Probably the best software for product design and surface modelling

Publié le 27/05/2019
Özgür E.
Product Development Supervisor
Automobile, 10 001+ employés
Temps d'utilisation du produit: plus de deux ans
Provenance de l'utilisateur 
5/5
Note globale
4 / 5
Facilité d'utilisation
5 / 5
Fonctionnalités
4 / 5
Support client
4 / 5
Rapport qualité-prix
Probabilité de recommander le produit :
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Commentaires: If you're in automotive industry and not have your own design tool; then Catia is your must to use design software. It is the most complex and capable design tool and perfect for surface modelling. Yes it is not much user friendly and hard to become an expert user; but these doesn't enough to drop Catia V5 from number one seat...

Avantages: I'm working with Catia V5 for a long time. I've used other programs such as Solidworks as well; but Catia is the best by far due to it's features. Catia is the most complex tool for part design and assembly management. For instance creating complex large surfaces with Catia (which is a must for automotive industry) is really easy thing to do. Variety of manipulating tools (turn, pan, rotate, etc.) makes you to easily view or manage the designed part. There are several modules which you can add many features to your part when managing the design. There are several material libraries to use for your product. Product tree is detailed and let you to manage the design steps e.g. to make parametric design. Catia is very powerful and fast; but sure you do need a good hardware as well. Creating 2D drawing is a bit complicated; but can be managed easier when you got used to it.

Inconvénients: Probably biggest drawback for Catia is that you really need to spend years to become an expert user (not designer). It's a bit complicated compared to some other design tools. Mouse function is a bit hard to control - for example you need multiple buttons to rotate. Also interface is a bit old fashioned. V5 had many upgrades so far; but I assume it's time for V6 now for a better outlook. 2D generation module is really poor; therefore we mostly use other tools to create 2D's. License fee can be an issue for personal or small company usages.

Comprehensive software for CAD modelling

Publié le 19/07/2019
Emel K.
PD Chassis Supervisor
Automobile, 10 001+ employés
Temps d'utilisation du produit: plus de deux ans
Provenance de l'utilisateur 
5/5
Note globale
3 / 5
Facilité d'utilisation
5 / 5
Fonctionnalités
4 / 5
Support client
5 / 5
Rapport qualité-prix
Probabilité de recommander le produit :
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Commentaires: If you want to deal with complex designs, extended surfaces; e.g automobile body structures, this is the software to use. However for less complex part or tool/mold designs you may prefer Solidworks due to its cost advantages.

Avantages: The best thing for Catia V5 is for sure the high capability for surface modelling. Complex surfaces can be designed easily with the extensive library and the functions Catia provide. That's why this is the #1 software used in Automotive for creating the designs. There are lots of features to shape your design product. Creating assemblies and defining movement for the assembly structures also possible and can be managed easily after some experience. If you know parametric design principles, Catia can work wery well with this principle. There is also a broad material library available for your selection, you can even add new material or properties.

Inconvénients: Probably the first and the only thing to mention about Catia V5 is the interface. Although I like to use Catia due to its extensive features; I do not like the somehow retro interface, ribbon and menu designs. Therefore main screen makes you feel little bit uncomfortable. More than this, I think Catia has does not have cons to mention.

Catia, you feel free to make design everything.

Publié le 30/05/2019
Utilisateur vérifié
R&D Engineer and Design Engineer
Automobile, 10 001+ employés
Temps d'utilisation du produit: plus de deux ans
Provenance de l'utilisateur 
5/5
Note globale
5 / 5
Facilité d'utilisation
4 / 5
Fonctionnalités
4 / 5
Support client
4 / 5
Rapport qualité-prix
Probabilité de recommander le produit :
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Commentaires: I am Design Engineer at Ford Motor Company.
I am using Catia everyday.
If I making design, if I need to update my 3D model I need this software for using.
Because, our Automotive Industry using it commonly.
I can manage my product tree without any forces in catia.
I can create updateable design and share my collleagues.

