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AIRBUS UK

CATIA V5 Foundation Course

Foundation Course Wireframe and Surfacing Overview
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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.................................................................................... 8 Loft Surface.............................................................................. 6 Extrude Surface .......... 12 Projection ............................................................................................................................................. 5 Generative Shape Design Toolbars and Icons................. 10 Fill Surface ....................................................... 14 Join Surface .......3 An Introduction to Generative Shape Design ................................................................ 7 Offset Surface..........................................................................................................................................................................................................AIRBUS UK CATIA V5 Foundation Course Contents Session 7 – An overview of Wireframe and Surfacing ......................................... 13 Split Surface .......................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 4 Accessing the Generative Shape Design Workbench . 15 Extrapolate Surface ................................ 17 DMS42189 ANS-UG0300112 Page 2 of 17 Issue 1 .......................... 16 Intersection .....................................................................

♦ Be able to create Offset Surfaces. ♦ Have a basic understanding of how to Loft a Surface. ♦ Be able to Project elements onto Surfaces and Split them. DMS42189 ANS-UG0300112 Page 3 of 17 Issue 1 . ♦ Be capable of creating Extruded Surfaces. ♦ Be able to create a basic Fill Surface. ♦ Create an Extrapolated a Surface. ♦ Be able to Intersect Surfaces.AIRBUS UK CATIA V5 Foundation Course Session 7 – An overview of Wireframe and Surfacing On completion of this session the trainee will: ♦ Be able to access the Generative Shape Design Workbench. ♦ Use the Join command to Join Surfaces together.

An Open Body can contain both Wireframe and Surface geometry but not Solids. As with Partbodies you can have multiple Openbodies within a CATPart. You can move a Sketch from an Open Body to a PartBody by selecting the Sketch node with MB1 and then using Cut and Paste from the Edit drop down menu or the MB3 contextual menu to perform the move. DMS42189 ANS-UG0300112 Page 4 of 17 Issue 1 . For the purpose of this overview into Wireframe and Surfacing we will be using the Generative Shape Design Workbench. Currently Active Open Body Sketches can be created in either a PartBody or an Open Body. Geometry created using this and other surfacing workbenches is placed in an Open Body node rather than a Partbody.AIRBUS UK CATIA V5 Foundation Course An Introduction to Generative Shape Design There are various Workbenches within Catia where you can create both wireframe and Surface type elements. The majority can be found under the Shape and Mechanical Design Functions. To add a new Open Body to the Specification Tree Select Open Body from the Insert drop down menu when you are in one of the Surfacing Workbenches. You can also create copies of the Sketch by using Copy and Paste. As you create geometry it will automatically be attached to the currently active Open Body which is identified by the node being underlined.

AIRBUS UK CATIA V5 Foundation Course Accessing the Generative Shape Design Workbench The Generative Shape Design Workbench can be accessed through the Shape Function from the Start drop down menu. DMS42189 ANS-UG0300112 Page 5 of 17 Issue 1 .

The Operations toolbar – allows you to manipulate Surfaces.AIRBUS UK CATIA V5 Foundation Course Generative Shape Design Toolbars and Icons Workbench Icon Replication The two Toolbars that we will be concerned with during this session are: - Selection 1. The Surfaces toolbar – this allows you to create surfaces 2. Sketcher Advance Surfaces Wireframe Operations Laws Surfaces The Generative Shape Design commands can also be access through the Insert drop down menu DMS42189 ANS-UG0300112 Page 6 of 17 Issue 1 .

After selecting the profile to be extruded. The Extrusion Limits portion of the panel control the overall length of the extrusion by using the Limit 1 and 2 fields to enter distances which are applied to either side of the profile plane. The Direction lists the element that is used to define the direction of the extrusion.AIRBUS UK CATIA V5 Foundation Course Extrude Surface The first command that we will cover is Extrude Surface. By default when a Sketch is selected then a plane normal to the Sketch plane is used. This command will allow you to Extrude a selected profile to form a single or group of joined Surfaces. The Profile field displays the name of the element or Sketch that you have selected as the Profile to be extruded.e. Resulting Surface Selected Profile DMS42189 ANS-UG0300112 Page 7 of 17 Issue 1 . You can also Grab the LIM1 and LIM2 using MB1 to control the length of the Limits. The Reverse Direction button reverses the direction of the limits. Select the icon to display an Extrude Surface Definition panel. a Line or Plane. which can be found on the Surfaces Toolbar. a direction element if desired and distance for the limit you have to click OK to complete the command. By highlighting this field you can select your direction element i.

