Leading German car manufacturer BMW Group used Dassault Systèmes’ CATIA Composites applications to develop its revolutionary lightweight and emission-free BMW i3 electric car.
“BMW Group leveraged Dassault Systèmes’ comprehensive and integrated industry solution experiences for the design and manufacturing of composite parts and structures
”, said Monica Menghini, Executive Vice President, Corporate Strategy, Industry & Marketing, Dassault Systèmes
“Utilizing composite structures gives vehicle manufacturers the innovation space they need to create new mobility experiences while meeting ever more stringent regulatory targets,” said Philippe Laufer, CEO, CATIA, Dassault Systèmes. “We are proud that our long term investment in building integrated design and manufacturing solutions for composite materials, in partnership with industry leaders, helped BMW Group revolutionize mass production of composites structures in such an impressive way. This is yet another demonstration of our commitment to bring design into the Age of Experience with our CATIA applications portfolio.”
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.
CATIA Composites applications provide a seamless 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.
Watch video animation of BMW i3, which shows the structure of the vehicle itself, the operation and efficiency of regenerative braking and charging the battery
Source: Dassault Systemes