About CATIA

CATIA is a computer-aided design and engineering software designed to help systems architects, construction professionals, designers, engineers, and equipment manufacturers in small and midsized businesses develop 3D product models. The application can be deployed on-premise or in the cloud. Key features include 3D natural sketching, subdivision and class-A surface modeling, reverse engineering, and 3D printing.

CATIA solution involves CATIA 3DEXPERIENCE and CATIA V5, which help designers conduct activities related to system modeling and simulation. It provides access to advanced design and styling tools, which facilitate surface sophistication and virtual prototyping. Additionally, the 3D dashboard helps drive business intelligence by letting administra...


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Supported Operating System(s):

Mac OS, Web browser (OS agnostic), Windows 10

136 Reviews of CATIA

Average User Ratings

Overall

4.61 / 5 stars

Ease-of-use

4.0

Value for money

4.5

Customer support

4.5

Functionality

4.5

Ratings Snapshot

5 stars

(86)

86

4 stars

(47)

47

3 stars

(3)

3

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Showing 1 - 5 of 136 results

September 2019

Mert from Ford

Verified Reviewer

Company Size: 10,000+ employees

Industry: Automotive

Time Used: Less than 2 years

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

4.0

Value for money

5.0

Functionality

5.0

September 2019

Best friend of a design engineer

In summary, Catia is the best software in CAD world for me. It allows user to design a part from basic level to upper advanced. That's why it's preferred in industry.

Pros

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

Cons

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

Reasons for Switching to CATIA

I was using solidworks but my current company uses Catia.

March 2020

DEVARAPALLI from Technical Hub

Company Size: 11-50 employees

Industry: Education Management

Time Used: More than 2 years

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

5.0

Value for money

5.0

Customer support

5.0

Functionality

5.0

March 2020

Excellent Software for people who do 3D designs

The overall experience is excellent. I have been using catia since 2 years where it is easy to develop and convert designs from any format.

Pros

we can easily model 3D components. It is very easy to understand and design.

Cons

If we are doing larger assemblies that is more than 100+ components, then it will stuck.

Reasons for Switching to CATIA

because in autocad we can not design 3D complex objects.

November 2020

Thomas from IUT Nantes

Company Size: 1 employee

Industry: Mechanical or Industrial Engineering

Time Used: More than 2 years

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

3.0

Value for money

4.0

Functionality

5.0

November 2020

Best designing softwear in my opinion

I had the chance to learn how to use Catia during my training in Mechanical and Production Engineering in Nantes, France. First on the v5 version then on the v6 (3D experience). I had the opportunity to test different modules for CAD, CAM, etc... I had the opportunity to work in depth on a digital twins project that I think could be a very important technique in the future and it works well with Catia v6.

Pros

One of the points that I find most interesting about Catia is the variety of these modules (Part design, Assembly design, etc.). Indeed, Catia’s strong point, in my opinion, is the link that can be made between modules; we will be able to create parts, assemblies, test them in a virtual model, do computer-assisted manufacturing, etc. Moreover, he was able to test the new 3D Experience software which works thanks to a database and thus allows collaborative work. The future of CAD software in my opinion, all simply.

Cons

The handling is a bit complex at the beginning, especially compared to what is done in the competition, however this can be relativized by the fact that the modules offered are very consistent between them.

April 2019

Anonymous

Verified Reviewer

Company Size: 11-50 employees

Time Used: More than 2 years

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

1.0

Value for money

3.0

Customer support

4.0

Functionality

2.0

April 2019

Catia Enovia V6 review

I create large motor boats with large assemblies and i use Catia and NX on a daily basis. I have no problem managing the boat and the parts but when it comes to modelling in Catia i find incredibly tedious and very time consuming. Some days are very frustrating using this software as it is still very buggy. And when i contact helpdesk, they just reply 'oh yes, we know about that. This will be fixed in the next version!*

Pros

Managing large assemblies is particularly good with Enovia V6. I frequently open large assys containing up to 3-4000 parts (some of these individual parts are even 500MB each) and i have no problem with rotating the model with too much lag. The perspective view and general rendering of the parts is very good and quite impressive compared to other top CAD engineering packages.

Cons

Catia is not an easy package to learn. The UX is very over complicated and you really have to be shown by another user how to grasp the endless mouse clicking menus as they are not straight forward. After using Siemens NX for 10 years and then having to learn Catia was a nightmare. Catia takes far longer to model compared to other CAD packages. After 1 year with NX i didnt have a problem with creating anything, it was very reliable and I knew i could have a solution within a certain period of time. With Catia i never know how long something will take. It is far more unstable and it crashes very frequently.

September 2020

Felix from Alldata

Verified Reviewer

Company Size: 201-500 employees

Industry: Automotive

Time Used: More than 2 years

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

5.0

Value for money

5.0

Customer support

4.0

Functionality

5.0

September 2020

Versatile Design software

Overall a good tool to perform various CAD and CAM activities for designers especially in the mechanical, automotive field

Pros

Best for various types of design and modelling software like solid surface and sheet modeling. This is a very capable software for modeling. It has good export options when you want to do analysis in different software

Cons

You need high end machine to work on Catia. Especially if you want to do analysis using Catia. Catia analysis is not very easy as other softwares like Ansys