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Attribute Ratings

  • Autodesk Inventor is rated higher in 1 area: Likelihood to Recommend
  • CATIA is rated higher in 1 area: Support Rating

Likelihood to Recommend

9.7

Autodesk Inventor

97%
26 Ratings
8.0

CATIA

80%
9 Ratings

Likelihood to Renew

9.2

Autodesk Inventor

92%
2 Ratings

CATIA

N/A
0 Ratings

Usability

10.0

Autodesk Inventor

100%
1 Rating

CATIA

N/A
0 Ratings

Support Rating

7.7

Autodesk Inventor

77%
19 Ratings
8.2

CATIA

82%
8 Ratings

In-Person Training

6.0

Autodesk Inventor

60%
1 Rating

CATIA

N/A
0 Ratings

Implementation Rating

10.0

Autodesk Inventor

100%
2 Ratings

CATIA

N/A
0 Ratings

Likelihood to Recommend

Autodesk Inventor

Autodesk Inventor is a great tool for students and faculty for engineering areas that don't require great precision or development of more thorough scientific results. Is you are conducting research, or deal with very intricate and complex systems I would recommend a more robust platform that complies more to industry standards.
Juan Carlos Molina Castejón | TrustRadius Reviewer

CATIA

When it comes to modelling a product using multiple parts, CATIA becomes tedious. One need someone to sit with and learn with the experience from a frequent user. If switching from any other software to CATIA, it can be intimidating as learning curve is lengthy. For example, when working with complex shape in a knuckle joint, more steps are needed in part modelling. This cause part modelling lengthier and consume time more time, in comparison to SOLIDWORKS.However, CATIA is tremendously helpful in generating really complex features. Surface modelling is way easier when one know how to use it. It becomes really handy to make changes to the design later as well. The design history tree is also very well organized, which save time in later modifications
Subal Sharma | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pros

Autodesk Inventor

  • The program is very good at simplicity. Each of the buttons, menus, and options has an explanation of exactly what the feature does, and even a more advanced description if you desire to learn more about what each one does.
  • Autodesk Inventor is a very fast program. Everything renders extremely quickly and there are no delays when examining a 3D model, part, or assembly. This is especially useful when giving a presentation about a product or design, and you need to be able to show a concept to an audience in real time.
  • The software has an extremely accurate simulation feature that lets users do stress analysis on a 3D model. It can calculate precisely where the stress concentrations are going to be in a particular model and even give you an accurate depiction of where the part could likely fracture and/or fracture during loading.
Tyler Grudowski | TrustRadius Reviewer

CATIA

  • Surface modeling module is extremely developed and successful.
  • 2D drafting module is doing the job effectively (AutoCAD is no more required).
Özgür Erkek, MSc, PRINCE2® | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Autodesk Inventor

  • Inventor demonstrates a lack of fluidity in the process of transferring data between programs.
  • Inventor shows some lack of sophistication that certain features that are readily available in other design software packages are limited in use in Inventor.
  • Inventor can often have difficulty in creating models that show true color, as in blacks can come out as dark grays in certain renders, even when the material and appearance settings are the same from part to part.
Scott Hutson | TrustRadius Reviewer

CATIA

  • The software is pretty heavy, even with computers designed for heavy-duty loads, resulting in long wait times to load files and make changes, reducing productivity.
Stéfano Bellote | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Autodesk Inventor

General

Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Starting Price

$260 per user/per month

Autodesk Inventor Editions & Modules

Edition
Monthly$260.001
One Year$2,085.002
Three Year$5,630.003
  1. per user/per month
  2. per user/per year
  3. per user/per 3 years
Additional Pricing Details

CATIA

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Starting Price

CATIA Editions & Modules

Additional Pricing Details

Likelihood to Renew

Autodesk Inventor

Autodesk Inventor 9.2
Based on 2 answers
Inventor continues to meet our enterprise needs. I don't see a need to change unless we change our business model significantly.
Scott Sichmeller | TrustRadius Reviewer

CATIA

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Usability

Autodesk Inventor

Autodesk Inventor 10.0
Based on 1 answer
It’s easy and very good for mechanical design
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

CATIA

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Support Rating

Autodesk Inventor

Autodesk Inventor 7.7
Based on 19 answers
I'm giving the overall support rating a 5 only because I rarely have to use it. Trying to find the answer on the help pages hardly ever helps me because any problem I have is usually too deep for what the help offers. Given the popularity of Autodesk, I have always been able to find an answer online after doing enough looking!
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

CATIA

CATIA 8.2
Based on 8 answers
I gave a 9-star rating because CATIA's support system is excellent in terms of quick resolutions. As soon as we escalate any issue regarding this software, its support system resolves it in a short period. There was a scenario when we were unable to login to the CATIA server. At that time, our issue was resolved within an hour. Thus, in terms of support, CATIA is good.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

In-Person Training

Autodesk Inventor

Autodesk Inventor 6.0
Based on 1 answer
I got the training during college, so mostly i learned on my own
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

CATIA

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Alternatives Considered

Autodesk Inventor

AutoCAD and Inventor are both made by Autodesk. We use AutoCAD for all of our electrical design work as well as our pneumatic design work. AutoCAD and Inventor can really compliment each other. Information can be shared between the two programs. It would be hard to do what we do without either of these software packages
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

CATIA

To be honest, it is our company's decision, it was here when I came. But I can say that the assembly feature is easier than SOLIDWORKS. Also, we use AutoCAD for more 2D drawings; or creating 2D drafts from not parts, but a scratch, AutoCAD is better. CATIA wouldn't match AutoCAD on 2D drawings.
Umurefe Demir | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Autodesk Inventor

  • iLogic has enabled rapid design changes and model automation that save us time and money
  • Cross-platform compatibility with other Autodesk products (e.g., CFD) keeps us in a single ecosystem with a single software vendor.
  • Included data management tools save us from chasing files or components around and prevent data loss.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

CATIA

  • If your company is small, probably you are going to think that CATIA is too expensive, but it will be worth it.
  • A lot of companies use it, so you can share files easily.
Alan Urbina | TrustRadius Reviewer

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