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CAD and Simulation Peripherals

What gear do I use in my home office for CAD and simulation is commonly asked of me. Because of this I have created this post so that you can see and have links to what I'm currently using. In some cases I show what I would buy today because of upgrades or because my

3DExperience SALE!

I rarely post anything 'salsey', so, this is going to be short and sweet. Due to the pandemic there is a huge sale on the 3DExperience platform. 50% off for the first quarter and 25% off for the second. It ends June 30th! The 3DExperience is perfect for remote working since the platform handles the

SolidWorks and Catia on the same Playground… 3DExperience Platform

This has been a long time coming since, Dassault Systèms acquisition of SolidWorks in 1997. Back then there were discussions on how SolidWorks, Catia V5 and Enovia would work together.

Giving Arthritis The Finger: Part 1

Forward This is part 1 of a multi-part series which goes through the custom joint replacement to a finger due to rheumatoid arthritis. Part 1 Scan data to CAD Part 2 CAD to FEA Part 3 FEA to Fatigue

Unboxing Views in CAD

When working in any CAD environment, quickly and intuitively being able to manipulate views will improve efficiency. The basic premise is with the use of the number pad, shortcuts and if you want some scripting most CAD programs can be customized to speed up your workflow.

Geeking Out on Pinewood Derby Car Design

Introduction In this post I will setup a simple parametric Catia model of a Pinewood Derby Car (PWD-C). All files are available for download at the end of the post including a PDF of the drawing template. The motivation to create this model are: Introduce basic Catia workflow Develop parametric CAD models with dynamically linked assemblies and drawings Quickly design with drawings automatically updated to trace with a band saw Introduce engineering tools to my son (*never too early to brainwash my minion*) In this post I’ll be going over: parts, assembly and drawing creation. Then shaping of the body will be performed using splines and style curves where you will see several designs created by Pete, my 7 year old son. (*No childhood memories were harmed in the making of this post. Aside from setting up the Catia model and running the band saw my 7 year old son Pete did all real the work.*)

Engineering Software

CATIA is the World's Leading Solution for Product Design and Experience. It is used by leading organizations in all industries to develop the products we see and use in our everyday lives. CATIA delivers the unique ability not only to model any product, but to do so in the context of its real-life behavior: design