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summarize its contents. Please consider expanding the lead to provide an accessible overview of the article's key points. (October 2011) CATIA CATIA Brand logo.png Developer(s) Dassault Systemes Stable release V6R2012x / May 2011; 8 months ago (2011-05) Operating system Unix / Windows Type CAD License Proprietary software Website www.3ds.com/catia CATIA (Computer Aided Three-dimensional Interactive Application) (in English usually pronounced /kəˈtiə/) is a multi-platform CAD/CAM/CAE commercial software suite developed by the French company Dassault Systemes. Written in the C++ programming language, CATIA is the cornerstone of the Dassault Systemes product lifecycle management software suite. CATIA competes in the CAD/CAM/CAE market with Siemens NX, Creo Elements/Pro, Autodesk Inventor. Contents [hide] * 1 History * 2 Release history * 3 Scope of Application o 3.1 Surfacing & Shape Design o 3.2 Mechanical Engineering o 3.3 Equipment Design o 3.4 Systems Engineering * 4 Supported operating systems and platforms * 5 Notable industries using CATIA o 5.1 Aerospace o 5.2 Automotive o 5.3 Shipbuilding o 5.4 Industrial Equipment o 5.5 Other * 6 File compatibility and CATIA V4 /V5 /V6 conversion * 7 Future implementations * 8 See also * 9 References * 10 External links * 11 Gallery (CATIA V5)  History CATIA started as an in-house development in 1977 by French aircraft manufacturer Avions Marcel Dassault, at that time customer of the CAD/CAM CAD software to develop Dassault's Mirage fighter jet, then was adopted in the aerospace, automotive, shipbuilding, and other industries. 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.
In 1998. CATIA can be customized via application programming interfaces (API). client support for any operating system other than Microsoft Windows is dropped. forged or tooling parts up to the definition of mechanical assemblies. Dassault announced and released CATIA V6. with support for UNIX. CATIA V5 & V6 can be adapted using Visual Basic and C++ programming languages via CAA (Component Application Architecture). mechanical engineering.  Mechanical Engineering CATIA enables the creation of 3D parts. In 2008. In 1990. In 1988. CATIA version 3 was ported from mainframe computers to UNIX. an entirely rewritten version of CATIA. sheetmetal.  Surfacing & Shape Design CATIA provides a suite of surfacing. a component object model (COM)-like interface. from 3D sketches. CATIA facilitates collaborative engineering across disciplines. Windows NT and Windows XP since 2001. the Boeing Company chose CATIA as its main 3D CAD tool. and Class A surfaces to mechanical functional surfaces.  Systems Engineering CATIA offers a solution to model complex and intelligent products through the systems engineering approach. the systems architecture. General Dynamics Electric Boat Corp chose CATIA as its main 3D CAD tool. including IBM AIX. composites. CATIA V5 was released. It provides tools to complete product definition.
. Linux or AIX. CATIA supports multiple stages of product development (CAx). manufacturing (CAM). styling. It covers the requirements definition.  Equipment Design CATIA facilitates the design of electronic. it was ported from one to four Unix operating systems. including functional tolerances. Silicon Graphics IRIX. molded. the behavior modeling and the virtual product or embedded software generation. and engineering (CAE). V4 principally used piecewise polynomial surfaces. From subdivision. In 1992. from conceptualization. In 1996. Although later versions of CATIA V4 implemented NURBS. While the server can run on Microsoft Windows. to design the U. including surfacing & shape design. CADAM was purchased from IBM and the next year CATIA CADAM V4 was published. all the way to the production of documentation for manufacturing. design (CAD). reverse engineering. and visualization solutions to create. modify. and validate complex innovative shapes.S. becoming its largest customer. equipment and systems engineering. Sun Microsystems SunOS and Hewlett-Packard HP-UX. CATIA V4 uses a non-manifold solid engine.  Release history Name/Version Latest Build Number Original Release Date Latest Release Date CATIA v4 R25 1993 January 2007 CATIA v5 R21 1998 February 2010 CATIA v6 R2012 29/05/2008 May 2011  Scope of Application Commonly referred to as a 3D Product Lifecycle Management software suite. Navy's Virginia class submarine. as well as kinematics definition. electrical as well as distributed systems such as fluid and HVAC systems.In 1984.