Avantages: If you create a new product in Aviation or Automobile Industry you should start with Catia. Because that, it is most common software in these industries and it makes you using same language while designing something together your partner.
Catia has more capabilities to update your models if required. It is stronger software to use product assemblies into assembly.

Inconvénients: First time if you learn Catia, you can be forced into doing something, than you to continue doing something.
thus, you will understand strategy of Catia.

CATIA software has provided me best ways for development and it is easy to model complex designs.

Publié le 18/07/2018
James W.
Software Engineer
Temps d'utilisation du produit: plus de deux ans
Provenance de l'utilisateur 
5/5
Note globale
4 / 5
Facilité d'utilisation
5 / 5
Fonctionnalités
4 / 5
Support client
5 / 5
Rapport qualité-prix

Avantages: CATIA is an excellent software that has make our job work too easier. CATIA software offers large number of functionalities that is linked with other CAD softwares.With best manufacturing tool opportunity,it enables us to design complex parts. CATIA provides the fantastic space for user.It has unique fuctions for designing products. Moreover one can simulate the production.

Inconvénients: Learning curve of CATIA software is quite higher and it is indeed most intuitive software.In the beginning it's layout seems to be quite difficult but when we have good command on basic functions then CATIA becomes easier for us within a few days and it can be done quite efficiently. Sometimes CATIA software takes a lot of time in downloading files but it is a minor issue.

I love CATIA

Publié le 29/01/2019
Utilisateur vérifié
Graduate Research Assistant
Génie mécanique ou industriel, 5 001-10 000 employés
Temps d'utilisation du produit: plus de deux ans
Provenance de l'utilisateur 
5/5
Note globale
3 / 5
Facilité d'utilisation
4 / 5
Fonctionnalités
Support client
Rapport qualité-prix
Probabilité de recommander le produit :
Très faible Très élevée

Commentaires: I love CATIA. I have worked with it for several years.

Avantages: Sketching and drawings are amazing
I have used CATIA for almost ten years. Its functionality is really great. You can model any 2D or 3D part using CATIA.
Drawings are among the most important features of a company. Using CATIA, high-quality drawings can be modeled.

Inconvénients: At the beginning of working with CATIA, it seems that it is really hard to work with.
Information about some of the features is lacking in the CATIA website. So whenever we want to know how to model a specific 3D part, we should search a lot and talk to many people to understand.

Best for Engineering and Design

Publié le 21/05/2019
Harun U.
Automotive Engineer
Automobile, 51-200 employés
Temps d'utilisation du produit: plus de deux ans
Provenance de l'utilisateur 
5/5
Note globale
5 / 5
Facilité d'utilisation
5 / 5
Fonctionnalités
Support client
Rapport qualité-prix
Probabilité de recommander le produit :
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Avantages: I've heard of the program before, but when I first started work I started to use it. I was using Solidworks and AutoCAD. At first, I noticed that mouse clicks are more ergonomic over time, though they are reversed by these programs. In addition, a very advanced level with parametric design can be easily intervened design. 3D to 2D image transfer feature is great.

Inconvénients: I had no negative experience with the program. Although I started with other programs, I started to adapt to catia program very quickly and started to use it actively.

The industry standard CAD/CAM software used for complex products

Publié le 02/08/2018
Rodrigo G.
PhD
Recherche, 1 001-5 000 employés
Temps d'utilisation du produit: plus de deux ans
Provenance de l'utilisateur 
5/5
Note globale
3 / 5
Facilité d'utilisation
5 / 5
Fonctionnalités
5 / 5
Support client
5 / 5
Rapport qualité-prix
Probabilité de recommander le produit :
Très faible Très élevée

Commentaires: At first I didn't want to migrate from Pro/Engineer to CATIA, but now I will never go back.

Avantages: After years of using competing software (Autodesk Mechanical Desktop, ProEngineer and SolidEdge) I started working in the car design and manufacturing industry (500,000 cars per year) which designed most of the parts or received designs from its suppliers. I think that CATIA is fast, responsible, simple and very well structured for handling from simple to complex parts. The finite element analysis is very good and making dynamic assemblies works like a charm. I honestly believe that stands out from his competitors by being fast responsive and relatively simple to use.
Disclaimer: I no longer work in Volkswagen, because I moved to research.

