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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

TurboCAD

It is fully capable of all the design work you can give it. I have even designed houses with it. Turbo CAD Pro Platinum is all I have used for going on 3 years now. I don't know if other versions can do or can't do. If you are a graphic designer, you would need to port the files to a higher end program to manipulate the colors and renderings. For engineering and in-house work it is perfect.
James Arjuna | 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

TurboCAD

  • Good scale tools
  • Easy to pick up
  • The exporter
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

TurboCAD

  • It would be good to have some standardized rendering, lighting and color schemes to make rendering faster. But once you learn how to place lights and adjust the shadows, it works fine. For some projects, I just want to send a color rendering faster.
  • Turbo CAD Pro Platinum is not for people who require an easy "intuitive" learning. You have to study the manual and the TC tutorials. There are plenty of free youtube videos to show how to do it, but it does take some learning.
  • This program has been around since the 1980s, as a good alternative to the high-end programs. Now it has expanded into a huge full-featured engineering program. Sometimes it has glitches with color rendering, and you have to work at it.
James Arjuna | 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

TurboCAD

No score
No answers yet
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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

TurboCAD

3DS Max is the one I use the most, the other two are good choices also. They have more online tutorials for helping learn them.
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

TurboCAD

  • Having issues with new employees learning how to build our products. The images are extremely helpful, in terms of training and making sure the products are built to our high standards. Saves untold time, because our factory is in Holland and many employees speak different languages. The photo renderings, speak everyone's language.
  • Improved prototyping. We send parts out t0 be made by CNC and they come back nearly perfect for our needs. We have not used the 3D printing technology yet. Been waiting for that to develop better.
  • The only negative impact is that people are reluctant to learn it because it takes a certain degree of intelligence to understand it. But if you are an engineer, it is easy to understand.
James Arjuna | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

CATIA

General

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

TurboCAD

General

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

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