DTE has supplied SAC Engineering Design (SAC), a high-end engineering resource consultancy, with additional CATIA V5 licenses for sheet metal design. The technology investment has been made due to a surge in orders and to enable SAC to work with automotive manufacturers who stipulate the need for CATIA functionality.SAC supplies engineers to companies such as ADV Manufacturing, a high-level automotive manufacturing and engineering company based in Coventry and Altair, a global provider of simulation technology and engineering services, whose UK branch is in Leamington Spa. A current design project that SAC is involved in, via ADV Manufacturing, is Nissan’s new Taxi for London. The taxi is a bold new vision for the traditional black cab and has been designed specially to conform to strict Transport for London regulations that govern the Hackney Carriage status. On this particular project, SAC supplied full conversion engineering plus build support for both the petrol, and shortly, the full EV version.Steve Charlton, managing director of SAC Engineering Design, said: “We have been using CATIA since 1993 as it is recognized as the industry standard by the vast majority of automotive manufacturers. We have a long-standing relationship with DTE due to their knowledge and professionalism and they remain our ‘go to’ consultancy for all things CATIA.”SAC specialises in providing engineering consultancy in disciplines such as tooling, panel, chassis, casting and fixture design and has worked for low volume automotive manufacturers such as Zagato Milan, Spyker cars, Bentley, Ferrari and Jaguar. SAC played a lead engineering role in the design of the Aston Martin 177 and Aston Martin DBZ, where it provided Body in White (BIW) design and build support, working alongside Multimatic, complete with onsite support at Aston Martin.
The recent acquisition of additional CATIA V5 sheet metal licenses provides SAC with the following benefits:
- Fast and efficient design of complex sheet metal parts;
- Easily apply company-defined standards to ensure design quality;
- Create sheet metal parts right first time due to designing in context of the virtual product;
- Take into account manufacturability constraints early in the design phase and speed up assembly design;
- Manage the forming process directly in 3D; and
- Automatic flattening view generation from the 3D design part.
Geoff Haines, managing director at DTE, said:
“Over the last six months we have seen a significant increase in demand for CATIA functionality, especially from companies like SAC Engineering Design who supply expertise to the automotive sector.”
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