mohammed nawar

What is the difference between Catia and SolidWorks?

Question by mohammed nawar

i want to know the main difference between catia and solid work because i want to learn one of them

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Sahaj Panchal
Answered on 3 Apr, 2012 07:39 AM

OK! Now you know that both are from the same company, refer to their quotes.
CATIA states: Virtual Product.
SolidWorks states: 3D Design.
And they mean it!
In CATIA, you can not only create a car, but a factory in which it will be produced, the machining processes required, and even you can simulate ergonomics studies as well, like weather the current layout of a plant will be comfortable for workers to work or not. So you can simulate the whole thing within a virtual reality, including, and of course, rendering.
SolidWorks: well, it is purely a product to design machines. But, of course, there are other applications, like aerospace, automobile, consumer products, etc. Much user friendly than the former one, in terms of modeling, editing designs, creating mechanisms, etc.
I look at the two by this way: Create an aircraft in CATIA, but create the engine in SolidWorks!
Hope this helps.

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Aled J Taylor
Answered on 10 Mar, 2012 09:59 PM

I once asked a CATIA salesman 'What can CATIA do that SoliWorks Can't?' and he couldn't give any specific examples.

I believe CATIA is better at complex curved surfaces and is used extensively and perhaps exclusively in the aerospace and automotive industries.

If you're ultimate goal is a career using one of these software packages, look for job adverts. Which one do you'r local employers use? You may also want to consider Inventor and Pro-engineer.

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Sudhir Gill
Answered on 10 Mar, 2012 01:39 AM

CATIA is a giant and an all in one package entirely on different scale. It can not be compared with SolidWorks. Learn the software of your choice. A software is as good as user. As per my advice go for SW first and then CATIA. That would be nice combination.

Also if you have done CATIA completely, there will be not much left in SolidWorks. You can learn SW yourself. :))

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Answered on 10 Mar, 2012 12:53 PM

Both are from Dassault System. CATIA V5 has much more different workbenches specially in in P3, workbenches for Aviation and Automotive.
CATIA is much more expensive.


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keshave jat
Answered on 20 Jan, 2013 05:13 PM

Catia is PLM(product lifecycle management) software which have all required Tool like,CAD ,CAM ,CAE ,ergonomics analysis, more advance CFD, etc

Solidworks Is 3D design Software which doesn't have CAM, you have to Install 3rd party software(like-SolidCAM) to perform CAM.
now Again Solidworks doesn't have ergonomics study it require 3rd party Software (like-Jackhammer, CATIA-HUman module, 3Dhuman, NX-Humanmodeling, etc to perform ergonomics study

Solidworks Used by Aerospace & Defense

Solidworks used by Automotive & Transportation

For more Go to

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Kyle Malone
Answered on 23 May, 2014 07:36 PM

about $45,000.00 USD.... :-P
You can use almost all CAD systems with a PLM or PDM. For me, not the issue. The real issue is how often do you really need "high end" functionality? A routed cable, is a routed cable. A gear is a gear. An aircraft wing assembly is a wing assembly. I've worked in automotive, aircraft, and general component design. Inj. Mold, Roto-Mold, Blow Mold, Steel, Nylon, silicone and even composites. MOST times, unless your in STYLING, high end modules don't do much for an engineer. I realize that's not the sexy answer...but, it's an honest answer. Go with what gives you the most bang for your buck! Remember, most CAD softwares are written by programmers who do not understand how these tools are REALLY used in day to day life. That's why you see multiple modules of the same tool in CATIA. Why isn't 1 Electrical module enough? Because the creators of code...didn't understand how the tool was to be two cents....

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Answered on 22 Aug, 2012 06:31 AM

what all my friends said was completely right, but let me add one more thing , the only benefit that SW has is having more examples and staffs ready to use such as gears.
and I think SW has better rendering... but as my friend said SW cant do anything more that catia...