Inconvénients: The graphic design of the software (at least v5) looks outdated (menus and toolbars) which is a minor issue when compared to the speed of the software.

Fundamantal CAD program for designers

Publié le 27/05/2019
Serkan Y.
Product Development Engineer
Automobile, 10 001+ employés
Temps d'utilisation du produit: plus de deux ans
Provenance de l'utilisateur 
5/5
Note globale
4 / 5
Facilité d'utilisation
5 / 5
Fonctionnalités
Support client
Rapport qualité-prix
Probabilité de recommander le produit :
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Commentaires: It's a functional design tool, but users are not happy for the interface.

Avantages: You can work on any design on Catia. It has several modules which you can customize for your needs, such as mechanical, electrical, manufacturing tools. You can also work with parametric for any dimentions that can be connected with a formula and variables. It is well integrated with PLMs.

Inconvénients: User interface has not been changed for years which feels it's old. You should be trained well to use all functions. It may take some time to open/import data from different types.

I use Catia to design aeronautic parts for customers as Airbus & other major companies

Publié le 18/07/2017
Pierre S.
Engineering Team Leader
Aviation et industrie aéronautique, 13-50 employés
Temps d'utilisation du produit: plus de deux ans
Provenance de l'utilisateur 
5/5
Note globale
4 / 5
Facilité d'utilisation
5 / 5
Fonctionnalités
4 / 5
Support client
4 / 5
Rapport qualité-prix
Probabilité de recommander le produit :
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Commentaires: It helped me and my colleagues to design very complex parts and the tools to manufacture them, for more than 10 years now.

Avantages: I really enjoy the very large choice of functionnalities offered by Catia regarding with other CAD softwares. In addition, the graphism is really fluid and pleasant. I understand why it is one of the most used softwares for 3D design.

Inconvénients: It takes sometimes a long time for me to find the most appropriate functionnality among the large choice when I don't know yet it. Hopefully, the provided help is well documented. With experience, it is always easier.

Catia Enovia V6 review

Publié le 08/04/2019
Utilisateur vérifié
Product Developer
Design, 13-50 employés
Temps d'utilisation du produit: plus de deux ans
Provenance de l'utilisateur 
3/5
Note globale
1 / 5
Facilité d'utilisation
2 / 5
Fonctionnalités
4 / 5
Support client
3 / 5
Rapport qualité-prix
Probabilité de recommander le produit :
Très faible Très élevée

Commentaires: I create large motor boats with large assemblies and i use Catia and NX on a daily basis. I have no problem managing the boat and the parts but when it comes to modelling in Catia i find incredibly tedious and very time consuming. Some days are very frustrating using this software as it is still very buggy. And when i contact helpdesk, they just reply 'oh yes, we know about that. This will be fixed in the next version!*

Avantages: Managing large assemblies is particularly good with Enovia V6. I frequently open large assys containing up to 3-4000 parts (some of these individual parts are even 500MB each) and i have no problem with rotating the model with too much lag. The perspective view and general rendering of the parts is very good and quite impressive compared to other top CAD engineering packages.

Inconvénients: Catia is not an easy package to learn. The UX is very over complicated and you really have to be shown by another user how to grasp the endless mouse clicking menus as they are not straight forward. After using Siemens NX for 10 years and then having to learn Catia was a nightmare. Catia takes far longer to model compared to other CAD packages. After 1 year with NX i didnt have a problem with creating anything, it was very reliable and I knew i could have a solution within a certain period of time. With Catia i never know how long something will take. It is far more unstable and it crashes very frequently.

An advanced surfacing tool

Publié le 10/01/2019
Utilisateur vérifié
Graduate Teaching Assistant
Enseignement supérieur, 1 001-5 000 employés
Temps d'utilisation du produit: plus d'un an
Provenance de l'utilisateur 
5/5
Note globale
4 / 5
Facilité d'utilisation
4 / 5
Fonctionnalités
4 / 5
Support client
4 / 5
Rapport qualité-prix
Probabilité de recommander le produit :
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Commentaires: Overall I've had no problems with CATIA.

