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CATIA review by Chris J.
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"Powerful, but difficult to use"

What do you like best?

Catia has very good tools for dealing with large assemblies and complex products. Surfacing is market leading, if you need it. The breadth of the product is very good, there is probably a module to do anything you could think of, and a lot more besides.

Top down design is good, skeleton modeling is implemented well.

The integration with Enovia in the V6 platform is well done. Data access is seamless.

What do you dislike?

Along with the power comes a great deal of complexity. It can be difficult to do what you need to do, especially on the 2D drawing side, which is very poor. Many features that you would take for granted on other systems, e.g. automatic hole notes, are missing. This can be a deal breaker if your business relies on 2D output for manufacturing.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Don't underestimate how long it will take to get everything set up (parts libraries, training etc). Also, data migration from your old system will take some time.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We mass produce large machines with a great deal of complexity and variability. Catia gives us the power to deal with this complexity and assembly size.

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CATIA review by Sailender N.
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"Very Easy to use software and Best in the industry"

What do you like best?

I really liked the features and a lot of commands makes the design very descriptive. The software also helps in high end engineering, analysis and motion simulation. I had used the product in designing my projects which required high end analysis and simulation.

Its perfect for surface design industries, perfect for mould designing and stuff.

I find that CATIAs Part Design workbench is superior over other similar modeling solid modeling softwares because of its utilization of parametric modeling. Being able to work inside of a history tree really makes CATIA a step above the rest. In addition, CATIAs Imagine and Shape workbench is the most manageable and intuitive freeform modeling softwares I have ever used.

What do you dislike?

I feel that the interface in general is a bit outdated, but that comes down to just graphics. The only other think I dislike is Generative Shaoe Design. While I like the idea of parametric modeling for CATIAs other workbenches, softwares like Alias are set up much better for surface modeling.

- Figuritively, there are 50 types of license levels, working environments and so on. Yow will often find yourself switching between environments and licenses, just to perform very simple tasks. My company uses a very expensive license type just to enable us import and export STEP data and use some tools that we seldom use.

- When you switch between licenses, you have to restart CATIA. Very annoying and time consuming.

- When you connect a projector, it messes up your whole interface and all your buttons get lost or hide somewhere.

- No backwards compatibility.

- Modeling is not very intuitive. It took me 5 minutes to figure out that an unclickable selection box that asks for an axis input was actually meant to be right-clicked. ONLY RIGHT-CLICK?! Nothing happens when you left click, which is insane.

- Investment costs are very high. Dassault brought cloud system with CATIA 6 but I did not have a chance to experience it.

Recommendations to others considering the product

CATIA 5 is a platform of many tools and there are many licenses for it. You will not be able to do everything with just one license, so decide carefully when you buy a license. Inadequate licenses are a big problem when you need to do something which your license doe not include. CATIA 6 seems to be going towards a better direction, especially for designers. There are lots of CATIA versions and releases, do a good research which one to buy. Portability is another issue: you will need VPN services to work remotely on your laptop and always connect to Internet.

Catia is one of the most powerful CAD modeling software's on the market. Although it is expensive, it is validated in its cost. It is an extremely useful software used by the biggest names in the industry.

Time is money, when I need to design fast, and to surface something with lightning speed Catia is a weapon of choice, fast, agile, safe and sound, small size files, flexibility....

The list goes on and on for this one :)

KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I use it to finalize my data that I created in a surface modeling software, in order to submit to engineers. I also do several minor modifications and finishing touches; for example closing surfaces, joining edges, trimming or capping holes.

My goal in using CATIA is to build solid models for both rendering through visualization softwares and presenting in a digital format, and for the purpose of rapid prototyping. The biggest benefit I have realized is that CATIA makes it far easier to stitch models for 3D printing than any other software I have used.

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CATIA review by Arun D.
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"CATIA-THE MOST USER FRIENDLY DESIGN TOOL"

What do you like best?

CATIA has the ability to create complex designs with highest efficiency. It is also very simple to use and has a wide variety of tools to silplify designing the part and assemble as a product.

What do you dislike?

It takes a bit of time for 2d sectioning for drawing tool and also for opening complex product files.

Recommendations to others considering the product

My only request is to reduce the time taken for opening and processesing speed taken while working on complex designs.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I am currently using CATIA for design of plastic parts of automobile like facia,dash board,door panel and instrument panel. Further the completed designs are taken 3D drawing tool and then analysed for control points and isostatism.

CATIA review by Piyush G.
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"High precision design software, perfect for automotive industry."

What do you like best?

I really liked the features and a lot of commands makes the design very descriptive. The software also helps in high end engineering, analysis and motion simulation. I had used the product in designing my projects which required high end analysis and simulation.

Its perfect for surface design industries, perfect for mould designing and stuff.

What do you dislike?

With it's utilities comes the cost. The license of this software is very costly which small/medium scale industries cannot afford. The motion analysis and simulation tool are not sufficient as other softwares in the market gives better result. the software can me majorly used for modelling.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I highly recommend this software for new learners. There are many jobs associated with this software in the market. Can learn and then Earn from this software. Lots of tutorials on internet.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I used this software for educational purpose while I was pursuing my Diploma in this software.

CATIA review by Christopher T.
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"CATIA V6 Review "

What do you like best?

I find that CATIAs Part Design workbench is superior over other similar modeling solid modeling softwares because of its utilization of parametric modeling. Being able to work inside of a history tree really makes CATIA a step above the rest. In addition, CATIAs Imagine and Shape workbench is the most manageable and intuitive freeform modeling softwares I have ever used.

What do you dislike?

I feel that the interface in general is a bit outdated, but that comes down to just graphics. The only other think I dislike is Generative Shaoe Design. While I like the idea of parametric modeling for CATIAs other workbenches, softwares like Alias are set up much better for surface modeling.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I would recommend acquiring and learning V6 as soon as possible, because many industries that utilize CATIA will be switching from V5 to V6 soon.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

My goal in using CATIA is to build solid models for both rendering through visualization softwares and presenting in a digital format, and for the purpose of rapid prototyping. The biggest benefit I have realized is that CATIA makes it far easier to stitch models for 3D printing than any other software I have used.

CATIA review by Erdem B.
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"CATIA 5 for a Designer a.k.a. A Love and Hate Relationship"

What do you like best?

- CATIA has a wide array of tools. If you have the right level of license, you can do anything; sheet metal design, surface design, mechanical design or assembly.

- It is a widespread and well accepted software. Knowing CATIA is a big advantage career in design industry.

- Filleting is a blast. I often import a sharp cornered data into CATIA and put fillets there, real easy and fast.

- You can quickly check for continuity of multiple surfaces and find out naked or sharp edges. It requires very little effort.

- I get fairly good support when I have troubles. Turkish representatives are quick to return when in toruble and they always check if you are doing well.

What do you dislike?

- Figuritively, there are 50 types of license levels, working environments and so on. Yow will often find yourself switching between environments and licenses, just to perform very simple tasks. My company uses a very expensive license type just to enable us import and export STEP data and use some tools that we seldom use.

- When you switch between licenses, you have to restart CATIA. Very annoying and time consuming.

- When you connect a projector, it messes up your whole interface and all your buttons get lost or hide somewhere.

- No backwards compatibility.

- Modeling is not very intuitive. It took me 5 minutes to figure out that an unclickable selection box that asks for an axis input was actually meant to be right-clicked. ONLY RIGHT-CLICK?! Nothing happens when you left click, which is insane.

- Investment costs are very high. Dassault brought cloud system with CATIA 6 but I did not have a chance to experience it.

Recommendations to others considering the product

CATIA 5 is a platform of many tools and there are many licenses for it. You will not be able to do everything with just one license, so decide carefully when you buy a license. Inadequate licenses are a big problem when you need to do something which your license doe not include. CATIA 6 seems to be going towards a better direction, especially for designers. There are lots of CATIA versions and releases, do a good research which one to buy. Portability is another issue: you will need VPN services to work remotely on your laptop and always connect to Internet.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I use it to finalize my data that I created in a surface modeling software, in order to submit to engineers. I also do several minor modifications and finishing touches; for example closing surfaces, joining edges, trimming or capping holes.

