This book is intended for the user who needs to become quickly familiar with Part Design Feature Recognition product. The Part Design Feature Recognition User's Guide has been designed to show you how to recreate intelligent specifications of solids and how to create or modify a part. 

This overview provides the following information:

Part Design Feature Recognition in a Nutshell

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The Part Design Feature Recognition application makes it possible to modify solids although their initial specifications have been lost or are not available. The application enables you to recreate locally the specification tree specifications, which then lets you design precise 3D mechanical parts with an intuitive and flexible user interface.

This application, which combines the power of feature-based design with the flexibility of a Boolean approach, offers a highly productive and intuitive design environment with multiple design methodologies, such as post-design and local 3D parameterization.

Before Reading this Guide

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Before reading this guide, you should be familiar with basic Version 5 concepts such as document windows, standard and view toolbars. Therefore, we recommend that you read the Infrastructure User's Guide that describes generic capabilities common to all Version 5 products. It also describes the general layout of V5 and the interoperability between workbenches.

You may also like to read the following complementary product guides:
  • Sketcher User's Guide: explains how to sketch 2D elements.
  • Part Design User's Guide: explains how to create wireframe geometry and surfaces.

Getting the Most out of this Guide

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To get the most out of this guide, we suggest you start reading and performing the tutorial Getting Started. This step-by-step tutorial will show you how to manually recreate the specifications of a solid then how to edit this simple part.

Once you have finished, you should move on to the next sections that deal with the handling of CATPart data, then the creation and modification of various types of features you will need to construct or modify parts. This guide also presents other Part Design Feature Recognition capabilities allowing you to design complex parts. You can also take a look at the sections describing the Part Design Workbench at the end of the guide.

Accessing Sample Documents

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To perform the scenarios, you will be using sample documents contained in the online/fr1ug/samples folder.

For more information about this, refer to Accessing Sample Documents in the Infrastructure User's Guide.

Conventions Used in this Guide

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To learn more about the conventions used in this guide, refer to the Conventions section.