Welcome to the Assembly Design User's Guide. This guide helps you to become quickly familiar with the product.
This overview provides the following information:

Assembly Design in a Nutshell

Assembly Design allows the design of assemblies with an intuitive and flexible user interface.

As a scalable workbench, Assembly Design can be cooperatively used with other current companion products such as Part Design and Generative Drafting.
The widest application portfolio in the industry is also accessible through interoperability with CATIA Version 4 to enable support of the full product development process from initial concept to product in operation.
Digital Mock-Up (DMU) Navigator inspection capabilities can also be used to review and check your assemblies. Interactive, variable-speed techniques such as walk-through and fly as well as other viewing tools let you visually navigate through large assemblies.

The Assembly Design User's Guide has been designed to show you how to create an assembly starting from scratch. This guide aims at illustrating the several stages of creation you may encounter.

Before Reading this Guide

Before reading this guide, you should be familiar with basic CATIA Version 5 concepts such as Document Windows, Standard and View toolbars. Therefore, we recommend you to refer the Infrastructure User's Guide that describes generic capabilities common to all CATIA Version 5 products. It also describes the general layout of CATIA Version 5 and the interoperability between workbenches.

You may also like to read the following complementary product guides, for which the appropriate license is required:

  • Product Structure
  • Part Design
  • Generative Drafting
  • V4 Integration

Getting the Most Out of this Guide

To get the most out of this guide, we suggest that you start reading and performing the step-by-step Getting Started tutorial.

Once you have finished, you should move on to the User Tasks section, which deals with handling all the product functions.

The Workbench Description section, which describes the Assembly Design workbench, and the Customizing section, which explains how to set up the options, can also certainly prove useful.

Navigating in the Split View mode is recommended. This mode offers a framed layout allowing direct access from the table of contents to the information.

Accessing Sample Documents

To perform the scenarios, sample documents are provided all along this documentation. For more information about this, refer to Accessing Sample Documents in the Infrastructure User's Guide.