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Today's successful companies are the ones that have found a way to bring more competitive products to market quicker, with higher quality at a lower cost than their competition. These companies value increased productivity and the solutions that can deliver it.
IronCAD understands this need for easy to use, highly productive tools that can be used either stand alone or incorporated into a broader corporate PLM initiative. It is that understanding that has lead to the development of IRONCAD. More...
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IRONCAD is the productivity leader when it comes to moving creative ideas into full 3D reality. It utilizes a breakthrough Creative Design approach that delivers a level of design freedom unmatched in the industry today. IRONCAD is the tool of choice for design engineers when deadlines are tight and a high degree of unanticipated change is to be expected. It provides a fresh alternative to today's history based parametric only systems by providing the additional capability of a radical new drag and drop 3D environment that delivers unmatched ease-of-use, and superior productivity.
IRONCAD, since its introduction, has received many awards because of its innovation in the areas of 3D design. It allows a new engineering user to be productive after only a few days while allowing unprecedented productivity for the experienced user. IRONCAD was engineered from the ground up with visual drag and drop concepts at its core, intuitively extending familiar Windows concepts into 3D. The result is a solid modeling solution that is more productive in Creative 3D Design than any of today's leading CAD systems.
The IRONCAD Difference is the increased productivity and design freedom experienced when using IRONCAD's radically new Creative Design approach.
Creative Design can best be described as:
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The power of Creative Design is in the freedom it gives the user to choose when and where to apply a traditional parametric approach. This freedom of choice allows the user to apply the best design approach for the job at hand. In the early stages of a design it is hard to know exactly what constraint scheme would work the best. With IRONCAD the user does not have to concern themselves about which constraint scheme to adopt instead they can focus on the conceptual design issues leaving the parameterization until later in the design process.
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The Creative Design approach delivers the following key benefits to the user.
Improved Design Productivity:
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Ease of use:
Improved Design Visualization and Communication:
Product Drawing Automatization:
IRONCAD is the most competitive priced product in its class. It comes standard with all the 3D modeling you will ever need, photo realistic rendering, animation and a full set of data translators. It is the best value to be found in the market today.
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Thousands of IRONCAD customers from around the world have experienced the IRONCAD Difference; defining it by saying things such as:
IRONCAD's Creative Product Design approach gave us significant productivity gains over our previous CAD system. (See table below)
"Innovation is the echoing theme of our company, so it only made sense to acquire the tools that will allow our engineers to perform their jobs with speed and efficiency, while at the same time not restraining their creativity. IRONCAD made this happen."
Howard McCall - Multiple Discipline Technology Group
"IRONCAD's innovative design approach allows me design prototype assemblies in the context of a single file without having to deal with cumbersome single part files which are standard in tradition design systems. This architecture allows me to design in the context of the assembly which allows for less errors and better designed components. IRONCAD's freedom and ease-of-us allows me to make changes and build components with unprecedented speeds and flexibility."
Mr. Schappacher - Weil Engineering
"IRONCAD has made the design process much more efficient and effective allowing our designers more flexibility and freedom in their work than ever before. We could never be this efficient in Pro/E or other constraint based systems".
Anders Uddman - Ankarsrum Motors AB
"IRONCAD allows us to quickly visualize our ideas and will produce designs much faster. Also the data in the 3D IRONCAD model allows us to make direct connections with our existing CAD-CAM production software."
Rene Hollegien - Van Keulen Interieurbouw
The only way to fully appreciate the IRONCAD Difference is to take IRONCAD for a test drive or ask an IRONCAD authorized reseller to show you the IRONCAD Difference one on one. Its time you found out for yourself why IRONCAD is "The Fastest and Easiest Way to 3D".
[Q] Why would I choose IronCAD over any of the other MCAD like Inventor or Solid Works. I don't quite get the difference?
[A] An excellent question and one that CAD International deliberated over for a long time before selecting IronCAD as its preferred MCAD software. When we did our assessment of the leading MCAD software we looked at Pro-E, Solid Works, Solid Edge, Inventor, Alibre Design, Think-3D, Solid Thinking and Space Claim.
All the CAD software in this segment of the market have strengths and weaknesses, but what we discovered with IronCAD was that it was unique in how it modeled, making it faster to learn, faster to use and significantly easier to make changes to a model at any stage in the design process without lacking in any area that we could reasonably test.
In simple terms whilst each of the others had their individual redeeming features, IronCAD could do everything they did combined as well as having some totally unique tools of its own.
[Q] I have heard that it is important to model things in a strict order with these types of CAD programs, is that also true for IronCAD?
[A] The other products only use a structured history-based approach - This means the order in which you model your design is critical to the way your model behaves as you make changes - get the order of features in your model wrong and one simple change to one small aspect of your design could mean the most bizarre results and time consuming re-building to make the model work again.
IronCAD is different because it has both structured and non-structured part design. Non-structured works particularly well when you are in the more creative stage of design and are testing out concepts and ideas and need to make radical changes quickly without being constrained by the model's sequence of construction.
