catia viewer

What can a CATIA viewer do?


  • View ANY CATIA Format
  • Zoom, Pan, Orbit, Save Named Views
  • View PMI and Export to 3D PDF
  • Change Color, Transparency, Cut Sections
  • Measure, Dimension, Estimate
  • Mass Properties, Surface Area, Bounding Box
  • Optimize Settings for .Model, .CATPart and .CATProduct Read
  • Optimize Polygon and Write to Polygonal Formats

Watch the Video – More Detail Below.

1-Minute CATIA Viewer Overview

Open ANY CATIA Format

  • CATIA V4 .Model parts and assemblies
  • CATIA V5 & V6 CATPart and CATProduct parts and assemblies
  • CGR Visrep models
  • xCGM geometric modeling kernel files
  • Detect Hybrid Brep / Visrep assemblies

Viewing Capabilities

Orbit, Zoom, Pan

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Figure 1 – You can set Ortho views, Rotate, Zoom, Pan and Save Views.

View, Rotate, Zoom and Pan CATIA Parts and Assemblies. Select orthographic views, Orbit, Zoom, Pan, Zoom Window and save named views to the View Browser to recall exact orientation, zoom and visual display settings at time oViewsave.

View PMI

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Figure 2 – You have access to PMI graphically, in the View Browser and in the PMI View Browser. PMI values can be exported to 3D PDF to communicate with non-CAD users.

View and manage PMI. PMI visible graphically, in Assembly Browser, and in PMI View Browser, which allows you to selectively view PMI on a per-view basis, making complex PMI situations clearer and more digestible.

The PMI View Browser gives you the ability to view PMI section views (if they exist in the original file). Being able to see PMI sections was implemented on behalf of a major automotive manufacturer who wished to avoid hundreds of section drawings which were sometimes out of sync with model data. The PMI View Browser also gives you the option to export all PMI data to 3D PDF.

Write to 3D PDF

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Figure 3 – 3D PDF extracted from the PMI View Browser, complete with zoomable, rotatable model, intact PMI, saved PMI views and assembly hierarchy.

3D PDFs convey essential visual, assembly and PMI information in the 3D PDF format, which is readable by anyone on internal and external teams who has access to Adobe Acrobat; no CAD viewer necessary! 3D PDF allows anyone to zoom, rotate, pan and access all saved PMI views by clicking on the list in the left side of Figure 3.

If team members need the ability to access true Brep CAD data, TransMagic SUPERVIEW will allow them to do so – but often stakeholders only need to see the 3D PDF version.

Change Color, Make Transparent, Section

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Figure 4 – Change part colors, transparency and slice parts and assemblies with section planes in all three axes.

Change part, face or assembly colors by selecting the part and choosing your color; select and add transparency to parts or assemblies.

Sections can be cut through any angle, along X, Y or Z axes. Rotate each Section Plane as desired. Sections can be turned on and off by clicking on the Section Planes X, Y and Z buttons.

Also shown in this screenshot, a Layer Manager allows you to select key geometry and assign it to layers; geometry can then be made visible or invisible on a per-layer basis. Alternately, you can Hide or Show any selected geometry as needed.

Measure & Interrogate

Dimension and Micrometer

Figure 5 – The Dynamic Dim and Micrometer tools make it easy to measure and document part and assembly values.

Easily measure and set dimensions using dimension and micrometer tools, and save views for downstream communications. Linear dimensions are added by clicking on one or two edges and placing the dimension.

Radial dimensions are added by clicking on any arc or curved face. If two arcs or circles are selected, a wizard is launched which guides you in hole-distance dimension placement.

Markup tools allow you to create temporary notes on the model or assembly.

Mass Properties, Surface Area, Bounding Box

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Figure 6 – Mass Properties and Surface Area are single-button clicks; you can also add a Bounding Box to get maximum X, Y and Z values of any part or assembly.

Interrogate Mass Properties, Surface Area, Bounding Box values. Mass Properties can be set on a per-model basis by right-clicking Materials in the Assembly Browser, and are based on the Units you’ve entered in Settings > General Settings.

All three queries are performed only on geometry that is pre-selected.


Figure 7 – CATPart V5/V6 Read Settings.

There are a wealth of settings for getting the CATIA or other formats just right when you read them with TransMagic. For example, if you are missing geometry, try enabling Read Hidden Entities (see Figure 7).

Read Publication Data should almost always be enabled – this is meta-data that can be important for design or manufacturing of the part or assembly.

There are similar settings for reading CATIA V4 parts and assemblies.

Writing Polygonal Formats

Figure 8 – Polygons can be optimized in two ways for 3D printing or polygonal modeling purposes – either through settings, or using the Polygon Reduction tool.

There are three core TransMagic products, and all of them can perform all of the CATIA Viewer tasks shown above. Typically TransMagic SUPERVIEW is considered the ‘Viewing’ product. All three core products can view all major 3D CAD formats, including CATIA, NX, UG, Pro/E, Creo, SOLIDWORKS, Solid Edge, Inventor, DWG and DXF.

SUPERVIEW writes all major polygonal formats including STL, OBJ, 3D PDF, WebGL and more.

In Figure 8, two different methods of polygon optimization are shown; polygons can be optimized using Settings (for Polygon Output or STL Output), or by using the Polygon Reduction tool, which gives you a more intuitive sense of what the part will look like by dragging the slider shown on the right side of the image.

Writing CAD Formats

If you need to write to CAD formats, consider our other core products:

TransMagic PRO can write to neutral CAD formats such as STEP, IGES, Parasolid, ACIS and more.

TransMagic EXPERT can write to neutral CAD formats as well as native CAD formats such as CATIA, JT, SOLIDWORKS, DWG and DXF.

Try the TransMagic Eval

If you are not already using TransMagic, you can try the TransMagic eval by clicking here. The eval version includes TransMagic SUPERVIEW along with MagicHeal and MagicCheck. TransMagic SUPERVIEW will allow you to read all CATIA formats. If, for evaluation purposes, you need to be able to write to a CATIA format, or any other CAD format, submit the eval request form, and you will be prompted for that option. Alternately, you can discuss your needs with one of our account reps.

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