CATIA Systems Architecture

From aircraft to cars, industrial machinery, ships, and white goods, complexity of products and the systems that keep them running is steadily increasing. CATIA enables you to model and compose complex products, while defining and executing their driving systems to manage this complexity and deliver products on time?

CATIA Live Shape

3D Innovation for Everyone

Let's say you have an idea but don't know how to express it. So, you start from scratch with 2D sketches and eventually come to a standstill. With CATIA Live Shape, simply pass it on to your company's CAD specialists anywhere in the world. Since everyone can collaborate in 3D anytime, anywhere, you can easily exchange as many iterations as needed and develop the design down to the very last detail.

CATIA Live Shape makes 3D innovation come naturally and easily to everyone. Whether you are a casual user or a CAD-specialist, you can quickly create new designs or easily modify existing ones, even from other CAD solutions, and create a powerful cycle of productivity. Once it reaches the manufacturing phase, the manufacturing team can comfortably and easily modify the design in order to embed manufacturing constraints and manufacture correctly. Never has it been so easy for downstream users, such as analysis or manufacturing users, to access and modify a design so late in the process.

CATIA Live Shape is a direct editing modeler which enables hybrid modeling such as solid, surface or wireframe modeling. The seamless integration with a feature-based modeler enables you to reuse your conceptual designs as preliminary shapes in other traditional workbenches for further detailed design. Feature-based or non-native parts, originating from V4, V5 or any CAD system can be modified very easily without the need to know the dependences between features, since the history-free modeler recognizes features such as a ribs, holes or bosses in real-time.

With CATIA Live Compose, simply search for the right pieces, drop them into your "3D basket" and position them to compose a new assembly on the fly. With collaborative sessions in 3D, anyone can easily modify your proposal in a collective brainstorm anytime, anywhere.

  • Realize ideas in 3D instead of 2D
  • Access and compose new projects from existing products instantly
  • Compose with speed and ease
  • Model naturally and easily
  • Brainstorm in 3D instantly
  • Harness collective intelligence
  • Extend 3D innovation
  • Modify late in the design
  • Benefit from direct modeling and exact dimensioning
  • Experience total integration from concept to detailed design
  • Can adapt with any V4, V5 or multi-CAD data
  • Speed up the decision process
  • Design naturally in a free modeling environment
    Leveraging the powerful CATIA geometric modeler, you can shape a product and control its modifications via direct manipulations like push and pull. Persistent dimensioning and positioning constraints help capture your design intents. Plus, shapes can be refined by adding features in CATIA traditional workbenches for further detailed design.
  • Unleash your creativity
    In a refined environment, contextual tools are available at a click of the mouse. By dropping the V6 3D robot onto an object such as a body or face, you can reposition that object or alter it accordingly. As changes occur in real-time, its extensive visual feedback makes design intuitive.
  • Native hybrid modeling
    An easy and quick way to model any shape such as a solid, surface or wireframe. You can generate solids as extrude, sweep, loft, or run operations as fillet, draft, scaling, pattern, or mirror. And it is very easy to distort a set of faces by pulling or pushing a point and controlling the deformation steepness thanks to a small influence sphere.
  • Benefit from accurate localization and agile product handling
    The mini-map window helps to locate your work in context and eases the product handling, through reframe, pan or rotate operations.
  • Add persistent 3D constraints
    You can add persistent 3D constraints to volumes to control the position of different elements in a volume as well as to control how elements move with respect to each other. Subsequent changes to volumes preserve the design intent by maintaining any 3D constraints added.
  • Build consensus, co-design, and co-review
    Designers and engineers can benefit from instant collaboration to brainstorm entirely in 3D and build consensus thanks to co-design and co-review capabilities.
  • Reach users beyond the design office
    Powerful 3D collaboration tools help to reach new users across multiple communities beyond the design office, putting 3D at the foreground of innovation.
  • Lifelike user experience in 3D modeling
    A completely liberating lifelike user experience, meaning no more toolbars or icons. Designing is easier with context sensitive balloons and real-time visual modifications. Plus you can locate modifications in an assembly context and co-pilot in 3D for a quicker design. It also offers automatic recognition of design features such as depressions or protrusions. And you can integrate pictures, rough sketches, or detailed drawings for sketch support.
  • Modify easily
    For downstream users, design modifications can be complex. CATIA Live Shape makes it extremely easy to access the design and make changes directly in 3D. Fast and easy modifications prevent the need to exchange iterations since downstream users can simply modify the design themselves.
  • Benefit from seamless integration
    Since preliminary shapes are easy to design with CATIA Live Shape direct modeling tools, the creation order does not matter, making it possible for explicit, history-free, and feature-based design approaches to experience seamless integration.
  • Import, reuse and reshape existing data from any CAD system
    Non-native parts from V4, V5 or any CAD system through standard STEP or IGES format can be modified very easily without knowing the dependences between features, since the history-free modeler recognizes design features, such as fillets, ribs, holes or bosses in real-time.