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This article gives you Overview of Various approaches in CATIA V5 Automation Advantages of Automation/Customization Cost Reduction Improved Efficiencies Improved Quality Through Standardization Customization Provide additional functionality not provided in native products Manipulate existing function to better fit customer processes Examples of Automation The application of automation in the design process is virtually unlimited. Some examples of automation at work: batch script for the conversion of drawing files to PDF export of points from Excel spreadsheet to CAD model export of points from CAD model to Excel spreadsheet grid of points, centered in CAD model (for element layout) automatic spline creation (from selection of points) create normal (perpendicular) lines to a surface Automation tools CATIA V5 CATScript, VBScript VBA

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This article gives you Overview of Various approaches in CATIA V5 AutomationAdvantages of Automation/Customization Cost Reduction Improved Efficiencies Improved Quality Through Standardization Customization Provide additional functionality not provided in native products Manipulate existing function to better fit customer processes

Examples of AutomationThe application of automation in the design process is virtually unlimited. Some examples of automation at work: batch script for the conversion of drawing files to PDF export of points from Excel spreadsheet to CAD model export of points from CAD model to Excel spreadsheet grid of points, centered in CAD model (for element layout) automatic spline creation (from selection of points) create normal (perpendicular) lines to a surfaceAutomation tools

CATIA V5 CATScript, VBScript VBA VB 6.0 CAA Pro/Engineer Mapkey Pro/Program Pro/Web.Link J-Link Pro/Toolkit Autodesk Inventor Autodesk Inventor API Unigraphics NX Knowledge Fusion (KF) UFUNCCATIA V5 Automation TiersCATIA (Computer Aided Three-dimensional Interactive Application) Open architecture allowing to optimize solutions. Process centric solutions

Native CATIA Automation1. Parameters A feature defining a document or object property.2. Formula A feature used to define or constrain a parameter3. Design Table A table containing values to be applied to a document to manage parameter4. Templates A Document used to store and reuse intent5. Power Copy A set of features (geometric elements, relations,constraints) grouped in a generic context to be used in a specific contextLet us see them in Detail1.Parameters Intrinsic Parameters -

Created by CATIA as a byproduct of geometry creation Cannot be deleted without deleting associated geometry User Defined Parameters created by the user for a specific purpose Magnitude (Real, Length, Speed) String Boolean Geometric (Point, Circle, Plane) Import From Spread Sheet 2. Formula Formulae Relations specifying a constraint on a parameter. Formula Wizard A tool provided to assist with the syntax and format while applying a formula to a parameter.

3. Design TablesDesign Table Provides a means to create and manage component families. These components can be for example mechanical parts differing in their parameter values. An associative link is created between spread sheet and Part or ProductDesign Tables can be created in following formats Excel Spread Sheet Tab Delimited Text Files CATIA Design Table 4.Templates A document (Part, Product, Drawing, Process) created in a general context for reusein a specific context. The new context is defined be modifying parameters or replacing specification geometry.5.PowerCopy A Power Copy is a set of features (geometric elements, formulas, constraints and so forth) that are grouped to be used in a different context, and presenting the ability to be completely redefined when pasted. A Graphical interface is provide to guide user through selection of inputs and valuation of parameters. Can be instantiated from a Document or from a feature catalog.

CATIA Knowledgeware The CATIA V5 Knowledgeware turns implicit design methods into explicit knowledge for obtaining the optimum design. Quick assessment of the best alternative for a design amongst numerous combinations of parameters and constraints.Disadvantages Complex Models Difficult to Maintain Lacks Debugging Help Requires Additional LicensesKnowledgeware Applications1. Knowledge Advisor2. Knowledge Expert3. Product Engineering Optimizer1.Knowledge AdvisorKNOWLEDGE ADVISOR is a CATIA product which allows users to embed knowledge within design and leverage it to assist in engineering decisions, in order to reduce errors or automate design, for maximum productivityKnowledge can be embedded in design in form of1. Parameters (Already Covered in Native CATIA Automation)2. Formulae (Already Covered in Native CATIA Automation)3. Rules4. ChecksThe rule and check capabilities require the Knowledge Advisor product.

A RULE is a set of conditional statements, whereby the relationship between parameters is controlled.A Check is a set of instructions used to analyze the value of specific parameters. It causes no events. It simply provides feedback to users in following ways Silent : No message is displayed Information: A user defined message is displayed

2.Knowledge Expert

The Knowledge Expert product allows you to create and manipulate relation-type features. These particular features are organized into a hierarchy. Expert Rule: An expert rule is a set of instructions whereby you can start an action for any object having a type defined in a type list. Expert Check: An expert check is a relation which only verifies that a condition is true for all the objects of one or more given types. It does not modify the document it is applied to.

3.Product Engineering Optimizer

The Product Engineering Optimizer is tool to optimize product and part designs by minimizing, maximizing or targeting specific parameter values.Problem Tab

Constraints Tab

Computation Results Tab

VB/VBA Macros / .CATScripts Free, Rapid Deployment, Easy to Reuse Recorded macros, Limited Flexibility, Difficult to Debug Great tools for rapid deployment of simple automation applications Personal time saving operations They are limited in scope and flexibility. VBA / .CATvba Free, Graphical User interface (Forms), Editor Provides Debugging Capability Offer increased flexibility and complexity through implementation of user interface forms and modules Requires a short learning curve VBA Environment is Not Object Oriented VB6 & VB.NET Runs Outside of CATIA, Increased Implementation of Components and Type Libraries, Individual Module Files Makes Collaboration and Sharing Code Easier.How VB Automation works? How does it work? Dassault Systemes has exposed several CATIA objects so that they can be created, manipulated, and deleted by COM compliant applications How does VB talk to CATIA? dlls Dynamic Linked Libraries These are compiled files that contain all of the functions that make CATIA V5 perform an action. These files are both compiled and encrypted These files are located in the UNLOAD directory for CATIA V5 (normally c:\program files\Dassault Systemes\B20\intel_a\code\bin) tlbs Type Library Files These files are necessary for exposing functions to Windows. They act as maps which point to the mangled functions inside of the dll files that make CATIA V5 work. The tlb files are located in the UNLOAD directory for V5. Any external application needs to have access to (and reference) these typelibraries

CAACAA (Component Application Architecture) More Powerful and Faster than VB, Harder to Learn, Provides Access to Interfaces not currently available to Visual Basic. The Primary language for development is C++. Java is also supported but it not as common.Advantages of CAA Single source code for both WINDOWS and UNIX New wizards like workbenches, interactive commands, dialog boxes etc., can be created Add new data and behaviors on an existing feature without overloading standard behaviors No specific Run time license is required Customized GUI using

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