Nowadays software solutions that are developed in accordance with the paradigm of the Industry 4.0 are not bypassed even the world of CAD Engineering. All manufacturers of CAD software try to make something new and better. CATIA, since its inception in 1980 is constantly developing, and today is the world's leading solution for product development and innovation in almost all industrial branches. It is used for the design of many products, from tableware, dental equipment, equipment for skiing, prosthetic devices, equipment for playgrounds, yachts, tankers, submarine, the virtual reconstruction of the buildings and, of course, cars. CATIA as brand is more popular than the company that made it because CATIA is used in all industries and in companies all over the world.
Numbers are in favor of CATIA popularity:
• From the top 20 manufacturers of car 14 used CATIA-in as the main CAD system
• From the top 5 manufacturers of locomotives and wagons, 4 are using CATIA
• CATIA was a main tool for the design of the Space Shuttle
• 76% of glider designers are working in CATIA
• 87% of civil aircraft designers are working in CATIA
CATIA V5, the most popular and the most used CATIA edition, still will be top CAD software solution. Dassault Systemes constantly invests in research and development of CATIA V5. All of the above results in that the latest version of CATIA V5-6 R2017, which will be released in February 2017, will have 81 improvements in 18 products.
The development of new tools is no longer focused just on the product modelling rather on creating experiences of consumers. Furthermore, Dassault Systemes offers 3DEXPERIENCE, a comprehensive platform that connects designers, engineers, managers, various departments and locations, and allows the creation of more than a product – experience.
CATIA 3DEXPERIECE is the latest version of CATIA, which is located on a comprehensive 3DEXPERIENCE platform. CATIA applications within the 3DEXPERIENCE platforms address specific processes that solve a specific industry challenges. 3DEXPERIECE applications for Engineering, Design and Systems Engineering address different industry related in a single database, fully associative and based on the experiences of industry process can accelerate engineering activities for 30 to 50%.
The transition from one to another software solution is strategic decision for companies, while the transit from a CATIA V5 to 3DEXPERIENCE is a logical step because it is a transition to a new, innovative platform that allows faster and more efficient product development.
Particularly we emphasize that interoperability between CATIA V5 and 3DEXPERIENCE is enabled in a way that all models can be transferred from one to another platform with all links, history of the model and all attributes, no matter in which tool model is initially made.
Image: Comparison of the basic structure of a model in CATIA and 3DEXPERIENCE