Welcome to the GENERATIVE SHAPE DESIGN Expert Lesson!
CATIA Version 5 Generative Shape Design allows you to quickly model both simple
and complex shapes using wireframe and surface features. It provides a large set of
tools for creating and editing shape designs and, when combined with other products
such as CATIA.Part Design, it meets the requirements of solid-based hybrid modeling.
The feature-based approach offers a productive and intuitive design environment to
capture and re-use design methodologies and specifications.
This new application is intended for both the expert and the casual user. Its intuitive
interface offers the possibility to produce precision shape designs with very few
interactions. The dialog boxes are self explanatory and require practically no
methodology, all defining steps being commutative.
As a scalable product, CATIA.Generative Shape Design can be used with other CATIA
Version 5 products such as CATIA.Part Design and CATIA.FreeStyle Shaper and
Optimizer. The widest application portfolio in the industry is also accessible through
interoperability with CATIA Solutions Version 4 to enable support of the full product
development process from initial concept to product in operation.
The CATIA Generative Shape Design User’s Guide has been designed to show you
how to create and edit a surface design part. There are numerous techniques to reach
the final result. This book aims at illustrating these various possibilities.
This book is intended to help you become quickly familiar with CATIA Generative
Shape Design. You should already be accustomed with basic CATIA Version 5
concepts such as document windows, standard and view toolbars.
To get the most out of this guide, we suggest you start reading and performing the
step-by-step Getting Started tutorial.
This tutorial shows you how to build a shape design from a basic wireframe model.
The next sections present the main capabilities in the form of basic and advanced
user’s tasks. It may be a good idea to take a look at the section describing the
workbench menus and toolbars.