Catia and design

Discussion in 'Software' started by Artur, Sep 1, 2003.

  1. Artur
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    Artur New Member

    Hey all. Has anyone used Catia to design yachts?How was the experience?

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    probably expensive...very, very expensive.
  3. Doug Carlson
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    Doug Carlson Senior Member


    For about 8 years, I have been using Pro/E ( I believe it is approximately, functionally equivalent to Catia) for design and manufacturing in the areas of aerospace and electronics mechanical components. I have also used it extensively for tooling and product design.

    Recently I've been experimenting with it for boat design (hobby). My impression is that from a mechanical design and surfacing standpoint all of the necessary capabilities are available. Pro/E has a ship building module the cost of which I could not justify for my interests. Without that module no performance analysis is readily available. I'm sure that using the programming capabilities, one could develope analysis capabilities.

    I would never recommend Pro/E as a dedicated boat/yacht design software because the overhead, both financial and learning curve, are too high, and there are a large number of significantly less expensive and more tailored softwares available.

    On the other hand, because I've already made the investments for other reasons, I intend to continue experimenting.

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