CATIA Version 6 Release 2013x

Product Enhancements


A new product, CATIA Composites Fiber Modeler (CFM), provides robust and accurate fiber simulation to optimize ply shapes and provide accurate manufacturing information.

This proven and widely used technology from Simulayt, acquired by Dassault Systemes in October 2011, is now fully integrated into CATIA V6. CATIA Composite Solutions integrate the design, analysis and manufacture of structures made from fiber-reinforced materials. Simulayt adds the proven manufacturability simulation technologies needed to better understand and accurately predict materials behavior, assess manufacturability, and optimize manufacturing processes.

For additional flexibility and mobility, travelling users who don’t have an internet connection can now continue to design with CATIA V6R2013x even when they are not connected to the server.

With CATIA Offline, “On-the-go”, users can access their current data even when it is not possible to connect to the enterprise ENOVIA V6 Server. Simply selecting “work offline” downloads the required data. CATIA function will then be available “on the go”, when working from home or when no network is available. Once back on site, un-checking the “work offline” switch reconnects to the ENOVIA V6 Server, and work can be re-synchronized and shared.

CATIA V6R2013x demonstrates increased openness with the support for STEP AP242 , Managed Model Based 3D,  an automotive and aerospace standard for data exchange and long term archiving.

AP242 is a merge and enhancement of AP203 and AP214. Support included for import and export of STEP AP242 data. Includes support for tessellated STEP AP242. This provides a vendor independent ISO standards-based approach to exchanging compressed and tessellated data. 

With V6R2013 we announced the industry’s best multi-version compatibility, allowing V5 and V6 users to share and edit parts at the feature level.  CATIA V6R2013x extends the scope of this capability to include features created in the Freestyle workbench.

V6 parts created in V6R2013x containing features created in the FreeStyle workbench can be transferred with all their specifications  to V5-6R2013.  FreeStyle features are now included in V6 to V5 “As Specifications” export. Kinematic Mechanism specifications  can be exchanged from V6 to V5 including Joints, Commands and  Dress-up. Once migrated, mechanisms are ready to be simulated in V5.

CATIA V5R2013X delivers multiple advances in systems engineering, the multi disciplinary design methodology which integrates RFLP product definitions.

5 new model libraries, based on the Modelica standard, are added to CATIA Systems. This improves product design and accelerates time to market by providing a comprehensive set of libraries for the study of Engine, Electrical Power, Hydro Power, Liquid Cooling and Thermal Power systems.

CATIA Live Rendering improves performances and offers the ability to render multiple photorealistic images in the background, while the user continues to work on CATIA.  

Industrial Designers can continue to work in CATIA while the pictures are rendered, without being be impacted by performance. All the rendering operations are performed in a background task, and depending on the hardware available render in background will run on CPU, GPU or both on the main computer. Monitoring and managing the queue remain possible even when CATIA is closed.

CATIA Natural Sketch adds new features, reaching a new level of maturity and delivering enhanced functionality which meets the real needs of creative designers.

This enhancement allows you to use initial rough curves as support, as well as surfaces. It provides you with the ability to draw directly in 3D, directly using the  work already done during the drawing of rough curves. The process is more efficient, quick and intuitive: you have not to draw the same model twice anymore. Other enhancements provide you the ability to change the brush and the color of the stroke and a more accurate placement of images into the 3D world to be used as models or supports.

A new level of maturity for CATIA Icem. The surface modeler expert now reaches his ultimate goal: achieving the perfect class A shape at the first creation step. 

CATIA Icem introduces a significant step in terms of functional content but also enables users' daily workflows. Many improvements are provided for daily tools (light manager, ruler, transparency for zebra highlights, iso manipulation in blend surface…), reducing repetitive tasks. The CATIA Icem Expert module now provides a set of major enablers, which make the surface modeling expert get closer to his ultimate goal: achieving the perfect class A shape at the first creation step.

Process-oriented mold design workflow – Easy creation of complex mold mechanisms.

Design of the tool assembly is made simpler by guiding user actions through the stages of the mold design process, by enabling easy creation of complex mechanical systems and by allowing fast definition of the plastic injection system.

More flexibility for systems designers and more traceability of the impact between components.

Increased flexibility for Systems Designers with Branching and Merging abilities. Designers can design on their own and synchronize with others when ready. Navigation among components offers a quick and clear view on impacts.