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CAD Software In Aircraft Repair  
User currently offlineMIAMIx707 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (5 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 3338 times:

Anyone who uses CAD to make drawings and draw parts in repairs of commercial aircraft and if so, which program specifically?

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User currently offlineDl757md From United States of America, joined May 2004, 1562 posts, RR: 16
Reply 1, posted (5 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 3337 times:

As an AMT I don't use it but Delta's engineering department uses Autocad for engineering drawings.


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User currently offlineMIAMIx707 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (5 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 3290 times:



Quoting Dl757md (Reply 1):
As an AMT I don't use it but Delta's engineering department uses Autocad for engineering drawings.

Seems like good 'ol AutoCAD is the standard then. Sorry, but what's AMT stand for?


User currently offlineTod From Denmark, joined Aug 2004, 1721 posts, RR: 3
Reply 3, posted (5 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 3289 times:



Quoting MIAMIx707 (Thread starter):
Anyone who uses CAD to make drawings and draw parts in repairs of commercial aircraft and if so, which program specifically?

When the repairs/parts are part of an ongoing mod it happens.
We use CATIA (good) and CADRA (sucky).

Tod


User currently offlineJetMech From Australia, joined Mar 2006, 2634 posts, RR: 53
Reply 4, posted (5 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 3277 times:



Quoting MIAMIx707 (Reply 2):

Aircraft Maintenance Technician.

Regards, JetMech



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User currently offlineMIAMIx707 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (5 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 3275 times:



Quoting Tod (Reply 3):
We use CATIA (good) and CADRA (sucky).



oh I thought CATIA was mostly used by Boeing or Airbus when designing the airplane

Quoting JetMech (Reply 4):


Aircraft Maintenance Technician.

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User currently offlineFredT From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2002, 2185 posts, RR: 26
Reply 6, posted (5 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 3266 times:



Quoting MIAMIx707 (Reply 5):

oh I thought CATIA was mostly used by Boeing or Airbus when designing the airplane

Kinda makes sense to use the same CAD tool for initial design, redesigns, repairs, rebuilds and everything else though, doesn't it? FWIW we used CATIA when I was employed by an OEM, and it wasn't Airbus or Boeing...  Smile



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User currently offlineRoseFlyer From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 9375 posts, RR: 52
Reply 7, posted (5 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 3263 times:



Quoting MIAMIx707 (Thread starter):
Anyone who uses CAD to make drawings and draw parts in repairs of commercial aircraft and if so, which program specifically?

I use CATIA, but it's not for repair. It's for initial design.

Quoting MIAMIx707 (Reply 5):


oh I thought CATIA was mostly used by Boeing or Airbus when designing the airplane

Yes CATIA is used by Boeing, but V5 CATIA is also useful for much smaller applications. It's far more powerful than AutoCAD or Solid Edge (which I've used elsewhere), but can be used. In the end, drawings are drawings, and it is not important what their source is if they accomplish their job.



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User currently offlineSunriseValley From Canada, joined Jul 2004, 4604 posts, RR: 5
Reply 8, posted (5 years 10 months 1 week 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 3232 times:



Quoting RoseFlyer (Reply 7):
In the end, drawings are drawings, and it is not important what their source is if they accomplish their job.

Is there any compatibility between any of these systems? I would have thought that if a part was designed on a particular system and it became necessary to modify it in the field it would be desirable to do it on the system on which it was originally designed.


User currently offlineTdscanuck From Canada, joined Jan 2006, 12709 posts, RR: 80
Reply 9, posted (5 years 10 months 1 week 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 3224 times:



Quoting SunriseValley (Reply 8):
Is there any compatibility between any of these systems? I would have thought that if a part was designed on a particular system and it became necessary to modify it in the field it would be desirable to do it on the system on which it was originally designed.

Converters exist to go between formats, and there are some "universal" formats, but there are hazards with all of them. All other things being equal, it's nice to work in the original system.

However, it would probably take an act of god to get an OEM to give up the full CATIA model for a part, so I doubt you're going to have the original file to work with anyway.

Tom.


User currently offlineMIAMIx707 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (5 years 10 months 1 week 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 3221 times:

Which releases of AutoCAD would work with 1GB RAM on my Vista laptop? I used to work with an older version that required little memory.

I will mostly be creating 2d views not 3d


Anyone use Unigraphics? Supposedly also used on the auto/aircraft industry

Quoting SunriseValley (Reply 8):
Is there any compatibility between any of these systems?


Good question, is the output of all these .dwg files?


User currently offlineSunriseValley From Canada, joined Jul 2004, 4604 posts, RR: 5
Reply 11, posted (5 years 10 months 1 week 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 3218 times:



Quoting MIAMIx707 (Reply 10):
Which releases of AutoCAD would work with 1GB RAM on my Vista laptop?

I use V14 , my files are pretty small and it works very well with a Celeron processor and a gig of RAM. I found a file on the internet that allows V14 to work under Vista.


User currently offlineTod From Denmark, joined Aug 2004, 1721 posts, RR: 3
Reply 12, posted (5 years 10 months 1 week 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 3166 times:



Quoting MIAMIx707 (Reply 10):
Good question, is the output of all these .dwg files?

Nope

Alot of conversions require an interium step between using .dxf or .iges

Tod


User currently offlineMIAMIx707 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (5 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 3153 times:



Quoting SunriseValley (Reply 11):
use V14 , my files are pretty small and it works very well with a Celeron processor and a gig of RAM. I found a file on the internet that allows V14 to work under Vista.

You know back then when I saw the R14 had changed the position of the buttons, etc I didn't really like it and kept using 13

Quoting Tod (Reply 12):

Alot of conversions require an interium step between using .dxf or .iges

I had no idea


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