CATIA review by Shishir K.
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"CATIA V6 Designing Software"

What do you like best?

It is the most detail-oriented software available. It works smoothly allowing me to work uninterruptedly. It supports heavy files (>500MB) without any hiccups.

What do you dislike?

Not very easy to customize the menu options and it takes time to get used to them. Sometimes the start takes a little longer than usual. It is one of the most expensive software where other software are available at much cheaper prices but it depends on the type of work it is used for.

Recommendations to others considering the product

CATIA is the best software available in the market for heavy designing. It helps you to work on huge assemblies and be creative with it.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I have used CATIA modeling and designing of sheet metal components. I had to assign different materials to various components and it was very easy to change and assign materials.

CATIA review by Daniel K.
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"Exceptional CAD for Aerospace"

What do you like best?

Parametric capabilities that can be used to make changes, which are usually driven by customers, very quickly. Contextual design can be accomplished and maintained with publications that are a very powerful way to link models and build complex design interfaces to ensure proper functionalities that meet requirements.

What do you dislike?

Some error messages are clearly translations and do not give a clue how to resolve or a good way to reference what is the cause. Several default settings are very confusing and could be modified based on what industry you are working in to make experience more seamless, especially for new users.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you are working in an industry with complex designs and many constraints, CATIA is ideal and can handle many specialized functionalities with additional workbenches.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Design of airplane structures at a detailed level for manufacturing and certification of major aircraft builders.

CATIA review by Mahmood B.
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"CATIA, an alternate to 3D drawing and assembly"

What do you like best?

CATIA has a distinct UI compared to other 3D software. But once you get used to it, CATIA is the better software for drawing 3D. It also has a better UI in sense of assembly drawing and drawing sheet. The other good thing is, you can have back compatible files in CATIA

What do you dislike?

Compared to other 3D software, the 3D sketch option seems a little off the grid. Because many of the software came up with dynamic 3D drawing. Compared to that catia does have some works to do.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Mostly surface rendering as well as assembly drawings I did in CATIA. The benefit is, across multiple platforms you can have one single file to play with.

CATIA review by Alexander N.
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"Engineering and CAD modeling software"

What do you like best?

I use Catia V6 currently, (V5 depending on the project) in my daily practice with my work. It is an incredible software which makes transforming your 2D designs into 3D models easy. It is incredibly good at stitching models closed for the use of 3D printing. Which, working as a product designer makes prototyping easier and more intuitive in my daily routine. Another great feature of Catia is the use of kinematics. When we are developing mechanical components for our designs, the kinematics tools help us to test them out before we begin physical prototyping. This helps to save us time and money on material costs

What do you dislike?

Like most CAD software's, Catia can take some time to get used to. the change from V5 to V6 was a nice one, making the tools you use more often easier to locate and use. But overall I feel the layout as well as the graphics for the tools within the software could be more approachable. Also being bale to relocate your most used tools would make for a better experience.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Catia is one of the most powerful CAD modeling software's on the market. Although it is expensive, it is validated in its cost. It is an extremely useful software used by the biggest names in the industry.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

With the introduction of 3D printing into my workflow, a CAD software such as Catia make prototyping that much easier. Also the workflow between my department (design) and the engineering department is much simpler and easier when we both utilize Catia.

CATIA review by Veljko A.
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"Catia everyday engineering review"

What do you like best?

Very powerful software for wireframe and surface design, very good user interface almost the best there is.

Part design is perfectly good there is no room for improving. Multiple commands available on double click on feature, very responsive.

Best of all is ability to move thru different modules with one part or assembly, which gives an edge to usage of advanced features and possibilities.

BEST WIREFRAME software on the market!

AEROSPACE Sheet metal is a thing of the future.

What do you dislike?

Adding constrains in assembly mode could be better.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Time is money, when I need to design fast, and to surface something with lightning speed Catia is a weapon of choice, fast, agile, safe and sound, small size files, flexibility....

The list goes on and on for this one :)

KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Time is money, when I need to design fast, and to surface something with lightning speed Catia is a weapon of choice, fast, agile, safe and sound, small size files, flexibility....

The list goes on and on for this one :)

KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK.

CATIA review by Curt C.
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"Gold Standard of CAT products"

What do you like best?

CATIA's ability to provide visualization of products with ease.

What do you dislike?

The software can occasionally have difficulty working with other programs such as TeamCenter.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Other users are the best source of support.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

CATIA provides the ability to design and modify structural products, with full analytical power prior to creating real world mockups.

CATIA review by Vinay P.
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"Great Designing Software"

What do you like best?

It's a combined tool to make your work get done, with lot of functions and

What do you dislike?

It has some resolution problem when working on 4k displays

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Design 3D parts for the textile industries along with the sheet metal design for other projects

CATIA review by Divyanshu M.
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"Engineering tool "

What do you like best?

Catia is really powerful tool for detail analysis of Surfaces and parts. Its one of the best part design tool because of its Parameters and equations.

Generative Shape design is extremely powerful

What do you dislike?

I believe interface is bit complex till you not really used to off. And Catia is also very time consuming.

Useless Error messages sometimes really annoy while working.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I highly recommend to also try ProE since its bit faster and interface is also more user friendly.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Working in Automotive industry with Catia, Using it for surface evaluation, Package, Engineering, Cut Sections etc

CATIA review by Zachary P.
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"Catia Is Fun!"

What do you like best?

Catia is a very powerful program and is capable of detailed analysis. I use Catia to evaluate the manufacturability of our product and develop tooling to aid in serial production of the product. After this process I use the program to aid in developing standard work documentation for production level personnel.

What do you dislike?

Catia could improve the method in which it allows to you constrain elements in an assembly. It could be more user friendly in this aspect. If the constraining process were easier to follow it would be easier to design in the program. Caita has some VBA interfacing that is tough to learn without searching through internet forums. Specific help coding VBA as it relates to Catia would be a great plus in the help guide of the program.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Caita is a great competitor to ProE that is more user friendly.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Catia has been helpful in quickly designing shop and manufacturing aid tools.

CATIA review by Christopher L.
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"Catia - how far will you venture down the rabbit hole?"

What do you like best?

It offers a wealth of modeling tools, both in surfacing and in solid modeling. The variety of part tree structures allows for efficient editing of intelligently designed parts. If you design the part correctly, it does very well at propagating changes through the design tree structure based on dependencies. However, it could really use more "opt-in" evaluation of user design in parametric chain based designs.

What do you dislike?

Useless french error messages. Or even worse, the dreaded "click ok to terminate" dialog box that tells you that Catia has crashed, and offers you no chance to save your files; it only lets you click "ok" and then the program closes. (I should mention my company uses Catia V5).

Recommendations to others considering the product

Carefully consider how deep you want to fall into this rabbit hole. It holds a wealth of both wonders and misery.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I develop commercial aircraft cabin furniture and hardware. My team consists of an interdisciplinary bunch of engineers, designers, and R&D members that work together, and separately, on various projects pertaining to preproduction, production, design for manufacture, proofs of concepts, prototypes, technology survey and evaluation, software development, product improvement, media, marketing, and more. We design for injection molding, layup, machined parts, compression molded parts and composite materials conforming to OEM commercial aircraft supplier standards for flam, audio, stress, electrical, and biological hazard standards.

CATIA review by Harrison W.
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"Powerful program"

What do you like best?

Catia is a very powerful modeling program. It has a myriad of different modules to add to allow all kinds of analysis and modeling to be done. I have used it daily for the last year and a half, and while the initial learning curve was a little steep, if you have past experience with other programs (I have used both Solidworks and AutoCAD) it really becomes a matter of learning what the functions are called. Pad instead of Extrude, Pocket instead of Extrude-Cut etc.

What do you dislike?

I have found that Catia is EXTREMELY particular. Unlike Solidworks, it will not make any assumptions about the inputs for any given function. However, this is due to the powerful nature of the program. It can do so many more things than Solidworks, so it requires you to clearly define each input.

