Design the way you think.
IronCAD lets you design the way you think, intuitively and powerfully. Drag & drop shapes, parts and assemblies from infinitely customisable catalogues, push & pull to make precise changes in seconds, and create assemblies in one file. It’s a fundamentally better way to design in 3D.
The speed to invent the future,
with time left to watch it unfold.
IronCAD models fast, and we mean really fast. Get ahead of your competitors and get to market faster with tools that skip many of the boring steps in traditional 3D CAD. Put simply, get far more return on investment for every minute you spend using CAD software.
“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
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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. 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.
Learn in days, not months.
It’s made to think the way you do.
IronCAD is made to think the way you do. Our tools are not only powerful but built to be extremely intuitive. Many people can be comfortably using IronCAD in hours or days, not weeks or months like most CAD software. Whether you’ve got a busy schedule or want to train your team in a flash, we’d be very surpised if they can learn anything as fast as IronCAD.
“We use about 20 seats of IronCAD. You can design in 3D way way faster than normal programs, and it’s so easy that even a 15 year old boy learns it within 2 days… ”
Johannes Schreiber – Robotunits
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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 do, and give you predictable results when you want to get something done. IronCAD’s methodology is logical, making it easy for new CAD users to pick up and understand quickly.
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.
Make design changes when you want to. Not when your CAD software decides to let you.
Make design changes in seconds, without worrying about how the model was made or if you’ll break the history-tree. The amount of time and money spent making late design changes is simply crazy, IronCAD changes that. IronCAD lets you model with or without history-dependency, so making a change to your model is as simple as doing it.
“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
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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 well, and sometimes have taught themselves ways to try and avoid these problems at all costs. We’ve heard many names for this over the years, a few being “Tree of blood” “Tree of death” “Model explosion”.
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 still use our shapes catalog.
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.
Of Course, There’s So Much More.
The three big reasons above trickle down into an ocean of individual reasons to use IronCAD. For those who want to make their CAD process as efficient as possible, IronCAD is a goldmine of potential productivity gains.
No Need For Mating
Work With DWGs & DXFs
Dual Kernels (PARASOLID & ACIS)
Direct Editing Tools
Turn Off History Dependency
Drag & Drop Sheet Metal
Get A Better View Of Your Design
Integrated FEA & CFD Tools
We’re Happy To Prove It To You!
Let us show just how much more productive your business could be with IronCAD. Download a free trial and leave a note with what you would like to make. We’ll send you a video on how it’s done.