What's New

Getting Started

Entering the Interactive Drafting Workbench

Creating a New View

Creating a Rectangle

Creating Corners

Creating Lines

Translating Lines

Creating Circles

Creating Dimensions

Creating Annotations

Basic Tasks

Drawing Management

Save As: Exporting a Drawing

Importing From Files

Using Tools

Copying and Pasting Elements

Styles and Default Values

Using Standard-Defined Styles

Setting Properties As Default in Pre-R11 Drawings

Using Properties Set as Default in Pre-R11 Drawings

Migrating Pre-R11 Drawings to Drawings Using Standard-Defined Styles


Defining a Sheet

Modifying a Sheet

Deleting a Sheet

Updating the Standard of a Drawing

Switching a Drawing to Another Standard

Creating a Frame and a Title Block

Reordering Sheets or Views


Creating Views

Defining the View Plane

Creating Views Using Folding Lines

Creating a Multiple View Projection

Reframing a View

Small Scale

Setting Small Scale in CATIA V5 Session

Small Scale in Drafting and 2D Layout

2D Geometry

Creating Points

Creating Points Using Coordinates

Creating Equidistant Points

Creating Points Using Intersection

Creating Points Using Projection

Creating Lines

Creating an Infinite Line

Creating a Bi-Tangent Line

Creating a Bisecting Line

Creating a Line Normal to a Curve

Creating Circles

Creating Three Point Circles

Creating Circles Using Coordinates

Creating Tri-Tangent Circles

Creating Arcs

Creating Three Points Arcs

Creating Three Points Arcs Using Limits

Creating Ellipses

Creating Profiles

Creating Rectangles

Creating Oriented Rectangles

Creating Parallelograms

Creating Elongated Holes

Creating Cylindrical Elongated Holes

Creating Keyhole profiles

Creating Hexagons

Creating Centered Rectangles

Creating Centered Parallelograms

Creating Splines

Connecting Curves with an Arc

Creating Parabola by Focus

Creating Hyperbola by Focus

Creating Conic Curves

2D Geometry Operations

Modifying Element Coordinates

Creating Corners

Creating Chamfers

Trimming Elements

Breaking Elements

Breaking and Trimming

Closing Elements

Complementing an Arc

Creating Mirrored Elements

Moving Elements by Symmetry

Translating Elements

Rotating Elements

Scaling Elements

Offsetting Elements

Analyzing View Geometries


Before you Begin

Creating Quick Constraints

Creating Constraints via a Dialog Box

Creating Contact Constraints

Creating Constraints Between 2D and Generated Elements

Fixing Elements Together

2D Components

Before You Begin

Creating a 2D Component Reference

Re-Using a 2D Component Reference

Creating a Component Catalog

Re-Using a 2D Component from a Catalog

Multiple Instantiation From a List of Points

Exploding a 2D Component from a Detail Sheet

Exposing a 2D Component from a Catalog

Modifying Annotation Text and Orientation in a 2D Component Instance


Before You Begin

Creating Dimensions

Creating Half-Dimensions

Creating Explicit Dimensions

Creating/Modifying Angle Dimensions

Creating Fillet Radius Dimensions

Creating Chamfer Dimensions

Creating Thread Dimensions

Creating Thread Dimensions

Creating/Modifying Coordinate Dimensions

Creating a Hole Dimension Table

Creating a Points Coordinates Table

Creating/Modifying Radius Curvature Dimensions

Creating Overall Curve Dimensions

Creating Curvilinear Length Dimensions

Creating Partial Curvilinear Length Dimensions

Creating Dimensions along a Reference Direction

Creating Dimensions between Intersection Points

Creating Dimensions between an Element and a View Axis

Creating a Minimum Distance Dimension

Clipping Dimensions

Modifying the Dimension Type

Re-routing Dimensions

Interrupting Extension Lines

Modifying the Dimension Line Location

Modifying the Dimension Value Text Position

Specifying the Dimension Value Position

Adding Text Before/After the Dimension Value

Modifying the Dimensions Overrun/Blanking

Lining up Dimensions (Free Space)

