CATAPT Product Summary

Advanced CATIA® support for APT processors.


Description:

The CATAPT function works as a regular interactive CATIA® function in which the user has access to an array of options and panels to generate APT statements. The CATIA® user can interactively select geometry which will be used to create APT definitions. CATIA® elements may also be labeled with the APT identifiers as they are selected. This allows the creation of visual aids for the NC programmer. CATAPT provides support for APT POINT, LINE, PLANE, CIRCLE, QUADRIC (CATIA ellipse), TABCYL, SPHERE, CONE, CYLNDR, TORUS, RLDSRF, VECTOR, PATERN and MATRIX. CATAPT also supports various forms of sculptured curves and surfaces such as the CAM-i® SCURV and SSURF, DAC/ARELEM® SCURX and MESH, NCCS/NCL® CURVE and SURF, and Sperry Univac 1100® SCURV and SCULPT/BICUBC formats.

Features:

Configurable options allow the user to specify: whether the CATIA® geometry is to be labeled, the tolerance of cubic approximations for curves and surfaces, output formats for numerical data (scientific notation is optional), surface constraint options, APT identifier defaults and the brand or "flavor" of the APT processor. A "STANDARD" page allows the user to set the default options. User control of the surface definitions allow for default approximations or for the user control of the mesh density. Interior tangent and cross tangent control is also optional. Review of the output file is available at all times through a display panel.

System benefits:

Many manufacturing centers support multiple CAD/CAM installations each with their own CAD experts trained for one specific CAD system. The CATAPT software allows the CATIA® data to be transferred to the APT NC programmers in a useful form. APT is a universal, editable and flexible format which a large pool of talent may use. It also allows the CATIA® workstation to be used more efficiently because the APT program can be completed by an NC programmer from an ascii terminal after the geometry is generated. The concept of a family of parts in which various geometric definitions are interchanged in a program is common with APT. This flexibility, editability and universal nature necessitates the need for CATAPT if both CATIA® and APT are utilized in your manufacturing environment. The ease in which this product is used and the speed in which geometry definitions are generated will directly add to your bottom line and allow you to more efficiently employ your staff.

Hardware support:

Currently CATAPT is available only on the IBM® RS/6000® line of workstations running CATIA® under the AIX® operating system.
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