[Q] What's so good about the Drag 'n' Drop and Tri-Ball features in IronCAD - Can't they all do much the same?
[A] Amazing at it may seem, IronCAD is unique in its ability to simply drag pre-ordaned features from a palette onto your model. This makes it faster to apply features than in any other product. This same drag and drop approach also applies to assemblies and even materials for rendering. The single design environment also means you can work seemlessly in the assembly and in the part at the same time.
The patented TriBall feature alone is a big reason to work with IronCAD. It is the most intelligent method of modifying the geometry of your design. Others have tried to copy but have done a poor emulation - It remains the industry leader in model manipulation. It can take a little while to master it but when you do there's no turning back.
[Q] We have large assemblies with thousands of parts. Our current CAD software does not cope very well with these, especially when generating 2D drawing views from the model onto the page. It has a feature designed to make the parts in the assembly less demanding but it doesn't seem to help much. How good is IronCAD with large assemblies?
[A] IronCAD's earlier versions had much the same problem that you are experiencing but the two latest versions are brilliant at handling large assemblies. There are special modes of display for small parts and also a way to generate 2D drawings without having to compute every aspect of every part of every assembly of every sub-assy of...you get the picture. Its good.
Additionally, models that are detailed and contain many components will render on screen in real-time faster than any other software we tested which makes working on large models much easier. It is still important to run a fast CPU with lots of RAM and preferably Windows 7 on a 64bit machine.
[Q] We are an Australian manufacturer and have heard good things about IronCAD. We currenly use AutoDesk Inventor but we are not really happy with it. Could you give me a list of users of IronCAD in Australia that I might be able to talk to? From what I have read on the net and in forums IronCAD looks like it might be a much better fit for us but it helps if we can talk with users first hand.
[A] Here is a list of some clients currently using IronCAD that are ok for someone to chat with them. You will find several have been using other programs like Inventor and Solid Edge or Solid Works but have made the switch to IronCAD. I don't recall anyone going the other way!
[Q] How does IronCAD actually rate with software like Solid Edge, Solid Works or Inventor etc? I am currently using Alibre and find it very limited. I have used Solid Works and quite liked it at the time. IronCAD 'looks' like it would be best but I am not really sure.
[A] I think the best way to answer is to explain where most MCAD products fit in relation to each other.
At the bottom of the pile are products that lack key functionality or have simply added 'solids modeling' to an existing 'wire frame' CAD environment to allow them to say they have 'solids' - These include AutoCAD, TurboCAD, Bricscad and many others. They are literally older tecnologies with solids bolted on.
Next are the 'entry level' parametric solids modelers. These are true modelers but are typically limited in functionality or fail when certain complex designs are attemped. They often do not support good file exchange or large assemblies but are fine for smaller one-off designs. Alibre and several others fall into this category. they are usually priced at around $2000 or below.
Following up the ladder from these are the far more professional modelers. These include Inventor, SolidEdge, SolidWorks and IronCAD (in that order). Typically these are sold well above $4000 per license with an additional upgrade or support cost on an annual basis. They are comprehensive and powerful products, each with their own strengths and weaknesses.
We place IronCAD at the top of this group because IronCAD has the abilities of the other products but its design approach is far more flexible and therefore faster and easier to use or make changes. IronCAD's drag and drop feature, it file structure and the way geometry is manipulated is definitley superior. As a simple example of this, there is no need to sketch a profile and extrude it every time you want a part or feature - you simply drop a pre-shaped part or feature into the scene and push, pull and attach it how you need.
From our observation IronCAD have historically been more innovative with features - these are usually then emulated by the other players in the market.
Sitting above these so called mid-range MCAD solutions are products like Catia. These top of the pile mega CAD products are sold at a much higher price and cost far more to maintain. They often have far more advanced surfacing abilities and engineering FEA built-in. They are used by companies involved in projects like major aircraft design or massive engineering projects. Each year we find that the more advanced features and functionality of these top-end programs are being incorporated into the mid-range software.
The best way to be really clear about whether IronCAD is right for you though, is to ask one of the CAD International sales engineers. Be sure to tell them exactly the sort of things you will be designing so they can advise you correctly. If IronCAD is not the best solution they will tell you as they don't work on commission and don't want you to come and complain to them after you have made your purchased. There are a lot of factors to consider when buying so take the advice of the experts to avoid making a costly mistake.
[Q] Can I put IronCAD onto more than one machine?
[A] Yes. there are several options. You can load IronCAD software onto as many machines as you like and simply unregister and reregister your license in a simple online procedure to move the license from one machine to another. Alternatively you can purchase an optional USB license dongle that enables the software license on whichever machine the USB dongle is plugged into. Finally, if you need access to IronCAD from multiple machines at the same time on your network you can purchase a network license manager that will allow you to run as many licenses as you have purchased at the same time on any machine on the network.
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