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CATIA-5 PART-B: 3D CAD, Mechanisms and Finite Element Analysis

John Andrew, P.E.

Course Outline

This Catia-5 CAD 10 PDH course demonstrates with many illustrations how to use software enabling engineers to create digital prototyping of: Process Piping, Structures, Machine Parts and Assemblies. This software enables users to engineer, visualize, and simulate static and dynamic motions and analyze strength of products digitally.

Access to Catia-5 is not required.

Step-by-step illustrated examples show how to use tools to create all types of three dimensional engineering three dimensional solid models.

  1. 52% of all the cars built in 2000 were designed with CATIA. More than all other CAD design engineering products combined together.
  2. 14 out of the Top 20 automotive manufacturers use CATIA as their core design system.
  3. CATIA 3D product development is now used by 22 of the top 30 global automotive manufacturers and is the de facto global standard in automotive manufacturing.
  4. 87% of civilian/ commercial airplane designers use CATIA.
  5. 79% of helicopter designers use CATIA, and 50% of military airplane designers use CATIA.
  6. 76% of the world's aircraft designers use CATIA - clearly CATIA is the world standard for aircraft design.

This Catia-5 course is divided into 6 sections:

















The course includes a multiple-choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding of the course materials.

Learning Objective

The capabilities and widespread use of Catia are illustrated with a series of examples.

1.  2D sketches in 3 planes
2.  View: Fit al in, Pan, Rotate, Zoom, Isometric
3.  Apply geometric constraints to lines automatically
4. Draw adjustable shapes
5. Sketch-Based Features: Pad, Pocket, Shaft, and Hole
6.  3D parts: extruded along any guide line

7.  Walls
8.  Extrusions
9.  Bend allowance
10.  Automatic flat patterns
11. Cut-outs
12.  Corner relief
13.  Extruded Surfaces.
14.  Revolved Surfaces.
15.  Swept Surfaces.
16.  Offset Surfaces.
17.  Split Surfaces.
18.  Blend Surfaces.
19.  Loft Surfaces.

20.  Adjustable element mesh size
21.  Loads: pressure, distributed force, acceleration, line force, forced displacement, temperature field
22. Static: loads and pressures
23.  Restraints: clamp and surface slider
24.  Deformations
25.  Von Mises stress distribution

26. 3D assemblies
27.  Part to part constraints
28.  Multiple instances of parts
29.  Specification Tree
30. Manipulate parts with Compass
31.  Split assembly into parts
32. Dynamic Part and Assembly Section Views
33.  Apply Material: steel, aluminum, bronze, fibers, and concrete
34.  Shading solids and wireframe
34.  Catia camera jpg pictures of solid models

36. Dynamic Simulation
37.  Digital Mockup Kinematics
38.  Mechanism Joints:
Revolute, Prismatic, Cylindrical, Screw, Ball, Planar, Rigid, Point Curve, Slide Curve, Roll Curve, Universal, CV, Gear, Rack, Cable
39.  Mechanism Animation
40.  Graphs: Displacement, Velocity, Acceleration

Intended Audience

The information will be especially useful to: students, entrepreneurs, engineers, architects, and innovators who want to be able to create 3D Solid Models of parts, assemblies, structures, and piping and calculate stresses and deflections with finite element analysis automatically or semi- automatically.

Benefit to Attendees

Attendee of this course will know how to make scale dimensioned engineering and architectural drawings of and stress analysis of 3-dimensional objects with all releases of Catia-5.

Most of the world’s: automobiles, aircraft, and appliances are designed with Catia.

Complete factories including structural steel and process piping are designed with Catia.

Electronic controls, electrical circuits and wiring harnesses are simulated.

Parts and molds including CNC machine tool software including: tool-path, feeds, and speeds.

Catia has Ergonomic and Multiple Robot manufacturing simulation capabilities.

Catia even has productivity management systems.

Course Introduction

This course has only 146 pages but the most used 2D and 3D drawing methods are described with illustrations enabling the reader to make all types dimensioned engineering drawings.

Course Content

The course content is in the following PDF document:

CATIA-5 PART-B: 3D CAD, Mechanisms and Finite Element Analysis

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Course Summary

A brief and to the point easy to use CAD drawing system is provided in these notes that will provide information that can be used to create Catia CAD 3D models of parts and assemblies including dimensioned drawings.

Related Links

Catia Homepage:
Catia Tutorials with videos:


Once you finish studying the above course content, you need to take a quiz to obtain the PDH credits.

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DISCLAIMER: The materials contained in the online course are not intended as a representation or warranty on the part of PDH Center or any other person/organization named herein. The materials are for general information only. They are not a substitute for competent professional advice. Application of this information to a specific project should be reviewed by a registered architect and/or professional engineer/surveyor. Anyone making use of the information set forth herein does so at their own risk and assumes any and all resulting liability arising therefrom.