What is the future in CATIA

10 reasons for CATIA 3DEXPERIENCE in the cloud

Discover 10 reasons to choose CATIA in the cloud and learn how powerful cloud technology can help you accelerate design innovation and get products to market faster.

The changing world

Cloud technology is particularly advantageous for smaller and younger companies, as it offers the ability to compete with larger players thanks to its many qualities. And this is how it works:

  • LOWER COSTS: Access to high-powered computing without the need to invest in expensive IT infrastructure and experts.
  • Operational FLEXIBILITY: Rapidly scale up or down according to project requirements.
  • SECURITY: Intellectual property is protected as it does not require users to download or copy any data.
  • SIMPLICITY: Most cloud platforms have a simple, consistent user interface that allows even non-techies to collaborate.
  • COLLABORATION AND CONNECTIVITY: Immediately communicate and collaborate with colleagues and partners - anywhere, anytime.


1. Best-in-class engineering

Design limitlessly how you want

The high geometric accuracy of CATIA guarantees the highest quality for part and tool surfaces. Its robust and stable design modification tools allow the user many design iterations to explore new solutions. This can be achieved while maintaining high levels of performance, despite the fact that users are designing largest models with a variety of functions.

Construction for manufacturing

Consider manufacturability requirements early in the design phase, validate design manufacturability with advanced analytical tools, and generate associative data for the tooling and manufacturing process.

Unlimited work on large and complex assemblies

Manage large assemblies in an agile manner in a realistic visualization environment, define a work context and simply call it up. Ensure the integrity of assemblies with collision detection and clearance checking capabilities.

Enjoy a smooth workflow in the engineering process

Do it all in a single environment that brings together all engineering disciplines. This enables digital consistency across the entire project, from conceptual design to detailed construction, simulation, production, etc.

This means that users can examine more ideas and develop innovative technical solutions without wasting time. Users can also enjoy the unique integrated experience where there is no separation between 3D creation and data management.

2. Collaboration and connection

To accelerate innovation and processes, seamless collaboration is essential. With the powerful database platform CATIA on the Cloud, colleagues, suppliers and external partners can work together more efficiently and effortlessly. This leads to shorter cycle times and fewer subsequent changes.

Working in parallel

Working together on the same project data on the same platform - together and in parallel. This means that several participants can securely open their data and also save all their various changes at the same time.

Protecting the intellectual property of engineers

Stop worrying about unauthorized access to intellectual property by easily granting different rights to project staff. For example, some users can only have read and write access to some parts of the product, while other parts can be given change or edit rights.

Accelerate collaboration

Easy integration of external parties. The platform's security functions can restrict external partners' access to confidential data.

3. Easy to install and maintain

Work flexibly and efficiently and at the same time reduce the need for expensive hardware, complex IT systems and IT administrators.

Immediate deployment

All it takes is a few clicks and a few minutes.


Just install new applications, add users, and increase the data store according to the needs of the project.

Reduced total cost of ownership

Keep your investments low by being less dependent on hardware, IT infrastructure and IT specialists.

24/7/365 support and operation

When working with CATIA on the cloud, everything is maintained and supported by Dassault Systèmes around the clock.

Operational flexibility

Easy access for stakeholders to projects as they grow and need more resources.

4. Succeed in complex design

As products are becoming more and more complex and varied, it is becoming more and more important to have high-performance tools that enable users to implement complex designs. Fortunately, the platform has several features that make this possible:

Model complex shapes quicklyusing advanced parametric design functions

Create high quality and complex mechanical geometries with a robust, function-oriented approach. Users can simplify the design, accelerate and review changes, and increase the efficiency of repetitive and manual tasks.

Check the quality and repair sophisticated imported objects if necessary,to ensure later use.

Benefit from existing designs and reuse existing designs. Repair complex imported geometries, if necessary, in order to optimize subsequent use, e.g. for production or tool design

Reuse of objects - regardless of their quality- with tolerant modeling options.

CATIA's geometry modeler is able to process operations on surfaces that have small geometric gaps and defects. The smoothing functions and the tolerant setting options help the designers to carry out their usual tasks by compensating for the gaps and still creating surfaces of high quality.

Develop and deform any parametric surface

Work with flattened and folded faces to verify manufacturability, mass calculation and raw material costs for flattened shapes. Shapes can be morphed under the control of reference and target elements, while maintaining quality and accuracy for manufacturability.

Impressive designs with better usability

The CATIA Generative Shape Design extension accelerates the design process considerably through a clear and intuitive user interface with natural interactions and context-sensitive commands. Depending on your selection, relevant commands are suggested directly in the 3D model. This improves productivity, not only by completing the design faster, but also by reducing the time it takes to understand and make the model changes.

