With CATIA Mechanism Simulation, you can clearly work with detailed designs productively and concurrently. With the help of the fully-automated Assembly Design workbench, product engineers and designers can create mechanisms from connections that have already been defined.
The functional check and validation of mechanisms may be carried out interactively or by running a kinematic simulation. This is processed concurrently with the Assembly Design workbench that offers powerful post-processing tools such as clash analysis, distance computations, trace, and swept volume generation of a moving part.
Engineering connection allows mechanism definition with a seamless integration between kinematic joint connection and design constraint connection. It guarantees full consistency of the assembly definition and compelling productivity.
You can define a wide variety of kinematic mechanisms thanks to 15 different types of joint connection.
The creation of the simulation object enables you to create kinematic scenario set-ups via different remaining Degree Of Freedom (DOF) driving excitations. The user can also leverage knowledge-based excitation laws, display animation preview with video player-like capabilities, generate persistent animations, and perform dynamic clash detections.
Kinematic data such as joint connections or mechanism representations can be accessed concurrently as they benefit from PLM platform integration. They also benefit from a PLM update, versioning, maturity, and an impact graph. The impact graph also applies to simulation objects and their results.
You may define as many Mechanism Representations as you want to for a single product, depending on the combination of engineering connections you select. As different lifecycles between product data (design oriented data flow) and kinematics data (simulation oriented dataflow) are managed, analysts can reuse product design data in several simulation contexts.
You can control the mechanism motion interactively through sliders manipulation of any coupled mechanism commands.
Designers may define their parts with flexibility as the solver can drive under-constrained mechanisms.
Simulations can be carried out at any level on the product structure, and not only at the first level of instance under the product which contains the mechanism. Mechanism representations can be directly reused with a sub-product instance context. It makes it possible to simulate in detail the motion of an assembly built up with several occurrences of the same flexible sub-assembly, such as a crankshaft.