Dassault Systèmes helps revolutionise the production of BMW’s i3 electric car

Sean Dudley
Sean Dudley
By Sean Dudley on 25 April 2014
Dassault Systèmes helps revolutionise the production of BMW’s i3 electric car

Dassault Systèmes’ CATIA Composites applications have helped BMW Group revolutionise the development of its new i3 electric car.

BMW’s lightweight and emission-free i3 electric car has been designed with a strong focus on sustainability and mobility. Thanks to Dassault Systèmes’ Catia Composites Design applications, manufacturing constraints could be embedded early in the conceptual stage, increasing design iteration and bringing about early collaboration between design and manufacturing teams.

“Utilising 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.

Designers and producers were able to realistically experience the manufacturing process and visualise the material fiber orientation thanks to the application. This meant staff could identify potential problems that could compromise strength, quality and production between the design stage and the final production stage.

Running on the Microsoft Windows platform, CATIA Composites applications provide digital continuity and predictable manufacturing. Faster composite assemblies and component design is also possible thanks to specific composite-related features. 

“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 revolutionise mass production of composites structures in such an impressive way,” added Laufer. “This is yet another demonstration of our commitment to bring design into the age of experience with our CATIA applications portfolio.”

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