Lightweight Engineering and Design driven by CATIA

In today’s world, the need for environmental sustainability has become more pressing than ever before. To meet modern environmental needs and sustainability targets, engineers and designers must reduce the mass of their components whilst still meeting the requirements of strength, stiffness and any potential manufacturing constraints.

This is where CATIA Lightweight Engineering comes into play. It provides designers with the expert capabilities to minimize part weight, maximize stiffness, reduce cost and optimize material usage.

Designers must go beyond conventional working methods to innovate in multiple directions to achieve the shared goal of weight optimization. This solution seamlessly integrates design, simulation and analysis, through to manufacturing across all disciplines within the 3DEXPERIENCE platform. This cross-discipline method helps companies to refine, validate and complete collaboratively and in context to optimize the weight and performance of their products.

CATIA Lightweight Engineering includes a range of technologies that help find the right balance in reducing weight, cost and material usage whilst maintaining or increasing strength, stability and safety. These technologies include Cognitive Augmented Design, Reverse Engineering, Hydro-forming, Simulation-driven Design, Composites materials, and Stamping Die.

Exploring the Different Technologies Enhance Lightweight Engineering:

Cognitive Augmented Design

Cognitive Augmented Design is a new approach to design that combines the power of human creativity with the precision of computer algorithms. It enables designers to rapidly explore and evaluate multiple design alternatives, while still maintaining design specifications. The result is a more optimized design that meets all the requirements of strength, stiffness, and manufacturing constraints.

Reverse Engineering

Reverse Engineering is the process of creating a digital 3D model of an existing physical component. It is a powerful tool for designers who are tasked with reducing the weight of an existing component. By creating a 3D model, designers can explore different design alternatives and simulate the performance of each design before committing to a particular solution.

Hydro-forming

Hydro-forming is a manufacturing process that uses high-pressure fluid to shape metal sheets into complex shapes. It is a cost-effective way of producing lightweight components that have high strength and stiffness. Hydro-forming is widely used in the aerospace and automotive industries.

Simulation-driven Design

Simulation-driven Design is a process that uses computer simulations to explore and evaluate different design alternatives. It enables designers to rapidly optimize a design for weight, cost, and material usage whilst still maintaining or increasing strength, stability, and safety.

Composite materials

Composite materials are made from a combination of two or more materials that have different physical or chemical properties. They are widely used in the aerospace and automotive industries to produce lightweight components that have high strength and stiffness.

Stamping Die

Stamping Die is a manufacturing process that uses a die to shape metal sheets into complex shapes. It is a cost-effective way of producing lightweight components that have high strength and stiffness.

Conclusion

CATIA Lightweight Engineering is a powerful tool for designers who are tasked with reducing the weight of their components whilst still meeting the requirements of strength, stiffness, and manufacturing constraints. The solution seamlessly integrates design, simulation and analysis, through to manufacturing across all disciplines within the 3DEXPERIENCE platform.

By proposing specialized user roles for each discipline, the solution is adapted to each department. It enables designers to rapidly explore and evaluate multiple design alternatives, whilst still maintaining design specifications. The result is a more optimized design that meets all the requirements of strength, stiffness, and manufacturing constraints. With the use of CATIA Lightweight Engineering, companies can achieve their shared goal of weight optimization and contribute to a more sustainable future.

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