently active node.

If required perform a search for the replacement CATProduct or CATPart and select it using MB1 followed by clicking theOpen button to continue. After selecting the icon you must select a Node on the Tree to be replaced. Replacing a Component By selecting this icon you can Replace a node on the Specification Tree with another existing Product or Part node.AIRBUS UK CATIA V5 Foundation Course Below is an example of an existing CATProduct containing a Component node and seven Part nodes together with their associated Assembly Constraints. Select Node to be Replaced Replacement CATProduct DMS42177 ANS-UG0300108 Page 16 of 71 Issue 1 . The Insert an Existing Component panel will now appear.

DMS42177 ANS-UG0300108 Page 17 of 71 Issue 1 . If you select Yes then all occurrences of the selected node in the Specification Tree will be replaced.AIRBUS UK CATIA V5 Foundation Course A Replace Mode panel will appear asking you if you wish to replace all instances of the selected node with the new one. The selected node will now be replaced at the same location. If you select No then only the selected node will be replaced.

This command allows different geometric representation of parts to be used. Select the node name from the list to be reordered and use one of the three buttons on the right side of the panel to move the node up or down the tree: Increments the node up one position in the tree. A Graph tree reordering panel will now be displayed. Select the icon followed by the Product node with Parts attached. On clicking OK the number command is performed. This command allows you load document into memory. Moves the selected node next to a second node you select from the list. Nothing will have visibly changed but the numbers are added to the Properties of the relevant node. After you have moved the node to the desired position in the list click OK to complete the reordering. This is an advanced user function and is not covered in the Foundation course.AIRBUS UK CATIA V5 Foundation Course Graphic Tree Reordering Allows you to Reorder the nodes on the Specification Tree. As with the last command this is an advanced user function and is not covered in the Foundation course. DMS42177 ANS-UG0300108 Page 18 of 71 Issue 1 . This information can be extracted and used to compile a Bill Of Materials for the CATProduct which can then be imported into a CATDrawing. After selecting the icon you must select a node on the tree that as other nodes attached to it. Generate Numbering This icon can be used to generate numbers against all nodes in a selected CATProduct that contains links to geometry. Increments the node down one position in the tree. A Generate Numbering panel will appear with the option to either generate Integer or Letters. You can also select whether Keep existing numbers or Replace them.

If you keep using Paste then more Instances will be added to the Tree in the same position. Product and Part nodes within the Specification Tree. You can then manipulate its position using the Compass.e. Unique Instance Numbers Instances displayed after repositioning A unique instance number is added to the node name on the Specification Tree to identify the new instances. Now select the node on the Tree where you want the new instance to be attached and again use MB3 or the Edit drop down menu to Paste the new instance on to the Tree. If you copy a node that has other nodes attached to it then the attached nodes are copied as well. DMS42177 ANS-UG0300108 Page 19 of 71 Issue 1 . Snap or Assembly Constraints. The new instance will appear on the tree and if there is a geometry associated (i. The node is then copied together with its position and orientation within the Tree.AIRBUS UK CATIA V5 Foundation Course Creating Multiple Instances of a Node It is possible to create multiple instances of a Component. The easiest way to perform this task is to select the node to be instantiated then either use MB3 to access the contextual menu and select Copy or use the Edit drop down menu and select Copy. CATPart) then this will be place in exactly the same position and orientation as the original node.

2. The Drafting Properties.AIRBUS UK CATIA V5 Foundation Course Renaming a Node Name There may be occasions when you will need to rename a Node name on the Specification Tree. 3. This can be done by selecting the node to be renamed using MB1 followed by MB3 to access the contextual menu and then select Properties. 4. DMS42177 ANS-UG0300108 Page 20 of 71 Issue 1 . The Graphic Properties. The Mechanical Properties. Selected Node A Properties panel will appear which has four tabs enabling you to control the following: 1. The name of the Node.

The Drafting tab allows you to control how the geometry is displayed in the CATDrawing.AIRBUS UK CATIA V5 Foundation Course The Product tab allows you to edit the Node Part Number and Instance Name together with various Attributes. The Mechanical tab allows you to enter Mass Properties. The Graphic tab allows you to control the default colour and line font for displayed geometry. DMS42177 ANS-UG0300108 Page 21 of 71 Issue 1 . Note: Optegra or Primes do not currently use the Attributes. After editing the required fields click OK to apply the change. The Part Number field allows you to change the first portion of the node name. The important fields on this tab are: The Component instance name is the name displayed in brackets on the node. The Link to Reference lists the file to which the node is linked and is not editable. If you edit this name you should ensure that it matches the name in the Part Number field with the exception of the instance number.

