CATIA Engineering

CATIA for Engineers enables Digital Prototyping including Analysis and Simulation for design and validation of function quality and performance at all stages ofthe design.

Mechanical engineering is complex as assemblies are designed to perform a specific task with a specific target performance. Digital prototyping, combined with digital analysis and simulation, allows product development teams to virtually create and analyze a mechanical product in its environment. Mechanical engineers must be equipped with these tools so that they can gain insight into key factors in quality and performance early in the product development phase.

CATIA Mechanical Design

Create and manage complex assembly and part designs and perform mechanism simulation.

Finding ways to reduce design-to-manufacturing cycles is a key priority for industrial companies. The required solution must be highly productive and flexible, fostering collaboration even in a wide geographical context and allowing design changes with controlled impacts.

CATIA Mechanical Design provides users with world-class tools to design simple to highly complex products. It expands 3D design to user communities outside of the design office thanks to the V6 collaborative platform, addressing each profile with the right tools. This covers a wide range of operations such as part design, parts positioning, automated mechanisms design, live kinematics simulation, assembly drawing generation, photorealistic images creation, etc.

From chalking out an idea in 3D at the click of a mouse to process-oriented tasks, you can benefit from all the CATIA modeler capabilities including direct 3D conceptual sketching out, geometrical surfaces handling, feature based design and history-free functional modeling.

The V6 collaborative platform enables multiple users to work concurrently on the same assembly and to share and trade modifications at the object level, offering a truly concurrent design. Moreover, the effective management of inter-part relations yields robust relational design and automates the design process.

  • Reduce design time with concurrent engineering on complex parts
  • Experience more agility with relational design
  • Increase productivity and quality with design templates
  • Reduce design time with functional modeling
  • Benefit from high quality design for all mechanical parts, resulting from strong partnerships with industry leaders from all industries
  • Produce comprehensive drawings with market-leading generative drafting
  • Ease part positionning with contextual constraints
  • Ease check and validation with automation of the motion definition
  • Unleash designer creativity with an explicit modeler
  • Generate sheetmetal parts and bends with ease and speed
  • Productive and agile product creation for symmetrical assemblies
  • Validate compliancy with the weight criteria at the product level
  • Foster daily interactions in 3D with immersive instant collaboration
  • Strengthen reactivity with integrated 3D brainstorming
  • Reduce cycle times with automated design collaboration
  • Simplify exchanges across the supply chain thanks to the adoption of industry standards
  • Benefit from real-time realistic rendering of the virtual product
  • Support concurrent design with a complete range of integrated and collaborative PLM assembly tools
    You can quickly compose a new assembly with a simple drag and drop of parts, snapping them into position. You can also manage large, hierarchical assemblies of CATIA V4, V5, VRML or STEP parts using a top-down or bottom-up approach with greater productivity.
  • Benefit from industry-proven relational design for effective design automation
    Boost design productivity and increase quality of the final product thanks to design templates and rule-based corporate standards.
  • Automate product creation with design compliance and template instantiation
    Designers and design engineers many simple re-use scenarios for designs and methodologies. This is achieved through the use of intelligent Product Knowledge Templates. Part and assembly templates are instantiated in context and automatically created.
  • Capture design intents and improve productivity for cast, forged, machined or molded parts and assemblies with Functional Modeling
    Design flexibility makes it easier to capture design intent. Behavior-driven design offers intelligent features that encapsulate industry-specific behaviors. Users get the flexibility to focus on their design intent and not on the order in which they create design elements. Moreover, Functional Modeling performance improved up to 60% versus V5R19, depending on the part complexity.
  • Manage skill techniques with generative design oriented by manufacturing process
    A design to manufacturing environment yields a process-centric solution based on powerful wireframes, surfaces & solid creation tools. With automated dress-up features, a part can be drafted in one single operation and its sharp edges can be filleted in one shot, making it ready to be then manufactured. Extensive catalogs and user-defined features enable the design to be suitable for any manufacturing intent.
  • Produce generative, productive and flexible drawings which can be visualized in ENOVIA 3D Live
    Generative Drafting offers a flexible and scalable solution to create associative drawings from 3D mechanical designs, surfaces, hybrid parts and assemblies. Navigate easily among sheets with thumbnails in ENOVIA 3D Live to review annotations effectively.
  • Position parts automatically with contextual constraints for predictable design change propagation
    Mechanical System Design establishes mechanical assembly constraints using mouse movements or graphical commands to easily snap parts into position.
  • Automatically define engineering mechanisms within the context of assembly positioning
    Based on the respective publications of the parts, constraints creation becomes as simple as drag and drop. Parts snap together (according to their positioning definition) with greater safety as it depends on part interfaces. In addition, assembly constraints can be contextual to leaf parts, facilitating collaboration.
  • Eliminate repetitive symmetrical assembly management work
    Support both basic and advanced scenarios. You can generate an assembly symmetric to another assembly in only one click. For advanced scenarios, the specifications are managed with unsurpassed flexibility such as generating the associative symmetric structure of an assembly, mirroring each geometric shape and/or its position independently. Stored in the database instance per instance, the symmetry specifications allows for concurrent engineering and partial open.
  • Manage weight and inertia declaration, computation, and analysis everywhere in CATIA
    Weight of standard parts can be declared by the user or computed according to material or applicative specifications, such as covering on wires. Parts can be displayed from the lightest to the heaviest, providing an immediate analysis, to reduce efficiently the cumulative weight of the assembly.
  • Design naturally with a direct editing modeler
    CATIA Live Shape delivers an ultra fast modeling technology, enabling all users to sketch out any idea in 3D from scratch.
  • Intuitively create sheetmetal parts from scratch or from an imported solid
    Bend Part Design is a direct modeler which allows user to quickly design or modify a sheetmetal part or any folded parts by pushing and pulling faces without storing features history. However, contextual behaviors like bend, corner and chamfer keep their consistency in spite of any geometry change impacting them.
  • Foster daily interactions in 3D with immersive instant collaboration
    Because designers have immersive access to their working group and part owners, they can communicate spontaneously at any time. Interactions include chat, video-conferencing, 3D snapshot exchange, and email or html format to keep track of exchanges. Efficient collaboration brings designers set in diversified geography together.
  • Strengthen reactivity with integrated 3D brainstorming
    3D video conferencing allows all project participants to physically view the project and better understand the case at hand. You can encourage persuasive reviews with 2D snapshots, annotated in real-time, and 3D snapshot exhanges, with synchronized viewpoints.
  • Reduce design cycle time with automated design collaboration
    Several designers can design parts together while sharing and trading features in a controlled process. This increases productivity and reduces design cycle time.
  • Simplify exchanges across the supply chain
    In addition to the V6 PLM platform which provides each company with a single database to store its Intellectual Property (IP), the industry standards adoption (STEP, IGES) make exchanges between the Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) and their suppliers more efficient.
  • Benefit from real-time realistic rendering of the virtual product
    Photo Studio includes an image creation engine based on Mental Ray. This responds to the needs of casual users to quickly create high quality renderings at an early stage of product development.