CATIA (computer aided three-dimensional interactive application)
is a multi-platform software suite for computer-aided design (CAD), computer-aided manufacturing (CAM), computer-aided engineering (CAE), PLM and 3D, developed by the French company Dassault Systèmes.
CADD Centre offers an advanced course in CATIA V5, a leading parametric solid modeling software. CATIA comes with engineering, design, and systems engineering capabilities.
When it comes to engineering, it enables rapid development of high quality mechanical products. It empowers engineers to do digital prototyping, digital analysis and simulation to understand the quality and performance of product designs early in the product development phase.
CATIA lets users to design shapes and reach high levels of surface sophistication with its 3D sketching, visualizatoin features. With CATIA product developers can take an integrated systems engineering approach. They can do requirements engineering, systems architecture definition, detailed modeling and simulation to manage the complex development process.
Which industries use CATIA?
CATIA is widely used throughout the engineering industry, especially in the automotive and aerospace sectors.
The Boeing Company used CATIA V3 to develop its 777 airliner, and is currently using CATIA V5 for the 787 series aircraft. They have employed the full range of Dassault Systemes’ 3D PLM products — CATIA, DELMIA, and ENOVIA LCA — supplemented by Boeing developed applications.
European aerospace giant Airbus has been using CATIA since 2001.
Canadian aircraft maker Bombardier Aerospace has done all of its designing on CATIA.
Many automotive companies use CATIA to varying degrees, including BMW, Porsche, Daimler Chrysler, Audi, Volkswagen, Bentley Motors Limited, Volvo, Fiat, Benteler AG, PSA Peugeot Citroën, Renault, Toyota, Ford, Scania, Hyundai, Škoda Auto, Tesla Motors, Proton, Tata motors and Mahindra & Mahindra Limited. Goodyear uses it in making tires for automotive and aerospace and also uses a customized CATIA for its design and development. Many automotive companies use CATIA for car structures — door beams, IP supports, bumper beams, roof rails, side rails, body components — because CATIA is very good in surface creation and Computer representation of surfaces.
Dassault Systems has begun serving shipbuilders with CATIA V5 release 8, which includes special features useful to shipbuilders. GD Electric Boat used CATIA to design the latest fast attack submarine class for the United States Navy, the Virginia class. Northrop Grumman Newport News also used CATIA to design the Gerald R. Ford class of supercarriers for the US Navy.