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BMW used CATIA Composites applications to develop its i3 electric car

News International-French

28 Apr 2014

Dassault Systèmes announced that German car manufacturer BMW Group used Dassault Systèmes’ CATIA Composites applications to develop its lightweight and emission-free BMW i3 electric car.

With the CATIA Composites Design applications composites manufacturing constraints can be embedded early in the conceptual stage, enabling increased design iteration and early collaboration between design and manufacturing. Designers and producers are also able to realistically experience the manufacturing process, visualizing the material fiber orientation. This helps detect any deformations that can compromise strength, quality and production due to a difference between the final product and the design intent.

The software provide an experience with digital continuity, from design to manufacturing, predicting manufacturability. The specific composite-related features of the CATIA application allowed faster composites assemblies and components designs.

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