Automotive Plastic Design using CATIA V5

Automotive Plastic Design using CATIA V5

A comprehensive course on Automotive Plastic Design using CATIA-V5. This course is highly suited for beginners

  • Pre-requisites : For Mechanical, Aerospace & Automotive Engineers
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A Quick Overview

CATIA V5 is a very versatile tool. CATIA V5 is used in the design of products and also finds use in the design of manufacturing tools, wiring harness, and mold design.

Automotive Plastic Design using CATIA V5 deals with the plastic component design in automobiles. The course gives you a brief overview of the different types of plastics used in automobiles. Students will understand the need to use injection moulding technique in plastic component manufacturing technique in this course.

The course helps you understand the CATIA software from the basics of sketcher workbench to advanced surface design which helps you to understand how to design plastic components based on industry-standard prerequisites. 

In this course, you will learn about core and cavity creation for plastic components design. Design of engineering features like a dog house, ribs, and heat stakes, design of automotive plastic components based on injection moulding requirements and design of engineering features along with a few plastic component design projects, like -  Switch bezel design from given Class A, Coin holder design, and Side door hand rest design, to name a few. 

Upon completion of this course, the student will have a complete understanding of automotive plastics, injection moulding process, plastic design process, design rules, engineering feature design, and also complete plastic product development.


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1Design Overview In Automotive Industry

  • Product Life Cycle
  • Design Life Cycle

2Plastics in Automotive Industry

  • Types of plastics (Thermoset Plastics, Thermoplastic)
  • Engineering plastic Materials
  • Manufacturing Process
  • Injection Molding

3Introduction to CATIA

  • Basic commands and operation.
  • Save, pan, rotate etc.

4Sketcher workbench

  • Commands, 
  • Rules to follow
  • Working in exercise

5Part Design Work bench

  • Pad, pocket
  • Working on exercise

6Advanced part design

  • Boolean operations
  • Working on Boolean exercise
  • Working on After Tool Go modification on Automotive components. (OEM Working procedures)

72D drawing creation

Create a PCB Bracket using Boolean operations

8Basic Surface design work bench

  • Commands (Types of Sweep)
  • Working on exercise
  • Draft analysis
  • Working on surface exercise

9Advanced Surface design work bench

  • Commands 
  • Creation of Closed body, Thickened body
  • Parting line, parting surface

10Creation of Door Switch Bezel and add thickness to it

  • How to create tooling direction and do the draft analysis to ensure the part can be taken out of tool?
  • Adding right thickness to the part and solve the issues
  • Create the parting line for the bezel

11Tooling feasibility

  • In this section we will learn on what is a mounting feature
  • How to create a locator and dog house?
  • Integrating the mounting features to the base part with Boolean operations

12Molding exercise

  • We will learn what is the Clip mounting feature is in Plastic design.
  • Design considerations for creating this feature
  • Tooling analysis for the clip feature

13Creation of Master section

  • Drafting work bench.
  • Creation of detail drawing for the Components
  • Views creations (basic view & section views)
  • Application of GD&T in drawings
  • Template settings

14Assembly Work Bench

  • Creation of Paring line
  • Creation of Tooling axis
  • What is undercut and how to solve it

15Door Trim design with master section

  • Creation of simple mold for the Rear quarter trim Cup holder
  • What is core and cavity
  • Stripper, ejection and system
  • Draft analysis

Designing a mold gives a good working understanding in the molding aspects of a component

Projects Overview

Switch bezel


Creating the CAD model of switch bezel from the following inputs 

  • Given Class A surface 

  • Plastic component thickness

  • Draft angle requirement

  • Create the draft direction for manufacturing using the injection moulding technique 

  • Class B creation by maintaining a constant thickness 

  • Closing surface creation based on proper draft angle and parting line for core and cavity design 

Coin Holder


Creating a solid model of coin holder from given Class-A inputs

  • Check for draft analysis and make modifications 

  • Modify class A to meet the requirements. Prepare a report of changes made to Class A

  • Follow the procedure to create the solid model following plastic component design  techniques 

  • Check if the product can be manufactured by using draft analysis

B pillar cover


Create a B pillar from the given class A with engineering features


  • Create a solid model from the given class A by following plastic design rules 

  • Prepare dog houses and locators for matching the part with the main B pillar 

  • Create the location for proper fixing of part 

  • Add rib feature to add strength to part 

  • Do draft analysis with respect to main tooling direction and slider direction.