Another problem I have noticed is that many times if you make a mistake, there is no "cancel" button on many dialogue boxes. If you try to save an assembly along with all the parts, if you've already saved into a particular folder, it will ask you "Do you want to overwrite the existing file" FOR EVERY SINGLE FILE. There is no way to cancel, and no option to "Say yes for all files" so you end up clicking "Yes" a million times. Not fun at all.

Also, the drawing workbench is pretty tough to use. I swear it seems like it was an afterthought.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I would recommend starting with a more user friendly program like Solidworks, to familiarize yourself with modeling in general. Then go ahead and start learning Catia.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The hardware libraries are fairly useful, but not easy to set up. However, once you get it done, it allows you to have a robust library of hardware components at your fingertips.

I'm starting to learn how to set up macros, but I've seen many useful ones set up by coworkers.

CATIA review by Aaron J.
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"Powerful software but not very user friendly"

What do you like best?

Software is very powerful, handles large assemblies well, good CFD and stress tools. Works well when working between multiple departments on the same assembly.

What do you dislike?

Powerful program but simple tasks in other programs are no longer simple in Catia. There are so many good features in other programs like Solidworks (who is also owned by the same company as Catia and costs significantly less). I have used other CAD programs, 4 years of Solidworks, 4 years of ProE, 3 years of Unigraphics, and 5 years of Catia. I used Catia for 2 years before switching to Solidworks for a different job. It really opened my eyes on how easy it was to do basic tasks in Solidworks. Coworkers would say "why are you doing it like that? Don't you know there is a button in Solidworks so you don't have to spend 30 minutes doing that?" I then switched back to Catia 3 years later again for a different job. It was very frustrating for me to go back to Catia after working so much faster and more efficiently in Solidworks. Catia is the least user friendly CAD program have used. I will list a few examples. There is not any way to spell check your drawings in Catia. Engineers are known for being bad at spelling. Solidworks has a spellcheck button. How hard would that be to add to Catia? Another example is assembly mode. There is no way to cut an assembly in Catia. You also can not adjust the datum plane sizes. They are fixed. You can't simply zoom in to make a datum bigger so it is easier to select. You also can not simply drag a new component into an assembly and or pattern it automatically like other programs.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you are in a large aircraft company, that is what they use, and get used to it. It will not change. It is painful to use, but a very powerful program. If you are not a large aircraft company, there are many other programs that will do 99% of what Catia will do, and at a fraction of the price. After using many different programs over the years, I think Solidworks is the best cad program. Very powerful, very easy to use, very efficient to use, significantly cheaper. Besides the aircraft industry, Solidworks is the industry standard for businesses. So it makes it easy to share files with vendors since you use the same program.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Creating aircraft propeller assemblies. CFD, and stress analysis. Design for manufacturing. We could have saved a significant amount of money and time with a different software, but the company used Catia exclusively. For what we were doing, there was no benefit to using Catia. If anything it hindered us.

CATIA review by Alex S.
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"Catia is a helpful tool for designing new test equipment."

What do you like best?

It is easy to incorporate macro's to assist with processes that are used everyday. I like that there are several diffenet methods for part locating within asssemblies. I like that Links can be broken while still keeping the assembly fuctional, allowing models to be uploaded to sharepoint systems.

What do you dislike?

I dislike how difficult it is to replicate movement of assmblies.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I would recommend using a program or usuer manual when first learning to use CATIA. Alot of tools are self explanatory however there are lots, that are really useful, that are not.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I design test equipment including fixtures and mating methods. Catia allows me to accurately model how test articles are going to be installed within my test fixtures and it allows me to reposition or alter these setups before the article reaches the test facility.

CATIA review by Justin J.
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"A powerful CAD program with features for nearly all CAD related operations that can be imagined."

What do you like best?

Power of the program in dealing with large assemblies. Customization options available. Ease of script writing. Work benches separate out key features into logical groups.

What do you dislike?

User interface can be clumsy at first. Switching between work benches can be clumsy without customization. Initial learning curve can be great if user doesn't have experience in another similar CAD software - goes for most all CAD software though.

Recommendations to others considering the product

A must have in the aerospace industry. Carefully review different options for purchasing, there are many different modules that offer different abilities and features so make sure you get the right ones for your end use. Extra features cost more money, so request a product demonstration and know what you're paying for.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Able to read and design in customer required formats. Able to read large assemblies with ease. Customization and scripts allow time reduction in file creation.

CATIA review by Jonathan A.
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"CATIA is a workhorse that can handle very large complex models with ease"

What do you like best?

The model tree interface allows for the creation of complex parametric models. The assembly logic allows for very large models to be opened and viewed at the same time. The automation tools are very powerful. The surface modeling tools are incredible - second to none.

What do you dislike?

The automation/scripting tools are poorly documented. It is difficult to learn at first and the logic is sometimes finicky.

Recommendations to others considering the product

CATIA is a very powerful modeling tool but very well suited for beginners. The parametric modeling logic can sometimes be tricky but it is a best in class software for expert users.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We engineer and construct buildings with complex geometry. In order to do this we create very detailed solid models of all building components and fabricate parts directly from the model. We are currently working in Digital Project but will be switching to CATIA later this year.

CATIA review by Victor H.
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"CATIA V5 Review"

What do you like best?

i like the way catia interface is friendly with the user and all the packages that allow you to modify when you are working on a model or a drawing all the liberties that allow you to modify the way you want

What do you dislike?

i do not like how catia does not let you make some instructions if they do not think it can be done that way sometime you need to break the rules to et what you want and most of the times CATIA does not let you do it

Recommendations to others considering the product

find someone fully qualified to get support

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

i am in the aerospace industry as a design engineer making the 2D drawings for the mechanical designs some pick ups and some modifications catia allow us to use smarteam as a server to share with all the facilities

CATIA review by Morteza A.
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"mechanical Design with CATIA"

What do you like best?

userfriendliness and easy parametric input and also easy drawing capabilities and good connections to finite element packages are the most important factors

What do you dislike?

nothing was bad but it is highly heavy for computer so a good computer is needed even for simple drawings

Recommendations to others considering the product

for designing structures and mechanical components and assemblies, it is one of the best ones.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

design of structural components

CATIA review by Aaron C.
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"Powerful CAD package with industrial interface"

What do you like best?

Catia is very powerful compared to the other CAD systems on the market. Its industrial interface provides the user much more control over the parts they are working on. It is also very easy to create complex assemblies with tight tolerances compared to SolidWorks or Creo. It is easy to modify and edit existing drawings.

What do you dislike?

Catia sacrifices ease of use to be more powerful. It has the least intuitive interface of the major CAD systems. Creating drawings can be a pain as you have to go through at least three selections to edit tables, and it can sometimes be finicky when putting in dimensions. Catia's default controls are different than most other systems on the market, so if you are using multiple CAD systems it can be confusing when switching back and forth.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I worked at a consulting firm and used all major CAD packages. Catia was mostly used for the design of large aircraft landing gear assemblies.

CATIA review by Gregory W.
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"I use CATIA V5 at my job to create model and perform structural analyses"

What do you like best?

I enjoy the integrated ELFINI solver, which is the finite element package. It is extremely easy to take a model created in CATIA and structurally analyze the part. If geometric changes are required, simply change the model and rerun the analysis. Very quick for iterative designs.

What do you dislike?

The product assembly can be a bit clunky. If you are not careful, the link to the part can be easily broken causing a lot of reassembling. This can cause a lot of headaches if the assemblies are large. Also, I hate the "Click OK to Terminate" window that appear time-to-time. The program will just close without warning and no description of what went wrong.

Recommendations to others considering the product

CATIA is a very useful CAD software, but is has its issues just like other CAD software packages. The structural analysis is easy and accurate within the linear elastic range. I hear it is very expensive, but I don't have to pay the bill. I am sure other programs have the same capabilities without the cost.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I design and analyze propeller part.

CATIA review by Christopher M.
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"Catia is one of the best CAD packages available today."

What do you like best?

CATIA is compartmentalized into multiple work benches that are easy to learn. The software is intuitive to learn, especially if the user base hasn't been tainted by inferior software for 10+ years. Each workbench is used for a different type of work, Part Design is used for solid modeling, Generative Shape Design is used for surfacing work, Assembly Design is used for laying out assemblies. There are other specialized workbenches such as Generative Structural Analysis, Composite Part Engineering, and Kinematics to name a few.

