Computer Aided Three-Dimensional Interactive Application (CATIA)

Definition - What does Computer Aided Three-Dimensional Interactive Application (CATIA) mean?

Computer Aided Three-Dimensional Interactive Application (CATIA) is a multiplatform computer-aided design/manufacturing software written in C++ that runs on IBM AIX, HP-UX workstations, Windows 2000/XP and Sun Solaris. It was developed by the French company Dassault Systems.

Techopedia explains Computer Aided Three-Dimensional Interactive Application (CATIA)

Computer Aided Three-Dimensional Interactive Application supports multiple stages of product development from conceptualization, design, manufacturing and engineering. The major facilities provided by CATIA include:

  • A suite for surfacing, reverse engineering and visualizing solutions to create, modify and validate complex innovative shapes
  • The ability to create 3D parts out of sheet metal or composites, as well as molded, forged or tooling parts and mechanical assembly definitions
  • Tools to complete product definitions including functional tolerance and kinematics definitions
  • The facility to design electronic, electrical and distributed systems such as fluid systems, and heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems
  • Solutions for modeling complex and intelligent products through a systems engineering approach
  • A systems engineering approach that covers the requirements definition, systems architecture and embedded software generation and behavior modeling
  • Customization through application program interfaces
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