Introduction and Application
An acronym for computer-aided three-dimensional interactive application is a multi-platform software suite for Computer-aided design(CAD), Computer-aided Manufacturing(CAM), PLM & 3D.
This is a product of a French company named Dassault Systèmes.
Catia enables the creation of 3D parts, from 3D sketches, sheet-metals, composites, molded, forged or tooling parts up to the definition of mechanical assemblies. The software provides advanced technologies for mechanical surfacing & BIW. It provides tools to complete product definition, including functional tolerances as well as kinematics definition. CATIA provides a wide range of applications for tooling design, for both generic tooling and mold & die. In the case of Aerospace engineering, an additional module named the aerospace sheet-metal design offers the user combine the capabilities of generative sheet-metal design and generative surface design.
CATIA offers a solution to shape design, styling, surfacing workflow and visualization to create, modify, and validate complex innovative shapes from industrial design to Class-A surfacing with the ICEM surfacing technologies. CATIA supports multiple stages of product design whether started from scratch or from 2D sketches(blueprints).
CATIA can be applied to a wide variety of industries, from aerospace and defense, automotive, and industrial equipment, to high tech, shipbuilding, consumer goods, plant design, consumer packaged goods, life sciences, architecture and construction, process power and petroleum, and services. CATIA V4, CATIA V5, Pro/ENGINEER, NX(formerly Unigraphics), and Dassault Systèmes’ own Solidworks platform are the dominant systems
Catia has a wide range scope of applications in
- Mechanical Engineering
- Systems Engineering
- Electrical Systems
- Fluid Systems
It is evenly widespread in industries like
- Industrial Equipment
- High tech
- Energy, process & utilities
- Consumer packaged goods(CPG) and retail