What do you dislike?

CATIA has a clumsy linking methodology, linking to published objects in other parts is simple but not intuitive. Replacing a published element is not easily accomplished.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If a company is switching to CATIA, I would recommend picking up some users with extensive experience working with CATIA. Make sure they have ideas of how to establish modeling conventions and standardization. Look for experience at the three prime Aerospace Companies (Lockheed, Northrop, Boeing).

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I have used CATIA extensively for the design of flight hardware on aircraft. I have used GSD workbench to model complex parts. The speed at which this can be accomplished is impressive. I have used other CAD packages and found them to be clumsy and difficult to operate efficiently.

CATIA review by Israel P.
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"Use CATIA in support of Navy ship building programs"

What do you like best?

We have used CATIA per Navy program requirements. This tool is used to bring design from all other sources including ProE, CREO, SolidWorks, NX and others. It has an excellent ability to bring data from other tools and handle it properly with minimal to no corrections. As a top tier CAD tool, CATIA is excellent for large projects and designs such as ships and other huge machines.

What do you dislike?

Like other top tier CAD tools it feels heavy and bloated. At this point in time the top CAD tools like ProE/CREO, CATIA, NX, etc all look very similar so it's more of getting the proper infrastructure to support them, like which PDM tool are you using. Dessault's support is simply bad which is something against CATIA. For ease of use I rather recommend SolidWorks or even CREO. PTC's support is the best so far.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Main problem with this product is the poor support from Dessault. If you have an experienced team that can be self supportive, then you should be fine. If you're counting on Dessault support, stay away from it, our experience with them has been nothing short of terrible. We only use CATIA when we need to validate that our data is OK before sending to the program. So basically we keep its use to the absolute minimum or what's necessary.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Main use for it is final assembly of huge machines or extremely large assemblies. Use of its complex tools for specialized design operations.

CATIA review by Matthew S.
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"Powerful Tool Despite Outdated Interface"

What do you like best?

When it comes to geometry creation, I have never used a CAD system with such a variety of tools and features. If you can imagine a shape, you can create it using CATIA. It is highly customizable, perfect for designers that like using hot keys and macros to speed up workflow. CATIA is better than most systems at managing large assemblies. There are many features allowing you to boost performance and save time when opening, navigating and saving assemblies.

What do you dislike?

The interface looks straight out of Windows 98. While newer systems have been upgrated to the graphic standards we are used to in this decade, Catia is seriously lagging behind. The hundreds of tools to use when modeling which can be overwhelming. Finding them in the endless list of menus and low res icons can be frustrating. To say Catia is intuitive would be a great overstatement. To be truely effective using this program takes months of training, even for experienced CAD users. I have been using it for almost 2 years now and still learn new tricks and limitations.

Recommendations to others considering the product

There are plenty of 3rd party CATIA trainers available. 1 week of training can save you a tramendous amount of time by teaching tools and modeling methods that could likely go undescovered.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Zodiac Aerospace designs and manufactures a wide range of aerospace products. I use Catia to design aircraft seating solutions. By modeling using CATIA we are able to rapidly produce highly stylized parts as well as complex assemblies. CATIA allows us to rapidly iterate our designs resulting in a better product in shorter time periods.

CATIA review by Zakary S.
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"Catia allows me to take my thoughts and bring them to reality"

What do you like best?

I like the ability to feel limitless. Catia has so many different ways to do so much. I like the face that I can model huge files with usually no problem once it is loaded. Generative Shape design is extremely powerful. I like the ability to work in multiple planes all at the same time. This is different from any other design software I have ever used. I like the zoom, that is a lot better then a lot of other design softwares I use.

What do you dislike?

I currently use V5. Compared to other 3D modeling software's I feel like the user interface is not up to par. The icons don't correlate to what is actually happening. Smarteam is iffy. Other things I don't like is when it does not respond I get a feeling that the files are going to shut down. That is a bit finiky. If you push the system hard it is bound to crash. I guess that is understandable. I hear that version 6 is a lot better then the current version that my company is using.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Speak to your department to confirm if it is the most up to date version.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We design commercial aerospace interiors. I have realized the ability to go from surfaces to solids and back and forth. We transfer huge files back and forth between business units all over the world. Catia has the ability to transfer data between other rendering softwares that our industrial designers are using.

CATIA review by Michael B.
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"Good product (MD2 License) - Intuitive "

What do you like best?

I like about it what most profesionnal design environments offer - parametric design. It tells you what doesn't make sense. It's easy to jump into a model tree and add new features where you want them. Combined with Smarteam (PLM), it's easy to keep track of changes made and see the evolution of a design.

What do you dislike?

It is not always very intelligent when you make changes in the middle of the model tree. It should be able to keep track of the elements that were modified and keep track of the references, but a lot of the time, there will need to be a lot of geometry that has to be relinked in order for downstream features to work.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you have the cash to plop down on this system, plan on utilizing many the toolboxes, and have the ability to sell a lot of products, by all means get it. If you just need something simple and/or for personal use, I would not recommend this, as the return on investment would not be great.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We design aircraft furniture for airlines. There is a lot of traceability required during the design cycle and a lot of collaboration that must take place between several downstream suppliers as well as working along side other companies, and Catia makes it relatively easy to transfer information to others that don't have Catia. Not having to manually keep track of everything by using the vault system that Smarteam uses makes this releatively painless (having a good network is another problem though!)

CATIA review by User in Aviation & Aerospace
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"CATIA V5 Review"

What do you like best?

What I like the best about Catia V5 is the variety of licences available, making it a very complete software for Mechanical and Electrical design. If you are developing a whole new product is the right tool to us because is very friendly.

What do you dislike?

What I don't liked about it, is the wire and surfacing workbench, is not as friendly as its other workbenches, sometimes making really hard the process of modifying models that were created with that workbench.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you are considering this software, contact with the supplier and tell him to explain you all differences between the licences, so you can choose the one you really need and you don't spend more money in a licence that you would not even use all its features.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Mechanical design for an aerospace company. I have realized that with this software we can develop a whole product and make different kind of analysis with it.

CATIA review by Nand Kishore G.
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"DS Catia Review - Automotive CAD "

What do you like best?

Catia has the ability to build parts in the same way as most CAD packages (NX, Pro-E) such as using extrusions, pockets, revolves, grooves, sweeps, holes, and much more. Catia also has the ability to create parts using generative surface design which is a major plus for complex parts especially for the automotive components

What do you dislike?

Lack of "interchangeability" between two different releases in Catia caused a lot of time waste. Not only is it an initial burden, but each time a change was made, the files had to be converted again to be used by different users. Hard to over come this problem for us

Recommendations to others considering the product

Catia definitely is a great software. It blends well with the most features being easy to use and learn. It has some flaws but DS can work on it and fix them asap for next releases.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

business problems - Packaging issues in Auto components. Catia is quick and helps in solving the Wiring and Cluster packaging quickly

CATIA review by Tim G.
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"CATIA works great for massive assemblies, not great for smaller designs."

What do you like best?

The performance of the 3D environment and the 2D environment are not slowed down by the sheer number of views you have, or the size and complexity of the assembly. So it's great for large boat and airplane design, and perhaps large buildings. If you are coming from AutoCAD to do drawings in CATIA, then you'll probably like it. But if you are coming from Solidworks, it will not be very fun to learn.

What do you dislike?

Drawing view updates are not easy. And the other drawing tools for 2D drawing creation are just not fun to work with. And the tools for just plain 3D design and manipulation seems to be not very user friendly. The work flow just isn't as fast as it could be. Seems that some basic parametric options for sketching and/or feature patterns was just missing.

And if you want to import a STEP file, or ASIC file, you need to have a separate software license for each type of importing. The software should just come with import/export abilities for all the standard neutral formats in the basic version. Especially for the price they charge for each seat.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Test drive it as much as you can. Evaluate for yourself if the cost of the product is worth it for the particular design needs you have. Typically people use CATIA mostly because they are in the Aerospace industry and they have to use CAD data directly from the big Aerospace giants. But if you are not in that industry, I don't know why you would use CATIA unless you are also going to design a massive multi-disipline assembly of some sort.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Dealing with massive data sets.

