Latest Tutorials

There a few ways to open Catia files and they all end up at the same open file dialog box. The methods are the same as any Windows based program, but let's check it out:

Opening Files in Catia

This tutorial will show you step by step how to design a spring in Catia V5, you can also use it as a standard part and design table functionality and catalogue it once you've successfully designed it. The helix function in the Generative Shape Design module of Catia is useful for many things and one of them is to create a spring. The basic procedure to design a spring is to create a helix in Generative Shape Design and use it as a curve for a rib

The splash screen that stays on top of anything on your screen until Catia starts, the new CATProduct document that is created before anything can be done... the default Catia settings can be very annoying once you get acquainted with the software and need things to happen fast. By changing a few settings, you'll be able to keep your sanity and you'll also be able to personalise your Catia while you're at it. There are a few environment variables that can be added to your Windows environment that can make Catia function differently.

This tutorial will show you how to create a simple design table linked to a CATPart. Design tables are used to drive parameters in Catia from either a Microsoft Excel sheet or a text document. Once that is achieved, we are then able to catalogue the different configurations to be used in a design, but we'll cover that in a later tutorial.

In this tutorial, we'll be creating a catalogue of parts from our design table that we made in the previous tutorial. If you'd like to design the part first, please refer to the previous tutorial, otherwise you could use any other part that has a design table.

In a design table you have one part and many different dimensions for that one part stored in an Excel sheet or a text document. So, basically, you only have to design one part and you can create as many different variations as you like and document them in a catalogue so that you can reference any of them with just a few clicks.

Catia vs The World

Catia vs The World

The benefits of 3D, and Catia specifically, are endless! Working with Catia gives you the power to design correctly the first time around. Some companies are still stuck in the primitive way of doing things and are paying dearly for it. Yes, Catia costs money. Yes, Catia calls for a bit of training and/or expertise, but what price are you willing to pay to be able to eliminate potential design flaws before they manifest? Being from the automotive industry where parts are always due yesterday, design errors are costly. They cost money and, more importantly, they cost time.