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Concept created with CATIA
Concept created with CATIA
Developer(s)Dassault Systèmes
Initial release1982; 38 years ago (1982)[1]
Stable release
P3 V5-6 R2017 SP6.0 / 2018; 2 years ago (2018)
Operating systemWindows, Unix (server)
LicenseProprietary software

CATIA software(/kəˈtə/, an acronym of computer-aided three-dimensional interactive application) is a multi-platform software suite for computer-aided design (CAD), computer-aided manufacturing (CAM), computer-aided engineering (CAE), PLM and 3D, developed by the French company Dassault Systèmes.

Since it supports multiple stages of product development from conceptualization, design and engineering to manufacturing, it is considered a CAx-software and is sometimes referred to as a 3D Product Lifecycle Management software suite. Like most of its competition it facilitates collaborative engineering through an integrated cloud service and have support to be used across disciplines including surfacing & shape design, electrical, fluid and electronic systems design, mechanical engineering and systems engineering.

Besides being used in a wide range of industries from aerospace and defence to packaging design, CATIA has been used by architect Frank Gehry to design some of his signum curvilinear buildings[2] and his company Gehry Technologies was developing their Digital Project software based on CATIA.[3]


CATIA started as an in-house development in 1977 by French aircraft manufacturer AVIONS MARCEL DASSAULT, to provide 3D surface modeling and NC functions for the CADAM software they used at that time[4] to develop the Mirage fighter jet. Initially named CATI (conception assistée tridimensionnelle interactive – French for interactive aided three-dimensional design ), it was renamed CATIA in 1981 when Dassault created the subsidiary Dassault Systèmes to develop and sell the software. Dassault Systèmes signed a non-exclusive distribution agreement with IBM,[5] that was also selling CADAM for Lockheed since 1978. Version 1 was released in 1982 as an add-on for CADAM.

During the eighties CATIA saw wider adoption in the aviation and military industries with users such as Boeing and General Dynamics Electric Boat Corp..[6][7][8]

Dassault Systèmes purchased CADAM from IBM in 1992, and the next year CATIA CADAM was released. During the nineties CATI was ported first in 1996 from one to four Unix operating systems, and was an entirely rewritten for version 5 in 1998 to support Windows NT.[9] In the years prior to 2000, this caused problems of incompatibility between versions that led to $6.1B in additional costs due to project delays in production of the Airbus A380.[10]

With the launch of Dassault Systèmes 3DEXPERIENCE Platform in 2014,[11] CATIA became available as a cloud version.[12][13]


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  1. ^ "CAD software history CAD CAM computer aided design 1980 to 1985". Retrieved 2020-07-23.
  2. ^ Day, Martin (September–October 2003). "Gehry, Dassault and IBM Too". AEC Magazine. Archived from the original on 2005-12-01. Retrieved 2007-03-07.
  3. ^ "Digital Project". Gehry Technologies. Archived from the original on 2007-02-05. Retrieved 2007-03-07.
  4. ^ A history of CATIA by former CEO of Dassault Systèmes Francis Bernard
  5. ^ "isicad :: The DASSAULT SYSTEMES Success Story". Retrieved 17 June 2015.
  6. ^ Schank, John F.; Ip, Cesse; Lacroix, Frank W.; Murphy, Robert E.; Arena, Mark V.; Kamarck, Kristy N.; Lee, Gordon T. (2011). "RAND Corporation-Virginia Case Study". Learning from Experience: 61–92. ISBN 9780833058966. JSTOR 10.7249/j.ctt3fh0zm.13.
  7. ^ Graves, Barbara; Whitman, Edward (Winter 1999). "Virginia-class: America's Next Submarine". Undersea Warfare. US Navy. 1 (2). Retrieved 26 April 2015.
  8. ^ "Submarine Industrial Base Council". 22 December 2008. Archived from the original on 2012-01-19. Retrieved 6 February 2013.
  9. ^ "FreeCAD – FreeCAD / CAD History". Retrieved 2017-03-15.
  10. ^ "Airbus – A380". Retrieved 17 June 2015.
  11. ^ "Latest release of CATIA". Archived from the original on 2014-06-19. Retrieved 23 March 2018.
  12. ^ "CATIA 3DEXPERIENCE-on-the-Cloud brings High Power Design Tools to Small Design Teams >". Retrieved 17 June 2015.
  13. ^ "Social Design on the Cloud with CATIA – Dassault Systèmes " Yanko Design". Retrieved 17 June 2015.

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