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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
menu bar.

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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Select the profile to be extruded. Through three points Through two lines Through point and line Through planar curve Tangent to surface Normal to curve Mean through points Equation 3 Sketch-Based Features Features are entities you combine to make up your part. if you extrude a profile.Part Design | CATIA Handbook | Basic Page 2 of 7 an angle to reference plane. By default.html 11/11/2010 . Select Sketch as the profile to be extruded. 3. Just click the More button and define the second limit.com/Basic/CATIA-Handbook/part-design/Print. the application extrudes normal to the plane used to create the profile. You can increase or decrease length values by dragging LIM1 or LIM2 manipulators. If you wish to define another length for this direction. the application specifies the length of your pad. The multi-pad capability lets you do this at one time. The Multi-Pad Definition dialog box appears and the profiles are highlighted in green. Groove. Note that all profiles must be closed and must not intersect. You can define a specific depth for your pocket or set one of these options: up to next. But you can use the following options too: Up to Next . In this section. Pocket. Shaft. and Remove Loft.Up to Last. you can drag associated manipulators to define the extrusion value. Reverse direction option lets you choose which side of the profile is to be extruded. you will learn how to create the following features: Pad.3 Pocket Creating a pocket consists in extruding a profile or a surface and removing the material resulting from the extrusion. up to plane. The application lets you choose the limits of creation as well as the direction of extrusion. Up to Plane. 3. The application lets you choose the limits of creation as well as the direction of extrusion. Loft. Select Sketch that contains the profiles to be extruded. You will notice that by default. up to surface. http://catiatutor. Some operations consist in adding material.2 Multi-Pad With this task you can extrude multiple profiles belonging to a same sketch using different length values. up to last. For each of them. Click the Mirrored extent option to extrude the profile in the opposite direction using the same length value. The limits you can use are the same as those available for creating pads. Slot. The features presented here are obtained by applying commands on initial profiles created in the Sketcher workbench or in the Generative Shape Design workbench.1 PAD Creating a pad means extruding a profile or a surface in one or two directions. Rib.CATIA Tutor . others in removing material. 3. you do not have to click the Mirrored extent button. Click the Pocket icon . Up to Surface.

you can change the sketch by clicking the field and by selecting another sketch in the geometry or in the http://catiatutor.6 Shaft This task illustrates how to create a shaft that is a revolved feature. The Shaft Definition dialog box is displayed. uncheck the Normal to sketch option and select a new creation direction. Note that you can use wireframe geometry as your profile and axes. using different length values. This task shows you how to add thickness to a pad. By default. Note that all profiles must be closed and must not intersect. Material has been added to the other side of the profile. Checking the "Merge Ends" option trims extrusions to existing material. and click Preview to see the result. Alternatively. and an axis about which the feature will revolve. The Multi-Pocket Definition dialog box appears and the profiles are highlighted in green. the application extrudes normal to the plane used to create the profile. For each of them.5 Thin Solids When creating pads. you can drag associated manipulators to define the extrusion value. Select the open profile. To add material equally to both sides of the profile. 3.4 Multi-Pocket This task shows you how to create a pocket feature from distinct profiles belonging to a same sketch and this. Enter Thickness1 's value. Click OK to create the pocket. The profile is previewed in dotted line. and click Preview to see the result. Enter Thickness2 's value. A thickness has been added to the profile as it is extruded. 3. The multi-pocket capability lets you do this at one time. If needed. Optionally click Preview to see the result. Select Sketch that contains the profiles to be extruded.com/Basic/CATIA-Handbook/part-design/Print. The resulting features are then called "thin solids". You can create shafts from sketches including several closed profiles. Click the Multi-Pocket icon . the profile and the axis belong to the same sketch. For the purposes of our scenario. if you extrude a profile.html 11/11/2010 . The method described here is also valid for pockets.Part Design | CATIA Handbook | Basic Page 3 of 7 To define a specific depth. Consequently. click the more button to display the whole Pocket Definition dialog box. To specify another direction. set the Type parameter to Dimension. You need an open or closed profile. you do not have to select the axis. These profiles must not intersect and they must be on the same side of the axis. The application displays the name of the selected sketch in the Selection field from the Profile frame. Click the Shaft icon . you can now add thickness to both sides of their profiles. The specification tree indicates this creation. check "Neutral fiber" and click Preview to see the result.CATIA Tutor . Double-click Pocket to edit it. pockets and stiffeners. select LIM1 manipulator and drag it downwards.3. 3.