CATIA review by Akash D.
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"I teach CATIA in an institute of higher education."

What do you like best?

1. CATIA has a very strong suite of features all integrated into one software.

2. Compared to competition it will not be considered weak in any of the major aspects such as CAD modeling, drawing files, assemblies, animation and rendering or CAE.

What do you dislike?

1. An ant can turn much faster than an elephant: CATIA is a very old software. The advantage of CATIA is that it is an elephant compared to its competition, the disadvantage is that it is an elephant. There is a characteristics that is common to all old software, they are cumbersome. The reason that they are cumbersome is legacy and that it is not easy to change them. They reason for difficulty in changing them is that so much code has been written using old technology that to port it to new technology is a non-trivial preposition. When students complain about the cumbersome aspects of CATIA, I tell them that asking it to change is like asking an elephant to turn, it will take time. Unlike an elephant, a new software will fewer functionalities can change easily because it is easier for an ant to turn.

2. Units are wrong. Youngs modulus is N/mm^2 and not Nmm2. Similar problems exist in other units such as loadings. This trivial looking item is a serious mistake.

3. Rendering is cumbersome compared to Inventor.

4. Animations are a nightmare for my students. The process of going through mechanisms is redundant. It is very difficult to get the "mechanism can be simulated" and it is unnecessary because other software do not require it. Again see Inventor.

5. More meshing options should be given. Quadrilateral or hexahedral elements are a norm.

Feel free to contact me if you need a quadrilateral meshing algorithm.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I will recommend it if you need a one shop solution to your CAD/CAE problems. Make sure you have a lot of help to wade through it.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I teach CATIA for simulated business problems.

CATIA review by Alexandre B.
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"CATIA V5 user since 2002"

What do you like best?

CATIA V5 is a great modeler which is only limited by your imagination and the licenses you have which gave you access to the different workbenches. The flexibility to achieve parts or assemblies modelisation allows all manufacturing process to be taken into account. The great part about this software is that is does includes reviews capabilities which cut down cost in production of mistakes. V6 (renamed a few weeks ago) uses V5 as the modeler which helps in reducing training coats and provides a stable design platform.

What do you dislike?

CATIA V5 is broken down in what is called workbenches. The main ones have been used across many industries and are perfectly developed and bugs are few. The bad part of V5 shows up if you go out of the common bath then existing workbenches often become empty shell needing a lot of time investment between the user and Dassault System.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Pricing the workbenches and functions you need access too is critical. Dassault System also provide test licenses which are good to know and discover function and capabilities before buying those.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

CATIA V5 on PC allows the usage of amazingly powerfull machine and as a result is able to display very large amount of 3D data keeping the best resolution.

CATIA review by Cesar Jabel C.
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"Powerful modeling software"

What do you like best?

I like best the variety of options to visualize and create the 3D models of your product and how you can see possible problems between your parts. Clash analysis is one of the best tools.

What do you dislike?

My main dislike is that is not too user friendly for first time users or even if you use a different modeling software before. Because you have too many tools sometimes is hard to find what you exactly need.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If your company is manufacturing a different variety of products, like vacuum form plastics, sheet metal or machined parts, have someone specialized on those type of parts to avoid common design errors that cannot be manufactured to improve your design.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

In my job I get a lot of questions from the production floor about parts and Catia is an excellent tool to resolve geometric problems and verify the design intent of a part.

CATIA review by Anthony B.
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"High tech software for more advanced CAD users."

What do you like best?

It's surfacing ablility and it attention to detail on the models. Models can be simple but does allow for more complex modeling. I do like the fact that is it used worldwide which means there is a large community of users out there that use Catia, whichever version it may be, that I could easily search for online like through google and likely find the answer to my question.

What do you dislike?

Can be overcomplicated at times creating more work for what shuld be simpler tasks. Lack of customer support without paying for it. Constant updates means we are usually on an obsolete version. The graphics can seem primitive and the wording and menu selection often does not make any sense. The menu selection can be long, where you have to select too many sub menu selections to perform a task. It is also difficult to remember where to find certain menu selections. The lack of online support and documention on how to perform simple task from Catia,

Recommendations to others considering the product

Be sure that you are guarenteed good support for this product from Dassault, by benig able to make a simple phone call with answers to all your questions.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Creating reliable CAD models that can be read industry wide through translators and the fact that many programs can read in CATIA models.

CATIA review by Eugene D.
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"Great for generating complex geometry, managing large assemblies. "

What do you like best?

As an occasional user who has experience with many CAD platforms, there are many things I can appreciate about Catia. For one, the software can generate and handle complex geometries, like those seen in the aerospace industry, with little difficulty. Unlike Solidworks, Catia doesn't tax system resources heavily. I am able to manipulate large assemblies with ease and without lag.

What do you dislike?

Some things are hard to get used to, like the manner with which you manipulate the models within graphics window (it takes two mouse buttons at once). The software isn't nearly as user friendly or intuitive as SolidWorks. However, once you get used to all that, the functionality really makes Catia stand out.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Do as much training as possible before diving in.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

When I was using Catia, we needed to be able to manipulate complex, aerospace geometries in order to design engineering fabrics that would cover those surfaces correctly. At times, when manipulating a particularly detailed part, or large assembly, I was blow away by how reliably Catia functioned. Being an experienced SolidWorks user, I can all but guarantee that my system would have froze or worse if I attempted to work on those models in SW.

CATIA review by Geraldo S.
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"Catia is precision on design thar you need to manufature perfection"

What do you like best?

The possobility od designing micro components to macro and assembling all together and viewing a real life product to its minimun details before is manufatured

What do you dislike?

nothing is missing in this software as far as my using needs

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Manufacturability and design esthetics

CATIA review by User
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"CATIA use for automotive"

What do you like best?

Ability to deal with big models and use Boolean operations

What do you dislike?

UI is somewhat counterintuitive and clunky

Recommendations to others considering the product

Hire a company to guide employees through use

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Modeling for large assemblies is the problem solved and the biggest benefit, as well as very powerful Boolean operations

CATIA review by Mandeep S.
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"Engineer"

What do you like best?

Modeling ease and assembly. Many complex shapes can be easily generated . flexible user interface along with integrity to PLM

What do you dislike?

FEA needs a lot to upgrade into its capabilities

Recommendations to others considering the product

I have recommended it to my friend learning it after graduation and he ended up in a job required CATIA skills. It is very user friendly and vastly used in Big industries where quality systems are mature and considered as really important aspect for the business.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I used to use it in the past. Currently I am in FEA and sometime we get geometries done in CATIA and import

CATIA review by Brian R.
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"Custom ambulance engineer"

What do you like best?

I liked the way you can build the Catia system to what you need. You can add almost any package you need to get your job done which allows Catia to be used in almost any industry.

What do you dislike?

Catia is SUPER expensive compared to Solidworks or Inventor. I wasn't able to easily control my assemblies parametrically. One board would resize and leave another part that had colinear constrained lines alone. We ended up switching to Solidworks.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Look at cheaper alternatives before purchasing. If you are forced to use it then it's Ok but definitely not preferred.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I was taking sales drawings and building 3d cabinet assemblies and converting the data to prepare the CNC to cut the boards. Eliminating hand drawings to build cabinets and creating CAD prints with exploded views was a huge advancement for the company.

CATIA review by Antonio P.
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"Been working with CATIA V5 for over a year as drafter and mechanical design engineer."

What do you like best?

The many options available from all the workbenches makes CATIA a very complete PLM software. Also the Part and assembly design workbenches are really easy to use and effective.

What do you dislike?

In my experience, the need to be changing different licences to use specific tools, and SmarTeam issues with CATIA.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Very recommended for use in aerospace and automotive industry.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Been working in mechanical design, and all designs are made thinking first in manufacturability and ease of production. The advantages come when designing the parts and analyzing these points and the ease for assembling in the production line.

CATIA review by User in Defense & Space
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"Great 3D Solid Modelng"

What do you like best?