Lining up Dimensions (Reference)

Creating a Datum Feature

Modifying a Datum Feature

Creating a Geometrical Tolerance

Modifying Geometrical Tolerances

Copying Geometrical Tolerances

Creating Driving Dimensions

Scaling a Dimension

Dimension Systems

Before You Begin

Creating Chained Dimension Systems

Creating Cumulated Dimension Systems

Creating Stacked Dimension Systems

Modifying a Dimension System

Lining Up Dimension Systems

Technological Feature Dimensions

Before You Begin

Creating Inter-Technological Feature Dimensions

Creating Intra-Technological Feature Dimensions


Before You Begin

Creating a Free Text

Creating an Associated Text

Making an Existing Annotation Associative

Creating a Text With a Leader

Blanking Annotations

Adding a Leader to an Existing Annotation

Handling Annotation Leaders

Adding Frames or Sub-Frames

Replicating Text and Attribute

Copying Graphic Properties

Creating a Datum Target

Modifying a Datum Target

Creating a Balloon

Creating Associative Balloons on Generated Product Views

Modifying a Balloon

Creating a Roughness Symbol

Creating a Geometry Weld

Creating a Welding Symbol

Modifying Annotation Positioning

Creating/Modifying a Table

Finding and Replacing Text

Performing an Advanced Search

Querying Annotation Links

Dress-Up Elements

Creating Center Lines (No Reference)

Modifying Center Lines or Axis Lines

Creating Threads (No Reference)

Creating Axis Lines

Creating Center Lines (Reference)

Creating an Area Fill

Modifying an Area Fill

Creating Threads (Reference)

Creating Arrows

Creating Axis Lines and Center Lines


Creating Constraints via SmartPick


Before You Begin

SmartPicking ...

Creating Geometry Using SmartPick


Editing Sheet Properties

Editing View Properties

Editing 2D Geometry Feature Properties

Editing 2D Element Graphic Properties

Editing Pattern Properties

Editing Annotation Font Properties

Editing Text Properties

Editing Picture Properties

Editing Dimension Texts Properties

Editing Dimension Font Properties

Editing Dimension Value Properties

Editing Dimension Tolerance Properties

Editing Dimension Extension Line Properties

Editing Dimension Line Properties

Editing Dimension System Properties

Editing 2D Component Instance Properties


Inserting Images (Raster or Vector)

Editing Raster Images


Automating 2D Component Instance Creation


Printing a Sheet

Printing using a Clipping Operator

Advanced Tasks

Deactivating Annotations

Deactivating Table Rows

Adding Attribute Links to Text

Setting Relations Between Dimensional Constraints

Synchronizing External Parameters

Text Templates

Creating Text Templates

Storing Text Templates in a Catalog

Annotating Drawings Using Text Templates

Workbench Description

Interactive Drafting Menu Bar

Interactive Drafting Toolbars

Geometry Creation

Geometry Modification




Text Properties

Graphic Properties

Dimension Properties

Numerical Properties





Tools Palette

CATDrawing Specification Tree Icons


Customizing Settings








Annotation and Dress-Up


Customizing Toolbars

Administration Tasks

Before You Begin

Administering Standards and Generative View Styles

Upgrading Standard Files from Previous Releases

Setting Standard Parameters and Styles

Before You Begin

Setting Standard Parameters

About Standard Parameters




Tolerance Formats

Value Formats

Pre-defined Formats for Tolerance and Dimension Values




Line Thicknesses

Pre-defined Styles Definition


Line Types

Sheet Formats

Layout Views Customization

Engineering Symbols

Setting Standard Styles

About Styles

Geometry Styles

Annotation Styles

Dimension Styles

Dress-up and Dress-up Symbols Styles

View Callout Styles

Sheet Styles

Dimension System Styles