CATIA V5 Essentials - Assembly Design Basics

This course will teach you to use CATIA V5 so you can proficiently achieve a multiple-part CAD assembly for manufacturing. You'll also learn some time saving techniques for assembly inspection and parts interaction validation. Software required: CATIA V5R20.
Course info
Level
Beginner
Updated
Apr 12, 2017
Duration
1h 3m
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Description
Course info
Level
Beginner
Updated
Apr 12, 2017
Duration
1h 3m
Description

Have you ever tried to assemble a multi-body product in CATIA V5, but you could not properly manipulate or even import the desired parts? In this course, CATIA V5 Essentials - Assembly Design Basics, you will learn how to create a functionally constrained assembly of an office desk. First, you'll learn the fundamental tools and toolboxes from the Assembly Design workbench in CATIA V5, as well as how they are manipulated in 3D space on a product file. Next, you'll learn how to import parts with different file formats into an assembly, such as IGES and STEP, which are the industry standards for CAD compatibility. Finally, you'll achieve detailed inspections and assembly validations for accuracy verification. When you're finished with this CAD course, you'll not only be able to assemble an office desk, but will also be proficient in any kind of multi-part product assembly in CATIA V5. Software required: CATIA V5R20.

About the author
About the author

Bruno is an aerospace manufacturing engineer with an MSc in composite materials design. Along with his industry experience, he was responsible for teaching CATIA V5 practical courses at a university level.

Section Introduction Transcripts
Section Introduction Transcripts

Course Overview
Hi, and welcome to the CATIA V5 Essentials - Assembly Design Basics course. My name is Bruno, and I'm a water sports and sailing enthusiast, as well as an aerospace manufacturing engineer with experience in the aerospace industry and academia. Currently, other than being a Pluralsight course author, I work as an RND project engineer and designer. On this course, I will show you how to start and finish your first product assembly on CATIA V5. Some of the major topics that we will cover include putting together the pieces of an office desk on a step-by-step process, importing parts from third-party vendors, applying functional constraints, and verifying the assembly accuracy. By the end of this course, you will be fully proficient on the basic assembly methods and techniques required to create your own product assemblies on CATIA V5. Before beginning the course, you should be familiar with the CATIA V5 parts design basics. I hope you will join me on this journey to learn CATIA with the Assembly Design Basics course, at Pluralsight.

Getting Started
Hi, and welcome to the CATIA V5 Essentials - Assembly Design Basics course. On this first module, I will present the basic tools and concepts needed to assemble your product in the assembly design workbench on CATIA V5, how to customize your workspace for a quick reaching of the needed tools, the importance on defining the main assembly part, the process to include the multiple parts needed to complete the product, and how to efficiently manipulate all these pieces to generate a functionally-constrained assembly. These first steps will help you to get proficient on the manipulation on any kind of assemblies and products on CATIA V5. So let's get started with the key points on this module. On this getting started module, I will begin with a quick overview of the assembly design workbench main elements showing you how to set up and customize your own workspace for a faster reach of the needed tools, as well as a detailed description on how to use these tools for a fully-constrained assembly. Then, we're going to start a first product assembly file by placing the first and main part. This is a crucial action as the rest of the assembly will be a reference to it. And finally, we will be manipulating parts in the 3D space, applying multiple methods to pan a real data along different referring axes by using specific tools that will help us identify potential errors while manipulating the upcoming parts and how they interfere with other to achieve an accurate and time efficient process.

Assembly Techniques
Hi, and welcome back to this Assembly Design Basics course. On the Assembly Technique's module, I will present many specifics related to found manipulation, the practical use of constraint, as well as some techniques that will potentially save you some time while creating or modifying an assembly. So let's go ahead and take a look at the summary of this module. To begin with, we'll see how to modify the properties of an assembly file, how to rename it, and properly save it. Then we will see the process and some specific normalcies while using standard Exchange files in assemblies, such as STEP and IGES, which are commonly used when using CAD files from third-party vendors. We will continue on the application of constraints on the office desk assembly making a practical use of the knowledge learned on the getting started module by completing the leg and top supports of assemblies. Finally, I will present some techniques to be more efficient at the time of creating an assembly consisting in multiple repeated elements, as well as how to properly exploit the symmetries to reduce the manipulation if changes are needed in the product. So let's go ahead and move to the CATIA environment.

Working with Assemblies
Hi, and welcome back to this Assembly Design Basics course. On the Working with Assemblies module, I will demonstrate the use and explain the basic capabilities of some advanced tools used for completing assemblies. These tools will help you to achieve accurate measurements between elements, analyze their relative position, as well as visualize it in an exploded state for two-dimensional drafts and manufacturing plans. So let's go ahead and take a look at the summary of this module. To begin with, we will start the module using the clash tool by analyzing the relation between two elements on the office desk assembly and evaluating the potential clash, contact, and clearance between them inside the assembly. We will then continue with the distance and band analysis tool that will be used to determine the minimum distance between many parts inside the office desk assembly. Then the sectioning tool will be used to visualize the cross section on the prototype electric guitar with complex surfaces and measure critical distances inside the section. And finally, we will make use of the explode tool to visualize all the parts of the electric guitar assembly in an explode representation. So let's go ahead and get moving to the CATIA environment.