CATIA V5 Composite Design & Manufacturing Prep

About the course

This 4-day CATIA V5 Composite Design and Manufacturing preparation course is based on the Composite Design workbench functionality provided by the CPE & CPM products.  The course will cover a complete end-to end process including: taking basic input data (required thicknesses, materials, stacking sequence rules) and using it to design the plies, preparing the design for manufacture and producing a plybook, or set of flattened ply profiles in DXF or IGES file format.


About the course

The design process is covered in two stages:  a “Preliminary Design” stage in which the composite part is designed at a conceptual level by defining “Zones” of uniform laminate on the reference surface, and defining transitions where the thicknesses vary; and a “Detailed Design” stage where the preliminary design data is efficiently used to create a “Stacking” of individual plies. You will also learn how to prepare the design for manufacture by analysing and modifying the plies, individually or in multiples, to design-out the potential manufacturing issues that can come from poor draping or incorrect ply stack ordering.

The Design & Manufacturing Prep (CPE & CPM) topics are covered together in this course over 4 days.  However, DTE can offer training in Design only (CPE) over 3 days, and Manufacturing Prep only (CPM) over 2 days on request. DTE can also offer training in the Composite Grid Design approach (CPG).

“I recently attended a CATIA training course hosted by DTE. I found their instruction extremely thorough and helpful. DTE gave background information about the topics, as well as the content, which I found very useful for my understanding.

It was clear that DTE has great competency in this area, as well as having very good trainers, and as such I would have no issue with recommending them.”



  • Become familiar with the CATIA Composite Design workbench interface.
  • Create a catalog of Composite materials.
  • Define the composite parameters (materials, ply orientations, laminates).
  • Define a zone based preliminary design.
  • Define zone laminates in MS Excel and import into the Zone definition in CATIA.
  • Create solids / top surfaces from zones.
  • Define the ply stacking sequence in MS Excel and import into CATIA.
  • Create plies from the zone definition (with pre-defined stacking sequence), or create individual plies manually without zones.
  • Define and incorporate composite cores.
  • Define the ply staggering in MS Excel and import into CATIA.
  • Verify the design using the Core Sampling, Ply Exploder, 3D Sectioning, and Numerical Analysis tools.
  • Analyse the plies with the Producibility Analysis tool (draping analysis).
  • Modify plies based on producibility analysis results.
  • Engineering / Manufacturing surface swapping.
  • Add excess materials to plies for edge trimming.
  • Ply flattening.
  • Ply book generation and export of DXF/IGS files.



Students attending this course should have knowledge of Part Design, Assembly Design, Drafting, and Wireframe & Surface Design.

DTE is a certified PLM Education partner to Dassault Systèmes. This course is scheduled by arrangement and can be arranged for one-on-one training, group session, on-site or on-premise.

Call 01993 883555 and speak to our training administrator, or send us your request below, for more details.

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