Offset Surface This command allows you to create an Offset Surface from an existing Surface. Selecting Repeat object after OK check box will allow you to reuse the command to create multiple offsets using the Offset value as a Step size. If you check the Both sides check box then the offset is created either side of the selected Surface. Errors can be detected and Sub-Surfaces or elements can be removed from the Offset. Select the icon followed by a Surface to offset from. and can be found on the Surfaces Toolbar. you can also use the orange arrow to reverse direction. The Sub-Elements to Remove tab allows you to run analysis on the intended offset containing more than one surface. You can also Grab the Green Offset marker to control the distance The Parameters tab allows you to Reverse the Direction of the Offset. The Offset field allows you to enter a distance for the offset. An Offset Surface Definition panel will appear with the following options: The Surface field displays the name of the Surface you selected to offset from.AIRBUS UK CATIA V5 Foundation Course An Extrude node is attached to the Specification in the currently active Open Body. DMS42189 ANS-UG0300112 Page 8 of 17 Issue 1 .

therefore. Offset Marker Reverse Direction Arrow Resulting Offset Surface After clicking OK the Surface is create and Offset node is added to the currently active Open Body DMS42189 ANS-UG0300112 Page 9 of 17 Issue 1 . if you delete the Extruded Surface then the offset will be deleted as well.AIRBUS UK CATIA V5 Foundation Course In the following example an Extruded Surface is offset by 50mm. The resulting offset Surface is dependent upon the Extrude.

DMS42189 ANS-UG0300112 Page 10 of 17 Issue 1 .AIRBUS UK CATIA V5 Foundation Course Loft Surface Allows you to create a Lofted Surface through a series of selected Profiles similar to the Loft command in the Part Design Workbench. By default if no spine is selected then Catia will compute one based on the profiles and their orientation to each. Both the spine and guides are optional. the transition shape between profile is kept normal to the Spine curve. The purpose of guides is to control how the Loft cross section is controlled between the profiles The Spine tab lists any Spine that is used. The top portion of the panel displays which profiles have been selected and the order that they have been selected. Note: At least two non-intersecting profiles must be selected. Select the icon which located on the Surfaces Toolbar to display a Loft Surface Definition panel. The bottom portion as five tabs: The Guides tab lists the selected guides. Tangency maps the profiles together by their tangent discontinuity points. When a Spine is use. If there are not the same number of points in each curve then this option will cause the Loft to fail. The are four Section coupling options: Ratio maps the profiles together by a curvature ratio. As with tangency if there are not the same number of points in each curve then this option will cause the Loft to fail. The Coupling tab allows you select how the transition is mapped between profile. Tangency then curvature maps the profiles together by their curvature discontinuity points.

After you have selected at least two Profiles and the desired option click OK to create the Loft. Again there must be the same number vertices in each profile for the Loft command to succeed. A Loft node is then added to the Specification Tree in the currently active Open Body. If either of these options is not selected then the Spline curve or the Guide curves control the relimit. The two options are to limit the loft to the first profile and the last profile. the Closing Points must by aligned to prevent twist of the loft between Profiles.AIRBUS UK CATIA V5 Foundation Course Vertices maps the vertices of the profiles together. The Coupling point has been set to Vertices. Profile 2 Guide Profile 2 Profile 1 Guide Profile 1 DMS42189 ANS-UG0300112 Page 11 of 17 Issue 1 . The final tab on the panel is the Conical Surface tab allows create Conical Surfaces The same rules apply to Lofting Surface as with creating a Lofted Solid i. The cross-sectional shape of the loft is controlled by two Guide Profiles contained within two different Sketches.e. In the following example a lofted surface is created using two Sketches containing multi-element Profiles. The Relimitation tab allows you to re-limit the start and end sections of the Loft.

click OK to create the Fill. Note: You must select the edges in a logical sequence with no gaps otherwise the fill will fail. Select the icon to display a Fill Surface Definition panel. After selecting the required Edges and Supports.AIRBUS UK CATIA V5 Foundation Course Fill Surface Located on the Surfaces Toolbar this command you can create a Surface to fill a gap between surfaces. A Standard Fill with just four Edges selected with no Support Surfaces selected. DMS42189 ANS-UG0300112 Page 12 of 17 Issue 1 . You can apply Tangency to the Fill Surface by selecting the Support Surfaces as well as the Edge curves and Select Continuity Tangent. if required. The Boundary portion of the panel lists the edge boundary of the Surface that you have selected to form the Fill.