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yusuf mohamd ali rajab
Answered on 2 Apr, 2014 06:33 AM

Some of the differences between Username and Salydvrk
catia: possible clip the shadows, but there are not immediately available .
solidworks: possible clip with quick shade
catia: Ability to rename a tough tree members
solidworks: the members renamed the tree very fast and easy
catia: Sketches robust analysis
solidworks: analysis of simple sketches
catia: Link with no gear trax
solidworks: the gear trax link is
catia: Sheet Metal strong
solidworks: Sheet Metal Medium
catia: Pattern outer circle (3 -D )
solidworks: no
catia: general patterns exist and must be created by rotating and moving patterns ( two -dimensional )
solidworks: Pattern with special Amkant
catia: Ability to write and highlight text or unload hard
solidworks: Ability to write or highlight text with ease even with unload options, there are certain
catia: Explosive off the posing quick
solidworks: the ability to blast posing with a relatively low rate
catia: fast access to the display various pieces Thumb Down
solidworks: Front view various pieces of very high -speed access
catia: unsafe working environment pleasant ( almost unlike other software )
solidworks: environment, easy to do and like to work with the environment and transmagic geomagic and nx
catia: Sketches view filtering is to live Svra
solidworks: no
catia: having a particular problem studied in Sketches
solidworks: no
catia: a punctuation types 2 , 3 Next
solidworks: the medium . And very difficult ( in certain places )
3d print: catia not
solidworks: Yes
catia: quick view of the cut there, but not available
solidworks: quick cut scene and is available

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Eric Thuku
Answered on 24 Sep, 2012 05:53 AM

I think they are both CAD software, with 3D rendering capabilities. However, CATIA is for bigger projects, e.g aerospace, automobile design and development. SolidWorks, is used for smaller projects.

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Answered on 3 Sep, 2013 07:32 PM

catia is high end software.generally its all in one type package.mostly catia is famous for wire frame and surface designing.
solidworks are more popular for assemblies.its lover end software.
amongst this catia is relatively difficult

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Sharma Anil
Answered on 5 Sep, 2013 03:06 AM

catia is best software as it has best of its surfacing part but i advice u to learn catia first by which u can easily get to know about solid works
SolidWorks is a Middle level , Main stream software with focus on Product development & this software is aimed at Small scale & Middle level Companies whose interest is to have a reasonably priced CAD system which can support their product development needs and at the same time helps them get their product market faster.

Where as CATIA , offering from the same company ( as SolidWorks ) is a high end PLM solution which is focused on Product Life cycle engineering, Right from Concept to development, deployment, etc. So it is for company to decide under which category they fall and what they are looking for.

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Answered on 29 Oct, 2013 04:58 PM

Hi I
Over the last 15years I have worked with Catia Pro Enginner and a little with Solid Works.
When you have spent time with these programms it is clear that Solid works is the child of the Catia & ProE with features from both.
Catia can do an amazing amout of things but is ridiculously expensive and Pro-E is only for people with strong nerves and a bottle of valium at hand.

Solid Works has its querks, plus some of the good and bad points of its parents but it is one of the few professional softwares that a middle to large company can afford. Why pay tens of thousands for a single Catia feature licence when you can a complete software package for less.
Plus the rendering in Solid Works is 100 times better that Catia or ProE.
At the end of the day the customer receives a STL, Steps or Iges model.

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Hiral Patel
Answered on 24 May, 2016 12:24 PM

CATIA is a giant and an all in one package entirely on different scale. Both the software are playing crucial role in their own place, so it is insignificant to compare with each other.

CATIA is product lifecycle management software which has all required Tool like CAD, CAM, CAE, ergonomics analysis, more advance CFD, etc.

Solidworks is 3D design Software which doesn't have CAM (computer-aided manufacturing), you have to Install 3rd party software to perform CAM.

CATIA is much more expensive than SolidWorks.
CATIA used for bigger and huge projects like e.g aerospace, automobile design and development, whereas SolidWorks use for smaller projects.

SolidWorks is more user friendly and easier user interface than CATIA.
These are the core differences between CATIA & SolidWorks.

I hope this helps!

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Answered on 2 Jan, 2013 01:21 PM

solidwork is the softwer for
little workhouse and catia for
solid can't say anything in plm solution but catia have an ability to design surface and cnc and plm solution and ...

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Joe Prizzi
Answered on 23 Mar, 2013 09:14 PM

In addition to others' comments...

My information may not be current, but in my past experience, CATIA is much better for projects that require more than one person.

Vehicle companies use it partly because you can overlay other people's work without bringing it into your model to use for reference. It is set up for that and does it well.

It is also more technical, although SW is now better than it used to be...for example splines based on equations.

