CATIA has its roots in the aerospace industry, where elaborate and
highly-controlled surface quality is a must. As a rule, the simpler the
surface construction method and parent geometry, the better its resulting
quality. And good surface quality means better solid-model construction
and change implementation. This is one reason that we have chosen a
circle-segment arc as the basis for our top surface of revolution.
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1. We wish to create a basic rectangular button face from
our wireframe sketch. There would be several ways to do this, and here a basic
hybrid modeling approach will be demonstrated. Our basic shape will be derived
from CATIA V5 parametric surfaces, and the final part closed into a solid in the
For our button face, we will use
a surface of revolution. Circles create very simple and stable geometry, which
is important later on when making modifications.
To create a revolution surface,
simply a) select the arc created in the previous lesson, b) select the
H-parallel line as rotation axis c) enter parameters of 10 degrees and 10
degrees. CATIA understands that the second parameter, when given, runs in the
2. For the sides of our button, we will use an extruded
surface from a rectangular profile. Using the Sketcher Workbench, we will create
a centered 20 x 12 rectangle on our xy plane, parallel to the H and V
directions. Once leaving the sketcher, we will use the extrude function,
available under the Generative Shape Design Workbench, to create a rectangular
surface through our revolution surface that is 10mm long. Now, using the trim
we will cut the inside of our revolution surface to our rectangular extrusion,
and vice-versa for the bottom half of our rectangular surface.
The resulting trimmed faces should then
be joined into a collective `quilt´ (similar to V4 `skin´ entity).