Best surface modelling software operated ever is CATIA V5
February 28, 2019

Best surface modelling software operated ever is CATIA V5

Sailender Naidu | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with CATIA

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.

Pros

  • 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.

Cons

  • 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.
  • 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.
CATIA is an ideal software for a design engineer like me, since it allows endless possibilities to design.
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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