and services. plant design. EMBRAER. has used CATIA V4. AgustaWestland. Tesla Motors.S Military forces.  Automotive Many automotive companies use CATIA to varying degrees. from aerospace and defense. use CATIA V4 and V5 to design their full range of aircraft. CATIA V3 and earlier run on the mainframe platforms. when the design was completed on September 26. 2000.  Supported operating systems and platforms CATIA V6 runs only on Microsoft Windows and MacOS with limited products. V5 can work with other applications. Chinese Xian JH-7A is the first aircraft developed by CATIA V5. Audi. and SolidWorks are the dominant systems. Volvo. Tata motors and Mahindra & Mahindra Limited. the creator of the Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey. including Enovia.  Notable industries using CATIA CATIA can be applied to a wide variety of industries. consumer goods. Pro/ENGINEER. DELMIA. Renault. process power and petroleum. and used CATIA V5 for the 787 series aircraft. Smarteam. CATIA V4 is supported for those Unixes and IBM MVS and VM/CMS mainframe platforms up to release 1. They have employed the full range of Dassault Systemes' 3D PLM products — CATIA. The Anglo/Italian Helicopter company. The development of the Indian Light Combat Aircraft has been using CATIA V5. Benteler AG. uses CATIA as well. to high tech. CATIA V5 runs on Microsoft Windows (both 32-bit and 64-bit).
. Škoda Auto. Proton. Canadian aircraft maker Bombardier Aerospace has done all of its aircraft design on CATIA. and as of Release 18 Service Pack 4 on Windows Vista 64. and now V6. consumer packaged goods. Porsche. Bentley Motors Limited. The Brazilian aircraft company. Hewlett Packard HP-UX and Sun Microsystems Solaris are supported. architecture and construction. V5. Jaguar Land Rover Volkswagen.. Toyota. Chrysler. Ford. including BMW.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. The main supplier of helicopters to the U. Vought Aircraft Industries use CATIA V4 and V5 to produce its parts. and ENOVIA LCA — supplemented by Boeing developed applications. NX (formerly Unigraphics). Valmet Automotive. CATIA V5. and industrial equipment. Hyundai. Bell Helicopter. CATIA V4. life sciences. Daimler AG. IBM AIX. Scania. Fiat. shipbuilding. and various CAE Analysis applications. use Catia V4 and V5 to build all airplanes. Honda. automotive.  Aerospace The Boeing Company used CATIA V3 to develop its 777 airliner. PSA Peugeot Citroën. European aerospace giant Airbus has been using CATIA since 2001. Sikorsky Aircraft Corp.7.
side rails. Digital Project has been used to design buildings and has successfully completed a handful of projects. to design his award-winning curvilinear buildings. from either differences in the geometric kernel between CATIA V4 and CATIA V5. through the C-Cubed Virtual Architecture company.0 platform while still continuing to support and improve its Catia V5 software. as well as heavy mobile machinery and equipment companies like Claas.  Industrial Equipment CATIA has a strong presence in the Industrial Equipment industry. which includes special features useful to shipbuilders. transition from V5 to V6 is facilitated because they are sharing the same geometric kernel.  Shipbuilding Dassault Systems has begun serving shipbuilders with CATIA V5 release 8. and also various industrial equipment product companies like Alstom Power and ABB Group.  Future implementations Dassault Systemes released CATIA Version 6 (V6) in mid-2008.  File compatibility and CATIA V4 /V5 /V6 conversion Dassault Systemes provides utilities to convert CATIA V4 data files so they are accessible to CATIA V5 and CATIA V6. roof rails. body components — because CATIA is very good in surface creation and Computer representation of surfaces. Latest release of Catia V5 is R21 GA(SP1). Many automotive companies use CATIA for car structures — door beams. Dassault Systemes launched Catia V6R2011x.Dassault Systèmes Launches Version 6 Release 2012
. GD Electric Boat used CATIA to design the latest fast attack submarine class for the United States Navy. June 29. Bombardier Transportation. has been developing software based on CATIA V5 named Digital Project. now Virtual Build Team. Experiment results show that there can be data loss during the conversion (from 0% to 90%). In November 2010. Canada is using CATIA software to design its entire fleet of Train engines and Coaches. the Virginia class. On the other hand. and clean-up activities after conversion. 2011 .Goodyear uses it in making tires for automotive and aerospace and also uses a customized CATIA for its design and development. Gehry Technologies. Industrial Manufacturing machinery companies like Schuler and Metso use CATIA . Newport News Shipbuilding also used CATIA to design the Gerald R.  Other Architect Frank Gehry has used the software. bumper beams. or by the modelling methods employed by end users. the latest release of its PLM2. Third-party file translators also up-convert CATIA files between versions. IP supports. The percentage loss can be minimized by using the appropriate pre-conversion clean-up. His technology arm. choosing the appropriate conversion options. Still. cases show that there can be issues in the data conversion from CATIA V4 to V5. Ford class of supercarriers for the US Navy.