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CATIA is a multi platform 3D software suite developed by Dassault Systèmes, encompassing CAD, CAM as well as CAE. Dassault is a French engineering giant active in the field of aviation, 3D design, 3D digital mock-ups, and product lifecycle management (PLM) software. CATIA is a solid modelling tool that unites the 3D parametric features with 2D tools and also addresses every design-to-manufacturing process. In addition to creating solid models and assemblies, CATIA also provides generating orthographic, section, auxiliary, isometric or detailed 2D drawing views. It is also possible to generate model dimensions and create reference dimensions in the drawing views. The bi-directionally associative property of CATIA ensures that the modifications made in the model are reflected in the drawing views and vice-versa.

The first release of CATIA was way back in 1977, and the software suite is still going strong more than 30 years later. While CATIA V6 is just being released, the most popular version of CATIA is V5 which was introduced in 1998. That said, it is important to note that each version of CATIA introduces considerable additional functionality. For example, V4 (introduced in 1992) offered enhancements to the Assembly Modeling Product including easy-to-use graphical tree-based assembly management. V5 and V6 saw changes in the way data is handled. Dassault Systemes typically offers new updates, releases and bug fixes for each version. The CATIA software is written in C++. It runs on both Unix and Windows.

Course Objectives:

Upon completion of the CATIA V5 Fundamentals Course, the student is able to:

  • Create and Save various types of CATIA V5 documents

  • Differentiate and switch between a selection of workbenches

  • Perform various tasks concerning 3D Navigation and geometry selection

  • Create and constrain sketches

  • Describe the functional capabilities and general usage of:

    • Part Design

    • Generative Shape Design

    • Assembly Design

The instructor performs a series of lectures, demonstrations, exercises and oral quizzes to evaluate the student's comprehension of the course material.


Course Description:

CATIA V5 Fundamentals provides the student with a general understanding of all core design courses offered by Contract Cad Services. It is the prerequisite for sub sequential training in CATIA V5.

The course introduces to the student to the CATIA V5 environment with emphasis on the use of the Sketcher Workbench. It also presents an overview of the Part Design, Generative Shape Design, Assembly Design.

Topics Include:

  • CATIA user interface

  • Creating and editing Sketches

  • Creating sketch based features

  • Creating transformation features

  • Creating dress up features 

  • Creating advanced replication tools

  • Editing parts in assembly

  • Creating surface features

  • Generative  sheet metal design 

  • Drawing views generation

  • Bill of materials,balloons

  • Finalizing the drawing and printing

  • Dress up on 2D views

  • GD & T overview

  • Real time rendering


Career Prospects:

CATIA is increasingly chosen as the primary 3D design system for many companies, the worldwide demand for CATIA designers is difficult to meet. When you learn to use CATIA you also learn to work with leading-edge technology and play an important role in innovation. You get to put your imagination to work at full-speed because with CATIA there are no boundaries.

Once you know how to use CATIA, you are equipped with the most versatile design tool that’s applied in a multitude of industries. You will know how to design from scratch or reuse the working knowledge available from previous designs.

Position yourself for the employment you want.