Cessna Aircraft Company

United States Brand: CATIA, ENOVIA
Industry: Aerospace and Defense

Cessna Aircraft Company began nearly 80 years ago as a small aircraft company with a big idea – to build a monoplane with no struts or braces. Today, Clyde Cessna’s cantilever design remains the industry standard, and innovation, ingenuity and initiative remain the company’s hallmarks.

The Challenge

Reduce design cycles, optimize quality and promote standardization and re-use of Cessna’s intellectual property.

Dassault Systèmes Response

Cessna used the Knowledgeware technology built into the CATIA V5 design solution to create standardized, re-usable templates for families of commonly used sheet metal parts.


Cessna anticipates a minimum 25 percent reduction in design cycle time for each templated part, multiplied by thousands of uses per design.