to switch to IronCAD
Backed up by quotes from real IronCAD users.
Below we dig deeper into the 3 main reasons for you and your company to switch to IronCAD. Combined these reasons have a very simple result, more profit for your company. For most traditional CAD users, IronCAD is a goldmine of potential productivity gains. It’s time you started getting more return on investment from every minute you use CAD software.
Skip the unnecessary steps and get more done in less time.
“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 systems.” Anders Uddman – Ankarsrum Motors
Make design changes when and where you want.
“IronCAD makes the design process quick and easy, by allowing users the freedom to work with precision, but without the necessity of constraints. Tools such as the TriBall and SmartAssembly, allow us to design quickly – and just as quickly, respond to the changing needs of our clients.” Michael J. Allen – Skyline Exhibits
Be confident and productive in hours or days.
“We use about 20 seats of IronCAD. You can design in 3D
“I have used pretty much all of the popular and expensive CAD systems, such as ProE, SolidWorks, Solid Edge, Catia, Delcam products, etc, but none were as easy, or as fast as IronCAD is. More things just get done in less time, period!” Mike Walls – Microplanet
Speed – Create Huge Time Savings
In traditional CAD software, you usually start a model by creating or selecting a plane, then creating a sketch on that plane, and then creating a 3D shape from that sketch (like an extrude, spin, sweep, loft etc).
In IronCAD you skip these steps. They are still available for you if you want them, but you don’t need them. For example, simply drag and drop a shape into place, it now has a sketch plane and cross-section already drawn for you, you can edit them at any stage, but you skipped the boring (and unnecessary) process of individually creating them.
But let’s dig deeper. In traditional CAD software, you create all your parts individually and then assemble them at the end with mates and constraints. This is time-consuming and largely unnecessary, but also not the way we naturally think about products. We think about products as a related whole assembly, not as a combination of individual unrelated parts. It also means things don’t always fit the first time around.
In IronCAD you design in the context of your assembly, whether your product is 10 parts or 10,000 parts, it can all be done in one IronCAD file. This that you get to design in the context of your whole assembly, seeing how parts relate to each other and sizing them to fit other parts in the assembly. Everything fits perfectly first time around. Another benefit of this is that you don’t need mates or constraints for most parts because the only parts that need to be constrained are ones that have specified movement (like a wheel or lever). For everything else, you can completely skip the mates and constraints, which is a huge time saving compared to traditional methods.
This means, as a company, you can get far more done in the same amount of time. Maybe you were currently getting 4 drawings done per day, make it 8. Maybe you think you need another CAD user to keep up with demand, get them using IronCAD and they’ll do the job of two people using traditional software. All in all, giving you more profit for every minute your company uses CAD software.
“We never know what our next customers’ needs will be, but we can easily adapt thanks to all the options IronCAD provides. We get to design the way we want, regardless of how the design was originally built.” Lerocon
“I really appreciate that IronCAD works so freely and easily. It is a really a big difference in the way of working, it’s more logical.” Richard Liljedahl – Broddson
Flexibility – Be Ready For Anything
Traditional software is history-dependant, this means that almost everything you do is dependant on the things and features that came before it. So if you delete or change one of those features, you can very easily “break” your model, which can take a long time to fix. Users of traditional software will know this experience
IronCAD works differently, you can choose when, where, and if you want to have history dependency. This means you can just grab a feature or part and delete it, and everything will be fine, we really mean it. You can even move features up and down the tree. You still have feature history, it’s just not history dependent. You get the good without the bad. Then if (in a very rare case) you want history-dependency, you can even turn it on. But trust us, once you’ve experienced the IronCAD way, you won’t want to go back.
In addition to this, IronCAD provides a range of direct editing tools that even work for imported data from other systems. You can directly edit faces to make large changes to a model, and of course
This means, as a company, you can be ready for anything. A customer makes a last minute design change, no problem, just make the change and you’re done. No more fiddling around trying to do things the way the software wants you to, do it your way and get more done.
“It’s very easy to learn, we have a default training program for each new employee and within one week we can use people for production purposes within IronCAD. They know how to use the EMP software, they know how to use IronCAD, they know how to use our plugin. We are very pleased with IronCAD.” Eddy Huis in ‘t Veld – Van Keulen
“We appreciate that it is easy to make changes with IronCAD. It’s also easy to see how parts fit into different projects. The dynamic program structure is a big advantage.” Dockstavarvet
“I feel inspired by IRONCAD because it is so easy to try wild ideas, which is important for me as an inventor.” Göran Ewerlöf – EZ Engineering
Learning – Learn In Days, Not Months
Traditional software is often built around old-fashioned CAD drawing principles. This makes it much harder to teach a new person how to use it. Traditional programs often have multiple week-long courses and take months to get confident using, IronCAD is different.
IronCAD is built to be intuitive, that’s why we have drag and drop catalogs, push and pull shapes and more. It’s built to think the way you
If you’re learning it for yourself, this means you can get confident much faster than traditional software, and not have to worry about lengthy and expensive training courses. If you’re training employees, this means you can have them working productively in far less time.
Of course, there’s so much more!
These are what we like to call the big reasons, but these reasons trickle down into an ocean of individual reasons to choose IronCAD over traditional software. As mentioned above, IronCAD is a gold mine of potential productivity games for traditional CAD users. As you get to know IronCAD in more detail, you’ll likely come up with your own reasons, but here’s a list of a few more:
Drag & Drop Sheet Metal
Dual Kernels (PARASOLID & ACIS)
Turn Off History Dependency
No Need For Mating
Direct Editing Tools
Unified Design Environment
Work With DWGs & DXFs
Get A Better View Of Your Design
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