Beyond Traditional Design, Opening a new Field with CATIA Mechanical V6

Mechanical engineering is complex as assemblies are designed to perform a specific task with a specific target performance. Digital prototyping, combined with digital analysis and simulation, allows product development teams to virtually create and analyze a mechanical product in its environment. Mechanical engineers must be equipped with these tools so that they can gain insight into key factors in quality and performance early in the product development phase.


CATIA Mechanical products and solutions enable the creation of any type of 3D assemblies for a wide range of mechanical engineering processes, ranging from casting and forging, plastic injection and other molding operations, composites part design and manufacturing, machined and sheetmetal parts design, to advanced welding and fastening operations. Engineers can rely on CATIA to define a complete mechanical product using functional tolerances, 3D annotations as well as kinematics tools. Predefined processes in CATIA enables engineers to gain tremendous productivity, not only to close on the mechanical design sooner but also to perform design changes much faster

CATIA facilitates the following mechanical design and engineering processes:
3D Conceptual Design

Whether you are a casual user or a CAD-specialist, CATIA enables you to quickly create new designs or modify existing ones, even from other CAD solutions. Creating a new assembly structure becomes as easy as assembling toy building blocks. Manufacturing constraints can be embedded early on on the preliminary shape, enabling downstream users to access the design and insert their specifications directly in the 3D models.

Mechanical Systems Engineering

Based on the RFLP (Requirements, Functional, Logical and Physical) approach, CATIA fosters the collaborative definition of a product across its different views from conception to production and operation. This enables designers, engineers and system architects to define the product functional breakdown, the logical entities representing the technological solutions and the corresponding physical parts and assemblies.

Product Design

CATIA enables the creation of any type of 3D part, from rough sketches up to the definition of mechanical assemblies. It provides all the tools needed to complete product definition, including functional tolerances and annotations, as well as kinematics definition. Cast and forged product design is addressed, as well as plastic or molded parts through a functional modeling approach. CATIA also covers also welding, fastening and sheetmetal processes. Discover our CATIA Machining and 3D Master related offers.

Tooling Design

CATIA provides a wide range of application for tooling design, for both generic tooling as well as mold and die. A rich catalog of industry-standard components is provided to automate tooling definition. Specific tools are also provided to address the needs of mold tooling injection designers. For more info, see CATIA for Mold & Die offer


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