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Özgür Erkek, MSc, PRINCE2® | TrustRadius Reviewer
January 27, 2020

CATIA - a 3D modeling software way ahead of the rivals

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CATIA is being used for our Product Development departments. As I'm working in the automotive industry as a component development engineer, we need to design components and systems that we are responsible for. To develop products in a virtual environment, we need software like CATIA, SOLIDWORKS, or AutoCAD. Especially for the surface modeling (which is required for all the exterior and interior of the vehicle) and complex component modeling, and we are using CATIA software. So far, I'm delighted to use it due to its efficiency to resolve the design issues we have.
  • Surface modeling module is extremely developed and successful.
  • 2D drafting module is doing the job effectively (AutoCAD is no more required).
  • Not user friendly interface (a bit improved with v6)
  • Difficult mouse operations
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.
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Stéfano Bellote | TrustRadius Reviewer
November 27, 2019

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The whole organization uses it for 3D modeling of new and modified parts, and also modeling assemblies of partial or whole products. It is also used in other plants, but I'm not so sure if it's the standard software used for this type of activity.
  • 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.
  • 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.
CATIA works well for modeling complex designs and dealing with assemblies, and also helping with analysis for production line assembly and manufacturing through stamping, molding, injection, and others. CATIA also integrates very well with Teamcenter, the PLM software which we use in our company, making it easy to upload files and dealing with approval processes for new designs - although the time it takes for loading parts and saving could be reduced to improve productivity.
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Umurefe Demir | TrustRadius Reviewer
October 24, 2019

CATIA for your Parts

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We are using CATIA in our whole company. The main purpose is to draw parts, draft them, do their assemblies, create illustrations, and run optimization studies on them. To create digital models.
  • 3D design of parts
  • 2D drafting of your part
  • Assembly creating
  • Weight, dimension calculations.
  • 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.
You can draw any geometry with specific dimensions, with real ease. You can then assemble those geometries together, with a of couple clicks, to have a full finished product. For example, machine parts are very very easy, we have a full vehicle modeled through CATIA. But, CATIA lacks a bit of free-form drawing. It is hard to draw, for example, a face, since it needs lots of tiny touches.
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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
January 18, 2020

A highly responsive and fast tool to develop 3D models

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Currently, we are using CATIA for our clients from the automotive and farm equipment domain. We develop 3D models and illustrations using CATIA. Our clients run multi-million dollar parts business, which is after-sales product maintenance. Thus, in such cases, they need to develop high-quality illustrations and 3D models of their parts and assemblies. Therefore, at my organization, we use CATIA to develop 3D models and address our clients' needs.
  • Easy user interface
  • Fast and responsive
  • Commands
  • Toolbars
Areas where CATIA is excellent: In my opinion, if one wants to develop 3D models at a rapid pace along with illustrations, then CATIA is a good option.
Less appropriate: In the cases where you need to focus on 2D drawings, CATIA has fewer options than its counterparts like AutoCAD, which is mainly used to create 2D drawings.
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Alan Urbina | TrustRadius Reviewer
July 02, 2019


Score 9 out of 10
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In my organization we have several programs, one of which is CATIA. Depending on each designer and project, one program or another is used. In particular, CATIA is used to model certain types of products that, due to their complexity or precision, cannot be made in others, whether they are separate pieces for later making in an assembly, or a one-piece product.
  • Good functions for automotive design.
  • Easy to use.
  • It is very precise with measurements.
  • Creates good renders.
  • Better design of the interface.
  • Is more expensive than others.
At first, it can be a little complex to use or learn how to handle it, but after you have practiced it becomes very easy and simple. You can generate different parts and then assemble without any mishap or problem. In the beginning, if you do not know any other program, it can be difficult to remember the different functions, operations or buttons.
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Sailender Naidu | TrustRadius Reviewer
February 28, 2019

Best surface modelling software operated ever is CATIA V5

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I have used CATIA throughout my Aerospace engineering studies in college as well as while working as an Engineer. I have designed everything from complete drones, to tools, screws. So, a wide variety of pieces with different complexities. Mainly, CATIA has been beneficial when having to design complex assemblies, since I think its manipulation tools are some of its main assets.
  • There really is no 3D software that offers all the design modules, drafting and assembly options and manipulation tools that CATIA offers.
  • There are a specific module and tool for just about anything you need to do, so the design process with CATIA can be very optimized.
  • Great surface modeling capabilities.
  • It is NOT user-friendly. It definitely takes a long time to get used to.
  • Another big disadvantage is that it is EXTREMELY expensive. It is hard to be able to afford a license for private use at home.
  • Mouse function is not easy to get the hang of in it.
I am using this software to design relatively small assemblies. In this context, even though the software is very powerful and offers many possibilities, it would be more convenient to use a less powerful and complex software since the power required for these assemblies is not that much. However, if designing large assemblies or very complex ones, especially in the aerospace industry, CATIA is the way to go.
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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
February 28, 2019

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Used to design products across the whole organization. It addresses the problems of having a design that cannot be viewed worldwide.
  • Creates 3D Parts that are easy to modify.
  • Creates 3D Assemblies that are easy to modify.
  • Creates 2D Drawings that are easy to modify.
  • Get rid of licenses for options and just have all options available.
  • Icons don't make sense.
  • Finding items in menus are difficult.
It is well suited for simple parts, not for more complex models.
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CATIA from Dassault Systemes is a 3D product modeling and design tool used across multiple industries.

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