CATIA V5 offers highly intuitive tools to easily create, validate and modify designs by providing a fully scalable platform for collaborative product creation and product data management. CATIA Version 5 Web-based Learning Solutions (WLS) is an easy-to-use learning and support system that provides necessary information in one source thus assuring increased productivity.


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CATIA V5R21 Feature Highlights




CATIA V5R21, with superior user experience from CATIA Imagine & Shape, delivers top quality surfaces achievement for body work in the automotive industry


CATIA Imagine & Shape is the virtual clay modeller tool and is based on subdivision surface technology. It enables users to address body shape details by providing them with industry leading surface tools such as cutting face apart from superior usability tools for designers. Designers can also take advantage of real-time rendering, visual feedback etc during the design creation phase. This makes CATIA Imagine & Shape best suited for body design in automotive industry.




Reach the functional completeness and V5-V6 feature equivalence for CATIA Icem products through CATIA V5R21


With V5R21 provides efficient tools to validate the shape quality thus improving the Quality of the produced surfaces. Within the Class A modeling domain, CATIA V5R21 extends its advanced and powerful freeform surface modeling, modification and analysis capabilities. Thanks to a dedicated modeling environment which improves the user efficiency and workflow by embedding an adapted user interface. This completes the feature set alignment of V5R19, V5R21, and V6R2012.




With Loft command enhancements, CATIA V5R21 keeps Improving the mechanical surfacing design technologies.


Continuity in curvature has been enhanced using the Loft command to define (G2) with section supports or guide supports, where as previously in earlier version of CATIA, only tangent continuity was supported. This new feature enables to define precisely which continuity should be applied on sections and guides thus increasing the quality of the Loft. Additional features also lets users to create a surface with a punctual extremity in single go. To create such shapes using the Loft command in CATIA V5R21, one section and two guide curves intersecting each other at one extremity are sufficient, thus resulting in increased productivity.






With improved sketcher, CATIA V5R21 has a better accuracy of design in context


Thanks to the new associativity that now exists between reflect lines/internal profiles and the product shape using which CATIA Part Design brings time saving in Conceptual Design phase. Further a design with 2D geometric details can be refined accurately from the associative silhouette of its 3D faces/features. The area included in this outline can also be used to show a specific treatment area. Projection and intersection curves provides user with the same ability.




Enhance the exchange of conceptual study data using CATIA V5R21 through external 2D formats.


Conceptual study may starts from 2D legacy data, with the direct import of DXF and DWG files, dealing the content of each 2D layer into a specific sheet. The concept can then be studied taking advantage of the overlaid sheets, as well as of any relevant 3D data. Generating all this data into a single drawing sheet ensures sharing it using 2D external formats whenever needed.




More flexibility delivered in CATIA V5R21 for design pattern annotations


Bring more flexibility to the user in CATIA V5R21 in the definition of tolerances and annotations of pattern of holes. Each pattern for instance, can get its own semantic annotation. During the pattern creation step, distance and position annotations are automatically proposed to the user, thus providing a significant productivity gain.






Improved harness flattening, ergonomics and robustness in CATIA V5R21 for Wire Harness manufacturing companies


Experience ergonomic improvement through a new 3D Label selection process during the user manual mapping step for better user productivity. The Synchronise command can now also handle hybrid (support + mechanical part) parts components and been enriched with a better branch management.






CATIA V5R21 delivers best in class machining strategy and continue to enhance machining simulation for better productivity gain


Introducing new machining strategy dedicated for Hard Material machining in order to increase the tool life duration. Numerous enhancements including multi-Pocket flank contouring such as feed rate reduction in corner or Control overlap for close tool path for unmatched programming and machining time reduction






CATIA V5R21 yet enhances its openness by supporting new format of CAD


New format support includes ProE WF5, UG NX6, SolidWorks 2009, SolidWorks 2010, ACIS V19 and Parasolid V21


Version 6 transition




CATIA V5 and CATIA Version 6 transition


Dassault Systemes delivers upward and downward compatibility between CATIA V5 and Version 6 data equivalent to the compatibility between two releases of V5, thus ensuring our customers can be as successful with deployment by moving from V5 to Version 6 as they have been in moving from a V5 release to another. V6 has been engineered to support relational design collaboration between all supported CATIA V5 releases and V6 thus enabling unmatched collaboration within a company as well as between OEMs and their suppliers. Moving ahead, customers’ investment in their existing V5 projects as also protected, by continuing the development and support of V5.

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