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Developer(s)Dassault Systèmes
Initial release1982; 41 years ago (1982)[1]
Stable release
P3 V5 6R-2020 / 2020; 3 years ago (2020)
Operating systemWindows, Unix (server)
LicenseProprietary software

CATIA (/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), 3D modeling and product lifecycle management (PLM), 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 signature curvilinear buildings[2] and his company Gehry Technologies was developing their Digital Project software based on CATIA.[3]

The software has been merged with the company's other software suite 3D XML Player to form the combined Solidworks Composer Player.


CATIA started as an in-house development in 1977 by French aircraft manufacturer Avions Marcel Dassault to provide 3D surface modeling and NC[further explanation needed] 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, under the management of its first CEO, Francis Bernard. 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 CATIA was ported first in 1996 from one to four Unix operating systems, and was 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 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]

Release history[edit]

Name/version Version history value Release date
Catia v1 1981[9]
Catia v2 1984[9]
Catia v3 1988[9]
Catia v4 1993[9]
Catia v5 1998[9]
Catia v5 R7 26/6/2001[14]
Catia v5 R17 5/9/2006[15]
Catia v5 R18 10/2/2007
Catia v5 R19 23/8/2008[16]
Catia v6 R2010 23/6/2009[17]
Catia v5 R20 16/2/2010[18]
Catia v5 R21 5/7/2011[19]
Catia v6 R___ _/_/2011
Catia v5-6 R2012 (R22) 18/4/2012[20]
Catia v6 R20 20/5/2013
Catia v5-6 R2013 (R23) 2013[21]
Catia v5-3DX (3D Experience) R2015 (R24) 2014
Catia v5-3DX (3D Experience) R2015 (R25) 2015
Catia v5-3DX (3D Experience) R2016 (R26) 2017
Catia v5-3DX (3D Experience) R2017 (R27) 2017
Catia v5-3DX (3D Experience) R2018 (R28) 2018
Catia v5-3DX (3D Experience) R2019 (R29) 2019
Catia v5-3DX (3D Experience) R2020 (R30) 2020
Catia v5-3DX (3D Experience) R2021 (R31) 2021
Catia v5-3DX (3D Experience) R2022 (R32) 2022


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "CAD software history CAD CAM computer aided design 1980 to 1985". Archived from the original on 2020-04-03. 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). Archived from the original on 31 August 2015. 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. ^ a b c d e f "FreeCAD – FreeCAD / CAD History". Retrieved 2017-03-15.
  10. ^ "Airbus – A380". 11 April 2013. 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". 13 June 2014. Retrieved 17 June 2015.
  14. ^ "IBM and Dassault Systemes launch CATIA Version 5 Release 7". Retrieved 2017-03-15.
  15. ^ "Dassault Systèmes and IBM Announce Version 5 Release 17 of their Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) Portfolio". Retrieved 2017-03-15.
  16. ^ "Dassault Systemes Announces Version 5 Release 19 of its Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) Portfolio". Retrieved 2017-03-15.
  17. ^ "Dassault Systemes Launches V6R2010". Retrieved 2017-03-15.
  18. ^ "Dassault Systèmes Launches Release 20 of V5 PLM Platform". Retrieved 2017-03-15.
  19. ^ "Dassault Systèmes Introduces V5R21". Retrieved 2017-03-15.
  20. ^ "Dassault Systèmes Launches Industry's Best Multi-version Compatibility with New V5 Release". Retrieved 2019-05-08.
  21. ^ "CATIA V5: Last Save Version & Release". TECHNIA. 2018-05-03. Retrieved 2019-05-08.

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