Planar face. Spacing & Length automatically derives the instances by dividing the value entered Length field by the value entered in the Spacing field. The Result = fields display the Vector values for the direction. The Define As Default check box allows you set the current values as default. You can also Reverse the direction.e. Y or Z axis of the Compass or use a Selected Element i. Select the icon to display the Multi Instantiation panel. The following options are available: The Component to Instantiate field displays the part you have selected to Instantiate. You can either use the Axis options to allow you to specify the direction based on the X. Instance(s) & Length equally spaces the number of instances entered in the New Instance(s) field through the distance value entered in the Length field. 2. DMS42177 ANS-UG0300108 Page 22 of 71 Issue 1 .AIRBUS UK CATIA V5 Foundation Course Defining a Multi-Instantiation Allows you create multiple instances of a part in a specified direction. 3. Fast MultiInstantiation Define MultiInstantiation Creates a Multi Instantiation of a part in a user-defined direction. By selecting the down arrow adjacent to the Parameters field you will have three options available to you: 1. Instance(s) & Spacing equally spaces the number of instances entered in the New Instance(s) field using distance value entered in the Spacing field to define the Spacing or Step size. a Line. etc. The Reference Direction portion of the panel allows you to define the direction of the Instantiations.

click OK to create the Instantiation. Selected part to be Instantiated Preview of the Instantiation Resulting Instantiations in the Specification Tree Instance Numbers Resulting Instantiations in the Specification Tree DMS42177 ANS-UG0300108 Page 23 of 71 Resulting Instantiations Issue 1 . the Reference Direction and Instance options. In the following example a part is Instantiated with four New Instances with a Spacing or step of 600mm along the X-Axis of the Compass. The Multiple Instances are created in the Specification Tree.AIRBUS UK CATIA V5 Foundation Course After selecting the part to be Instantiated.

AIRBUS UK CATIA V5 Foundation Course This allows Fast Multi-Instantiations to be created using the Default setting of the Multi Instantiation panel. After selecting the part to be Instantiated select the icon to create the instances. DMS42177 ANS-UG0300108 Page 24 of 71 Issue 1 .

If you click OK then the CATProduct will be saved into the directory defined in the Save in field under the specified name together with any new CATParts attached to it. You can then specify the directory where CATProduct to be saved by entering the path in the Save in field. When you click OK if your CATProduct contains new CATParts that have not been saved then a Save panel will appear asking you if you wish to proceed. The correct path for storing such data is /epd/parts. DMS42177 ANS-UG0300108 Page 25 of 71 Issue 1 .AIRBUS UK CATIA V5 Foundation Course Saving a Newly Creating CATProduct The first time you save a newly created CATProduct the Save As panel will appear. You can also change the name of the CATProduct by entering a new name in the File name field.

Display the currently selected button Drag along the X. DMS42177 ANS-UG0300108 Page 26 of 71 Issue 1 .AIRBUS UK CATIA V5 Foundation Course Move Operations Toolbar Allows you to manipulate the position and orientation of Parts. Manipulation Snap Explode Assembly Stop Manipulation Manipulation Allows Freehand Manipulation to position and orientate a selected Part. and four allowing you to rotate about an Axis. YZ or XZ Planes Rotate around the X. Y or Z-Axis Drag along the XY. four allowing you to drag along an Axis. four allowing dragging along Planes. Select the icon to display a Manipulation Parameters panel. Y or ZAxis Drag along any Axis Drag along any Plane Rotate around any Axis There are twelve options available. After selecting the required button you must select the part to be manipulated using MB1 and then drag it in the required direction. This command will stay active until click on the OK or Cancel Button.

etc. Part to be moved Part containing Position Datum’s (Axis Systems) Positioning Axis System Axis System of the Part to be moved Resulting move DMS42177 ANS-UG0300108 Page 27 of 71 Issue 1 . Select the icon and then select an element contained within the Part to be moved i. The following is an example of an existing Part that has been added to a CATProduct and then positioned using its Axis System relevant to an Axis System in another Part in this case a part containing Positioning Datum’s. a Plane.AIRBUS UK CATIA V5 Foundation Course Snap Operations Positions parts using a snapping.e. Snap Smart Move Snaps one Part to another by selecting elements. Now select an element within a second Part to indicate the new position. an Axis System. a Face.

Then rotation the reversed Axis through at least 180° and then re-apply the Snap command. when you select the elements to snap together and click OK the parts are snapped together and a Constraint is generated. DMS42177 ANS-UG0300108 Page 28 of 71 Issue 1 . This can be overcome by dropping the Compass onto the origin of the Axis System in the Part that is being moved. Y and Z-Axis is automatically aligned although is some cases the Axis direction may be reversed.AIRBUS UK CATIA V5 Foundation Course When you snap two Axis Systems together the orientation of the X. After selecting the icon a Smart Move panel will appear and then click on the More button to display the Quick Constraint options. √ X This command is similar to the Snap command. If you select the Automatic constraint creation. It allows you to Snap one Part to another and it also allows you to create Assembly Constraints. Note: You can only use the Snap command if the currently Active node on the Specification Tree is the Parent of both Parts being snapped. The use of Assembly Constraints is explained later in this session.

