name = CATIA

caption = Machine tool simulation
developer = Dassault Systemes
latest_release_version = V6R2009
latest_release_date = May 29 2008
operating_system = Unix / Windows
genre = CAD software
license =
website = []

CATIA (Computer Aided Three Dimensional Interactive Application) is a multi-platform CAD/CAM/CAE commercial software suite developed by the French company Dassault Systemes and marketed worldwide by IBM. Written in the C++ programming language, CATIA is the cornerstone of the Dassault Systemes Product lifecycle management software suite.

The software was created in the late 1970s and early 1980s to develop Dassault's Mirage fighter jet, then was adopted in the aerospace, automotive, shipbuilding, and other industries. Architect Frank Gehry used it to design the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao and Walt Disney Concert Hall.


CATIA started as an in-house development by French aircraft manufacturer Avions Marcel Dassault, at that time customer of the CADAM CAD software. [ [ CATIA History on Dassaut Systemes official Web Site] ] [ [ A history of CATIA by former CEO of Dassault Systemes Francis Bernard] ]

Initially named CATI ("Conception Assistée Tridimensionnelle Interactive" — French for "Interactive Aided Three Dimensional Design" ) — it was renamed CATIA in 1981, when Dassault created a subsidiary to develop and sell the software, and signed a non-exclusive distribution agreement with IBM. [ [ Technological Revolution article by Dassault Aviation] ]

In 1984, the Boeing Company chose CATIA as its main 3D CAD tool, becoming its largest customer.

In 1988, CATIA version 3 was ported from the mainframe computers to UNIX.

In 1990, General Dynamics/Electric Boat Corp chose CATIA as its main 3D CAD tool, to design the U.S. Navy's Virginia class nuclear submarine.

In 1992, CADAM was purchased from IBM and the next year CATIA CADAM v4 was published. In 1996, it was ported from one to four Unix operating systems, including IBM AIX, Silicon Graphics IRIX, Sun Microsystems SunOS and Hewlett-Packard HP-UX.

In 1998, an entirely rewritten version of CATIA, CATIA V5 was released, with support for UNIX, Windows NT and Windows XP since 2001.

In 2008, Dassault announced CATIA V6 [ [ Dassault Systèmes Introduces V6 to the Market - Press release] ] . Support for any operating system other than Windows is dropped [ [ PLM V6R2009 System requirements] ] .


Commonly referred to as a 3D Product Lifecycle Management software suite, CATIA supports multiple stages of product development (CAx), from conceptualization, design (CAD), manufacturing (CAM), and analysis (CAE).

CATIA can be customized via application programming interfaces (API). V4 can be adapted in the Fortran and C programming languages under an API called CAA. V5 can be adapted via the Visual Basic and C++ programming languages, an API called CAA2 or CAA V5 that is a component object model (COM)-like interface.

Although later versions of CATIA V4 implemented NURBS, V4 principally used piecewise polynomial surfaces. CATIA V4 uses a non-manifold solid engine.

Catia V5 features a parametric solid/surface-based package which uses NURBS as the core surface representation and has several workbenches that provide KBE support.

As of 2008, the latest release is V5 release 19 (V5R19).

V5 can work with other applications, including Enovia, Smarteam, and various CAE Analysis applications.

upported operating systems and platforms

CATIA V5 runs on Microsoft Windows (both 32-bit and 64-bit), and as of "Release 18 Service Pack 4" on Windows Vista 64 [Officiel Dassault Systemes Program Directory CATIA Version 5 Release 18 SP4] . IBM AIX, Hewlett Packard HP-UX and Sun Microsystems Solaris are supported. cite web|url= |title=CATIA V5 System requirements |accessdate=2007-03-08 |publisher=IBM ]

CATIA V4 is supported for those Unixes cite web|url= |title=CATIA V4 System requirements |accessdate=2007-03-08 |publisher=IBM ] and IBM MVS and VM/CMS mainframe platforms up to release 1.7.

CATIA V3 and earlier run on the mainframe platforms.

Notable industries using CATIA

CATIA is widely used throughout the engineering industry, especially in the automotive and aerospace sectors. CATIA V4, CATIA V5, Pro/ENGINEER, NX (formerly Unigraphics), and SolidWorks are the dominant systems.