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Dave V
Answered on 3 May, 2013 05:29 PM

Everyone has explained it well enough so there's not much more to add...
If you're learning one to get a job somewhere I would recommend Catia. The pay rate is much higher for a Catia person.
If it's for personal use it will all depend on what you're looking to do. Solidworks claims to have "Surfacing" but it's not any good. If you're looking to develop complex surfaces you would want to go with Catia. Solidworks is much faster and more efficient with simple structures and parts.

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Sharma Anil
Answered on 2 Aug, 2013 11:53 AM

catia is the best software than that of solid works as catia has its best surfacing ...

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Sharma Anil
Answered on 29 Oct, 2013 05:10 PM

I have already answer that question hope u refer that and understand concepts behind both cadd software

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Sharma Anil
Answered on 4 Dec, 2013 02:20 AM

catia is an plm software in which both cad and cam can be done perfectly but in solid works only cam can be performed as it is an 3d design software and you hav to swith to diffrent software for cam also in catia the analysis part is not correct as it is in an solid works the flow stimulation of solid works is best and also the car can be made in solid works also as tata nano has been made in solid works only so it is evergeen software but for cad and cam u should do catia its the best one

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johnny lu
Answered on 26 Jun, 2015 08:40 AM

If I had only one option: CATIA
Learning CAD: SolidWorks
A powerful tool: CATIA
Homework: SolidWorks
Analysis: CATIA
Meet the job: SolidWorks
Self-improvement: CATIA
Quick & easy: SolidWorks
Become an expert: CATIA
Mechanical Engineer: auto_cad ==> (SolidWorks or Inventor or .....)
==> CATIA & Other CAE, CAM

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M A Motin ( Sobuj )
Answered on 9 Feb, 2015 08:44 AM

The user interface of SolidWorks is easier than CATIA. SolidWorks is more user friendly than CATIA.

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Answered on 31 Jul, 2015 01:35 PM

If your goal is working for Aerospace and Automative industries, I think CATIA is better choice for CAD-CAM-CAE engineers.

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sanjay kumar
Answered on 9 Jul, 2013 06:41 AM

Hi, SolidWorks is a Middle level , Main stream software with focus on Product development & this software is aimed at Small scale & Middle level Companies whose interest is to have a reasonably priced CAD system which can support their product development needs and at the same time helps them get their product market faster.

Where as CATIA , offering from the same company ( as SolidWorks ) is a high end PLM solution which is focused on Product Life cycle engineering, Right from Concept to development, deployment, etc. So it is for company to decide under which category they fall and what they are looking for.


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Amit Singh
Answered on 3 Aug, 2013 07:05 AM

First difference is that Solid works comes under product design software packages and catia comes under automotive design packages though u can use it for product design as well.Secondly, the analysing and simulation capacity of catia is much better than that of solid works.

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Abhishekh Kumar Shukla
Answered on 24 Nov, 2013 03:21 PM

CATIA is a best software for sheetmetal because the surface finishing is very good. Machining operation also include in CATIA.

Solid works is the software which is generally used in part design.

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Answered on 25 Nov, 2013 04:52 AM

Catia is much more useful than Solid, because Catia contains Surfacing, Sheet Metal, Major for Reverse Engineering and so on...!

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jinyoung jang
Answered on 3 Dec, 2013 11:20 PM

catia is very powerful in wire frame & surface design
and also have solid design capacity, but more expensive,
Solidworks is good in solid design(modeling)
and have small surface design capacity
but easy to handle and cheaper then catia

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Answered on 13 Jan, 2014 07:23 AM

In fact they both are doing the same job, only one other cheap is expensive. The automotive industry is using CATIA. If you not work in the automotive industry, learn swim.

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krishna shivraman
Answered on 21 Feb, 2014 09:49 AM a software which is used for making part models, drafting of preparedmodels....same as that of solid works....but the main difference between catia and solid works is the working interface for sheet metal modelling which makes it quite comfortable for the companies that deals in the sheet metal product production.....get my post if u have got ur relevant information.....

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yusuf mohamd ali rajab
Answered on 2 Apr, 2014 06:34 AM

CATIA and Solidworks software is a difference in functionality .
Both applications are a major goal for the French system Dsv company offers two products with similar capabilities to gain more market share Modeling Software in the world.are used as the main software companies like Boeing, AIRBUS, BMW and ...