The Fixed product field lists CATProduct(s) that you have select to be Fixed and will not be affected by the Explode. If you now click OK the CATProduct will be Exploded and Scroll bar will appear in the Scroll Explode portion of the panel. If you click No then the Explode is temporary. The Selection field lists the CATProduct(s) you have selected to explode. DMS42177 ANS-UG0300108 Page 29 of 71 Issue 1 . An Information box appears informing you than you can use the Compass to move Products. You have the following options: The Depth field allows you to control how many levels of the selected CATProduct(s) are exploded. Select the icon to display the Explode panel and select the CATProduct(s) to be exploded. 2D or inline with Constraints.AIRBUS UK CATIA V5 Foundation Course Explode Assembly Allows you to Explode selected CATProducts. The Type field allows you to specify the direction of the Explode to be controlled in 3D. which is probably the safer option and the Explode panel will stay on the screen. A Warning message will be displayed informing you that you are about to modify product positions. If you select the Apply then again the CATProduct will be Exploded and the Scroll bar will appear in the Scroll Explode portion of the panel. The choices are limited to First Level or All Levels. If you click Yes then the Explode will permanently move the Parts together with any Sub-Products and the command will end. The Scroll Explode bar allows you to simulate the movement of the Explode. Click OK to remove this panel and you are now in temporary Explode mode.

AIRBUS UK CATIA V5 Foundation Course You can use the Scroll bar in the Scroll explode portion of the panel to increment through the movement of the Parts on the screen from Exploded to assembled. Selected CATProduct to be Exploded Resulting Exploded CATProduct Stopping Manipulation on Clash Selecting this icon will cause the manipulation of parts when using the Manipulation icon to be halted if the Part that is being moved Clashes with an adjacent Part. DMS42177 ANS-UG0300108 Page 30 of 71 Issue 1 . Note: The With respect to constraints check box on the Manipulation Panel must be selected for this to function work. Below is an example of an exploded CATProduct. When you have finished click Cancel to exit Explode mode and this will also reset the Parts back to their assembly positions.

click on the Do not prompt in the future check box and Click OK to remove the panel. If you wish. Constraints Node Assembly Constraints When you select one of the Constraint icons an Assistant panel appears. All assembly constraints are added to the Specification Tree and attached to a Constraints Node. Assembly Constraints Toolbar Coincidence Constraint Contact Constraint Offset Constraint Angle Constraint Fix Fix Together Quick Constraint Flexible/Rigid Assembly Change Constraint Reuse Pattern DMS42177 ANS-UG0300108 Page 31 of 71 Issue 1 .AIRBUS UK CATIA V5 Foundation Course Assembly Constraints Assembly constraints are used to position CATParts relative to each other with a CATProduct.

Axis of the Hole displayed when you hover over the feature In the following example the Hole feature on the bracket is made coincident with the corresponding Hole feature on a frame. The constraint is attached to the Specification and temporarily displayed on the screen. Select the icon followed by the two elements/features on two different Parts that are to be constrained. etc. This is ideally used to constrain the axis of two Cylindrical features together although you can apply it to a Points. Hole Features to be Constrained Coincidence Constraint attached to the Specification Tree prior to the Update All button being selected Update symbol indicating that the new Constraint is not up to date DMS42177 ANS-UG0300108 Page 32 of 71 Issue 1 . If you now click on the Update All button the two Parts that have features selected will move to align the elements so that they are coincident with each other. As you hover over a Cylindrical features the axis of the feature is highlighted on the screen and if you select it then the coincidence is applied to the axis.AIRBUS UK CATIA V5 Foundation Course Coincidence Constraint Applies a Coincidence Constraint between two Parts. Edges. Faces.

The Axis of the Holes is aligned but the two Parts do not necessarily contact each other. Coincident constraint Symbol Resultant up to date Coincidence Constraint DMS42177 ANS-UG0300108 Page 33 of 71 Issue 1 .AIRBUS UK CATIA V5 Foundation Course The resulting constrained Parts after the Update All button has been selected.

AIRBUS UK CATIA V5 Foundation Course Contact Constraint Allows you to create a Contact Constraint between two Features on different Parts. Select the icon and the two features on different Parts that require constraining. The selected features will be aligned to each other but they may not touch. Lines and Points. In the following example the bottom face of the bracket is constrained to the side face of the frame Features to be Constrained Contact Constraint attached to the Specification Tree Contact Constraint Symbol DMS42177 ANS-UG0300108 Page 34 of 71 Issue 1 . Select the Update All icon to move the Parts to their constrained position. This Constraint is generally used between Planes and Planar Faces.

You can use the Green arrows to switch direction. The Orientation allows you to control how the selected features are orientated to each other with the following option available by clicking on the down arrow: 1.Planes and Planar Faces. The Supporting Elements field lists the selected features and the Status displays whether they are connected or not. The Offset field allows you to enter a value for the offset distance between the selected features Offset Constraint DMS42177 ANS-UG0300108 Page 35 of 71 Issue 1 . Same ensures the selected feature are facing the same direction 3. which you may change. 2. Lines .AIRBUS UK CATIA V5 Foundation Course Offset Constraint Applies an Offset Constraint between selected feature on two different Parts. Opposite orientates the features to face opposite direction to each other. This constraint can be applied to between Points. Select the icon followed by the two features to display Constraint Properties panel will appear with the following options: The Name field contains the name of the Constraint. Undefined applies a constraint with no controlling orientation.

DMS42177 ANS-UG0300108 Page 36 of 71 Issue 1 .AIRBUS UK CATIA V5 Foundation Course After clicking OK the resulting Constraint is added to the Specification Tree you then have to Update the constraint to move the selected features to the correct position. The features will be aligned but may not contact each other.

