APPENDIXMEET THE CADOPOLY
If you want to buy a 3D CAD or PLM system, you have to choose one of four giant vendors: Dassault Systèmes, Autodesk, PTC, or Siemens PLM.
Dassault Systèmes SA
The maker of CATIA 3D CAD started as a business unit of the French aerospace group that makes the Mirage fighter aircraft. Today it offers two 3D CAD platforms: CATIA and SolidWorks, the latter developed by the eponymous Massachusetts-based company Dassault acquired in 1997. The two platforms are not compatible. Dassault is second to Siemens PLM in enterprise-class CAD/PLM systems, with a corporate client base that includes Boeing, Airbus, Bombardier, Ford, Toyota, Honda, Renault, and some divisions at Lockheed Martin. SolidWorks is the best-selling mainstream 3D CAD product, besting rival products from Autodesk, Siemens PLM, and smaller vendors.