Thursday, December 20, 2012

CATIA V5 - NC - STL machining

This is a quick video that shows how to import and STL file and actually machine in CATIA V5. As it's probably well known, STL files are not that usable outside of 3D printing. But, V5 has the ability to handle such files pretty nicely. Also, note the use of the limiting curve at the end as it helps us in confining the area the tool cuts. There's is no audio with this demo.

Click here to download the file used in the video.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

CATIA V5 - NC - Extract Surface and Axis System

Sometimes you end up with a really large die or casting but you simply want to machine a certain part of it without having to load the entire model. This demo shows how to extract the needed surfaces. Also, it's useful to copy the die origin as that can act as your machining origin.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

CATIA V5 - NC - Geometry Creation based on Imported NC file

Sometimes all you have is a G-code file with no geometry. V5 allows you to import the file and create points from the coordinates. These points can be connect using a polyline or a spline.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

ENOVIA DMU Realistic Rendering

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

CATIA V5 - Composites

This is video meant to show CATIA's capability in the composites workbench. It's not a training video but it just shows what V5 can accomplish in this growing sector in the industry.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

CATIA V5 - Flattening and transferring features in Part Design

This is a demo for a bent aerospace beam. The faces are unruled. To add to the difficulty, it's not really an intelligent part. To bring it into a 2D drawing, we need to flatten it and transfer all the cuts and fillets into the final version. It's almost like reverse engineering the whole part again.You can extract some details such as the beam profile as well as the overall length to produce the extrusion length. It's a laborious task but the result is worth the effort.

Monday, April 30, 2012

CATIA V5 - How to Compare Similar Parts

This is demo on how to compare products that are similar but not exactly the same. It's available in the DMU space analysis workbench. CATIA will overlap the 2 parts or assemblies and color code the added material in red and the removed material in green. It's a great tool when you are looking for a quick way of telling the difference between parts.

Friday, February 3, 2012

CATIA V5 - How to Generate G codes in NC mode

The most important part about using CATIA V5 NC is to generate G-codes. In this demo we show how to create a sample program. There are certain steps required to to create the program successfully. You must specify the directory where the files go in the Tools>Options. Otherwise, your files will end up in the wrong folder and finding them will be a challenge.
Sample V5 file and program