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CATIA review by Shutaro S.
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CATIA review by Susana R.
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"CATIA Review From a Design Engineering Perspective"

What do you like best?

As a design engineer, there are two main things I am looking for when dealing with 3D design software: variety of functions it offers and manipulation tools. This is because I have to create many different parts on a daily basis, each of which is manufactured a different way. Therefore, I expect the 3D design software to offer different tools which adapt to the manufacturing process and size and shape of each part. I also look for manipulation tools because, when designing or revising designs, it is fundamental to be able to move the part around easily, visualize different parts, hide and show parts etc. I can confidently say that CATIA V5 is the best design software I have ever used, especially if you want to use it at a professional level. The enormous variety of functions it offers, modules, and also how user friendly it is once you get used to it is really unbeatable.

What do you dislike?

The things I dislike most about CATIA are, on one hand, the time it takes until you can actually be productive with it and creates parts and assemblies with ease. However, it is logical that it takes some time to get used to it as it is a complex software with many different tools and options. The other thing I dont like is the compatibility between newer and older versions, it is not possible to open parts made with an older version into a newer version, and this is something CATIA should improve for future versions and releases.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Take the time to receive proper training, it will be worthwile later on as you will be able to use the proper tool and module for each part. Before designing a part, think about how you will manufacture it, it will help with the design.

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

I use CATIA to design all sorts of parts, from bent sheet metal to complex assemblies. It really is a software which can let you do from the simplest design to the most complex aircraft assembly with a very high tool selection and good manipulation options.

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CATIA review by Akshay Kumar C.
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"Best surface modelling software operated ever is CATIA V5"

What do you like best?

The best feature of this software is imagined and shaping. Last but not the least WSD & GSD. The other best feature of this software is that you can convert the imagined drawing into the 3D product just by clicking some of the buttons and by using the just little amount of features you can get the required output as per required.

What do you dislike?

The worst part of this software is the worst UI of Catia V5 and most difficult UI to understand for the beginners. And even I thought that which special features does this software hides because as a beginner it was pretty difficult for me to learn this software.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

If the UI doesn't matter to you then it.s the best it's the best software to work on surface modelling.

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

This software can be used for linking the bridge between 2D,3D and surface modelling. As we know that in today's modern world we need to convert 2D to 3D to fill the required gap between imagine and production. According to me, the software's UI is most difficult for the person who doesn't belong to the technical field.

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.

CATIA review by nicholas g.
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"Good software"

What do you like best?

Last however not the least WSD and GSD. The other best component of this product is that you can change over the envisioned illustration into the 3D item just by clicking a portion of the catches and by utilizing the simply little measure of highlights you can get the required yield according to required.

What do you dislike?

The worst part of this software is the worst UI of Catia V5 and most difficult UI to understand for the beginners. And even I thought that which special features does this software hides because as a beginner it was pretty difficult for me to learn this software.

Recommendations to others considering the product

very good

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

As we realize that in the present current world we have to change over 2D to 3D to fill the required hole among envision and generation. As per me, the product's UI is most troublesome for the individual who doesn't have a place with the specialized field.

CATIA review by Shruthimol S.
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"Designing made easy"

What do you like best?

Catia is a design software that also supports 3D modelling , PLM and engineering works with the help of CAD. All sorts of engineering drawings, designs, meshings can be done with ease and the end result is the exact replica of how we want it to be. The message could be easily conveyed through drawings and dimensional accuracy and angles are improved. The tools and functions are so much that it helps all complicated drawings for the user.

What do you dislike?

At times, the animations seems to be poor and has glitches to load. The tools are complicated to learn but the tutorial help tackle it. Takes time to install at times trouble too.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Best engineering computer aided software for people into design and manufacturing. Modelling analysis and promotions have become much more easy.

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

The ease of Computer aided drawing, designing, manufacturing has reached its ultimate peaks and expertise with catia. It is user friendly and for freshers, the latest software is easy to learn too.

CATIA review by Samanvitha M.
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"The Best tool for Designing and Drafting"

What do you like best?

This platform is Userfriendly, Simple to Use. We can work on different work benches. We can designboth 2-DImensional models and 3-Dimensional models. The best part of this Catia is Drafting. This Catia also supports to design Surface modelling. We also slice the designed objects, and ASSEMBLING also...

What do you dislike?

Too many options and tools are there. User gets confused to which tools at particular point of time, which will be confusing. For freshers, it will take some time to understand and work with those wide range of tools.

Recommendations to others considering the product

We can draft\design in both Interactive drafting and Generative Drafting. This is User Friendly Drafting tool. On behalf of my experience, i sincerely suggest and assure you that, You cant find better drafting tool than this.

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

We draft the parts depending on Project Requriement, and Assemble the parts at the end. We Draft from Single parts to assembly level.

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"CATIA V5 from an Aerospace Engineering Student's point of view"

What do you like best?

