BMW i3 electric car used Dassault Systemes’ CATIA Composites applications

Dassault Systemes has announced today that BMW Group used Dassault Systèmes’ CATIA Composites applications in developing its lightweight and emission-free BMW i3 electric car. “BMW Group leveraged Dassault Systèmes’ comprehensive and integrated industry solution experiences for the design and manufacturing of composite parts and structures”, said Monica Menghini, Executive Vice President, Corporate Strategy, Industry & Marketing, Dassault Systèmes.

BMW i3 electric car“Utilizing 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. “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 revolutionize mass production of composites structures in such an impressive way. This is yet another demonstration of our commitment to bring design into the Age of Experience with our CATIA applications portfolio.”

CATIA Composites Design applications enables composites manufacturing constraints to be embedded early in the conceptual stage. This increases design iteration and early collaboration between design and manufacturing for a realistic manufacturing experience early on when visualizing material fiber orientation. As a result any shortcomings that can compromise strength, quality and production due because of difference between final product and design intent can be detected early.