Creating and Modifying Surface Geometry in CATIA


CATIA Surfacing (Generative Shape Design) training course

CATIA’s Generative Shape Design Workbench contains surfacing tools for creating geometry that is otherwise impossible to make with standard part design tools, such as pads, revolves, sweeps, and multi-section solids.

Modeling using surfacing techniques not only allows you to create complex geometry and shapes, but it also comes in handy for designers making edits and fixes to existing solid models, and repairing broken imported parts.


CATIA Surfacing (Generative Shape Design) – Introduction to Generative Shape Design

Modeling technique choices

Some designers prefer working with surface modeling techniques over solid modeling techniques and then joining the surface model in the end to create a solid. The choice and approach you take depends on the end goal of the model, as well as your personal preference. Like other CATIA tools, as you start using them and incorporating them into your designs, they’ll become second nature.

In this course, you’ll learn the surfacing tools most often used in the Generative Shape Design Workbench, as well as different tools and techniques for modifying surface geometry.

Tools for surface and curve creation

Establish an understanding of the tools and techniques for curve creation, the basis for many types of surfaces, so that you can design virtually any type of curved or ergonomic shape. Our course equips you with all the tools needed to design just about any part using the Generative Design Workbench. You’ll learn the features used for creating new surfaces from scratch and tools for creating surfaces based on existing geometry in the model. In cases where you are working with symmetric parts or designs that have repeating elements, we explain how to take advantage of tools that enable you to quickly and easily replicate curves and surfaces.


CATIA Surfacing (Generative Shape Design) – Rotate

Within each section of this course, you’ll find hands-on practice exercises for you to test your skills and begin designing your own surface models. Earn a SolidProfessor Technical Certificate by completing all of the lessons in this course and scoring an 80% or higher on the course review test.

Jason Wright
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