This book is intended for the user who needs to become quickly familiar with Product Knowledge Template.

This overview provides the following information:

Product Knowledge Template in a Nutshell

Interactive Creation of intelligent Product Knowledge Templates
The encapsulation of feature, part and assembly specifications of any level of complexity within Product Knowledge Template allows the capture of the design methodology defined interactively in CATIA, as well as  the reuse across the extended enterprise. Templates can be extracted from existing features, part and assembly designs or created specifically. They can contain not only geometry, but also any associated parameters or relations, including embedded intelligence of design rules, design tables and checks, providing the ability to encapsulate the specifications of sophisticated adaptive features.

Editing and maintaining the Product Knowledge Templates
The management of captured knowledge is easier thanks to the ability to edit and maintain templates in the same interactive way as modifying any CATIA part design (no programming skills required). This allows the templates to be adapted to the changing requirements of the organization, to accommodate improved methodologies or customer requirements.

Storing of Product Knowledge Templates in CATIA Catalogs for re-use
Once defined Product Knowledge Templates can be stored in CATIA Catalogs to allow easy access and management for reuse across the extended enterprise.

Using scripting templates for a powerful solution
CATIA Product Knowledge Templates provides a scripting language enabling full design specification and generation. Using a simple and declarative language, the user can describe - in text format - geometric specifications, transformation and positioning specifications (including assembly constraints), and knowledge specifications.
Moreover, in order to make the creation of scripts still simple, powerful Knowledge Templates can be used as any script objects.
Product Knowledge Template 2  provides the ability to easily and interactively capture engineering know-how and methodology for highly efficient reuse, helping the organization to share best practices and avoid duplication of effort through inability to reuse existing designs.

Before Reading this Guide

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.

Getting the Most out of this Guide

To get the most of this guide, we suggest that you start performing the step-by-step Getting Started tutorial.

Once you have finished, you should move on to the Basic and Advanced Tasks sections.

The Workbench Description section, which describes the PKT workbench, and the Customizing section, which explains how to set up the options, will also certainly prove useful.

Accessing sample documents

To perform the scenarios, you will be using sample documents contained in either the online/pktug/samples folder.
For more information about this, please refer to Accessing Sample Documents in the Infrastructure User's Guide.

Conventions Used in this Guide

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