Very robust in terms of 2D Drafting and 3D solid modeling.

What do you dislike?

Can sometimes be very complicated when modeling 3D surfaces

Recommendations to others considering the product

For anyone who wishes to use the most advanced 2D/3D modeling software for their business products.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Engineeing Design

CATIA review by Christy B.
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"Basic User for Aerospace Engineering"

What do you like best?

I've only used CATIA for basic modeling and model review, but it has been fairly intuitive to pick up as I'm working. It's definitely preferable to other modeling software I've worked with in the past. The different workbenches make it easy to understand what type of model you're working with.

What do you dislike?

After learning the basics of the program, it seems a little less intuitive to learn more advanced operations. I'm sure that just takes time and research though.

Recommendations to others considering the product

After working with Solidworks, CATIA was not a huge jump - but I definitely find it to be a better product.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I currently use CATIA for model review as a stress engineer. I use it to ensure parts are meeting the requirements set forth by our stress engineering practices.

CATIA review by Israel L.
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"Powerful tool for aerospace industry "

What do you like best?

Available modules and functions to choose from. Capability to create macros

What do you dislike?

The licenses are very expensive. Hard to keep up to date versions.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Consider that might be less expensive software than achieves your expected reaulta

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Wiring design

CATIA review by User
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"CATIA detailed design software"

What do you like best?

It is a very detailed software and great once you get the hang of it

What do you dislike?

you can't make corrections to your design easily

Recommendations to others considering the product

Design with detail every step of the way

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

designing complex systems

CATIA review by User in Automotive
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"Great interface, looks old but acts 'new'"

What do you like best?

I like how many options there are in Catia, and how many different ways you can do one thing.

What do you dislike?

I dislike the look. It looks a little outdated.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I design automotive parts on Catia.

CATIA review by Victor C.
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"I used Catia to design advance concept of premium seating solutions."

What do you like best?

It is a powerful tool very stable and engineering orientated.

What do you dislike?

A lot of very powerful features in Catia are hidden into a lot of different licenses. It is very often that a specific feature is missing.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Before starting using Catia it is important to review what license are important to your specific needs. The license choice is extremely important.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We find new innovative way to design seat for the premium aircraft passengers. I use Catia to generate ideas, design, and engineer the seats.

CATIA review by Srikanth Reddy B.
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"best design software"

What do you like best?

Surface modeling is very easy and handling of class A surface is awesome

What do you dislike?

Ordered geometrical sets create more problem during design of the product

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

i use catia for design of automotive BIW and closure parts

CATIA review by User in Aviation & Aerospace
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"CATIA V5 Review"

What do you like best?

I find that CATIA has a ton of workbenches that make it really easy to create parts and wireframe geometry. I also work in the aerospace industry and the Aerospace Sheet Metal workbench is quite useful. I have found CATIA to be just as robust as NX or a similar caliber CAD software.

What do you dislike?

Working in the design tree can be difficult because it requires you to define the current "in work object", highlight the correct object, or select the correct object to create solids and geometry. From what I've been told, CATIA wasn't designed first and foremost with the drawing capabilities in mind. Therefore, the part and assembly functions are more useful. It is also a French product and occasionally you get warning messages in less-than-ideal English explanations.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Keep in mind the full capabilities of this software. Some smaller firms may not need so much functionality. If you would use the many workbenches available to you, I would say it's worth it.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I work in the aerospace industry and use it to create flight parts, especially sheet metal parts.

CATIA review by User in Aviation & Aerospace
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"Highly capable and powerful"

What do you like best?

It contains just about any tool to design or analyze a part that you could imagine (granted, you may need to pay extra for some). We deal a lot with lofts in the aerospace industry and there are quite a lot of tools to help build complex lofts.

What do you dislike?

The tools are not quite as efficient to use as some other programs, might take a few more clicks or inputs to get done what you want. The program is also quite fragile in that if you press the wrong combinations of buttons the program may crash. You can start to understand some of the issues that cause the program to crash and avoid them most of the time though.

Recommendations to others considering the product

CATIA is probably best used by large companies that need a large variety of tools at their disposal. It can do just about anything you ask of it, even if it does crash from time to time. Cost may also be prohibitively high for many small companies. CATIA is also focused mainly on modeling, with some weaker drawing tools. There are probably better programs for drawing creation.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The main benefits I have realized are from the lofting and FEM tools which are quite capable.

CATIA review by User in Aviation & Aerospace
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"CATIA V5 Review"

What do you like best?

I like the program's wide range of capability. There is hardly any type of part that could be made in this software using one capability or another. There is always more to be learned.

Additional benches like sheet metal, tubing and composites make it easy to create parts in those given categories.

Software is applicable across many purposes and industries.

What do you dislike?

Frequent crashes. All too often do I receive the dreaded "Click OK to Terminate" box.

I also dislike the help feature. It takes you to an internet site that has a poorly designed user interface. It is very difficult to find the help category that you are looking for. And often the help guidelines don't go into enough detail to be beneficial.

Sometimes software needs to give better guidance as to why a particular operation will not work as desired. Often the Union Trim feature does not operate as I am trying to use it.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Take a class as opposed to trying to learn it on your own. Also, be sure to coordinate with others in your work group as to proper modeling method. If everyone utilizes different techniques and you're all working on the same system, then it is going to cause problems down the road.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I am designing parts for the dynamics system for a rotorcraft. This includes gears, bearings, shafts, housings, and a oil lubrication system.

Using relational design capability has been heavily utilized.

CATIA review by User in Information Technology and Services
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"Worst CAD software product available"

What do you like best?

It is the only CAD software that leverages dual SLI linked graphics cards.

What do you dislike?

This software was far behind its competition when it came out 17years ago, and has not had a significant upgrade since - v6's only "upgrade" is the embedding of Enovia into its core. Think about what technologies have evolved and have been created in the past 17 years, and think about what was state of the art then (windows ME, lotus 123, brick sized mobile phones, single user arcade style video games, to name only a few). Dassault doesn't even do regression testing on any release. Not only is this product inferior among its peers, it is more expensive to buy , install, and maintain.

Don't accept Dassault's BS sales pitch where they talk about the future and not what they have today.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Stay away from this product. Use Pro/E, NX, SolidWorks, or even Autocad and you won't be sorry.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Aerospace is my industry and optimizing engineering work flow is my passion

CATIA review by User in Airlines/Aviation
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"CATIA Grade for the Average User"

What do you like best?

What I enjoy most is the simplicity of designing and sketching once you have familiarity with the program. Also, some of the features such as clashing and cross section views are helpful and very easy to use.

What do you dislike?

What I dislike about CATIA is the difficulty that a begineer has finding Icons, or functions in the program to complete tasks. For me, finding these to get started where a little difficult since they weren't very self explanatory. Another thing I disliked was the ambigious errors that would come up, they aren't very helpful to solve the problem and use the program correctly.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Familiarize yourself with the basics, read instruction manuals. Once you have a knowledge of the functions, designing willbe much easier as well as manipulatiing models the way you would like. Minimizes frustration level.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Basic tool design, making tools quickly and easily based on the needs of production. Realized that CATIA allows this to be done quickly and easily when you know how to use it correctly.

CATIA review by User in Electrical/Electronic Manufacturing
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"CATIA provides advanced design and analysis capabilities, and integrated FEM"

What do you like best?

The composite design utilities allow for ply stack up and orientation, allowing for structural analysis inside of CATIA, and usable for downstream FEM analysis inside of Abaqus CAE. Another area where CATIA is very strong is with its Top Down Relational Design capabilities.

What do you dislike?

The floating license sharing paradigm can use some improvement. You can either set inside of CATIA to end a session after a specified period of inactivity, in which your session will exit, or it will not release an inactive license until you manually close the application. This is problematic due to the length of time required to check out models, and launch a CATIA session.

~As compared With PTC's Pro/Engineer, where the active floating licence is released after a short period of inactivity, and then becomes available to other CAD users, and and idle session is resumed simply by the user moving their mouse cursor. The later behavior being superior because you don't require as many licenses, and utilization per license is maximized.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Take a class or two on CATIA Relational Design and enjoy!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I'm primarily working on the design and analysis of composite structures at the moment.