This icon can be found on the Wireframe Toolbar. You must select an element or Sketch to be projected. Select the icon to display a Projection Definition panel. In the following example a sketch containing a rectangular Profile is Projected onto the nearest element of a Loft.AIRBUS UK CATIA V5 Foundation Course Projection This allows you to Project Elements on to a Surface. Finally the Projection type button allows you to specify whether the projection is Normal to the Support or Along a Direction which you must specify by selecting a Line or a Plane. This is displayed in the Support field. You then have to select a Surface to project the element to be projected onto. After selecting the required elements to Project and use as the Support click OK to create the Projected elements and a Project node is attached to the Specification Tree under the currently active Open Body. Resulting Project Elements DMS42189 ANS-UG0300112 Page 13 of 17 Issue 1 . The Nearest solution checkbox if selected will limit the projection to the first element found on the Support. which will then be displayed in the Projected field.

In this case when you click OK to create the Split then two Split operations appear in the Specification Tree.AIRBUS UK CATIA V5 Foundation Course Split Surface This icon is located on the Operations Toolbar and can be used to Split Surface based features. Splitting Profile Surface to be Split Resulting Split as remove a portion of the Surface After clicking OK a Split node is attached to the Specification Tree under the currently active Open Body DMS42189 ANS-UG0300112 Page 14 of 17 Issue 1 . You have to select an element to Split. This is to be followed by the element(s) that are to be used as Splitting elements which can be a group of separate elements or a single profile contained in Sketch and these are listed in the Cutting elements window. Select the icon to display a Split Definition panel. The Other side button reverses which portion of the Split is kept. which will then be listed in the Element to cut field. There also the option to keep both portions of the split by selecting the Keep both sides checkbox.

A Join Node will be added to the Specification Tree under the currently active Open Body. elements from Sub-Element created by a previous Join command. The Parameters tab allows you to control the how the selected elements are joined. The Element to Join portion list the Surfaces or Curves that you have selected to Join. To complete this command select the elements to be joined and any desired options followed by clicking OK to create the Join. The Sub-Elements to Remove allows you to remove Sub-Element from the Join list i. When selecting Surfaces if the Join produces an enclosed volume then it can be converted into a Solid feature within the Part Design Workbench by using the Close Surface command. DMS42189 ANS-UG0300112 Page 15 of 17 Issue 1 .e.AIRBUS UK CATIA V5 Foundation Course Join Surface The Join Surface command allows you to join Surface based features or Curves together. The icon for this command is located on the Operations Toolbar. After selecting the icon a Join Definition panel will appear. The Federation tab allows you to group selected elements together.

The Extrapolate icon can be located on the Operations Toolbar. The Assemble result checkbox if selected joins the extension to a copy of the original Surface. The Continuity. An Extrapolate node is then attached to the Specification Tree under the currently active node. If Length type is selected then you can enter the value in the Length field and if Up to Element is selected then you must select an element to control the extension which will then be displayed in the Up to field.AIRBUS UK CATIA V5 Foundation Course Extrapolate Surface With this command you can create an extension to an existing Surface. The Limit portion of the panel controls whether you extend the Surface by Length or Up to Element via the Type button. The Extrapolated field lists the existing Surface that you have selected to extend. After selecting the icon a Extrapolate Definition panel will appear with the following options: The Boundary field lists the element that you have selected as the edge of the existing surface to be extended. After selecting the Boundary. the Surface to be Extrapolated. Extremities and Propagation mode buttons allow you to specify whether the extension is Tangent or Curvature continuous. Surface to be Extrapolated Result extended Surface Selected Boundary DMS42189 ANS-UG0300112 Page 16 of 17 Issue 1 . Limit type and the extension method click OK to create the Extrapolation.

The Intersect node DMS42189 ANS-UG0300112 Page 17 of 17 Issue 1 . The icon for this command can be found on the Wireframe Toolbar. The other options are not selectable. This will also result in an Intersect node being added to the Specification Tree. Select the icon to display the Intersection Definition panel.AIRBUS UK CATIA V5 Foundation Course Intersection The final command covered in this session is the Intersection command which is use to intersect two elements together to create an intersect element. The resulting Intersect element Two elements to be Intersected. The First and Second Element field lists the elements you have selected to Intersect. After selecting the elements to be intersected click OK to create the intersection element.