Armed with new solutions and hundreds of new
capabilities, Dassault Systemes rolled out the latest release of its V6 PLM platform, emphasizing
collaboration and rich design capabilities all while taking aim at a broader
community of users within the product development spectrum.
The new V6R2011x release ushers in advantages in
three domains of the V6 architecture: Rich applications, online platform and
universal services. Collectively, V6R2011x's
rich applications include 479 new functions and eight new solutions to support
customers' collaborative creation processes for all targeted industries using
CATIA, DELMIA and SIMULIA brands, a company official said. For example, there
are several new solutions aimed at automotive industry customers: CATIA
Imagine & Shape, for one, is a virtual clay modeler based on subdivision
surface technology that meets the standards required in automotive body shape
design. Additionally, the new CATIA Live Rendering solution refines the
rendering of a design as it is being manipulated until the desired level of
photo-realistic visualization is achieved.
Other examples of new rich applications include
the V6R2011x release of 3DVIA Composer, which offers enhancements that improve
the ability to create high-quality 2-D vector graphics for technical product
documentation. For example, the solution's new layered rendering feature lets
layers be custom defined and prioritized in vector graphic output, allowing for
the clear definition of hidden assembly components in technical illustrations.
On the DELMIA front, the new Manufactured Product Planning module lets users
modify a product's engineering definition in order to create an
"as-manufactured" definition for use by downstream manufacturing planning and
detailing stakeholders. By tapping the V6 immersive environment,
manufacturing planners can then create all relevant manufacturing stages of the
product that have not been defined by product engineering, including
manufactured assemblies and parts resulting from fabrication processes,
according to Dassault Systemes' officials.
The V6R2011x ENOVIA online platform, the hub of the V6 architecture,
delivers seven new products and 359 cross-industry and industry-specific
functions. The upgrade is built on the V6 cloud-ready online platform and officials
say, sustains Dassault Systemes' commitment to open solutions with its enhanced
support of standards such as STEP or 3DXML for data or SOA for architecture.
New additions to the platform include ENOVIA VPM
Designer Workspace (DWS, which facilitates concurrent engineering by allowing
designers to pursue complex design activities while controlling when changes
are propagated between team members to avoid unnecessary interruptions. With
ENVOIA V6R2011x, designers can also create a single hybrid product structure
composed of CATIA V6, CATIA V5 and SolidWorks models-a new capability that
fosters real-time design reviews and analysis regardless of the native
authoring tool, officials said.
Other new tools include ENOVIA VPM Knowledge
Standardization (KWT), which allows design domain experts to institutionalize
how conceptual part features are defined and guarantees that rules are followed
to avoid mistakes and rework; ENOVIA Materials Compliance Experience (MCX) for
visibility of material compliance data; and ENOVIA Component Central (CPC),
reintroduced in V6R2011x and built on a new V6 server architecture, used to
define classification taxonomies and manage component libraries to encourage
reuse, lower costs and improve bill-of-material throughput.
Finally, another standout of the V6R2011x
release is the first incorporation of EXALEAD Cloudview 360
, an open search based
platform Dassault Systemes acquired earlier this year. Cloudview's
multi-constraint search, which answers queries in multiple dimensions, will
bring a new layer of search capabilities to ENVOIA, officials said.