CATIA has various file types, depending upon what you are building. Product files are for assemblies.
- [Instructor] Here I want to discuss products and product files. Up to this point in the course, we've been doing everything within the context of a part or CAT part, a singular part file. Now eventually, all of our parts are going to be assembled into a final product. The final product is basically a collection of all of the parts that we've designed and various standard parts. So as you can see here, here's the upper, the cup colder that we've just designed.
We have the lower that this snaps into and we have a bezel and a couple of screws that hold the actual bezel in place. The product file within CATIA, is just that, it's a repository for other parts that have been designed, brought together. Now, when we enter into our product file, there are various workbenches that we can work within the context stuff. And for what we want to do, what we're going to be working in is called assembly design.
Now, by default, when you come into CATIA, what it does is it takes you into what's called Product Structure. Product Structure is just a simple product structure assembly, visualizing an assembly, bringing components in, and just taking a quick look at them. Doesn't offer many tools. What we want to do is we want to make sure we're inside of what's called Assembly Design. Now, Assembly Design is basically the Product Structure, Product Design on steroids. So, when I come into my Product Design, I want to make sure that I'm inside the Assembly Design so I'm going to click on Assembly Design and you're going to see additional icons appear.
The Assembly Design allows us to bring in components, reposition components, create constraints between components. There's certain conditions, gaps, flushness, things of that nature we want to make sure that we capture within the intent of our design and we do that by going into an assembly. You can take and cut sections. You have your analysis and measurement tools as well, within the context of your assembly. Now, the word product and assembly are fairly interchangeable within CATIA.
Now, we have a CAT product here, as you can see, but it's also an assembly. We are in the Assembly Design, so during this portion of the course, I will be using product and assembly interchangeably, so if you get confused, just know one means the other and the other means the other one. So there's no difference. Now, another terminology that gets used quite often is a component. And within v5, it means two different things. This element that you see here, is a component or sub component.
And you also have a component file type. And I mention this, not because we're going to dig too deep into the component file type, I mention it so people understand that there are component file types, but we're not going to really use those, we don't really use those in v5 too much and when we transition into v6, some of you I know are going to be watching this RM v6, you don't use components at all. I just wanted to make note that this is one of those rare moments where the crossover between v5 and v6 doesn't syncopate.
When I mention the word component, I mean the actual part file within the assembly or the product. So there's a lot of terminology we're going to be throwing around and for the most part, I'll try to keep it straight forward and keep you going in the same general direction, but you may hear terminology somewhere else, somebody may say something that can be a little confusing. Just to clean up that kind of a mess for now, we want to make sure that we're talking about products, we're talking about assemblies.
When we're talking about components, we're talking about parts within the assembly.
- Working with the CATIA v5 UI
- Understanding the menus
- Part visualizations
- Part design workflow
- Creating a sketch
- Basic editing
- Creating and editing sketch curves
- Part design
- Measures and analysis
- Building a project