5. Improve the quality of your product

In general, the following applies to CAD: In the modeling phase, unprofessional geometry generation leads to longer update times, reduces the number of possible iterations and induces larger amounts of data, which leads to a higher storage requirement.

In downstream processes, the generation quality not only affects the updates, but also the computing time. The impact of these factors can vary from company to company, depending on the methodology and processes chosen. This shows that the quality of the geometry generation has a great influence and must be taken into account as it affects the processes.

With CATIA you can achieve the best level of high-end surface quality through local surface modifiers and global deformation. The design intent is respected as the surfaces meet both aesthetic and manufacturing requirements. In addition, data exchange workflows and manufacturing processes can be streamlined by creating controlled, simplified surfaces. This ensures that users get data they can use right away.

6. Optimize the manufacturing process

Work in a highly productive environment, e.g. to compensate for deformation effects such as springback for complex manufacturing. There is no need to redesign the product or its tools. Bring the virtual definition closer to the real definition by using simulation, compensation calculations or using digitization results.

The groundbreaking technology of CATIA on the Cloud enables the morphing of complex shapes while maintaining the original quality characteristics and thus optimization:
- the manufacturing processes by compensating for deformation,
- the product definition taking into account the operating conditions, regardless of the area (mechanical, thermal, fluidic or more).

7. Capitalize, automate and reuse

Increase productivity by reusing existing functions or components that incorporate a company's best practices. Users can take advantage of assets and generate families of components to accelerate development.

Here are some of the ways the platform can make things easier for users:

Cut down on tedious and repetitive taskswith intuitive automation functions

Recurring tasks that have to be done several times a day can be automated using CATIA's simple and lean Knowledgeware language.

V.om the start of correct product developmentachieve with adaptive templates

Create templates to store your company's intelligence and expertise. For example, certain 3D models can be reused in different contexts.

Ensuring the product data qualityby applying activated design rules

Create specific rules to ensure that all products designed conform to your company's design rules. New products are rarely designed from scratch, so it is important that previous designs can be carried over.

Reuse of existing CATIA V5 data in 3DEXPERIENCE CATIA

CATIA V5 is a proven and widely used solution that is deeply embedded in the company's internal engineering process. For this reason, Dassault Systèmes planned from the start that both solutions would exist side by side. Users can work on the same project with colleagues, regardless of whether they are working on CATIA V5 or 3DEXPERIENCE CATIA.

Efficient interaction with your ecosystemthrough use and modification of any kindof CAD data (Computer-Aided Design)

Decide what to duplicate, reuse, or delete.

Lower costs and improve quality

Reuse of existing assets and standards with intelligent carry-over using graphic-based duplication tools or component families / catalogs.

8. Access the right information directly in 3D

Although 3D is commonly used in the design process, 2D is still the main reference for some. As a result, many companies suffer from errors and delays due to the inherent limitations of 2D.

With CATIA you can fully define a part or assembly directly in 3D with tolerances and annotations. This speeds up the development processes. This 3D master approach means that there is a single, complete 3D definition of a product for manufacturing.

Users can fully dimension and tolerate the 3D geometry, taking into account regulations and standards.

The semantic tolerance advisor supports users in creating consistent dimensional definitions and prevents errors.

If necessary, 2D layouts can be created for printing based on 3D definitions. These representations are associative and synchronized with the 3D model to ensure consistency.

9. Set in motion and validate your ideas

It is important for product engineers and designers to limit physical prototypes and create the perfect design for the first pilot.

By simulating complex product behavior in a uniform environment, decisions can already be made in the virtual development phase before investing in expensive prototypes.

Engineers and designers can understand the structural behavior of a product early in the design process by simulating it in motion.

With intuitive stress simulation tools for solid parts and assemblies, concepts can be quickly checked for their structural strength at an early stage. In addition, they can track and analyze the entire kinematic behavior of the system and make any necessary adjustments.

With CATIA on the cloud's ability to create digital mockups, designs and concepts can be quickly validated at an early stage. Ultimately, the digital mockups enable a better understanding of problems so that they can be solved quickly.

10. Productive user experience

The platform's sleek and intuitive user interface ensures that it is easy to use - even for new or occasional users. So the engineers can focus on being engineers.

A consistent behavior for all applications

All applications have the same user interface with the same elements to ensure ease of use and quick familiarization.

Direct editing of the geometry

Work directly with the models by visually influencing their geometric dimensions.

Customizable action pad for quick access to preferred commands

With the Action Pad, users don't have to use the Action Bar to find the right commands. Everything is available at the click of a mouse on the Action Pad.