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What is the difference between Catia and SolidWorks?

By mohammed nawar on 10 Mar 00:54 47 answers 221241 views 15 comments

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
    Sahaj Panchal over 5 years ago

    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.
    Sahaj.

  • Aled J Taylor
    Aled J Taylor over 5 years ago

    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.

  • Sudhir Gill
    Sudhir Gill over 5 years ago

    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. :))

  • G15
    G15 over 5 years ago

    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.

    Greetings

  • Kyle Malone
    Kyle Malone over 3 years ago

    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 used....my two cents....

  • farhang
    farhang about 5 years ago

    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...

  • yusuf mohamd ali rajab
    yusuf mohamd ali rajab over 3 years ago

    hi
    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

  • Eric Thuku
    Eric Thuku about 5 years ago

    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.

  • Pranav
    Pranav about 4 years ago

    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

  • Sharma Anil
    Sharma Anil about 4 years ago

    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.

  • Caddy
    Caddy almost 4 years ago

    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.

  • Hiral Patel
    Hiral Patel over 1 year ago

    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!

  • Joe Prizzi
    Joe Prizzi over 4 years ago

    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.

  • Dave V
    Dave V over 4 years ago

    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.

  • Sharma Anil
    Sharma Anil about 4 years ago

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

  • Sharma Anil
    Sharma Anil almost 4 years ago

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

  • Sharma Anil
    Sharma Anil almost 4 years ago

    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

  • johnny lu
    johnny lu about 2 years ago

    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

  • M A Motin ( Sobuj )
    M A Motin ( Sobuj ) over 2 years ago

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

  • Kerati SANGCHAM
    Kerati SANGCHAM about 2 years ago

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

  • sanjay kumar
    sanjay kumar about 4 years ago

    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.

    Regards,

  • Amit Singh
    Amit Singh about 4 years ago

    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.

  • Abhishekh Kumar Shukla
    Abhishekh Kumar Shukla almost 4 years ago

    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.

  • meghdad
    meghdad almost 4 years ago

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

  • jinyoung jang
    jinyoung jang almost 4 years ago

    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

  • bkara
    bkara over 3 years ago

    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.

  • krishna shivraman
    krishna shivraman over 3 years ago

    look...catia..is 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 it....like my post if u have got ur relevant information.....

  • yusuf mohamd ali rajab
    yusuf mohamd ali rajab over 3 years ago

    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

  • Vinicius Caravante Enomoto
    Vinicius Caravante Enomoto about 3 years ago

    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.

  • Manjunath
    Manjunath about 3 years ago

    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.

  • ayush pandey
    ayush pandey almost 3 years ago

    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.

  • Luis A. Rojas
    Luis A. Rojas over 2 years ago

    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

  • Ron Thatcher
    Ron Thatcher over 2 years ago

    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.

  • Harikrishna MOU
    Harikrishna MOU about 2 years ago

    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.

  • Kopeykin Zhorik
    Kopeykin Zhorik over 1 year ago

    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"?

  • VINAY PALMOORI
    VINAY PALMOORI over 1 year ago

    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....

  • Manish  Kumar
    Manish Kumar about 1 year ago

    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.

  • GD Jangde
    GD Jangde 11 months ago

    CATIA is best as compare to SOLIDWORKS.........so learn CATIA.

  • Pranit Rajendra Abdagire
    Pranit Rajendra Abdagire 10 months ago

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

    CATIA=Surfacing
    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.

  • hannah Ervin
    hannah Ervin 6 months ago

    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. Here I mentioned some basic differences.
    CATIA is product life cycle management software which has all required Tool like CAD, CAM, CAE, ergonomics analysis, more advance CFD, etc.

    According to http://www.assignmenthub.co.uk/ 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.

  • Andrew B
    Andrew B about 1 month ago

    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.

  • Dawit Hailu Tola
    Dawit Hailu Tola about 1 month ago

    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.

  • Sagar Pathade Patil
    Sagar Pathade Patil over 2 years ago

    Helo.
    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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