Who Uses This Software?

Cloud-based and on-premise product design software designed to help small to large size businesses design, analyze and develop new products via 3D modeling, simulation, reverse engineering and more.

Average Ratings

115 reviews
  • Overall 4.6 / 5
  • Ease of Use 3.9 / 5
  • Customer Service 4.3 / 5
  • Features 4.6 / 5
  • Value for Money 4.3 / 5

Product Details

  • Pricing Details Contact Dassault Systemes for pricing details.
  • Free Version No
  • Free Trial No
  • Deployment Installed - Mac
    Cloud, SaaS, Web
    Installed - Windows
  • Training Live Online
    Webinars
    Documentation
  • Support Business Hours
    Online

Vendor Details

  • Dassault Systemes
  • http://www.3ds.com

About CATIA

Product design software that addresses all manufacturing organizations, from OEMs through their supply chains, to small producers.

CATIA Features

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  • Change Management
  • Compliance Management
  • Cost Tracking
  • Design Management
  • Document Management
  • Product Data Management
  • Project Management
  • Requirements Management
  • Supplier Management

CATIA Most Helpful Reviews

Probably the best software for product design and surface modelling

Reviewed on 27/05/2019
Özgür E.
Product Development Supervisor
Automotive, 10,001+ Employees
Used the Software for: 2+ years
Reviewer Source 
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money
Likelihood to Recommend:
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Comments: If you're in automotive industry and not have your own design tool; then Catia is your must to use design software. It is the most complex and capable design tool and perfect for surface modelling. Yes it is not much user friendly and hard to become an expert user; but these doesn't enough to drop Catia V5 from number one seat...

Pros: I'm working with Catia V5 for a long time. I've used other programs such as Solidworks as well; but Catia is the best by far due to it's features. Catia is the most complex tool for part design and assembly management. For instance creating complex large surfaces with Catia (which is a must for automotive industry) is really easy thing to do. Variety of manipulating tools (turn, pan, rotate, etc.) makes you to easily view or manage the designed part. There are several modules which you can add many features to your part when managing the design. There are several material libraries to use for your product. Product tree is detailed and let you to manage the design steps e.g. to make parametric design. Catia is very powerful and fast; but sure you do need a good hardware as well. Creating 2D drawing is a bit complicated; but can be managed easier when you got used to it.

Cons: Probably biggest drawback for Catia is that you really need to spend years to become an expert user (not designer). It's a bit complicated compared to some other design tools. Mouse function is a bit hard to control - for example you need multiple buttons to rotate. Also interface is a bit old fashioned. V5 had many upgrades so far; but I assume it's time for V6 now for a better outlook. 2D generation module is really poor; therefore we mostly use other tools to create 2D's. License fee can be an issue for personal or small company usages.

Best friend of a design engineer

Reviewed on 24/09/2019
Mert S.
Product Development Engineer
Automotive, 10,001+ Employees
Used the Software for: 1+ year
Reviewer Source 
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
Likelihood to Recommend:
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Comments: In summary, Catia is the best software in CAD world for me. It allows user to design a part from basic level to upper advanced. That's why it's preferred in industry.

Pros: There a lot of things to emphasize. However to be more precise, I'm using for metal and plastic part design and it serves great. Generative sheet metal tool is very helpful and tools under this tab half the time while designing a metal part. In addition user stamping is a great way to design brackets amd evaluate producing process.

Cons: There are lots of tools I didn't feel so comfortable in the beginning about ease of use. But got used to it.

Comprehensive software for CAD modelling

Reviewed on 19/07/2019
Emel K.
PD Chassis Supervisor
Automotive, 10,001+ Employees
Used the Software for: 2+ years
Reviewer Source 
5/5
Overall
3 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
Likelihood to Recommend:
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Comments: If you want to deal with complex designs, extended surfaces; e.g automobile body structures, this is the software to use. However for less complex part or tool/mold designs you may prefer Solidworks due to its cost advantages.

Pros: The best thing for Catia V5 is for sure the high capability for surface modelling. Complex surfaces can be designed easily with the extensive library and the functions Catia provide. That's why this is the #1 software used in Automotive for creating the designs. There are lots of features to shape your design product. Creating assemblies and defining movement for the assembly structures also possible and can be managed easily after some experience. If you know parametric design principles, Catia can work wery well with this principle. There is also a broad material library available for your selection, you can even add new material or properties.

Cons: Probably the first and the only thing to mention about Catia V5 is the interface. Although I like to use Catia due to its extensive features; I do not like the somehow retro interface, ribbon and menu designs. Therefore main screen makes you feel little bit uncomfortable. More than this, I think Catia has does not have cons to mention.

Catia, you feel free to make design everything.

Reviewed on 30/05/2019
Verified Reviewer
R&D Engineer and Design Engineer
Automotive, 10,001+ Employees
Used the Software for: 2+ years
Reviewer Source 
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money
Likelihood to Recommend:
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Comments: I am Design Engineer at Ford Motor Company.
I am using Catia everyday.
If I making design, if I need to update my 3D model I need this software for using.
Because, our Automotive Industry using it commonly.
I can manage my product tree without any forces in catia.
I can create updateable design and share my collleagues.

Pros: If you create a new product in Aviation or Automobile Industry you should start with Catia. Because that, it is most common software in these industries and it makes you using same language while designing something together your partner.
Catia has more capabilities to update your models if required. It is stronger software to use product assemblies into assembly.

Cons: First time if you learn Catia, you can be forced into doing something, than you to continue doing something.
thus, you will understand strategy of Catia.

NOT EASY TO USE BUT EFFICIENT

Reviewed on 26/09/2019
Verified Reviewer
Transmission Engineering Chief
Automotive, 501-1,000 Employees
Used the Software for: 2+ years
Reviewer Source 
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money
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Comments: Designing power transmission system.

Pros: 1. Common usage
2. Easy to find engineer / technical specialist who has experience on it
3. Price
4. Effcient 2D feature

Cons: 1. Always Crash like as 'click ok to terminate'
2. Not easy to use' UI is not friendly.
3. Disconnected links
4. Lack of "3D tolerance stack up" feature

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