which one to choose?
Let’s start with the purposes of those programs. Putting it very simply: you would design parts of the car in Solidworks, and with Catia the car itself and the factory the car is made in. As you can see, both of these CAD software just have different aims. SolidWorks will let you design the whole car too, but it wouldn’t be as efficient since it’s a parametric software. Catia would understand how each element of the car works.
Car 3D Modeled with Solidworks
That was a big example though. If you are designing gears, snaps, jigs, and fixtures, SolidWorks will perform very well. Both Catia and SolidWorks reach the highest of precision and are ideal for engineering purposes. When it comes to features, SolidWorks has a wider range of rendering options for photo-realistic visualizations, fluid simulations, and electrical design solutions. Any differences between Catia and SolidWorks appear due to the fact that those CAD software fulfill the needs of different users.
Render of an engine designed with Catia
When it comes to choosing one of the software, you also have to be aware of the learning process. Catia is a great investment for big manufacturers but has a steep learning curve and it’sworth the investment if you’re sure to use it for years. Catia will also provide you with customized programs dedicated to different industries. SolidWorks is more user friendly and easier to learn as it is used for educational purposes, it is a great starting place for engineers to learn CAD Software.
CANTER CADD, the best CAD training institute mainly focuses on providing the right training to the student, giving them necessary skills, expertise and insights in using the powerful computer software used in Engineering and Planning. The complex software that students need to handle cannot be mastered without a step wise program and practice. So our curriculum is broken into easy parts and one part is mastered before going to the next.