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SolidWorks and CATIA: Which is better?

Benefits of Designing in SolidWorks vs. CATIA

When it comes to designing and developing products, using the right software can have a significant impact on the success of the project. Two of the most popular software options for product design are SolidWorks and CATIA. Internally, KTM Solutions uses both.

The vast majority of our engineering design is done using SolidWorks due to the wide range of accessible tools and features, but both SolidWorks and CATIA have their own set of benefits and are used in different industries.

Here are some of the benefits of using each software:


  • SolidWorks is known for its user-friendly interface, which makes it easy to learn and use, even for beginners.

  • It is widely used in the manufacturing and mechanical engineering industries and is well suited for designing parts, assemblies, and 2D drawings.

  • SolidWorks has a wide range of tools and features specifically designed for mechanical engineering and product design, such as motion analysis and simulation, rendering, and sheet metal design.

  • It has a large user community and a wide range of third-party add-ons that can be used to extend the software's capabilities.


  • CATIA is a powerful 3D CAD software that is used in a wide range of industries, including aerospace, automotive, and consumer goods.

  • It is known for its advanced features, such as surface modeling, kinematics, and digital mock-ups.

  • CATIA is set up with tools and features that are specifically designed for product design, such as industrial design, styling, and ergonomics.

  • Like SolidWorks, CATIA has a large user community and a wide range of third-party add-ons.

Opting for the Best of Both

Both SolidWorks and CATIA are advanced 3D CAD tools, so the choice of software will depend on the specific needs of the project and the industry it's used in. SolidWorks excels in mechanical engineering, while CATIA is more versatile and is therefore used in multiple industries. KTM Solutions often defaults to SolidWorks for most projects but takes customer requirements into account when deciding which software to ultimately use.



KTM is a team of professional engineers that partners with manufacturing companies to overcome challenges and deliver the custom design solution and the expertise you need for your project.

Our Products & Services

KTM utilizes a staff of registered mechanical engineers (PE) that are qualified in the design and analysis of advanced machines, fixtures, lifting systems, and mechanical structures. We design and analyze for sufficient strength, optimal mechanical performance, and safety in accordance with industry standards and governmental regulations.

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