Unlike Salydvrk Username application software engineering is not a comprehensive software after the buyer as part of the analysis , reverse engineering , machining and Plugins separately to install it for example in the field after installation, open the Plugin for machining capabilities and power of Lhat Username Solid framework is more powerful machines . Username many parts still undefined Plugins in Solidworks software .
accuracy is not good .
to design their own products and also Username is introduced as the main software and comprehensive work intended

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Vinicius Caravante Enomoto
Answered on 3 Jul, 2014 08:17 PM

CATIA is a high-level PLM product, which means it besides having a wider range of modules, it is highly customizable for engineering processes in your company and not just the product that you are developing.
It is very common for people to compare software for their role, but the big difference between mid and high end software is exactly how everything is controlled, the methodologies that can be applied and how the changes may affect your project entirely, especially if dealing in concurrent engineering.
Compare functions with the functions Solidwors has lots of cool stuff, but they often can not control or customize optimally adapted to your process, that is where CATIA wins.
I could list dozens of things that differentiate them, but the general idea is this. Solidworks is very nice to use, has useful functions, but it is only for that, I'm not saying he is a bad idea, on the contrary, its function is precisely 3D design.

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Answered on 16 Aug, 2014 04:10 PM

Can anyone please elaborate me how CATIA is helpful for ergonomic and cfd study. Please post some links wherein i can get some catproduct files to understand use of catia in cfd and ergonomic study.

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ayush pandey
Answered on 14 Dec, 2014 08:34 PM

Hiiii guys,
there we all talking about Catia & SolidWorks both are good software no doubt. But when we'll talk about tough 3D modelling then without any confusion go for Catia. because solidworks can help yours only in the case where difficult word is not available. Hope you understand.
Surfacing is much easy as compare to SolidWorks. Solid Works Required to join with SolidCAM on the other hand Catia has all these modules already.

But a trick available from there we can remove import geometry option when we import geometry i.e can again develop its tree.

Now if any guy required help in any type of software then without any hesitation you can ask at any time.

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Luis A. Rojas
Answered on 1 Mar, 2015 08:45 PM

I agree with Sanjay Kumar, in Solidworks you can do the same as Catia but all the tools are in the same space. Catia offers it but more "robust" than Solidworks and obviusly is focus on PLM. If companies in wich you wanna work are using Catia you should learn abou it

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Dmitriy Dyakov
Answered on 22 Mar, 2015 03:06 PM

CATIA is not only high-level system. CATIA is also a good tool for geometric modeling. Such tools are extremely lacking in the development of consumer goods, because Solidworks, inventor, Solidedge have very poor functionality for modeling. Although CATIA is a high-level system, but it allows you to design consumer goods without technical problems of modeling.

Better to see in action:

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Ron Thatcher
Answered on 29 Mar, 2015 09:59 PM

As a user of both systems over the years the answer is simple. You get what you pay for. There is no "main" difference. Think of SolidWorks as a Volkswagen Beetle and Catia as a Ferrari. You cannot compare. Catia is far superior in "all" aspects, part design, surfacing, assemblies .. etc. Solidworks is easier to learn and has the initial impression that its as good as Catia. But when you really get into some serious design work and need to deliver fast in a complex situation (the real world) Catia wins hands down. Solidworks is cheap so most "bean counters" at companies are suckered into buying it. It's then the Engineers that have to work twice as long to do the same thing than they could in Catia in half the time. Catia is freedom, Solidworks .. tie one arm behind my back ... nuff said.

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Elvis Omerhodzic
Answered on 29 Apr, 2015 10:30 PM
Harikrishna MOU
Answered on 24 Jul, 2015 02:15 PM

hi friend, iam recently started to learn CATIA,through my 2 week experience. I prefer CATIA is better and interesting to learn. We easily convert a model from 2d to 3d while we designing.

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Kopeykin Zhorik
Answered on 28 Feb, 2016 08:33 PM

Коллеги! Очень интересно изучать ваши мысли по поводу преимуществ между "CATIA" или "SOLIDWORKS". Я шесть лет работаю исключительно в "CATIA", хотя основам проектирования в "SOLIDWORKS" тоже обучался - в целом основные принципы очень схожи. У меня вопрос в следующем: как сделать так, чтобы файл, созданный в "SOLIDWORKS" переделать в файл, с которым можно было бы работать в "CATIA"?

