Introduction to CATIA V5

Introduction to CATIA V5 - student project

This class is intended for beginners who want to learn how to draw solids from 2D sketches in CATIA V5.

Computer Assisted Drawing or CAD is practical in the development, modification, and optimization of the design process.

We’ll see step-by-step how to create a sketch and set parameters in Sketcher. We’ll use this sketch to generate a 3D solid in Part Design. No prior knowledge of CAD is necessary.


Material Needed:

Catia V5 from Dassault Systems or the free trial available on their website.


PC or laptop with the following minimum requirements:


  • Microsoft Windows 7 or Windows 10 (64-bit) 
  • Multi-core, 64-bit processor (ex. Intel i5, i7, or Xeon) 
  • Dedicated graphics card recommended (integrated on the motherboard such as Intel Integrated graphics will do the job) 
  • 4GB of RAM - 8GB or more is highly recommended for an integrated graphics card)
  • 10GB Free Hard Disk space 

This first lesson enables beginners to learn and create interesting shapes right off the start. Catia V5 can be intimidating at first but with a series of actionable steps that lead to quick results, learning is fast and pleasant.

Your project is to draw the same part we learned how to create together in this lesson or even better, draw your own. Export your project as an image and upload it to the project gallery


At the end of this lesson, you should be able to set your parameters and understand basic concepts and toolbars to render simple and solid 3D shapes.

Video Lessons would be:

1- Introduction

2- Class project

3- PrtDesign toolbars

4- Sketcher toolbars

5- Settings for units

6- Settings for performances

7- Grid dimensions

8- Model part 1

9- Model part 2

10- Upload and share


 Here is a more detailed class outline: