Buying CATIA: everything you need to know about the CAD software

If you’re looking for cutting-edge computer-aided design (CAD) software, you’ve probably heard of CATIA. CATIA is the benchmark software used by the world’s leading companies in fields as varied as aeronautics, automotive, architecture and design. CATIA, and by extension the 3DEXPERIENCE platform, are used on the largest industrial projects. But how do I buy Catia, how much does it cost, and which version of Catia should I choose? We’ll answer these questions in this blog post.

What is CATIA?

CATIA is a software package developed by Dassault Systèmes, which enables the creation and modification of high-quality 3D models (increasingly referred to as “Digital Twins”). CATIA offers a multitude of functions and tools for designing innovative, high-performance products. Examples include 3D and 2D CAD (manufacturing drawings), simulation, product lifecycle management (PLM, PDM), etc. CATIA is also compatible with other CAD software (such as SolidWorks, of course), facilitating collaborative working and data exchange on projects such as Industrie 4.0.

Which CATIA versions are available?

CATIA is available in several versions, corresponding to different levels of complexity and functionality. The latest version is CATIA v6, which uses cloud computing and online collaboration via the 3DEXPERIENCE platform. CATIA v6 (or CATIA 3DEXPERIENCE) enables you to work on projects in real time, with partners, customers and suppliers located anywhere in the world. Data storage on secure Dassault Système servers guarantees the best protection for your innovations. CATIA v5 is still the most widely used version today, offering great stability and a wide range of applications. CATIA 3DEXPERIENCE is gradually replacing older versions. Among other examples, the Renault group chose to migrate to V6 several years ago ( Article: Renault adopts Dassault Systèmes’ V6 PLM solutions to improve productivity and product quality). CATIA v4 is the oldest version, no longer supported by Dassault Systèmes. XDI is integrator of the 3DEXPERIENCE CATIA version

How to buy CATIA

To purchase Catia, please contact the CATIA XDI support team. XDI is a Dassault Systèmes authorized reseller, so we can advise you on the best solution for your project. We have many ways for you to get a demonstration, test the product, in short, to help you :)

How much does CATIA cost?

The price of Catia depends on the version you choose, the number of licenses you purchase, and the type of contract you sign. At XDI, we are committed to providing you with the most flexible solutions for your project. We therefore give priority to subscription solutions (CATIA rental). If the average price of a Catia v5 license is around 10,000 euros, the average price of a Catia v6 license is around 15,000 euros. On a subscription basis, with no commitment, XDI’s CATIA rental rate is around €500 per month. Whatever the case, we’ll work together to find the best solution for you.

How can I benefit from preferential rates when buying CATIA?

If you’re a start-up or small business, you can benefit from preferential rates on Catia. At XDI, we offer special programs for innovative start-ups, giving them access to Catia at reduced prices. You can also take advantage of free or discounted training courses to learn how to use Catia effectively. We encourage you to test your eligibility for the CATIA and XDI startup programs.

Why buy CATIA?

Subscribe or Buy Catia means investing in powerful, versatile software that will enable you to realize your 3D design projects with precision and creativity. CATIA will help you optimize your development processes, reduce costs and improve your competitiveness. CATIA is also scalable, adapting to the needs and requirements of each industry. We offer CATIA 3DEXPERIENCE subscriptions on a quarterly (QSC) or annual (YSC) basis. For greater flexibility, we often offer our subscribers the option of mixing subscription types.

How do I learn to use CATIA?

To learn how to use Catia, we offer training courses run by XDI experts certified by Dassault Systèmes. These courses will enable you to master Catia‘s functions and tools, and to carry out practical exercises on real-life cases. You can choose between online or face-to-face training, depending on your availability and budget.

Where can I find CATIA resources and tutorials?

If you would like to learn more about Catia, or if you need help solving a specific problem, you can consult the resources and tutorials available on the official Dassault Systèmes website. You’ll find guides, videos, webinars, forums and blogs dedicated to Catia. You can also join the community of Catia users, who share their experiences and tips on social networks.


At XDI, we’re very proud to be a Dassault Systèmes integrator. CATIA is the world’s most widely used CAD software for a wide range of industries, enabling you to design high-quality 3D products. To purchase Catia, please contact XDI. As an authorized Dassault Systèmes reseller, we’ll work with you to find the best solution for your project. CATIA prices vary according to the version you choose, the number of licenses you purchase, and the type of contract you sign. You can also benefit from preferential rates if you’re a startup or small business. To learn how to use CATIA, you can follow training courses or consult online resources.

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Cassandre Maximoff
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I have the pleasure of managing XDI’s communications on all channels, especially here on the website!

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