Topic: CATIA vs SOLIDWORKS
CATIA and SOLIDWORKS are from the same company DASSAULT SYSTEMS. It is a FRENCH multinational software company. That develops the 3D design, 3D Digital mock-up, and PLM (product lifecycle managements) software.
First of all the major difference is the capability in design. CATIA is very sophisticated for generative shape designs. SOLIDWORKS is used for the machine design. So that mostly automotive and the aerospace industries are using CATIA. SOLIDWORKS is purely a product to design machines.
Take a look at the global customers of the CATIA and SOLIDWORKS.
CATIA provides PLM(Product lifecycle management). which includes CAD CAM CAE, Ergonomic Analysis, And powerful CFD analysis.
- CAD: computer aided design
- CAM: Computer-aided Manufacturing
- CAE: Computer-aided Engineering
- CFD: Computational Fluid Dynamics
- Ergonomics analysis: The study of people efficiency in the working environment.
SOLIDWORKS is only meant for the 3D modelling. But of course, we can do all the above operations. It requires third party applications. Both the software playing a crucial role in their own set of targets.
Let’s look at the quotes
CATIA: Virtual Product
SOLIDWORKS: 3D Design
PRODUCT COST- CATIA vs SOLIDWORKS
CATIA price and the SOLIDWORKS price are listed below. The maintenance costs are additional.
$9,000- 65,000(Depending on the modules selected).
$3,995(since not changed from its first release).
CATIA is a bit expensive CAD package than any other CAD Software. Small scale industries will choose SOLIDWORKS. CATIA is especially used by Aerospace industries and Automotives.
USER INTERFACE- CATIA vs SOLIDWORKS
- SOLIDWORKS is a user-friendly tool.
- CATIA is a powerful tool.
“Conclusion: Each of them is best in their own way. If we start using them we will feel that SOLIDWORKS is a bit easy to learn. Where as CATIA is an open environment to maximize the possibilities to customize the product in our own way with the bunch of features.”