CATIA review by Srinivasa Reddy P.
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"Easy to learn and adopt to your needs"

What do you like best?

I was a Wildfire advance user. Catia is a such tool to learn very quickly and do some experiments. Where are Pro/E Wildfire has to follow certain way to do quick things.

What do you dislike?

Assembly and constrains are totally different with Pro/E Wildfire. I did not like much.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Yes

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We do day to day designs and changes and now convert legacy data to Catia. And also we use for quick tolerance check 2d or 3d

CATIA review by User in Mechanical or Industrial Engineering
User in Mechanical or Industrial Engineering
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"Powerful but occasionally frustrating"

What do you like best?

Powerful piece of CAD software with plenty of capability

What do you dislike?

UI is dated, some functions are frustrating

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Full engineering design, from concept to validation

CATIA review by User
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"Honest CATIA review"

What do you like best?

I like that CATIA gives the ablilty to do complex surface and 3D design

What do you dislike?

The V6 version UI is not intuitive and there is too many different licences/apps that you need to purchase to use for proper package.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Cross-linking with mating parts and assemblies for auto updating and revision control are the benefits that I have realized with CATIA

CATIA review by Brian R.
Brian R.
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"A great tool for complex surface modeling."

What do you like best?

CATIA V4 is a great design tool for creating complex surface models for industries such as automotive or aerospace.

What do you dislike?

The solid modeling side in V4 isn't quite as powerful as some other software packages. Also, the 3D to 2D transfer isn't very clean. The drawing elements are very difficult to work with.

Recommendations to others considering the product

The language can be a bit difficult (probably because it created be a French company), but once figured out, CATIA is a great tool.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Working in the automotive industry is a great opportunity to put CATIA to good use. It's the best software for obtaining the smooth transitions you need in complex surface styling.

CATIA review by Isaac D.
Isaac D.
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"Great software"

What do you like best?

The graphics are beyond other 3D software.

What do you dislike?

It is very expensive and takes longer to learn, but the functionality is great.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Designing ships and parts.

CATIA review by User in Aviation & Aerospace
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"CATIA, a great tool to learn a new product"

What do you like best?

CATIA worked well for me as a tool to pull apart a completed design. The tree clearly showed the different structures and assemblies that made up our product.

What do you dislike?

The user interface for CATIA was not that easy to determine. Once you work through the program it is easy enough but at first its a bit of a struggle to figure it out.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

My business problems usually deal with having to rearrange the structure of a product. The best part was being able to pull a parts list and create the new structures that determine what would be built in production. I could send the new assemblies to engineers to update the model. I could also use the most up to date models from our engineers to accurately update the models we had in production.

CATIA review by User in Design
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"CATIA FOR MECHANICAL / PLASTIC PRODUCT DESIGN"

What do you like best?

The richness in design modules and tools for design products with ease and feasibility. My last CATIA usage was V5R10 but even then design complex surfacing for electronic and consumer product was fantastic. I have seen on seek peek of V62XXX and look like design is made much easier.

What do you dislike?

The only drawback I had with CATIA V5RXX was the UI and menu layout. I wish it would have been more integrated like the Siemens PLM NX. Takes a while to organize and get used to the tool icons and locations.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you can combine integration and navigation of Solidworks into CATIA, it will be a head of competitors.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Primary used of CATIA is to cut down product design and iterations of protypes (cost) thru virtual design and simulations.

CATIA review by User
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"CATIA Review - Great for aeronautical applications"

What do you like best?

Its extremely good for creating detailed assembly and part drawings.

What do you dislike?

Its a little difficult to master as a software as it just has so many layers and levels of complexity.

Recommendations to others considering the product

It takes a while to learnt the software well. So, please concentrate on learning the basics of the software first before going ahead to use it for your applications. It is unlike most other 3D CAD software and requires a certain level of expertise and complexity to use well.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Created drawings of parts and user defined elements using CATIA for aerospace components.

CATIA review by Gonzalo C.
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"Great for Mechanical Design"

What do you like best?

Real life like working environment with new effect, materials. Reducing the complexity of the product development by allowing integration of various approaches for developing the product within a single platform. It introduces unique approach for systems engineering

What do you dislike?

There is a steep learning curve that comes with the product. The learning can stop a majority of users from using the product.

Recommendations to others considering the product

No! and Yes. Great for precise mechanical design not product development. Didnt like it for product development.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Tolerances.

Mechanical designs in transportation devices that have four wheels (cant say exact item)

CATIA review by Jessica S.
Jessica S.
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"Catia as a design tool"

What do you like best?

The variety of resources to design, there is an infinite of posibilities, you can customize your screen and get familiarized with the tools easily.

What do you dislike?

The errors that come up suddenly like click to terminate

Recommendations to others considering the product

Trainings and always keep explorieng, there is an infinite tools that caia offers

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Designing for aerospce

CATIA review by User in Aviation & Aerospace
User in Aviation & Aerospace
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"New product manufacturing engineer."

What do you like best?

As a new product manufacturing engineer of aerospace products, I am an everyday user of CAD software. I think that CATIA is a straight forward CAD software and it has all the tools required for an ME to perform diverse analysis and improve the manufacturing quality of products.

What do you dislike?

I think that catia's interface could get improved. Also, I have had a couple of issues with the software crashing, but in general i would give it a good rating. The software's tools have given me a good sight on how to improve my product's quality by setting up the required tooling to achieve the desired forms.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I am providing my engineering team with lean manufacturing feedback to improve design's quality and reduce waste.

CATIA review by Matthew C.
Matthew C.
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"CATIA V5"

What do you like best?

CATIA V5 isn't the easiest CAD software to learn, but it is very capable. I really like the ability to take section cuts and modify those section cuts with relative ease.

What do you dislike?

I dislike that this program isn't very intuitive. If you don't have someone helping you get started, it might be pretty hard to get good at it.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I'm using CATIA V5 to analyze aerospace structures. It has helped me to put together my analysis packages as well as the analyses themselves.

CATIA review by User in Medical Devices
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"CATIA"

What do you like best?

The amount of detailing in the software, I could do everything with this, from designing plastics to analysis of parts etc.

What do you dislike?

File management and file saving. I would also like to see light weight files and a better rendering interface.

Recommendations to others considering the product

File sharing across different softwares like solidworks and CREO could be better.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I use this software every single day for the past 6 years, I use it to design mechanical components.

CATIA review by User in Automotive
User in Automotive
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"Designing a car made easy"

What do you like best?

The interface is very easy and it has lotsof simple tools to design a car either it may be plastic or castings or sheet metal

What do you dislike?

Analysis using this software is not that flexible when compared to other cad tools

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I have used this tool to desing a rocker assembly and enginer parts of car

CATIA review by Mani A.
Mani A.
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"CATIA Review"

What do you like best?

the totality of product development.

To explain, you can use CATIA not only to develop a product design, but can also include the machining processes, production shop and also simulate the ergonomic requirements of the product.

What do you dislike?

A bit tougher to learn compared to Pro-Mechanica / ANSYS. It's a personal opinion though.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Put in the time and effort to learn it. you won't feel bad about it later on in your career.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

tool dynamics, ergonomics, structural analysis

CATIA review by User in Semiconductors
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"CATIA Review from Manufacturing Engineer"

What do you like best?

Ability to produce flat 1:1 drawings from 3D solid models to use for inspection templates.

What do you dislike?

I wish it was easier to send files over email. When trying to send an assembly over email, multiple files are needed and they can be pretty large, so sending complex assemblies becomes difficult.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I review and analyze models for manufacturability before release of engineering.

Clarify questions from suppliers about engineering drawings by referring to the solid models.

Generate inspection tools from solid models.

Verify part conformance in manufacturing.

Develop work instructions from assembly models for production.

Catia makes it easy to accomplish all the above daily functions associated with the different facets (above) of my responsibilities.

CATIA review by User in Consumer Goods
User in Consumer Goods
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"Catia V6"

What do you like best?

The capability of Catia far exceeds the capability of any other CAD software that I've used. Being able to use parameters enables not only the easier scaling of parts, but also virtual part analysis that is otherwise not possible.