There are four check boxes on the left of the panel allow you to specify the constraint type: Perpendicularly. The Supporting Elements lists the features that you have selected to constraint. The Angle field specifies the angle value for the constraint.AIRBUS UK CATIA V5 Foundation Course Angular Constraint Creates an Angular Constraint between two features on different Parts. Again the Status filed indicates whether they are connected or not. Planes. Angle (default) and Planar angle. The Sector menu allows you to select which sector of a 360° circle is used to define the angle. This constraint can be applied between Lines. After you click OK the Angle constraint is added to the Specification Tree and you must select the Update All icon to position the features. Planar Faces and the Axis of Cylinder and Cones. Select the icon followed by the features to be constrained. A Constraint Properties panel appears with the following options: The Name field allows you to specify a name for the constraint. Parallelism. Feature to be Constrained DMS42177 ANS-UG0300108 Page 37 of 71 Issue 1 .

Select the icon followed by selecting the Part to be fixed either graphically or from the Specification Tree. Fix Constraint It is possible to Fix the Position of both Product and Component nodes by selecting them on the Specification Tree. The Update command does not need to be used with fix as no positional changes are taking place. The constraint is added to the Specification Tree and displayed graphically on the selected Part. DMS42177 ANS-UG0300108 Page 38 of 71 Issue 1 .AIRBUS UK CATIA V5 Foundation Course Resulting Angular Constraint. Angular Constraint Angular Constraint Fix Constraint Allows you to Fix the position of Parts.

Selected Part to be Fixed Fix Together Constraint DMS42177 ANS-UG0300108 Page 39 of 71 Issue 1 . If you make a mistake re-select the incorrect part(s) to remove them from the list. Select the Fix Together icon and select the Parts to be fixed together. Name of the Constraint displayed in the Specification Tree List of Parts to be Fixed Together When you click OK the fix together constraint is applied to the selected Parts and added to the specification Tree.AIRBUS UK CATIA V5 Foundation Course Fix Together Constraint This constraint allows you fix together multiple Parts so that when one of the Parts is repositioned the others will move with it. A Fix Together panel will appear listing the parts you have selected to fix together.

Catia automatically applies a constraint of a type that best suits the features selected. After selecting the icon select the two features on different parts to be constrained. The resulting Constraint is added to the Specification Tree.AIRBUS UK CATIA V5 Foundation Course By using the Manipulation command and selecting the With respect to constraints check box. Quick Constraint Selecting this icon allows you to quickly apply constraint between features on different Parts. DMS42177 ANS-UG0300108 Page 40 of 71 Issue 1 . when you select one of the Parts that is fixed together and move it. Flexible/Rigid Sub-Assembly This command allows assembly constraint within a Sub-Assembly to be overridden temporarily thus allowing parts to be repositioned. then all other Parts constrained to it using the Fix Together constraint will be moved as well.

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Change Constraint
With this command you can change one constraint type to another.

After selecting the icon select the Constraint to be changed. A ChangeType panel will appear listing the alternative constraints that are available for the selected features. Replacement Constraint

Selected constraint to be changed

After selecting the alternative constraint from the list click OK and the Update All icon to complete the change. Result of changing the Constraint from an Offset to a Coincidence

New constraint

Reuse Pattern
This command allows you to select a Pattern from within an existing Part and use it to position multiple instances of a Part in the Product. DMS42177 ANS-UG0300108 Page 41 of 71 Issue 1

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Create a Scene
Scenes can be used to develop an existing Product assembly in a separate window without affecting the original (i.e. create an Exploded version). You can create multiple Scenes within a Product that show various iterations of the design Assembly. The following attributes contained either in scenes or in the assembly can be changed without the modifications being replicated in the other: 1. The viewpoint or state. 2. The graphical attributes of the components 3. The Hide/Show state of the components 4. Whether a Part in active or not. If a Parts position is changed in the Assembly then it is replicated in the Scenes as long as the assembly and the scenes are synchronised. On the other hand if the Parts position is modified in a Scene then is not replicated in the assembly and the Scene and Assembly are said to be of de-synchronised Scenes are identified by name in the Specification Tree and by a graphic symbol in the graphic window When creating a Scene the Parts and Sub-Product that make up the Scene are determined by the current selection in the Specification Tree: 1. If no element is selected in the Specification Tree or if top or Root Product node is selected, then the created Scene will include all the components of the entire Product. 2. If a Sub-Product of the assembly is selected in the Specification Tree, then the created Scene will include only the components of the selected Sub-Product. 3. If an existing Scene is selected in the Specification Tree, then a copy of the selected Scene is created.

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After selecting the required node on the specification tree select the Scene icon. An Edit Scene panel appears where you can enter a name for the Scene in the Name field. When you click OK the Scene is added the Specification Tree under the Applications node and you are entered into the Scene Workbench. The Scene Workbench Toolbars Workbench Selection Selection Exit Workbench Reset the selected products Save Viewpoint Snap Search Explode Start Publish The Reset the selected products icon allows you to reset representation of selected Products within the Scene back to their original status. Select the icon followed by the Products on the Specification Tree to perform the reset. The Save Viewpoint icon allows you to save the current view in the Scene. Select the icon to save the current View State. The Snap icon allows you position Parts by snapping without affecting the Part positions within the Product

Search allows you to perform search for data held in the Product.