Heat Staking


Creating heat stakes for joining the plastic door applique to the metal substrate

  • Design the 4 way and 2-way locators for the plastic applique 

  • Understand the heat staking process

  • As per the design rules design the heat stakes to join the door applique with the metal part. 

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Per month for 3 months

  • Access Duration : 2 months
  • Mode of Delivery : Online
  • Project Portfolio : Available
  • Certification : Available
  • Email Support : Available
  • Forum Support : Available

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Per month for 3 months

  • Access Duration : Lifetime
  • Mode of Delivery : Online
  • Project Portfolio : Available
  • Certification : Available
  • Individual Video Support : 12/month
  • Group Video Support : 12/month
  • Email Support : Available
  • Forum Support : Available
  • Telephone Support : Available
  • Dedicated Support Engineer : Available


  • Students in Mechanical, Aerospace or Automotive engineering
  • Freshers looking to gain project experience on CATIA



CATIA is a multi-platform software suite for computer-aided design(CAD), computer-aided manufacturing (CAM), computer-aided engineering (CAE), PLM and 3D, developed by the French company Dassault Systems.


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Frequently Asked Questions

1Who are the instructors and what is the learning process?

Our instructors are industry experts who are working or have worked in Fortune 500 companies. We also partner with academicians who help us craft course content that will best support our students get recruited and start adding value for their organization from day one.
Our course content is pre-recorded. You will be given access to this content immediately after you have enrolled in our course. Alongside the course videos, you will also be given assignments each week. You will work on these assignments and have it evaluated by our technical support engineers. Apart from this, you will also work on industry-oriented projects that will improve your understanding of the various tools used in the industry and their underlying principles.

2Are there any prerequisites for this course?

You should be pursuing or have graduated with a B.E/B.Tech in Mechanical or Automotive Engineering.

3What kind of support I can expect? What if I have doubts?

Our team of dedicated Technical Support Engineers are always available to answer any queries you might have when you are studying. Studying online courses on your own often comes with the problem of lacking motivation, our Technical Support Engineers will work with you to ensure that you complete the course work and start working in the domain of your interest.  

There are a number of ways through which you have your query answered.
You can ask your questions by raising tickets from your student window screen, and a technical support engineer will respond and help you achieve conceptual clarity. If you did not understand the solution, you can request the technical engineer to share their screen with you and they will explain the areas that you find difficult. Apart from this, you can also send us an email, which we will respond to in under 24 hours. You can also call us at our helpline number - which will be provided once you have enrolled in a course. 

We also have group doubt clarification sessions, where you will interact with your fellow batchmates. This will allow you to understand the different ways your fellow batchmates are using to solve a question. Besides this, you can also raise your queries through the Whatsapp number that will be made available to you. 

4How is this different from what I learnt in college?

The course that you studied in college was designed years ago and does not take into account the current market trends or what the industry expects from graduates. Our courses have been designed in consultation with industry experts and leading academicians. Skill-Lync courses are geared to help you find employment as soon as you complete the coursework. This is possible only because of the projects that you will complete as part of your curriculum, in your college you might have done one major and one minor project. But, each module in a Skill-Lync course has a corresponding project, and these projects are industry-oriented. Which means that if you were to look at the project that an engineer at a top OEM is working on, it will be similar to a Skill-Lync project, the only difference being the scale of the project. 

Simply put - there's a world of a difference between what you have studied at your college and what you will get trained in when you study at Skill-Lync. 

5What advantages will I gain by taking this course?

You will have an edge over your peers by working extensively on industry-relevant projects, practice on tools and software that will set you apart and help you in getting ahead of the competition. Along with this, when you enroll in a Skill-Lync course you will get access to the Skill-Lync Student Success Team - who will ensure that you get placed at the end of your course. They will help you polish your resume, and help you properly present your projects on your LinkedIn and other external pages. They will also scour for any opportunity that you might be qualified for and help you apply for it. After which they will train you in all the possible variations of interview questions. The Student Success Team will also train you in tool tests, in which your comprehension of all the tools that you have studied in the duration of the course will be cemented along with the underlying principles.

6Will the software be provided?

Student version of CATIA V5 can be used for this course.

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