CATIA V5 is definitely a software that any Engineering student knows well. It is used for any type of 3D design. Personally, whenever I had the choice of using CATIA vs any other 3D design software, my choice was clear. There really is no 3D software that offers all the design modules, drafting and assembly options and manipulation tools that CATIA offers. There is a specific module and tool for just about anything you need to do, so the design process with CATIA can be very optimized.

What do you dislike?

As I mentioned, CATIA V5 offers just about modules and tools for anything. This is its main advantage but also its main burden. It is NOT user friendly. It definitely takes a long time to get used to. In college or in companies, specific training is provided to learn how to use this software. So, as a conclusion, it is hard to pick up but once you know what you're doing it is the best 3D design software you can find out there.

Another big disadvantage is that it is EXTREMELY expensive. It is hard to be able to afford a license for private use at home.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Make sure you receive the adequate training to ensure you are using the best tools CATIA offers for the specific design you are using. Take your time to learn all the tools well, since it will save you time in the long run and will help you optimize your designs.

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

I have used CATIA throughout my Aerospace engineering studies in college as well as while working as an Engineer. I have designed from complete drones, to tools, screws. So, a wide variety of pieces with different complexities. Mainly, CATIA has been beneficial when having to design complex assemblies, since I think its manipulation tools are some of its main assets.

CATIA review by User in Aviation & Aerospace
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"Experience using catia as a designer"

What do you like best?

- endless possibilities in terms of modules, libraries of materials, options..

- great surface modelling capabilities

- relatively fast

- very powerful, can open giant assemblies

What do you dislike?

- extremely complicated to learn how to use

- VERY expensive

- mouse function is not easy to get the hang of

- not good compatibility between older CATIA versions and current ones

Recommendations to others considering the product

Get good training, make sure it is really the tool you need. If you are able to get a cheaper/less complex tool, I would suggest going for that first.

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

I am using this software to design relatively small assemblies. In this context, even though the software is very powerful and offers many possibilities, it would be more convenient to use a less powerful and complex software since the power required for these assemblies is not that much. However, if designing large assemblies or very complex ones, especially in the aerospace industry, CATIA is the way to go.

CATIA review by Atif A.
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"The best ever and widely used Designing software by mechanical engineers."

What do you like best?

There are many work benches like 2D modelling, 3D modeling, Assembly, Drafting, Sheet Metal and many more in Catia which helps the user to explore more and learn more. For the beggeners, who are searching for any Modelling software this is the best one. It is very much user friendly and easily accessible.

What do you dislike?

In CATIA we don't have the Auto contrainst option, so we need to give all the constraints and dimensions for the parts manually which takes more time.

Recommendations to others considering the product

As it provides many work benches in one single application it is the greatest advantage. Easy to understand for the begginers.

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

We use Catia in the office for doing the Drafting and FTA work. We use it to update the drawings. As it has many work benches it meets all our requirements.

CATIA review by User in Airlines/Aviation
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"Experience of a Design Engineer with CATIA V5"

What do you like best?

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

- It has different modules depending on what type of design you are doing: sheet metal, wiring, assemblies, composite materials...

- The interface is completely customizable, so you can display only the icons you need to use to have a cleaner screen, or you can have all the icons displayed. Also, you can display the icons wherever in the screen you want.

- The graphics are really good, and the software offers many possibilities to view a design: 2D, 3D, birds eye view...

- Controls pan zoom rotate are easy

What do you dislike?

What I dislike most about CATIA is that sometimes it is not easy to use if you have not been trained before or don´t have some experience. It does not come with tutorials or an easy help button, so it really is a software targeted for people who know how to design already.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Worth considering acquiring CATIA for the endless possibilities it offers, the good quality of graphics, and the ease of use if the designer has had previous training or experience. For new users, it is essential to have training in order to use it well.

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

I am designing all sorts of components for aircraft interiors. Benefits are primarily related to all the possibilities that the software offers. There really is nothing you can´t design. Also, CATIA offers excellent graphics so it is really easy to take good quality screenshots for presentations etc.

CATIA review by Raghavendra G.
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"It seems difficult in the starting.Later it becomes user friendly.Able to create surface modelling."

What do you like best?

We can design 3D models from Images on CATIA. CATIA makes easy for users and companies to manage every aspect of a project in a single command / program and to develop high quality mechanical products. CATIA is easy and simple to create surface modelling for the parts.

What do you dislike?

CATIA software takes a lot of time to download the files. CATIA license is expensive. Commands will be one inside the other. We can't import other software drawings in CATIA

Recommendations to others considering the product

The Best drafting tool for both beginners and professionals. On behalf of my experience, I definitely assure that, this will be the best drafting tool

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

It impacts on efficiency of work. No time consuming while creating any drawing Since it has Huge library commands and materials. CATIA makes to create electrical wiring harness.

CATIA review by User in Airlines/Aviation
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"CATIA Review"

What do you like best?

The graphical user interface is very user friendly in comparison to other 3D design software. Every tool and option can be easily found by the user. It is a very important feature since it makes you save lot of time when using CATIA in comparison to other software.

What do you dislike?