The Explode icon allows you to Explode the Scene Assembly without affecting the Product. The Start Publish allows you to Publish the Scene.

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AIRBUS UK CATIA V5 Foundation Course When you enter the Scene the background colour of the graphic display changes to indicate that you are no longer in standard Assembly mode. When you have completed the desired Scene use the Exit Workbench icon to return to the Assembly Product In the following example the Exploded GA Scene is created from a product with the use of the Explode command. The Assembly Product unaffected by the Explode command used in the Scene Scene attached to the Specification Tree Exploded Scene Scene displayed in the Graphics Window The created Scene can then be used to create an Exploded view in a CATDrawing DMS42177 ANS-UG0300108 Page 44 of 71 Issue 1 .

DMS42177 ANS-UG0300108 Page 45 of 71 Issue 1 . Select the icon followed by the Splitting element to display an Assembly Features Definition panel. The Parts possibly affected lists all the Parts in the tree that can be split. If you make a mistake you can use the double and single Up Arrows to remove Parts from the Affected parts list. Assembly Features Create Symmetry Assembly Features This toolbar allows you to create Assembly Based Features within the Product i. Hole Add Split Pocket Remove This command allows you to Split a group of selected Parts within a Product using a Plane Or Surface.e. Either select the double down arrow to move the all the listed Parts into the Affected parts field or select the required Parts from the list using MB1 followed by the single down arrow. a hole that passes through multiple Parts.AIRBUS UK CATIA V5 Foundation Course Assembly Operations Assemblies Operations can be used to create Assembly Features and Symmetrical Parts within the Product. The Name field contains the name of the split command. which will be displayed on the Specification Tree. To highlight the selected parts click on the Highlight affected parts check box.

e.AIRBUS UK CATIA V5 Foundation Course After clicking OK on the Assembly Features Definition panel a Selection in Context panel appears asking if you would like to keep the link with the selected Object i. Click OK on the Split Definition panel to complete the operation. After selecting Yes or No the Assembly Features Definition panel reappears together with a Split Definition panel. the splitting element.e. If you select Yes then a Contextual link is established between the Part containing the Splitting element and the Part(s) being Split. the splitting element is Isolated in the Part being Split. If No is selected then the Parts are Split with no link to the splitting element i. If required use the Orange Arrow to select the portion of the Parts to be kept. Splitting Element Arrow indicating the portion of the solid to be kept Parts to be Split DMS42177 ANS-UG0300108 Page 46 of 71 Issue 1 . The Assembly Features Definition panel contains the list of the Parts affected by the Split and the Split Definition panel lists the splitting element.

which is attached to the ENV Component node DMS42177 ANS-UG0300108 Page 47 of 71 Issue 1 . Green Chain Link Symbol Resulting Split Parts External Reference Assembly Features node Link to the Surface held within the MASTERSURF1 Part. The Part node on the Specification Tree indicates that there is an External Reference contained within it by the appearance of a Green chain link Symbol on the node.AIRBUS UK CATIA V5 Foundation Course The selected Parts are now split and an Assembly Split node is added to the Specification Tree attached to an Assembly Features node. Therefore if the splitting element changes then the resulting split will update. The Assembly Split node contains nodes that define the Split operation on each of the affected Parts. If you selected Yes to keep a Contextual link between the splitting element and the Part(s) being split then an External Reference is created in the part Specification Tree.

First you have to select a Plane that is to be used as the Mirror or Symmetry Plane followed by the Part(s) and /or Products to be mirrored from the Specification. This command allows you to create a Pocket feature through series of selected Parts in a Product again using a similar method to the Assembly Split command. Create Symmetry Create Symmetry Part(s) of existing Part(s) within the Product. You can use the Add command to add a Partbody from the Specification Tree of one Part in the Product into the Specification Tree of other Part(s). After selecting the icon a Symmetry panel will appear.AIRBUS UK CATIA V5 Foundation Course The following commands are not covered in the Foundation Course This command allows you to create a Hole feature through series of selected Parts in a Product using a similar method to the Assembly Split command. This command allows you Remove a Partbody in an existing Part from Specification Tree other Parts in the Product. Note: You can not select the top or Root node of the Product DMS42177 ANS-UG0300108 Page 48 of 71 Issue 1 .

Resulting Symmetry The Update All icon must now be selected to synchronise the Product. When the command is completed an Assembly Symmetry Result panel will appear detailing the number New Components. Select the Close button to remove the panel. DMS42177 ANS-UG0300108 Page 49 of 71 Issue 1 . Instances and Products that have been affected by the Symmetry.AIRBUS UK CATIA V5 Foundation Course A preview of the symmetry will be display together with an Assembly Symmetry Wizard and by clicking Finish on this panel Catia will proceed to create the required symmetrical Part(s)/Product(s) and attached Symmetry nodes to the Specification Tree.

DMS42177 ANS-UG0300108 Page 50 of 71 Issue 1 .AIRBUS UK CATIA V5 Foundation Course The resulting Specification Tree as the Symmetrical Part(s)/Product(s) attached to it together with an Assembly Features node containing an Assembly Symmetry node. Note: When using this command be aware that the larger the assembly being mirrored the longer the task will take.

AIRBUS UK CATIA V5 Foundation Course An Overview of Contextual Links It is possible within Catia to link elements contained within one CATPart to elements in another. Typical this can be done by Splitting a Solid contained in one CATPart using a Surface containing in another or by copying a element/Feature from one Part and Pasting it with a Link into another Part. If you select No then the Surface is copied into the Part being Split and it is Isolated. One of the Parts (MASTERSURF1) has two surfaces contained within it that are used to Split a PartBody in CATIAV5RIBPART. In both cases an external Reference can be created in the CATPart. Resulting Split PartBody contained within CATIAV5RIBPART Surfaces contained within MASTERSURF1 CATPart During the Split operation a panel will appear asking if want to keep the link with the selected Object. In the following example a CATProduct which as two CATParts attached to it. therefore if the original Surface is changed then copy will not Update. DMS42177 ANS-UG0300108 Page 51 of 71 Issue 1 . If you select Yes then the Surface is copied into the Part being Split and is created in the Specification Tree which embeds a Link to the Part containing the Surface thus allowing any changes in the original Surface to be Updated in the Part being Split.

3 Extrude.4 As with using the Assembly Split Operation the node of the Part being Split as a small Link Symbol attached to it to indicate that it has External References to another Part within the current Product.AIRBUS UK CATIA V5 Foundation Course Below is the resulting Specification Tree for the CATProduct with External References linking MASTERSURF1 and CATIAV5RIBPART. The two Surfaces attached to the External Reference node within the Part being Split also have Green Diamond Symbol to indicate that they linked and are up to date. Extrude.2 is Linked to Surface. DMS42177 ANS-UG0300108 Page 52 of 71 Issue 1 .1 is Linked to Surface.

This means that if the CATPart containing the External Reference is opened in its own right or it is added to another CATProduct then the links will not be found and they will temporarily be broken. This is signified by a red ‘?’ symbol being displayed on the Surface nodes attached to the External References within the Part and a red zigzag symbol is displayed on the Part instance node when the CATPart is attached to another CATProduct.AIRBUS UK CATIA V5 Foundation Course Due to the fact that the links have been create between the two Parts within the CATProduct (CATIAV5TRAIN12) the External references are said to be created ‘In Context’ with the Product. DMS42177 ANS-UG0300108 Page 53 of 71 Issue 1 . It is possible to check to see if a CATPart as links present by either selecting the Part node within the CATProduct or opening the CATPart in its own right and then select Links from the Edit drop down menu.

DMS42177 ANS-UG0300108 Page 54 of 71 Issue 1 . You can also use this panel to Isolate the linked element or Replace them. OK or Not Found. If a link is broken or as been Isolated then a red zigzag symbol is displayed on the node.AIRBUS UK CATIA V5 Foundation Course A Links to Element panel appears that list all the External References and the Context link together with their Status i.e.

♦ Be able to perform Proximity Queries.Analysis This session covers the use of some of the Digital Mockup (DMU) analysis tools available within Catia. DMS42177 ANS-UG0300108 Page 55 of 71 Issue 1 .AIRBUS UK CATIA V5 Foundation Course Session 6 . ♦ Be able to perform Clash Analysis ♦ Be able take Sections through Assemblies. On completion of this session the trainee will: ♦ Be able to access the DMU Workbenches.

AIRBUS UK CATIA V5 Foundation Course Accessing the Digital Mockup (DMU) Workbenches The DMU Workbenches can be entered by Selecting Start > Digital Mockup and then select the required Workbench. DMS42177 ANS-UG0300108 Page 56 of 71 Issue 1 .

which is made of series of cubes to perform the query. Sub-Products and Parts displayed when working on large complex Assemblies or just the portion of the assembly you are interested in. Note: The smaller the Accuracy value the longer the query will take. DMS42177 ANS-UG0300108 Page 57 of 71 Issue 1 . This command can be used to allow you to limit the number of Products.AIRBUS UK CATIA V5 Foundation Course Proximity Queries The Proximity Query analysis tool can be found in the DMU Navigator Workbench on the DMU Data Navigation Toolbar and is called Spatial Query. Spatial Query Select the icon to display a Spatial Query panel. The Clearance field allows you to specify the distance to check between selected Product(s) and the surrounding Geometry. This allows you to check the clearance between selected Products and surround geometry. Catia uses a representation of the selected Parts. The size of the cube is controlled by the Accuracy value. The main options to consider when using this panel are: The Selection Field lists the Product(s) you have selected to perform the query. The Accuracy field is used to specify the accuracy of the check.

DMS42177 ANS-UG0300108 Page 58 of 71 Issue 1 . Catia will now perform the query during which a Computation in progress panel will appear detailing the operation progress. Upon completion the Parts whose distance from the selected Product(s) is less than the Clearance value are displayed in the Results portion of the panel and are highlighted graphically.AIRBUS UK CATIA V5 Foundation Course Once you have selected the Product(s) and set the Clearance and Accuracy you must select the Search button to perform the Query.

