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Score 8.1 out of 100
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Score 9.6 out of 100

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

PTC Mathcad

It is great for any manual calculation. You can lay it out as you would on paper, but the math is calculated instantly, similar to how it is in excel. It is superior to either method for most engineering calculations. Being able to copy-and-paste is very helpful for considering multiple scenarios.In some situations where you need to do the same calculation on an array of numbers, Excel is still faster.
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

PTC Mathcad

  • PTC Mathcad has an easy to use interface.
  • PTC Mathcad offers templates that can be used to start projects.
  • PTC Mathcad has extensive math tools and functions for complex engineering analysis work.
Anonymous | 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

PTC Mathcad

  • Since Prime, MathCad has improved its user interface. It still, however, lacks the visual qualities that could make it more efficient.
  • While able to integrate and pass values back to solid 3D models, this process isn't always reliable or easy.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

CATIA

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PTC Mathcad

PTC Mathcad 6.0
Based on 1 answer
Higher-order math, despite symbolics, become tedious and variable nomenclature isn't as forgiving as other programs. Due to it's sheet-like nature, the greater the complexity the more bothersome the screen usage becomes. But it's a trade-off between a sketchpad-like interface or lines and lines of code. Pick your poison but MathCad was our choice.
Anonymous | 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

PTC Mathcad

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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

PTC Mathcad

MathCAD is easier to learn and faster to start with. It has more user-friendly interface and conventional style toolbox and GUI. It is really good for the beginners and those who are afraid of complex math.
Yevgen Gorash | 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

PTC Mathcad

  • Speeds up calculations (especially when corrections need to be made near the beginning).
  • Ability to re-use old calculations as a template can save significant time.
  • You can use consistent formatting for all calculations, allowing for more organized, clear calculations.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

CATIA

General

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

CATIA Editions & Modules

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PTC Mathcad

General

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

PTC Mathcad Editions & Modules

Edition
PTC Mathcad Prime 6.0 Subscription$600.001
Worksheet Library Volume 1$600.001
Worksheet Library Volume 2$600.001
Worksheet Library - Applied Math$230.001
Worksheet Library - Civil & Structural$230.001
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