Changing Views & View Style

When sketching or looking at your part in 3D, you may change the view by mistake and it may be hard to see what is happening, so there are a few ways to change your view.

Firstly you can rotate the view with the mouse, by holding down the scroll wheel and left click and then moving the mouse.




Normal view before


Sometimes you may want to have a plan view/view perpendicular to the surface and this can be done through the use of the “normal view tool”.

Normal view tool 1

In sketch mode, by pressing the normal view tool, the view will adjust itself till its perpendicular to the surface. Pressing it again inverts the view, but still remains perpendicular.


Normal view sketch before


Normal view sketch after

Out of sketch mode, the tool can still be used, but after clicking it, you have to a select the face to which the view will be normal too.


Normal view before


Normal view after

Another way to view your part is by using the multi-view tool.

Multi-view tool 1

This tool splits up the screen into quarters, each section having a view. Each view can be rotated, zoomed into or out of and the part can be moved in each part. This view tool works both in and out of sketch.

Multi-view view

The isometric view tool shows you the part in an isometric view.


Isometric view tool 1


Isometric view view

Its dropdown contains more view options such as front, left and top view as can be seen in the image above.

The Fit All In tool centres and zooms into the part.

Fit all in tool 1

This is useful since you may zoom out too much, or some part of the object is off screen since you may have panned to view a certain area, and you want to quickly return to the overview of the object.

Under View->Render Style, there are two options of viewing the object: perspective and parallel. Perspective View is similar to how you see an object with your eyes, whereas Parallel view is viewing the object from ‘infinity’. It is better to use parallel since it is easier to see the true shape of the object.



Render tools


There are several render/view styles that you can have in CATIA, which are:

  • Shading:

Tool:                                      View:

Shading tool          Shading


  • Shading with Edges:

Tool:                                      View:

Shading with edges tool          Shading with edges


  • Shading with Edges without Smooth Edges:

Tool:                                      View:

Shading with edges without smooth edges tool          Shading with edges without smooth edges


  • Shading with edges and Hidden Edges:

Tool:                                      View:

Shading with edges and hidden edges tool          Shading with edges and hidden edges


  • Shading with Material (copper applied, click here to learn how to apply a material):

Tool:                                      View:

Shading with materials tool          Shading with materials


  • Wireframe:

Tool:                                      View:

Wireframe tool          Wireframe


  • Customize View, (experiment with this option to choose a suitable view for your requirements):

Tool:                                     Example View:

Customise tool          Customise


Try them out and see how the part view changes. Under the Customize View, be careful of hiding of the axis, since it will remove the axis system. This could affect you later on in the part design, if not when creating a new part, and your axis does not appear since you have this view style set up.