CATIA V5R21 drives higher Design excellence

CATIA V5R21 continues supporting customers for production and improving quality in all domains and industries.

At a glance

  • Support customers in production for production and quality improvement in all domains and industries
  • Reach functional completeness for CATIA ICEM Design products
  • Ensure easy transition to CATIA Version6
  • Best in class machining strategies

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CATIA V5R21 delivers top quality surfaces achievement for body work in the automotive industry, with superior user experience from CATIA Imagine & Shape 

CATIA Imagine & Shape, the virtual clay modeler based on subdivision surface technology, delivers world-class surface tools to address body shape details such as cutting face plus superior usability tools for designers. Designers take also advantage of real-time rendering visual feedback during the creation phase. This makes CATIA Imagine & Shape fully suitable for body design in automotive industry.

CATIA V5R21 reach functional completeness and V5-V6 feature equivalence for CATIA Icem products

CATIA V5R21 extends its advanced and powerful freeform surface modeling, modification and analysis capabilities within the Class A modeling domain. V5R21 improves the Quality of the produced surfaces with more efficient tools to validate shape quality. User efficiency & Workflow are also improved thanks to a dedicated modeling environment embedding an adapted user interface. This completes the feature set alignment of V5R19, V5R21, and V6R2012.

CATIA V5R21 keeps improving mechanical surfacing design technologies with Loft command enhancements.

The Loft command has been enhanced to define continuity in curvature (G2) with section supports or guide supports where previously only tangent continuity was supported. This new capability increases the quality of the Loft because you can define precisely which continuity you want to apply on sections and guides. Another improvement lets you create a surface with a punctual extremity in one shot. In the Loft command, one section and two guide curves intersecting each other at one extremity are sufficient to create such shapes, resulting in increased productivity.


CATIA V5R21 improves CATIA Sketcher for a better accuracy of design in context 

CATIA Part Design brings time saving in Conceptual Design phase thanks to new associativity that exists now between  reflect lines or internal profiles and the product shape. You can then refine accurately a design with 2D geometric details from the associative silhouette of its 3D faces/features. The area included in this outline can also be used to show a specific treatment area. Projection and intersection curves provides user with the same ability.

CATIA V5R21 enhances exchanges of conceptual study data through external 2D formats.

Conceptual study may starts from 2D legacy data, with the direct import of DXF and DWG files, dealing the content of each 2D layer into a specific sheet. The concept can then be studied taking advantage of the overlaid sheets, as well as of any relevant 3D data. Generating all this data into a single drawing sheet ensures sharing it using 2D external formats whenever needed.

CATIA V5R21 delivers more flexibility for design pattern annotations

CATIA V5R21 brings more flexibility to the user in the definition of tolerances and annotations of pattern of holes. Each pattern instance can get its own semantic annotation. Distance and position annotations are automatically proposed to the user during the pattern creation step, thus providing a significant productivity gain.


CATIA V5R21 improves Harness Flattening ergonomy and robustness for Wire Harness manufacturing companies

This release delivers Ergonomic improvement through a new 3D Label selection process during the user manual mapping step for better user productivity. The Synchronise command has been enriched with a better branch management and can now also properly handle hybrid (support + mechanical part) parts components.


CATIA V5R21 delivers best in class machining strategy and continue to enhance machining simulation for better productivity gain

This release brings new machining strategy dedicated for Hard Material machining in order to increase the tool life duration.  Numerous enhancements Multi-Pocket Flank Contouring such as feed rate reduction in corner or Control overlap for close tool path for unmatched programming and machining time reduction


CATIA V5R21 yet enhances its openness by supporting new format of CAD

New format support includes ProE WF5, UG NX6, SolidWorks 2009, SolidWorks 2010, ACIS V19 and Parasolid V21

Version 6 transition

CATIA V5 and CATIA Version 6 transition

To ensure that our customers can be as successful with deployment moving from V5 to Version 6 as they have in moving from a V5 release to another, DS delivers upward and downward compatibility between CATIA V5 and Version 6 data equivalent to the compatibility between two releases of V5. To enable unmatched collaboration, within a company as well as between OEMs and their suppliers, Version 6 has been engineered to support relational design collaboration between all supported CATIA V5 releases and Version 6. To protect customers’ investment in their existing V5 projects, DS plans to continue the development and support of V5.


Jim Strawn, Engineering Specialist,,Cessna Aircraft Company

We've been able to take 80 years of airplane development knowledge and build that into CATIA V5 design tables that the engineers can use again and again.

Jim Strawn, Engineering Specialist,
Cessna Aircraft Company