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CATIA is an integrated suite of Computer Aided Design (CAD), Computer Aided Engineering (CAE), and Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM) applications for digital product definition and simulation. It is ideal for true integration of people, tools, methodologies and resources within an enterprise. CATIA provides advanced 3D Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions for collaborative product development.

Made up from many different elements, or ‘products’, CATIA can perform a range of tasks depending upon its configuration. Within the automotive industry these tasks include Class A surfacing, body-in-white template design, body-in-white fastening design and many more. Some of the main applications are listed below.

Vehicle Synthesis

Analysis and decision support throughout the vehicle development process


The full BODY in WHITE Process from the first stylist idea to tool generation


Suspensions and steering wheels, integration of the chassis in the vehicle.


CATIA is used to design and evaluate the full spectrum of powertrain components and is used to design the processes and tooling required for manufacture.

Electrical and Electronics

Software to manage the electrical behavior of components and their integration into the 3D digital mock-up.

Interior and Exterior Trim

Automotive Interior process is handled by the whole Dassault Systemes V5 line of product, covering all aspects of automobile plastic parts conception from design to manufacturing.

Some of the Available CATIA Automotive Products

Automotive Body-In-White Fastening 3 (ABF) is dedicated to the design of Automotive Body In White Fasteners. It supports Welding technologies and mechanical clinching, along with Adhesives, Sealers, and Mastics.

Automotive Body in White Templates is an advanced product that uses unique skilled features to boost body in white design phase productivity. These powerful features allow body in white design teams to quickly create or modify a car body in an associative styling and engineering context. For instance, a user can create an associative shape, place welding points on it, and then assemble the two parts with unprecedented rapidity.

Automotive Class A Optimizer 3 (ACO) offers extended tools to create and model aesthetic and ergonomic shapes to highest Class A quality. Powerful tools like using global surface modelingtechniques, Shape Modeling, and global feature creation methods, Global Flange, on top of the ACA product speed up the total development styling process.

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