Welcome to the SheetMetal Production User's Guide. This guide is intended for users who need to become quickly familiar with the SheetMetal Production Version 5 product.

This overview provides the following information:

SheetMetal Production in a Nutshell

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The SheetMetal Production workbench is a product offering an intuitive and flexible user interface. Natively integrated, Sheet Metal Production offers the same ease of use and user interface consistency as all V5 applications.

As a scalable product, Sheet Metal Production can be used in cooperation with other current or future companion products in CATIA V5 such as SheetMetal Design and Generative Drafting. The widest application portfolio in the industry is also accessible through interoperability with CATIA Solutions Version 4 to enable support of the full product development process from initial concept to product in operation.

The SheetMetal Production User's Guide has been designed to show you how to use the product quickly and efficiently.

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, for which the appropriate license is required:
  • SheetMetal Design User's Guide: explains how to design sheet metal parts in concurrent engineering between the unfolded or folded part representation.
  • Part Design User's Guide: explains how to design precise 3D mechanical parts.
  • Assembly Design User's Guide: explains how to design assemblies.

Getting the Most Out of this Guide

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

Once you have finished, you should move on to the next sections, which explain how to handle more detailed capabilities of the product.

The Workbench Description section, which describes the SheetMetal Production workbench, will also certainly prove useful.


Accessing Sample Documents

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To perform the scenarios, you will be using sample documents contained in the online\sh1ug\samples folder. For more information about this, refer to Accessing Sample Documents in the Infrastructure User's Guide.