Design & Engineering

CATIA® is the world’s leading engineering and design software for 3D CAD design excellence. It addresses all manufacturing organizations; from OEMs through their supply chains, to small independent producers.


From concept to detailed design and onto drawing production, the CATIA Mechanical Design products accelerate core activities of product development. Mechanical Design products also address sheetmetal requirements and mold manufacturers through dedicated applications that dramatically enhance productivity and strongly reduce time-to-market.

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Basic Design

Design, surfacing & drafting

Design, surfacing, drafting & sheetmetal


CATIA Analysis provides realistic design simulation capability within the CATIA design environment, allowing designers to perform analysis directly on their master reference model in CATIA. Since there is no transfer of geometry, data integrity issues are avoided. The generative capability of the CATIA Analysis product suite enables design-analysis iterations to be performed rapidly from simple parts to complex assemblies. Unbeatable ease of use makes CATIA Analysis particularly suitable for designers looking to accurately size their designs and quickly evaluate their real-world performance.

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Design, surfacing, drafting and part/assembly analysis

Design, surfacing, drafting and advanced part/assembly analysis


CATIA Manufacturing covers a wide set of simple to advanced requirements from turning, 3 to 5-axis milling to complex mill-turn applications.The manufacturing product suite is fully integrated within CATIA and use the same model as the design and analysis products. Companies can therefore effectively manage concurrent engineering and manufacturing allowing them to reduce the length of the design to manufacturing cycle resulting in significant cost savings. Thanks to tight integration between tool path definition and computation, tool path verification and output creation, the user can boost production quality by machining the right part the first time. CATIA NC products offer a wide set of flexible high-speed machining operations such as concentric roughing, Z-level milling, spiral milling and 5-axis flank contouring.

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Basic design, drafting + 3 axis surface machining

Design, drafting + Multi-axis machining


Design advanced shapes based on a combination of wireframe and extensive multiple surface features, with full specification capture. CATIA Advanced Surfacing provides an extensive set of tools for creating and modifying mechanical surfaces used in the design of complex shapes or hybrid parts. These include wireframe elements: point, line, angle, plane, curves, circle, (bi-tangent, tri-tangent, through and trimmed), spline, parallel curves, corner on plane, connect 3D, spiral sphere, intersection and projection. Standard and advanced surface features include extrude, revolute, sweep, (including segment and circle), offset (including skin) and fill. Both standard and advanced combinations of elements use associative transformation, including symmetry, scaling, translation, affinity, extrapolation and fillet. It also has features that are used to join several surfaces together while assembling, trimming and splitting them.

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Design, advanced surfacing & drafting


CATIA's best-in-class composite solutions integrate the design, analysis, and manufacture of structures made from fiber-reinforced materials. It delivers tools to cover both the preliminary and detailed design phases while taking into account, even at the concept stage, the product's requirements for its manufacturability. CATIA Composites’ fully integrated solution provides the essential link between engineering design and physical manufacturing to allow for seamless collaboration.

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Composite design

Composite manufacturing

Composite design and manufacturing