You can create grooves from sketches including several closed profiles. These holes are: Simple Tapered Counter Bored Countersunk CounterDrilled If you wish to use the Up to Plane or Up to Surface option. the profile and the axis belong to the same sketch. Once you have done your modifications. This is your groove: Click OK to confirm. The specification tree indicates the groove has been created.html 11/11/2010 . These profiles must not intersect and they must be on the same side of the axis. CATIA removes material around the cylinder. Enter the values of your choice in the fields First angle and Second angle.com/Basic/CATIA-Handbook/part-design/Print. Click OK to confirm the operation.8 Hole Creating a hole consists in removing material from a body. you do not have to select the axis. The shaft is created. Alternatively. The Selection field in the Axis frame is reserved for the axes you explicitly select. 3. Click OK to confirm. The system previews a groove entirely revolving about the axis. Select the profile. select LIM1 or LIM2 manipulator and drag them onto the value of your choice. you can change the sketch by clicking the Selection field and by selecting another sketch in the geometry or in the specification tree. The application previews limits LIM1 that corresponds to the first angle value. Click Preview to see the result. 3. You can use wireframe geometry as your profile and axes. The first angle value is by default 360 degrees. This task shows you how to create a groove. But you can also edit your sketch by clicking the icon that opens the Sketcher.Part Design | CATIA Handbook | Basic Page 4 of 7 specification tree. You can select these limits and drag them onto the desired value or enter angle values in the appropriate fields. you can then define an offset between the limit plane (or surface) and http://catiatutor. that is how to revolve a profile about an axis (or construction line). Consequently. The specification tree mentions it has been created. For the purposes of our scenario. the Shaft Definition dialog box reappears to let you finish your design.CATIA Tutor . The Groove Definition dialog box is displayed. The application displays the name of the selected sketch in the Selection field from the Profile frame. and LIM2 that corresponds to the second angle value. If needed. The application previews the limits LIM1 and LIM2 of the groove to be created. Click the Reverse Direction button to inverse the revolution direction. Click the Groove icon .7 Groove Grooves are revolved features that remove material from existing features. Various shapes of standard holes can be created.

The Merge ends option is to be used in specific cases.11 Slot This task shows you how to create a slot that is how to sweep a profile along a center curve to remove material. The Slot Definition dialog box is displayed. Select the profile you wish to sweep. It creates materials between the ends of therib and existing material provided that existing material trims both ends. The specification tree mentions this creation. Your profile has been designed in a plane normal to the plane used to define the center curve. These profiles must be closed and must not intersect.2. Pulling Direction: sweeps the profile with respect to a specified direction. Define the parameters as per your requirement to create threaded hole. a planar profile. The Rib Definition dialog box is displayed. Click OK. It lets the application create material between the ends of the slot and existing material.9 Threaded Holes The Thread capability removes material surrounding the hole. 3. Metric Thin Pitch: uses AFNOR standard values. 3. a planar profile and possibly a reference element or a pulling direction. To define a thread. Reference Surface: the angle value between axis and the reference surface is constant. To define a rib. you need a center curve. The Merge ends option is to be used in specific cases. Slots can also be created from sketches including several profiles. 3. It should be a closed profile. To define thisdirection. Reference surface.CATIA Tutor . http://catiatutor. The application now previews the rib to be created. New options are then available. a reference element and optionally a pulling direction. Therib is created. the application creates the hole normal to the sketch face. Click the Slot icon . The profile has been designed in a plane normal to the plane used to define the center curve. You can control its position by choosing one of the following options: Keep Angle: keeps the angle value between the sketch plane used for the profile and the tangent of the center curve. But you can also define a creation direction not normal to the face by unchecking the Normal to surface option and selecting an edge or a line. It should be kept in mind that 3D curve if selected as center curves must be continuous in tangency & if the center curve is planar. Click the Rib icon . Metric Thick Pitch: uses AFNOR standard values. you can enter the values of your choice. To define a slot.html 11/11/2010 . Select the profile. It is closed. You can define three different thread types: No Standard: uses values entered by the user. Check the Thick Profile option to add thickness to both sides of Sketch.10 Rib This task shows you how to create a rib that is how to sweep a profile along a center curve to create material. it can be discontinuous in tangency. you can select a plane or an edge. To create Rib. Pulling direction. you need a center curve. You can control the profile position by choosing one of the following options: Keep angle.Part Design | CATIA Handbook | Basic Page 5 of 7 the bottom of the hole. but you can use standard values.com/Basic/CATIA-Handbook/part-design/Print. Check the Thick Profile option to add thickness to both sides. By default.

