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Score 8.2 out of 100

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Likelihood to Recommend

CATIA

CATIA is probably the most preferred 3D modeling tool in the automotive and aerospace industries. This specific surface (it can be handled well by the experienced users) is well suited to use parametric design principles and hence result in great products. One of the issues we have in the automotive industry is to work with large surfaces for body exterior (main body, gate, hood.) or interior trim (door, headliner.) panels. CATIA enable us to design surface perfectly through the lines. Also, assembly features for intricate designs (gearbox, exhaust, engine, suspension.) are more than adequate. I did not find any inefficiency while designing products with CATIA. Only the interface and handling of the menu and mouse is not the best - or at least you need time to get used to it.
Özgür Erkek, MSc, PRINCE2® | TrustRadius Reviewer

DraftSight

DraftSight is great for making corrections to existing drawings or starting from scratch to make a new set of drawings. I primarily use DraftSight for corrections but recently I have started to use it for creating drawings from scratch. DraftSight is very intuitive and the help feature has been great when I have questions.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pros

CATIA

  • Easy modeling with production steps in mind.
  • Surface modeling is pretty intuitive and makes possible to design complex geometries faster.
  • Model edit is practical, making possible to edit a geometry parameter and rerun the program to have the new parameters ready.
  • CATIA works very well for assemblies too, it makes possible to easily attach parts and bind specific parameters, also to hide parts that are not desirable for the analysis.
Stéfano Bellote | TrustRadius Reviewer

DraftSight

  • Simple and easy to use.
  • Delivers solid drafting capability to the 'new' or 'veteran' CAD user, no [matter] what your demand level is; beginner, intermediate, or advanced.
  • The thing I appreciate the most about DraftSight has to be its tremendous VALUE, when compared to pretty much every other CAD product out there, INCLUDING AUTOCAD. I'm Just Saying.
Marlin Alvis | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

CATIA

  • Updating an existing design can become really frustrating. You have to reassign all the radiuses, for example, even if they moved slightly.
  • CAE function is not that good.
  • Radiuses are slightly bad and can cause you lots of problems.
Umurefe Demir | TrustRadius Reviewer

DraftSight

  • The layers palette icons are confusing and it requires too many steps to create a new layer. I shouldn't have to open the layer manager to create a layer.
  • Converting splines to polylines and arcs (quickly and easily) that can be cut on CNC equipment. This is a nut no CAD package I've come across has been able to crack to my expectations. I need less "workarounds" and a more straightforward workflow with tunable options for this very frequent process.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

CATIA

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DraftSight

DraftSight 8.1
Based on 11 answers
I will definitely renew it in the future because it turns out to be the most convenient and economical cad software ever!
Massimiliano Mazzini | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

CATIA

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DraftSight

DraftSight 7.6
Based on 7 answers
Easy if you know how to use CAD software. But is not very difficult to learn using DraftSight if this is your first CAD software.As soon as you get in to it the work flow will save you a lot of time and its simple interface is very nice.
Adrian Garnelo | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

CATIA

CATIA 8.0
Based on 5 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

DraftSight

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Implementation Rating

CATIA

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DraftSight

DraftSight 7.5
Based on 7 answers
add contact information like a technical phone number so we can reach a real person when issues arise
Jes Salmons | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

CATIA

You can create solid or 3D figures more easily and efficiently using Catia than in other programs or in specific AutoCAD. You can also create different pieces to later assemble them and thus create figures even more complex or in greater detail. In the same way, you can make 2D drawings without much complication.
Alan Urbina | TrustRadius Reviewer

DraftSight

I have only used AutoCAD (for 30 years) and had a bit of introduction into Inventor. AutoCAD did great - but was hugely expensive, and ultimately bloated for how we use it. My glimpse at Inventor showed a package that was amazingly complex. It felt like it needed the complexity in order to work - like all of the features were 'scabbed on' to the surface of traditional AutoCAD, or that I was looking under the hood while I was running it. SOLIDWORKS strips away the complexity for a very straightforward experience.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

CATIA

  • If designing large assemblies or very complex ones, especially in the aerospace industry, CATIA is the way to go.
  • The graphics are really good, and the software offers many possibilities to view a design: 2D, 3D, bird's eye view...
  • Controls pan zoom rotate are easy.
Sailender Naidu | TrustRadius Reviewer

DraftSight

  • It is hard to put an actual ROI on our use of DraftSight, when I came to this company 3 years ago we outsourced all of our CAD work even if it was just convert this ACAD drawing to PDF. DraftSight paid for itself the first time I performed such a conversion, especially since it was free back then. Even if we had the most expensive version, it still would have paid for itself in two such conversions.
  • When I arrived at my current position 3 years ago drawings for reports were being hand done or sent out to a CAD subcontractor. The time and money saved on the first report we did In house made the purchase of DraftSight worth while.
  • There has been no negative impact from the purchase and implementation of DraftSight only positive.
  • Several of our clients have commented that we do "large firm work" for such a small firm and I believe DraftSight is part of the reason for their perception of us.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

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Pricing Details

CATIA

General

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

CATIA Editions & Modules

Additional Pricing Details

DraftSight

General

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

DraftSight Editions & Modules

Edition
DraftSight Standard$991
DraftSight Professional$1991
DraftSight Premium (3D)$4991
DraftSight EnterpriseContact sales team
DraftSight Enterprise PlusContact sales team
  1. per year
Additional Pricing Details
DraftSight Standard, Professional, and Premium are available to purchase online directly. DraftSight Enterprise and Enterprise Plus are available to purchase through your local reseller.

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