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Answered on 18 Jun, 2016 08:12 AM

Though both are developed by the same company,they differ bit in there domain working..
catia is most preferred in plastic product development ,automotive,shipbuilding,aerospace sectors..this is a high end software wherein analysis can be done...
on the other hand SW is best suited for sheetmetal industries.where special features like weldments are avalaible and the license amount is also less compared to catia....

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Manish  Kumar
Answered on 14 Sep, 2016 01:49 PM

Both catia and solidworks are parametric software rom same company Dassault system.The main thing is that catia is best for generative shape design and surface modeling and solidworks is best in machine design.

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GD Jangde
Answered on 7 Nov, 2016 07:06 PM

CATIA is best as compare to learn CATIA.

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Pranit Rajendra Abdagire
Answered on 22 Nov, 2016 05:04 PM

both Software have diff application
CATIA is mainly used for Conceptual design(Surfacing based).
SOLIDWORKS is majorly PRODUCT design based..

SW= Weldment

if u wanna build engine..
make virtual design in catia through surfacing..
use that data as reference to design each component of engine in SW.

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Andrew B
Answered on 24 Aug, 2017 03:01 AM

Having used both extensively, holding CSWP Certificate in Solidworks as well as CMDS Certificate in Catia, in a nut shell Solidworks is a very capable Mechanical Design system and in the context of strictly mechanical design Catia is no better than Solidworks. Catia is a specialized Cad system which has all the extras like Ergonomics Design and Analysis, NC Manufacturing, Plant Layout,Composite Design Etc... Getting even deeper, Catia has surfacing capabilities which go beyond that of Solidworks, The ability to create Class 'A' surfaces that enables the user to start with points digitized from clay models and produce smooth mathematical surfaces primarily used in the Automotive industry.
Getting back to strictly comparing the Mechanical Design aspects of the 2 systems (which I believe is the answer most people are looking for) you will find that Solidworks requires less input on more advanced Mechanical Design functions where Catia requires more input from the user to achieve the same result. Where things seem to be obvious in Solidworks they are not so obvious in Catia. For example...Extruding regions of a sketch in Solidworks is very simple and requires very little thought where extruding regions in Catia requires thought and more complex sketches as line segments need to be broken to a certain extent. It is very obvious in Solidworks to extrude regions by simply selecting the area in the Contour Dialogue box whereas Catia requires the user to chain "sub-elements" of the sketch. I have seen advanced users of Catia not even know that this option exists as it is buried deep within the extrude command. From a demonstration point of view most will appreciate how easy Solidworks is but I can tell you from experience when push comes to shove and you are working with complex detail parts you will appreciate the control Catia gives you. One may even come to the conclusion that building a model is Solidworks is faster than building the same model in Catia. In some cases this could be justified but it is not always the case. Building part models in Catia requires thought and a certain level of understanding in order to achieve the desired result. It requires organization skills that Solidworks simply doesn't require. I know that his may offend some people but I tell people all the time if I had Solidworks at my office and I needed to hire a Cad technician and 12 Certified Solidworks Professionals applied for the job and one person who can demonstrate their knowledge in Catia applied for the job I would hire the individual who knows Catia because I know for sure that person has half a brain. No offence to any Solidworks user out there (I know there are thousands of you) but I know a few donkey's who are using Solidworks, and believe me when I tell you they have no idea what it is. They get the result because Solidworks just gives it to them, but when you dissect their model you just shake your head.

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Dawit Hailu Tola
Answered on 25 Aug, 2017 07:20 AM

Hello all,
I have joined the community few days ago. Firstly it is nice to meet this group and really each effort of explanation is appreciable.
Next I would like to forward my heartfelt thanks both the founder and Mr. Mohammed ( for questioning ). I have learnt a lot from the responses. At last my preference is also Catia rather than SW, but as it has said knowing your country's or company's need is mandatory.

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aditya bhandwalkar
Answered on 29 Dec, 2017 05:41 AM

Well if you are looking for high complex surfacing application then no one has matched for CATIA. Solidworks don't have that much surfacing interfaces. But rendering can be done well on Solidworks because it has good environment for it. It depends on work which you want to use.

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Sagar Pathade Patil
Answered on 18 Jun, 2015 11:21 AM

First difference is that Solid works comes under product design software packages and catia comes under automotive design packages though u can use it for product design as well.Secondly, the analysing and simulation capacity of catia is much better than

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