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Continuing Education

CATIA 3DX Part Design Online  

Online Training
3 Credits
No prerequisite training - This course is designed for the student with little or no experience in CATIA or Computer Aided Design but having a good understanding of computer usage would be very helpful.
* Windows based computer needed with modern hardware (See below)
* Webcam and microphone are needed

Course Overview
This course will help aerospace students become comfortable with one of the industry's largest CAD package, CATIA Part Design, while using the latest software from Dassault Systems, 3DExperience. The 3DExperience platform is a new way to work within the total manufacturing environment or Product Lifecycle Management as you might hear. The idea is that all of your processes are contained in one immense system spanning fabrication to financial. CATIA and all its workbenches (Part Design, Generative Shape Design, etc.) are all just a piece of this enterprise system. For those of you coming from CATIA V5, it might be helpful to know that while the interface has changed, the look and operation of the actual functions are still mostly the same which makes for a fairly easy learning curve. It may take some time before 3DX is taken up by all teams in aerospace, but migration is happening and as with all software, maintaining relevant skills is an inevitability.

Over the years we've also began offering Fusion 360 classes for those building CNC machines and 3d printers in our other classes. Fusion 360 is an amazing product and makes perfect sense for the home hobbyist and small business, but CATIA is much more applicable to those working in the aerospace fields. If you're curious about both know that we will take a short look at Fusion 360 in class though just to show students the similarities and how easily the skills in one CAD package can transfer to another.

Our instructor, Damian Cianci, is a certified expert in the field and has been developing and teaching CATIA programs since 2005 as well as contract aerospace technical design engineer. He can be reached at

Distance Learning Specifics
You will need a Windows based computer with reasonably decent hardware and video card. Dassault Systemes has a hardware compatibility list but it is by no means the only computers that can run CATIA. Most laptops purchased in the last five or six years over $700 should run the program. Back when we first started teaching CATIA we were able to run it on the average computers of the day, but the new 3DX environment is somewhat nicer looking which is why you'll need something more modern now. If you play current video games without issue you should be fine. What we plan on doing to alleviate any concern is to create a test account that any student that registers can use to try it out and see how they're PC handles the program, giving you time to drop the class if you feel it doesn't perform as it should.

The online structure of class will consist of one hour live video conferencing for lecturing and questions, and then between live class times students will have other objectives to complete somewhat at their leisure. The course times that are listed are the live class times. We understand if you might have to miss a session and can usually work with you, but if you know you can't make a larger portion of the live times, please look for another time slot.

We will have pre-recorded videos for students to watch during off hours. These will compliment the live lectures and give students a learning source they can watch repeatedly. These videos and other important information will be held on a class website.

The class website will contain device documentation, vendor information, technology concepts and quizzes. The quizzes will be an important part of this online program which students will have to pass in order to complete the course. We will talk through all the quizzes during our live sessions and anyone that shows up for class will have no problem making it through. We will not blind side you with stray questions we never talked about yet expect you to know.

Currently we will we using Webex as our video conferencing software. You do not need to make an account to join the live sessions. An email will be sent out to all students including the time and dates, web link to the meeting and password. You will need to have a webcam and microphone for this class.

The class kits will have to be picked up from the school. In the future we will get a shipping process sorted out for those that do not live in the area, but for the moment local pickup only. We are very interested in being able to reach those around the country so this will happen eventually.

Class covers objectives for the Dassault Systems CATIA "Part Design Specialist" certification including labs and quizzes to help build memory retention.

Course Topics
  • Using the new CATIA 3DX interface
  • Recognizing the various design tools
  • Creating 2D profiles in Sketcher
  • Using sketch constraints and analysis
  • Learn to use all the common Part Design tools for solid modeling
  • Lofting techniques
  • Creating slots, shafts, and grooves from profile
  • Mirroring and patterning features
  • Understanding and manipulating the Specification Tree
  • Learning to use parameters, formulas and design tables
  • Creating basic assemblies
  • Using the compass to manipulate structures and parts
  • Boolean operations
  • Basics of surface design
  • Creating surfaces with points, angles, and splines
  • Splitting, trimming, and extrapolating in wireframe

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  • Call The BTC (425-640-1840) and give them the number of the class you wish to register for

Contact Damian Cianci at if you have any questions.

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