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Part Design
The
Part Design application makes it possible to design precise 3D mechanical parts with an intuitive and flexible user interface, from
sketching in an assembly context to iterative detailed design. Part Design application will enable you to accommodate design
requirements for parts of various complexities, from simple to advance. This application, which combines the power of feature-
based design with the flexibility of a Boolean approach, offers a highly productive.

1 Opening a New CATPart Document.

This task shows you how to open a new CATPart document. Select the File -> New commands (or

click the New icon). The New dialog box is displayed, allowing you to choose the type of document you need. Select Part in
the List of Types field and click OK. The Part Design workbench is loaded and a CATPart document opens. The Part Design
workbench document is divided into: a) the specification tree, b) the geometry area, c) specific toolbars, a number of contextual
commands available in the specification tree and in the geometry. Remember that these commands can also be accessed from the

You will notice that CATIA provides three planes to let you start your design. Actually, designing a part from scratch will first require
designing a sketch. Sketching profiles is performed in the Sketcher workbench, which is fully integrated into Part Design. To open
it, just click the Sketcher

icon and select the work plane of your choice. The Sketcher workbench then provides a large number of tools allowing you to
sketch the profiles you need.

2 Reference Elements

You can display the Reference Elements toolbar using the View -> Tool bars -> Reference Elements (extended/compact)
command.

2.1 Creating Points

This task shows the various methods for creating points. Click the Point icon . The Point
Definition dialog box appears. Use the combo to choose the desired point type.

Coordinates: Creating point with X, Y, Z coordinates in the current axis-systemOn curve: Creating point on curve. On plane:
Creating point on plane On surface: Creating point on a surface. Circle center: Creating point of a circle, ellipse.Tangent on
curve: Creating point tangent to curve. Between: Creating point between two other points.

2 Creating Lines

Click the Line icon . The Line Definition dialog box appears. Use the combo to choose thedesired line type. A line type will be
proposed automatically in some cases depending on your first element selection. Point – Point: Create line between the two
points. Point – Direction: Create line from a point along a direction. Angle or normal to curve: Create line at an angle to curve.
Tangent to curve: Create line tangent to curve. Normal to surface: Create line normal to surface. Bisecting: Create line for
bisector of two lines.

Regardless of the line type, Start and End values are specified by entering distance values or by using the graphic manipulators.
Check the Mirrored extent option to create a line symmetrically in relation to the selected Start point.

2.3 Creating Planes

This task shows the various methods for creating planes. Click the Plane icon . The Plane Definition dialog box appears. Use
the combo to choose the desired Plane type. Once you have defined the plane, it is represented by a red square symbol, which
you can move using the graphic manipulator. Offset from plane: Create a plane at a distance from reference plane. Parallel
through point: Create a plane passing through a point & parallel to reference plane. Angle or normal to plane: Create a plane at

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