Group A Group node is added to the Specification Tree under the Applications Node. Once the group has been created you can use Hide/Show to display the group only. The Preview panel shows a graphic display of the Group. The Edit Group panel allows you to edit the name of the group and also lists the associated Products and Parts. which can be found on the DMU Navigator Tools Toolbar to group the highlighted items together. DMS42177 ANS-UG0300108 Page 59 of 71 Issue 1 .AIRBUS UK CATIA V5 Foundation Course You can now use the Select button together with the Group icon. The Group node contains all the groups that you have created On selecting the Group icon an Edit Group and Preview panels appear.

only inside the selected Product. all components against the selected Product and between two selections. When you click Apply the analysis is performed and the Clash Check panel will expand to display the results. Note: The larger the assembly that is checked then the longer the process will take. This is displayed as a node on the Specification Tree under the Applications > Interference.AIRBUS UK CATIA V5 Foundation Course Clash Analysis The Clash Analysis tool is accessible through both the Assembly Design and DMU Space Analysis Workbenches and is located on the Space Analysis Toolbar. Allows you to check for clash over a specified interference distance which is entered in the right hand field Clash rule. The field under the Type field allows you to select whether you want to run the analysis against all components. Allows you to specify a rule using Knowledgeware. DMS42177 ANS-UG0300108 Page 60 of 71 Issue 1 . By default if you do not select a Product then Catia will perform the clash against the currently active Product. Performs a check for both Contact and Clash Clearance + Contact + Clash. A Computing panel may be seen briefly during the check. The Type field allows you specify the type check to be performed: Contact + Clash. The Name field allows you to enter a name for the analysis. Authorised penetration. This will allow you to enter a distance value for the Clearance check in the right hand field. Clash Select the icon to display a Check Clash panel.

AIRBUS UK CATIA V5 Foundation Course In the following example the active product is selected by default to which a Contact and Clash analysis is performed against all components. The number of Interference’s found Results DMS42177 ANS-UG0300108 Page 61 of 71 Issue 1 . After clicking Apply the check is performed and the Check Clash panel expands to display the results.

AIRBUS UK CATIA V5 Foundation Course If you select one of the results from the table (in this case row 5) a Preview window appears displaying the components involved in the check. The value of the clash. Any clash is hightlighted in a window which you can Zoom and Pan using the mouse. is displayed in the Value field and the Status value changes. if any. DMS42177 ANS-UG0300108 Page 62 of 71 Issue 1 .

Results Window button Export file button DMS42177 ANS-UG0300108 Page 63 of 71 Issue 1 .model by selecting the Export button. There is also the option to toggle the Preview results to the main graphics window by select the Results Window button. a plain Text file or a Catia Version 4 .AIRBUS UK CATIA V5 Foundation Course If you now click OK the Clash is attached to the Speciication Tree under the name specified in the Name field. To view the results again double click on the Results Clash node Results Node node. You can also save the results as XML file.

this icon can be found on the Space Analysis Toolbar in both Assembly Design and DMU Space Analysis Workbenches.AIRBUS UK CATIA V5 Foundation Course Sectioning This command allows you to take 3D section cuts through selected Products. Sectioning Select the icon to display a Sectioning Definition panel a Preview window. The following options are available on this panel: The Name field allows you to specify a name for the resulting Section which is displayed on the Specification Tree under the Application > Sections nodes. Default is the currently active Product. As with Clash. There are seven buttons below the selection field that allow the following options: Results Window Toggle Section Plane Type Volume Cut Export File Section Fill Clash Detection Automatic Update Toggle DMS42177 ANS-UG0300108 Page 64 of 71 Issue 1 . The Selection field allows you to select which Product is used in the section.

DMS42177 ANS-UG0300108 Page 65 of 71 Issue 1 . Section Slice – Creates two sections superimpossed on each other using two parallel Planes. The Export File button allows you to save the result in one of the following formats: ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ CATPart CATDrawing dxf dwg igs model stp wrl The Automatic Update button has two options available by selecting the small arrow on the button: - Allows automatically updates the section. The Results Window toggle switches the Preview window into a full window.Takes a section using a single Plane. The Section Fill toggle allows you to specify a fill for the section. Section Box – creates superimpossed sections using planes defining using a rectangular box. The Volume Cut toggle allows you to limit the display of the Solid geometry on the screen to the positive side of the section plane.AIRBUS UK CATIA V5 Foundation Course The Section Plane Type has three options available by selecting the small arrow on the button: - 2D Section . Freezes the section. The Clash Detection toggle switches on the Clash Detection in a second window.

Y and Z check box orientation the plane with the x. You can also position and orientate the Section plane by dragging the plane compass with MB1. z plane of the Product. Edit Plane Position and Dimensions Align the Section with geometry Invert the Section direction Reset the Section Plane If you select the Edit Plane button then the following panel appears that allows you to position and orientate the Section plane. y.AIRBUS UK CATIA V5 Foundation Course The Position and Dimensioning portion of the panel allows you to specify the position and orientation of the section plane. The X. Plane origin relative to the Product origin Section Plane size Rotation Increment value Translation Increment buttons Translation Increment Value Translation Increment buttons Undo/Redo option The Translation and Rotation Increment values allow you move the section a set distance or angle by using the increment buttons. DMS42177 ANS-UG0300108 Page 66 of 71 Issue 1 .