What do you dislike?

Catia can be less than user friendly sometimes, and it has a large learning curve before the user is competent.

Recommendations to others considering the product

give yourself at least 6 months of dedicated training to learn the software

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

consumer packaging design

CATIA review by User
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"Excellent product to develop aerospace systems"

What do you like best?

Catia has many tools that can be use to create anything you need without making a big process to get the desired result. Using correct tools can lead you to decrease time spent in designing complex features.

What do you dislike?

when there are small issues with tools or using of tools there are not much information online to solve it quickly, all issues are solved by tricks learned by people with more experience.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I work in aerospace industry, interiors division. Sometimes there are organic shapes made by industrial designers, and when mechanical team work with those complex shapes CATIA is very useful with all those really helpful workbenches it has.

CATIA review by User in Aviation & Aerospace
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"I use CATIA V5 R21 daily at work"

What do you like best?

The best thing about CATIA is the surface design bench as it opens a lot opportunities to create complicated design. The sheet metal work bench is very useful in creating the SM parts which ensures the producibility of the part. The tree structure when creating a part is very useful,easy to edit and understand the geometry of the part.

What do you dislike?

A lot of times managing large assemblies in CATIA can be tedious. CATIA can generate a lot of errors in large assemblies. I experience a lot of ghost links and floating parts in the assemblies.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Developing business class seat shells for commercial airlines.

CATIA review by Sobhan R.
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"Catia V5 review"

What do you like best?

Powerful: able to sketch, model, analyize, and program (CNC) on same platform. Does not hog system resouces.

What do you dislike?

User interface clunky, icons reset location, can be slow. Can take a while to get aclimated to interface after moving from other software.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Once you get a hang of the interface, its very simliar to other 3d modeling.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Aerospace. Specifically, design for test samples, concepts, etc.

CATIA review by User in Aviation & Aerospace
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"Design engineer"

What do you like best?

I like the capabilities that Catia has and his friendly interface

What do you dislike?

I don't like that it it too expensive and each the cost of each licence

Recommendations to others considering the product

I used a tutorial called "I get it" which was helpful in learning the basics of catis

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I work of a business seats company and catia is great, specially for the design team that I work on.

CATIA review by User
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"Assistant Manager"

What do you like best?

Its flexibility to use and ease for parametric modeling feature.

What do you dislike?

The user interface of CATIA was not appealing and would recommend scope for improvment

Recommendations to others considering the product

CATIA is a good software for beginners , but there can be a lot of improvement with respect to user interface.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I used to design forging die with CATIA.

CATIA review by Consultant in Automotive
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"Design and Modeling"

What do you like best?

Catia has a wide range of abilities from creating to analzing designs.

What do you dislike?

Catia has a very cumbersome interface and licenses need to be checked in in order to use certain features.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I use Catia to perform human factors anayles and to inspect designs.

CATIA review by User in Aviation & Aerospace
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"There is a learning curve but once that is reached, it"

What do you like best?

Once, I figured out where all the icons and tools are, navigating is not too bad.

What do you dislike?

The interface isn't always the easiest. It can be hard to find where the different icons are hidden. I do not like how difficult it is to find things in the customize tools window.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Mostly using Catia to look at models and unfold parts. Not too much design but I have done a little. Using Catia is much easier than looking at multiple drawings to find a part far down in the product tree.

CATIA review by Judah R.
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"Great to have on you resume, but not necessarily to use."

What do you like best?

Extremely detailed, allowing users to find the exact part in an assembly hierarchy.

What do you dislike?

Difficult learning curve, especially if you're using it with a specialized pointer device or on Unix.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Consider SolidWorks first if you can.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Solving:

Difficulty finding small individual parts in large assemblies.

Benefits:

Parts are now locatable.

CATIA review by Carlos A.
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"Mechanical Design Engineer II"

What do you like best?

Analysis tools, different workbenches for different needs, ease of manipulation of the 3D models, shortcuts configuration

What do you dislike?

Not very user friendly and a steep learning curve

Recommendations to others considering the product

Be prepared to invest many hours learning this software

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Manufacturability, order of assembly for detail parts, draft analysis for injection mold parts, clash analysis

CATIA review by User in Aviation & Aerospace
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"CATIA, tool of now and then!!"

What do you like best?

We at Zodiac Aerospace are always ahead and introducing new designs into the market, CATIA is a great tool to compare model Revisions which allow us to design faster based on existent models.

What do you dislike?

I find it very unfriendly in terms of finding commands, it would be great to be able to type in a command and have your changes/analysis processed right away.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Do not waste time and start using it right away !!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Product improvements by redesigning components used to assemble our final product

CATIA review by User in Automotive
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"Fully functional poor UX"

What do you like best?

Every function you can. Imagine from 3d, surfaces, 2d, simulation, dva

What do you dislike?

The ux is poor. Once you lose a button or change screen resolution, good luck!

Recommendations to others considering the product

Other apps have better ux

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

3d design, packaging and compatibility

CATIA review by User in Aviation & Aerospace
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"Catia Review"

What do you like best?

I like to be able to hide/unhide different parts of a model as well as make items transparent for more clarity.

What do you dislike?

Sometimes it is difficult for me to find the icons i am looking for. There are alot of toolbars that can be hidden and sometimes i don't know what toolbar has the item i need.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Take some tutorials to learn the tricks.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Doing DFMA work on products. It gives a great visualization of the product before building.

CATIA review by Shannon W.
Shannon W.
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"Catia V5 review"

What do you like best?

I like perspective mode and how easily it allows you to review designs.

What do you dislike?

It isn't very user friendly, so it takes some time to get used to.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It is able to handle large assemblies without crashing often.

CATIA review by User in Machinery
User in Machinery
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"Catia v5 user"

What do you like best?

Catia v5 is very good software for every design engineer with lot of modules

What do you dislike?

Nothing for this software but while using sheet metal some problems occurred

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Designing of components is easy

CATIA review by User in Information Technology and Services
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"Catia V5"

What do you like best?

Design and simulation of structural assembly for both comercial aircraft and automotive

What do you dislike?

Not any such most of the plastic and medical device industry don't use it

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Design of BIW sheet metal structure

CATIA review by User in Higher Education
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"Great product! Recommended!"

What do you like best?

Great product! Easy to use even with no prior experience. Intuitive.

What do you dislike?

It may become difficult to use due to the many tools available.

Recommendations to others considering the product

N/A

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Design of aircraft engine.

CATIA review by User in Aviation & Aerospace
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"Best design software "

What do you like best?

Very easy and intuitive, I like the add features and how you can purchase extra licenses

What do you dislike?

Sometimes it crashes for no reason but this is rare

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Aircraft design

CATIA review by User in Aviation & Aerospace
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"Catia Use"

What do you like best?

I like that Catia is very versitle in the parts you can make.

What do you dislike?

I dislike that some of the errors can be a little vague in what needs to be fixed.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I would recommend using Catia for complex assemblies where numerous parts are used.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I am able to see the actual interactions of parts to see what works and does not work.

CATIA review by User in Automotive
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"Not user friendly"

What do you like best?

Catia has many options for design work.

What do you dislike?

It has a very outdated look. It does not follow the logic of traditional 3 d modeling softwares

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Creating fixtures

CATIA review by User
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"Engineer "

What do you like best?

I like how easy it is to organize parts into a product.

What do you dislike?

The only downside about catia is all the different types of licenses that exist.. Also the learning curve.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Working for a manufacturing company, we are able to create new parts to meet our design criteria. We use catia as a tool to fix and improve upon existing designs

CATIA review by Consultant in Mechanical or Industrial Engineering
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"Great to design"

What do you like best?

conceptual, and methodological software

What do you dislike?

too much complicated sometimes, made simple things twisted

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

design problems solved, that is its one of a kind to use

CATIA review by User in Aviation & Aerospace
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"Commercial airplane design"

What do you like best?

CATIA is very good at dealing with assemblies with a large number of components.

What do you dislike?

I find the user interface very clumsy. Drawing new parts is always more challenging than it should be.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Design and integration of new aircraft components.

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