Cost is an important consideration when selecting a CAD software application. Because of this, we at Scan2CAD regularly create comprehensive pricing articles in which we talk about products, license types, terms, and cost of the most popular CAD software applications in existence.
In this article, we would be reviewing CATIA (Computer-Aided Three-dimensional Interactive Application) by Dassault Systemes, a software suite for CAD, CAM, CAE, and PLM across multiple platforms. However, because of the nature of CATIA, which we would be explaining later, there are no set prices for any of the software’s products. Pricing depends on various factors and is therefore quote-based. You would have to contact CATIA’s sales team.
Knowing what factors determine the pricing you would receive is crucial to hastening the quoting processes. In this article, we will be going through the various factors that influence CATIA pricing.
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CATIA has a very fast range of capabilities offered through many different products. A configuration or package in CATIA contains a number of products. The quote you receive depends on your package which in turn depends on your discipline. The disciplines CATIA covers include design and styling, construction, engineering, and systems engineering.
There are two basic types of CATIA configurations; standard configurations and custom configurations
Standard configurations contain a preset list of products that are most relevant to a field.
Custom configurations, one the other hand, are created by the customer during ordering. You can create a custom configuration by adding your desired products from the CATIA portfolio to an existing standard configuration. This means that a custom configuration is not built from scratch. Rather, products are added to a standard configuration to get a custom configuration.
Products in CATIA refer to any fixed unit. The following are some of the types of products offered.
- Standard configurations. Going by the definition of products, standard configurations, although made up of products, are considered as products themselves.
- Add-on products. These are products that can be added to a standard configuration to create a custom configuration.
- Shareable products. When you procure a configuration, all products within the configuration are bound under one license. Shareable products, however, come with their license keys separate from the configuration. This allows the product to be shared with multiple users.
- Extra products. Extra products are products that come along with certain configurations or products. Not all configurations come with extra products. Extra products are neither licensed or standalone. They are free of charge and are installed along with the associated configuration or product.
Every purchase CATIA configuration and product, except shareable products, come with non-sharable licenses. There are two major licensing schemes used in CATIA; Node Locked/Machine-based licensing and Concurrent licensing.
Node-locked licensing, also known as machine-based licensing, allows a product or configuration to be installed and used on one machine by a single user. A variation of this scheme known as Named user licensing allows the installation on more than one personal device. However, they can only be used by one user.
Concurrent licensing allows CATIA to be installed on multiple devices for use by multiple users. However, only the number of seats purchased can be used concurrently. For example, you install CATIA on 15 devices using a concurrent license. If you only purchased five seats, only five of these computers would be able to run CATIA simultaneously.
Dassault Systemes offers various licensing terms for CATIA. You can purchase a perpetual license with annual maintenance. You can also purchase yearly, quarterly, 2-year, and 3-year licenses.
The complex pricing of CATIA is as a result of the numerous variables involved. Now that you have been armed with the prerequisite knowledge for a smooth quoting process, simply contact the CATIA sales team for a quote based on your requirements.