The file extension of CATIA (.catPART or .catPRODUCT) makes that you need a special license in order to be able to import of standard files (.stl or .step)

Recommendations to others considering the product

I have lot of design experience and I would recommend CATIA between any other 3D design software due to the very good graphical user interface it provides. All the different capabilities are very intuitive and easy to find.

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

Aerospace Engineering design projects. It is a very intuitive tool that enables the full 3D design of products without requiring lots of computational resources in terms of CPU, graphic card or RAM memory.

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 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 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.

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 ATIF A.
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"The best ever used software for Designing and Drafting"

What do you like best?

It is very user friendly. It means all the industrial needs and customer requirements. It has many work benches like Part modelling, Drafting, sheet matal, 3D modeling and lots more.

What do you dislike?

The dimensions are not auto contrainst, we need to give all the axis and dimensions all the time. It is difficult to understand for the beginners. And the compatibility between new and old versions.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Catia is the widely used software. It has many work benches where you can meet all your business requirements and customer satisfaction.

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

We work on Drafting for our customers, which is very convenient software for doing so. We also do 3D FTA work, where CATIA is the best platform for that.

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 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 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 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 UDIT A.
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"It was a quite exciting and good experience."

What do you like best?

The best feature includes: The variability in the features for e.g. you can do multi-padding (extrusion of multiple surfaces simultaneously) and the various modules for instance: Solid modelling, sheet modelling, ergonomic modelling etc. , that it provided help to prevent usage of other softwares.

What do you dislike?

Sometime the processing take too much time that it become too much cumbersome to use the product and it got hang.

Recommendations to others considering the product

It is working in the right direction but also allow free tutorials for modelling.

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

Creating solid models for the customers as per the requirement.

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 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 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 aravind v.
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"Catia a designers software for creating 2d & 2d models."

What do you like best?

The software contains tons of tools for designing the reqyired products. Apart from designing we can also execute the manufacturing process.

What do you dislike?

Errors occured during execution of designs like run time error and Dbxfl error.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Catia is a best suited software for designers and college students. The software helps us out in many aspects to understand the basic requirements of designers language.

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

In creating & designing 2d drawings and 3d parts of required products.

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 vignesh k.
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"User friendly and simple but not powerful"

What do you like best?

UI is highly user-friendly and easy for new users to adapt. Designing is easy and quick and the software is easy to fire up compared to others.

What do you dislike?

The software is not highly powerful and it doesn't have an analysis which is available in other comparable software.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you are new to designing and need software for school projects or simple designing for a company. this can be used

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

Designing composite air foils.

CATIA review by GOPI K.
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"Boost Up your Design Skills"

What do you like best?

Part modeling, Draffting and Surface modeling in Catia are the most i like to work with

What do you dislike?

Sheet modeling made to to feel some what difficult but its just because of my less practice over it

Recommendations to others considering the product

To boost up your designing skills and solve design problems Just addict to CATIA

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

Designing of new parts, Drafting for those parts and surface modeling problems in transportation department. Project E-Loco

CATIA review by Gopi k.
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"Designers Favourite Tool.....! CATIA"

What do you like best?

Drafting.. Is the most i liked in CATIA

What do you dislike?

Complex parts modeling is difficult using CATIA part design

Recommendations to others considering the product

Catia supports more packages which will solve most of the Engineering problems. Its interface is very friendly, beginers will love this tool

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

Part Design, Drafting, sheet metal design and surface modeling. 3D FTA is the one which solved most of my problems.

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 User in Automotive
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"Powerful, but not user friendly"

What do you like best?

I know that Catia provides enormous opportunities, and its a powerful CAD tool in the right hands

What do you dislike?

Catia is really not user friendly at all. It is neither easy nor fun to learn. Also it looks ancient when you open it(Not that that matters so much).

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

Design, large scale and small. It’s great to create 3D representations of my ideas

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 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 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 User in Machinery
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"Best Designing Tool"

What do you like best?

Catia is best designing tool where you can do part modelling, Assembly, Sheet metal designing which has good UI and options can be used easily for designing models.

What do you dislike?

CATIA license is bit costly and dimensions cannot be constrained automatically which is difficult for new biginners.

Recommendations to others considering the product

CATIA is best designing tool with good UI where you can design complex models easily.

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

CATIA helps me in designing 2D models out from 3D for Train underframe, Bodyshell and also helps in designing interiors for Trains.

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 Supreet H.
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"rewiew on catia"

What do you like best?

catia is the best software for designing and analysis.designing for s very easy through that

What do you dislike?

graphics properties required is very high

Recommendations to others considering the product

it is the best software for begineers to learn with

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

we can do meshing for analysis purpose and design through that

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 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 User in Mechanical or Industrial Engineering
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"The best CAD software out there"

What do you like best?

It is so easy to control and create geometries in this software. The shortcuts are just perfect and navigation is super simple

What do you dislike?

Manipulation of assemblies is a bit difficult since the options provided are not at par with those provided by their competitors

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you are working on sheet metal, catia is the go to tool. Great for modelling.

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

We use it to generate models of new design which are later exported for analysis

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 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 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.

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