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Cheaper alternative to Catia?


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Hi There,

I've been trained in Catia, but it's way too expensive for me to afford it on my own. Would anyone be able to recommend me a cheaper alternative, or at least an equivalent software but with just one payment instead of a lease.

I'm an Industrial Designer, so I mainly use GSD, Part body and freestyle for its surface analysis, that's basically it. I had a play around with Solidworks but the interface seems quite limited compared to Catia (in my humble, inexperienced opinion :) )

I've heard a lot of noise about 'Catia Lite' in the past, but nothing seems to have surfaced, I don't suppose anyone knows anything about that?

Thanks very much for the advice!



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There are several apps for Industrial Design modeling: Rhino, ICEM, Alias are some of the most popular. Search for CAID to find more. But I have no idea how much they cost or how they compare to CATIA.

AutoCAD would be a cheaper alternative. So would Draftsight. But you only get what you pay for.

Marcelo Viana

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Also do dassault systemes have a price list site for catia?
It have so much modules that is hard to figure out the real price of the thing.