Avantages: Used Part/Surface/Kinematics feature Surface generation capabilities of Catia is really powerful. There are a lot of options and modification within each tool that can be used for desired output.
The interface may seem a little hard to grasp but after getting used to it and studying tools capabilities lets you take full advantage.

Inconvénients: The interface needs a little getting used to. Part design or solid design may seem a little harder or less intuitive compared to Solidworks or Unigraphics. Kinematics animation setup is a little difficult compared to Solidworks but isn't that bad.

Catia is extremely powerful design software, but not the easiest to learn

Publié le 10/04/2019
Utilisateur vérifié
Senior Product Design and Industrialization Engineer
Automobile, 10 001+ employés
Temps d'utilisation du produit: plus de deux ans
Provenance de l'utilisateur 
4/5
Note globale
2 / 5
Facilité d'utilisation
5 / 5
Fonctionnalités
Support client
Rapport qualité-prix
Probabilité de recommander le produit :
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Commentaires: Catia is an extremely powerful design software and it is great to use once you are fully trained.

Avantages: Catia can do basically anything you want from a graphical design standpoint. My company designs very complicated 2D and 3D models of tires and Catia can do it with ease.

Inconvénients: Learning to use the software is very time-consuming. Because of the thousands of functions and tools at your disposal, the learning curve is steep. However once you're a pro, it's great.

Catia - An User Friendly Cad tool.

Publié le 25/04/2019
Utilisateur vérifié
Product design Engineer
Appareils médicaux, 5 001-10 000 employés
Temps d'utilisation du produit: plus de deux ans
Provenance de l'utilisateur 
4/5
Note globale
5 / 5
Facilité d'utilisation
4 / 5
Fonctionnalités
4 / 5
Support client
4 / 5
Rapport qualité-prix
Probabilité de recommander le produit :
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Commentaires: i have been using CATIA since 4+ years, its the best CAD tool with ultimate UI and easy to customize the options. For sheet metal or Generative shape design, no tool can beat this software. I am very much satisfied and willing to learn more within this software by exploring more options and concepts in it.

Avantages: User Interface will be so easily and well sorted icons. we can easily learn and perform the design/drafting activities

Inconvénients: Aesthetic look need to improve for UI and modeling/drafting platform.

Most professional 3D tool I've ever use

Publié le 23/05/2019
Utilisateur vérifié
Cooling System Engineer
Automobile, 10 001+ employés
Temps d'utilisation du produit: plus de deux ans
Provenance de l'utilisateur 
4/5
Note globale
3 / 5
Facilité d'utilisation
3 / 5
Fonctionnalités
3 / 5
Support client
3 / 5
Rapport qualité-prix
Probabilité de recommander le produit :
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Commentaires: It is the best package program I've ever used. You can do anything what you need and more with CATIA. But you need more experience than similars and I strongly suggest to get serious training or work with tutorials before try to do some work with it.

Avantages: CATIA has lots of module inside and you can use these to create 3D model, 2D drawing, optimize your design for manufacturing (ex: sheet metal option) etc.
You can add your design parameters and define your constants easily so i gives you a really good advantage when you need tou update your data.
you can save your work with different types and also you can open&modify different type of documents too. ALso CATIA can help you to organize your work like assemblies and it will help you a lot when you are working with complex things.

Inconvénients: It is not that easy to use and you must learn all the modules and capabilities to complete your work and it takes time. It is the natural consequence of all that features in one package but I think it can be updated to better user interface. Sometimes it can be hard to work with shell data (surfaces without parameters or details) which is commonly used in lots of industry.

