CATIA for your Parts
October 25, 2019

CATIA for your Parts

Umurefe Demir | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with CATIA

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.
  • Shortens your overall work time on drawings, thus gaining you time to work on other issues.
  • You can save your previous versions of studies, thus saving you highly valued data.
  • You do not need hard copies of drawings for the parts you have. Saves you space.
  • Updates and support are frequent. Again, saving you lots of time.
To be honest, it is our company's decision, it was here when I came. But I can say that the assembly feature is easier than SOLIDWORKS. Also, we use AutoCAD for more 2D drawings; or creating 2D drafts from not parts, but a scratch, AutoCAD is better. CATIA wouldn't match AutoCAD on 2D drawings.
We got frequent updates on CATIA. There are lots of update notes. Also, there are lots of lots of videos online to solve the issues that you can stumble upon. It also has a built-in help manual, which helps occasionally. I have gotten my education through a physical class on CATIA, so there are opportunities like that as well.

Do you think CATIA delivers good value for the price?

Not sure

Are you happy with CATIA's feature set?

Yes

Did CATIA live up to sales and marketing promises?

I wasn't involved with the selection/purchase process

Did implementation of CATIA go as expected?

I wasn't involved with the implementation phase

Would you buy CATIA again?

Yes

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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.