Once you select the element the section plane is positioned normal to the element at the position you indicate. Once you have selected your desired settings for the Section Cut click OK to create the Section node on the Specification Tree. DMS42177 ANS-UG0300108 Page 67 of 71 Issue 1 . The Reset button resets the Section plane to original start position. The created Section can be editted by double clicking on the node. The Invert button reverse the positive direction of the plane.AIRBUS UK CATIA V5 Foundation Course The Align Plane with geometry button when selected allows you to position the Section plane on a selected element.

AIRBUS UK CATIA V5 Foundation Course The following are examples of different Section Cuts Available. In this case clearly showing a Clash DMS42177 ANS-UG0300108 Page 68 of 71 Issue 1 . Single Section Plane Section Plane Compass Single Section Plane through a Spoiler Bracket and Spar Preview window displaying the resulting section.

AIRBUS UK CATIA V5 Foundation Course First Plane Two Section Planes Plane Manipulator visible when you place the mouse pointer over the plane. Use MB1 to drag the plane to a new position Second Plane Plane Compass controls both section Planes A Section Cut which superimposes to sections in the same Preview window Second Section Plane Cut First Section Plane Cut DMS42177 ANS-UG0300108 Page 69 of 71 Issue 1 .

AIRBUS UK CATIA V5 Foundation Course Section Box Wireframe intersection geometry A composite Section using the Section Box option Section Compass Composite Section DMS42177 ANS-UG0300108 Page 70 of 71 Issue 1 .

If you measure in a Product that is in Visualisation mode then the result will be approximate until you switch to Design mode. The Other Axis checkbox allows you to specify an axis from which to base the measure on. The Selection 1 and 2 mode allows you to specify what type selection method is to be used. By default Catia will use the Product or Part Axis. Measure Between Measure Item By selecting the Measure Between icon a Measure Between panel is displayed. which is available in the majority of the Workbenches on the bottom toolbar. The results are displayed in the Result portion of the panel. There are four measuring options available. The Calculation mode allows you select whether the measurement is Exact or Approximate.AIRBUS UK CATIA V5 Foundation Course Measuring Distances To measure geometry within Catia you can use the following icons on the Measure Toolbar. which can be selected by using the four buttons at the top of the panel. DMS42177 ANS-UG0300108 Page 71 of 71 Issue 1 . The first option is to Measure Between two selected elements.

Clicking OK on the main Measure Between panel completes the command. Y and Z cordinate values between the measure points on the selected elements. Point 1 and 2 displays the X. Y and Z values in the Measure panel from the Product or Part Axis to the measure point on the selected element. You have the option to display the Distance and Angle between the selected elements both in the measure panel and graphically.AIRBUS UK CATIA V5 Foundation Course If you select Keep Measure then the distance between the selected elements is displayed on the screen permanently and a MeasureBetween node is added to the Specification Tree. Once you have customised your display either click Apply to temporarily apply the display or OK to set the customised displayed. Components displays in the Measure panel only the delta X. You can customise the measure result by selecting the Customize button. DMS42177 ANS-UG0300108 Page 72 of 71 Issue 1 .

Infinite between the same features. DMS42177 ANS-UG0300108 Page 73 of 71 Issue 1 .AIRBUS UK CATIA V5 Foundation Course The following is an example of use measure between using Any Geometry and Any Geometry.

DMS42177 ANS-UG0300108 Page 74 of 71 Issue 1 .AIRBUS UK CATIA V5 Foundation Course In the following example the Distance and Angle to measured and displayed between the two Spoiler Brackets.

The desired distance/angle is then displayed. All other options are the same as Measure Between. Measuring in Chain mode DMS42177 ANS-UG0300108 Page 75 of 71 Issue 1 . After selecting this button you have to select the first element to measure followed by the second.AIRBUS UK CATIA V5 Foundation Course The second measure option is to measure in Chain mode. If you now select a third element then a distance/angle is displayed between the second and third elements.

If you now select a third element then a distance/angle is displayed between the first and third elements. Again all other options are the same as Measure Between.AIRBUS UK CATIA V5 Foundation Course The third option is to create measurements in a Fan or Stacked form. After selecting this button you have to select the first element to measure followed by the second. The desired distance/angle is then displayed. Fan or Stack mode Measuring DMS42177 ANS-UG0300108 Page 76 of 71 Issue 1 .

When you select this button a Measure Item panel appears. etc. DMS42177 ANS-UG0300108 Page 77 of 71 Issue 1 . Click OK to complete the command.e.AIRBUS UK CATIA V5 Foundation Course The final measure option is Measure Item which also accessible from the Measure Toolbar. Faces. The option allows you to measure individual elements i. Feature Edges. after selecting your desired options and the element to be measured the results are displayed both graphically and in the Results portion of the panel. If the Keep Measure checkbox is selected then the measure result is permanently displayed and added to the Specification Tree.

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