The Boeing Company used CATIA V3 to develop its 777 airliner, and is currently using CATIA V5 for the 787 series aircraft. They have employed the full range of Dassault Systemes' 3D PLM products, comprised of CATIA, DELMIA, and ENOVIA LCA, supplemented by Boeing developed applications." [ Computing & Design/Build Processes Help Develop the 777] ." Boeing Commercial Airplanes.]

European aerospace giant Airbus has been using CATIA since 2001." [,1540,2089790,00.asp PLM: Boeing's Dream, Airbus' Nightmare] ." [ Baseline] .] In 2006, Airbus announced that the production of its Airbus 380 had been set back by two years at a cost of $6.1 billion because development was done on two versions of CATIA. It would appear that German and Spanish Airbus facilities used CATIA V4, while British and French sites had switched to V5. Among the problems: wiring harnesses manufactured using aluminium rather than copper conductors required special design rules including non-standard dimensions and bend radii; these were not easily transferred between different versions. [cite news|url=|title=What Grounded the Airbus A380?|date=6 December 2006|first=Kenneth|last=Wong|publisher=CADALYST|accessdate=2007-12-12]

Canadian aircraft maker Bombardier Aerospace has done all of its designing on CATIA. cite journal|title=Bombardier Aerospace Virtual Product Definition: Achievements and Future Directions|journal=COE NewsNet |month=August | year=2001|first=Isabelle|last=Latulippe|coauthors=|volume=|issue=|pages=|id= |url=|format=|accessdate=2007-03-07]


Automotive companies that use CATIA to varying degrees are BMW, Porsche, Daimler Chrysler [] , Audi, cite web|url= |title=Product Lifecycle Management Solutions from IBM and Dassault Systemes Boost Efficiency at Leading Premium Vehicle Manufacturer |publisher=COE Newsnet ] Volkswagen, Volvo, Fiat, Gestamp Automocion, Benteler AG, PSA Peugeot Citroën, Renault, Toyota, Honda, Ford, Scania, Hyundai, Proton, Tata motors and Mahindra. Goodyear uses it in making tires for automotive and aerospace and also uses a customized CATIA for its design and development. All automotive companies use CATIA for car structures — door beams, IP supports, bumper beams, roof rails, side rails, body components — because CATIA is very good in surface creation and Computer representation of surfaces.


Dassault Systems has begun serving shipbuilders with CATIA V5 release 8, which includes special features useful to shipbuilders. GD Electric Boat used CATIA to design the latest fast attack submarine class for the United States Navy, the "Virginia" class. cite web|url= |title=Realizing Life Cycle Cost Savings Through Standardization |last=Conklin |first=James |work=Defense Standardization Program |publisher=Department Of Defense ] . Northrop Grumman Newport News also used CATIA to design the "Gerald R. Ford" class of supercarriers for the US Navy. cite web|url= |title=CVN 21 Facts |publisher=Northrop Grumman ]


Architect Frank Gehry has used the software, through the C-Cubed Virtual Architecture company, now Virtual Build Team, to design his award-winning curvilinear buildings. cite journal|title=Gehry, Dassault and IBM Too|journal=AEC Magazine|date=September/October 2003|first=Martin|last=Day|coauthors=|volume=|issue=|pages=|id= |url=|format=|accessdate=2007-03-07] His technology arm, Gehry Technologies, has been developing software based on CATIA V5 named Digital Project. [ cite web|url= |title=Digital Project |accessdate=2007-03-07 |work=Gehry Technologies ] Digital Project has been used to design buildings and has successfully completed a handful of projects.

Future implementations

Dassault Systemes has announced plans to release CATIA Version 6 (V6) in mid-2008. [ [ MCAD Online - Dassault launches Catia V6 platform ] ] The new interface allows designers to work directly with the 3D solid model rather than the feature-based design approach employed in CATIA V5.

See also

*Comparison of CAD Software


External links

* [ CATIA V5 Official website] (Dassault Systèmes website)
* [ CATIA V5 Student Edition]
* [ IBM CATIA page]
* Catia V5 video Lessons []
* CATIA V5 French web site with methodology, videos in []
* [ CATIA gallery by Maciej Ziemak]
* [ CATIA Russian user forum]
* [ Virtual Build Team, LLC] - Pioneers in the practical application of CATIA software in the Architectural, Engineering and Construction industry.
* [ CATIA Czech Website] - Dassault Systèmes Education Partner
* [] Dassault Systèmes Introduces V6 to the Market - Press release


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