This option adds material equally to both sides of the profile. Optionally click Preview to see the result. The resulting feature is a closed volume. Click the Stiffener icon . Two creation modes are available: From side: the extrusion is performed in the profile's plane and the thickness is added normal to the plane. Click the Loft icon .13 Remove Lofted Material This task shows how to remove lofted material. The specification tree indicates it has been created. You can use wireframe geometry as your profile. you just need to click the Spine tab then the Spine field and select the spine of your choice in the geometry. 3. This profile has to be created in a plane normal to the face on which the stiffener will lie. Tangency. Vertices. Click OK. From Top: the extrusion is performed normal to the http://catiatutor. The Remove Loft capability generates lofted material surface by sweeping one or several planar section curves along a computed or user-defined spine then removes this material.Part Design | CATIA Handbook | Basic Page 6 of 7 3. By default. make sure that existing material can fully limit the extrusion of this profile. 3. Select the profile to be extruded. You can note that by default. The stiffener is created. Select the three section curves.The Loft Definition dialog box appears. Check the Neutral Fiber option. They are highlighted in the geometry area. The feature (identified as Loft. Click Apply to preview the loft to be created. but if you wish to impose a curve as the spine to be used. the application computes a spine.CATIA Tutor . By default.com/Basic/CATIA-Handbook/part-design/Print. The Remove Loft Definition dialog box appears. the application computes a spine. The feature (identified as Loft. tangency discontinuity points are coupled. Select required sections & guide curves if needed. The feature can be made to respect one or more guide curves. Tangency then curvature.xxx) is added to the specification tree.xxx) is added to the specification tree. The Loft capability assumes that the section curves to be used do not intersect. but if you wish to impose a curve as the spine to be used. Click OK to create the volume. If you need to use an open profile. Click OK to create the lofted surface. Several coupling types are available in the Coupling tab: Ratio. Click the Remove Loft icon .12 Loft You can generate a loft feature by sweeping one or more planar section curves along a computed or user-defined spine.14 Stiffener This task shows you how to create a stiffener by specifying creation directions. The Stiffener Definition dialog box is displayed. you just need to click the Spine tab then the Spine field and select the spine of your choice in the geometry.html 11/11/2010 .

You just need to specify the value of your choice in "Thickness 1" field and this thickness is evenly added to each side of the profile. Conversely. just uncheck the "Neutral Fiber" option and then specify the value of your choice in "Thickness 2" field. The "Neutral Fiber" option adds the same thickness to both sides of the profile. < Prev Next > http://catiatutor.html 11/11/2010 .CATIA Tutor . if you wish to add different thickness on both sides of the profile.com/Basic/CATIA-Handbook/part-design/Print.Part Design | CATIA Handbook | Basic Page 7 of 7 profile's plane and the thickness is added in the profile's plane.