Good design software but not best

Publié le 26/05/2019
Utilisateur vérifié
Mechanical Design Engineer
Automobile, 10 001+ employés
Temps d'utilisation du produit: plus de deux ans
Provenance de l'utilisateur 
5/5
Note globale
4 / 5
Facilité d'utilisation
5 / 5
Fonctionnalités
5 / 5
Support client
5 / 5
Rapport qualité-prix
Probabilité de recommander le produit :
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Commentaires: Catia is good in automotive area but not best.

Avantages: Catia has different modules like for surface generative shape design, for sheet metal generative sheet metal design. This are ease to use and fast modules for designers.

Inconvénients: I have used 4 different design software. Catia should be user friendly. If you know what to do but don't know you can do with what button, Catia is useless. Others has search button to search funtion shortcuts.

Powerful CAD package but a high learning curve

Publié le 18/10/2017
Utilisateur vérifié
Design Engineer
Temps d'utilisation du produit: plus de deux ans
Provenance de l'utilisateur 
5/5
Note globale
4 / 5
Facilité d'utilisation
5 / 5
Fonctionnalités
5 / 5
Support client
4 / 5
Rapport qualité-prix
Probabilité de recommander le produit :
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Commentaires: Easy to model complex designs once software functions are mastered.

Avantages: It's a very powerful CAD program that allows users to make complex models and designs very easily and quickly. Functionality is great for making complex shapes and assemblies.

Inconvénients: Catia has a high learning curve and is not the most intuitive software package. Once basic functions are mastered operating CATIA is very easy and can be done efficiently.

It really solves our all design problems and it is also more different than other software. loved it

Publié le 13/07/2018
Natalia B.
Software Engineer
Temps d'utilisation du produit: plus d'un an
Provenance de l'utilisateur 
5/5
Note globale
5 / 5
Facilité d'utilisation
5 / 5
Fonctionnalités
4 / 5
Support client
4 / 5
Rapport qualité-prix

Avantages: It is very easy to do anything we want to do via this software from drawing and solid body to surface modeling... The space of CATIA is fantastic for user.it will be more if i say this is the best Solid Modeling Program in the whole market everywhere we look for such soft wares...

Inconvénients: Sometimes CATIA takes a little long while downloading our files and this makes the whole work a little boring for doer. And i also know that it is not a big issue for a software it usually happens while using other ones as well.So this is the great for me .

Global Engineering CAD Tool

Publié le 02/07/2019
Utilisateur vérifié
R&D Engineer
Automobile, 10 001+ employés
Temps d'utilisation du produit: plus de deux ans
Provenance de l'utilisateur 
4/5
Note globale
4 / 5
Facilité d'utilisation
5 / 5
Fonctionnalités
4 / 5
Support client
5 / 5
Rapport qualité-prix
Probabilité de recommander le produit :
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Commentaires: We are using this tool to create new products as a leader of automotive sector. The most important feature in automotive companies.

Avantages: You can do it what do you want. Most companies use this program and you need to add this program to your abilities as a mechanical engineer.

Inconvénients: It is the most powerful 3D modeling program in the world and you need to deeply investigate every tools.

Review from IT

Publié le 01/02/2019
Alfred G.
Information and Network Administartor
Automobile, 201-500 employés
Temps d'utilisation du produit: plus de deux ans
Provenance de l'utilisateur 
4/5
Note globale
2 / 5
Facilité d'utilisation
5 / 5
Fonctionnalités
5 / 5
Support client
5 / 5
Rapport qualité-prix
Probabilité de recommander le produit :
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Avantages: very solid software and stable.
nice to manage license access from server per user.
excellent support
send you CDs

Inconvénients: hard for user to lease license from server when traveling. other CAD software would allow you to take license with you out of office for laptop keeping the main license on server for desktop very expensive and high yearly maintenance fees

Good product for 3D design

Publié le 03/05/2019
Utilisateur vérifié
Product Development Engineer
Automobile, 10 001+ employés
Temps d'utilisation du produit: plus de deux ans
Provenance de l'utilisateur 
4/5
Note globale
3 / 5
Facilité d'utilisation
4 / 5
Fonctionnalités
Support client
Rapport qualité-prix
Probabilité de recommander le produit :
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Commentaires: We're working on automotive company.This product is benefit to prepare and see the design with 3D and check the package. It helps to decrease the prototype investment.

