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.