The Weld Design workbench addresses the welding process of the industrial equipment, automotive, and aerospace industries. Classical or user-defined welds and part preparation are created in 3D, with associative annotations and right symbols generated in 2D drafting. Advanced welding processes allow for concurrent engineering between Machining and Welding engineers.
The Tooling Design workbench provides tool and die makers with a rich catalog of industry-standard components to automate the tooling definition. Fully customizable components and a template-based approach ramp-up projects faster, ensure design consistency, and, help you to manufacture right the first time.
Focused on welded assemblies, the CATIA Weld Design workbench offers all the tools needed to address the entire assembly welding process. Die designers benefit from a dedicated Tooling Design workbench to support all of their tasks including component instantiation or drilling operations. Convenient Contextual menus and dedicated icons in the specifications tree provide productive simultaneous management of Components and Drillings.
The user is guided through the specification of the welding process thanks to an intuitive user interface. Welded elements are automatically created from face selection. CATIA Weld Design automatically prepares the parts to be welded, creating associative assembly features in addition to the weld seam. The resulting prepared plates can be associatively merged in a single derived representation to simplify the data lifecycle management.
This function enables users to declare any geometrical feature as a representation of a weld. The advantage is that users can create a non-standard weld, while the system will still handle it as a weld. Then, it will be considered for drafting, mass, inertia, material application and all downstream use of welding elements.
Users can design welds with full flexibility and advanced productivity, because a consistent associativity (weld creation and preparation) is featured between parts containing welds and their 2D annotations. Moreover, normalized welds are automatically generated in the views, section views and section cuts and impacted by the Hidden Line Removal visualization mode of the assembly.
The mass and inertia of the weld ribbons are added to the mass and the inertia of the whole assembly so that the user, specifying the weld material, can perform relevant calculations. Welds can also be integrated in the clash collision of the assembly. The weld attributes can be taken into account in Knowledgeware products as geometric parameters (length, width, etc.) or technological parameters such as quality. This advances design productivity and provides a reliable way of incorporating the weld process into the global PLM collaboration. The Welding Reports include the weld’s physical properties and their structure to estimate welding costs very quickly.
The Tooling Design Workbench provides a rich variety of component types, namely: ToolBase, Ejection, Guiding, Fixing, and Locating Components, easily iconified in heavy product structure. The Die Designer can automatically add multiple components including standard definition from catalogs and automatic definition of Drilling Information according to Tooling Design rules. Defined components are available with respect to the main market standards concerning Fixing Components, Dowel pins, Springs, and User Components. Concerning other types, specific catalogs, including samples, are provided.
User components can be created and stored within user catalogs. The user component can be of an already defined type (i.e. Leader Pin or Ejector Pin) or no particular type, as a free form component. User components are managed with their associated holes as is done for the standard components.
Die designers can generate dedicated and customizable Bill of Materials (BOM's) and automatic Nomenclature from the configuration of the component. Textual format, HTML or XLS (Excel) formats can be generated interactively. BOMs can be based on user-defined attributes. Attributes can be defined either externally via a file (.txt or .xls) or manually. Specific formats can also be defined (subset of user-defined attributes) and re-used for BOM generations. Listing Reports including assembly trees and attributes of each component can be generated.