Avantages: You can easily create 3D design and choose the suitable material from Catia library and calculate the mass, inertia, volume.

Inconvénients: It's not easy to use. It has many different feature . You need to get training .

Catia is the fifth essence of Product design

Publié le 09/03/2018
Arlex G.
VICEPRESIDENT
Temps d'utilisation du produit: plus de deux ans
Provenance de l'utilisateur 
5/5
Note globale
4 / 5
Facilité d'utilisation
5 / 5
Fonctionnalités
3 / 5
Support client
4 / 5
Rapport qualité-prix
Probabilité de recommander le produit :
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Commentaires: With the we have simulated elements related to the design of the product and also its production

Avantages: CATIA was born from the need for a design tool for the aeronautical industry, years of Dassault experience have refined a platform designed for the life cycle of a product, since it is born in thought until it becomes obsolete in some way, it has unique functionalities for the design of products, fijence I say products and not merely design, that is the philosophy of CATIA, you can simulate the production, the processes, the supply chains, without a doubt the Fifth Essence of this market.

Inconvénients: I think the only disadvantage that it has is its price and the modest network of partners for support.

Great modeling tool for complex assemblies

Publié le 21/07/2019
Utilisateur vérifié
Product Development Engineer
Automobile, 10 001+ employés
Temps d'utilisation du produit: plus de deux ans
Provenance de l'utilisateur 
5/5
Note globale
4 / 5
Facilité d'utilisation
5 / 5
Fonctionnalités
Support client
Rapport qualité-prix
Probabilité de recommander le produit :
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Commentaires: Generating 3D models, 2D sketches, part & assembly designs are the main things that I perform with CATIA.

Avantages: It has a lot of function that you can create 3D & 2D models, perform simple analysis including DVA. Surface modeling is the best in the industry.

Inconvénients: Not that much easy to learn all functions in detail. But need to spend some time to learn.

Best software to buy in mechanical engineering.

Publié le 01/08/2018
Marcelo O.
Chief of engineering department.
Temps d'utilisation du produit: plus de deux ans
Provenance de l'utilisateur 
5/5
Note globale
3 / 5
Facilité d'utilisation
5 / 5
Fonctionnalités
4 / 5
Support client
4 / 5
Rapport qualité-prix

Avantages: I've been using it for more than 3 years, and in my experience has been great. It's really completed and the best option to make projects in design and engineering.

Inconvénients: It's a software with so many features and functions that you are not able to use them all properly, and also, they have some tools more developed than others.

First program I run every morning

Publié le 29/05/2019
Utilisateur vérifié
Design Supervisor
Automobile, 10 001+ employés
Temps d'utilisation du produit: plus de deux ans
Provenance de l'utilisateur 
5/5
Note globale
5 / 5
Facilité d'utilisation
5 / 5
Fonctionnalités
5 / 5
Support client
4 / 5
Rapport qualité-prix
Probabilité de recommander le produit :
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Commentaires: The best design I have ever used for 10 years and it can be integrated with analysis tools

Avantages: I am design supervisor and my team use Catia V5 for all design activities. There is so much tool to create any design in my mind.

Inconvénients: Perfect design tool but command base and developing automation tool is a little bit complex

It is for Pros

Publié le 18/04/2019
Utilisateur vérifié
Product Development Engineer
Automobile, 10 001+ employés
Temps d'utilisation du produit: plus de deux ans
Provenance de l'utilisateur 
5/5
Note globale
4 / 5
Facilité d'utilisation
5 / 5
Fonctionnalités
5 / 5
Support client
5 / 5
Rapport qualité-prix
Probabilité de recommander le produit :
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Commentaires: It is great. But not for everyone

Avantages: You have a lot of options and tools you can use in catia. For example you can design your products in sheet metal, and configure anything according to your production capabilities

Inconvénients: It is very hard to learn. Especially moving with mouse is hard to learn