Dassault Systemes delivered the first real release of V6 back in 2009 with V6R2010. Since that time, the PLM software provider has been releasing new iterations of V6 twice a year. The most recent release, V6R2011, shows increasing maturity in a number of areas such that parts of the product which were only “preliminary” in previous versions are now fully functional for production use. There are highlights to all brands in the V6 portfolio, but let’s focus on some of the changes in the brands most relevant to Razorleaf clients: CATIA, 3DVIA, and ENOVIA.
V6R2011 of CATIA brings several new innovations, and applies some advanced concepts and capabilities (like functional modeling) more broadly across the CATIA portfolio. An abridged list of the most interesting new CATIA features includes:
- Generative Drafting Associative EBOM – The BOM on the face of the CATIA drawing may now be configured to reflect the EBOM in ENOVIA. It seems the tight coupling of CAD and PDM are bringing interesting features to the table.
- UVR Visualization – UVR format replaces CGR format as a locally optimized representation of 3D models to improve performance and enable larger scale visualization.
- Functional Modeling – CATIA Live Shape has made a big hit in the part design world with its ability to build parts in a free style manner without icons and without a Specification Tree. This capability has now been added to a number of areas, including sheet metal with the new Bend Part Design.
- Systems Design – With the acquisition of Dynasim in 2006, Dassault jumped into systems engineering in a big way. Dymola has been further integrated into CATIA Systems and enhanced through a number of new Modelica libraries for complex systems.
- Life Like Humans – No more robots with stiff joints, the new human builder is extremely life like with movements that are almost graceful – check out this video to see for yourself.
Although 3DVIA is a brand with a number of products, our focus is on 3DVIA Composer and related products. It seems that there was not a significant amount of development done with 3DVIA Composer for the V6R2011 release (at least not as significant as with CATIA), but there are several new 3DVIA Composer features, including:
- Replace Geometry – The geometry of an actor can be replaced with that of another actor in the same model, making it easy to swap parts without having to redo other steps (like alignment, property changes, etc.). All views and animations are preserved.
- Selective Updating – Views can now be updated with selective attribute changes. For example, you can update all your views (or just certain views) with the color and position change of a selected actor.
- Linking to Views – 2D Image panels can be created and linked to views; making animation storyboard creation a snap.
- Magnetic Lines – Magnetic lines are a new way to align annotations (like balloons) in 3DVIA views. The feature does a great job of “guessing ahead” to make clean and neat view creation simple.
- Paper Space Navigation – Panning and zooming is now enabled within paper space.
Although ENOVIA V6 may be the most mature product in the V6 portfolio (owing to its legacy as ENOVIA MatrixOne, ENOVIA VPLM, and ENOVIA SmarTeam), Dassault has still made significant enhancements to the platform, specifically around Microsoft support and the extension of core capabilities (like BOM):
- Infrastructure – Live Collaboration Server is now supported as native 64-bit for Microsoft Windows, and a new monitoring agent is available to monitor availability and performance of the various ENOVIA application layers.
- Program Management – The integration with Microsoft Project has been enhanced for advanced synchronization capabilities, and non-working time is now supported in the calendar for automatic date calculations.
- BOM Management – Mass update and edits are now possible from Part search results. Inline EBOM editing has been enhanced, and a number of new features and version support has been added in the various X-BOM components.
- Mechanical CAD Data Management – It seems that Dassault is more fully integrating the DNA of ENOVIA SmarTeam into V6 through its improvements to usability for non-CATIA integrations. Other small enhancements will ease the transition from legacy systems, such as the ability to manually input starting revisions.