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.
It’s faster, easier to learn, and more flexible than traditional 3D 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!”
“We switched from one of the most common parametric mainstream 3D CAD programs to IronCAD. We have not regretted this for a second. The change has saved both time and money –
Lerocon Weld & Robotics
“We have replaced both AutoCAD and SolidWorks with IronCAD. When it comes to 3D-design, we do see a big advantage by using IronCAD. …Our experience has been that we design faster and easier compared to our earlier solution…”
It’s Fast, Ridiculously Fast.
IronCAD models fast, and we mean really fast. Get ahead of your competitors and get to market faster with design tools that leave traditional 3D CAD systems in the dust. Put simply, get far more return on investment for every minute you spend using CAD software.
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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 It In Days, Not Months.
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.
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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.
Flexible Design Changes, At Any Stage.
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.
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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 productivity gains. Here’s a few reasons why.
IronCAD’s drag and drop catalog system is your 3D palette for useful CAD data. Whether it’s useful parts, features, tools, materials, animations and more, you can drag and drop them in to save them and out to use them at any time. It’s lightning quick and incredibly customisable.
Skip The Mating Process
Because you can design everything in one file, all your components are already in the right place fitting perfectly. There’s no need to mate components unless you’d like them to have movement, in which case just mate the ones with movement and leave the rest.
Work With DWGs & DXFs
IronCAD has two built-in drafting packages, one for drawing views in paper space and one for more advanced drafting, similar to AutoCAD. You can work natively with DWGs and DXFs and everything links back to 3D, updating instantly so you never have to redraw something again.
Powerful & Easy To Use Sheet Metal
A whole catalog of drag & drop sheet metal tools so you can design quickly and intuitively. Then unfold your part and get bend dimensions and a flat pattern ready to be sent for production.
IronCAD’s IntelliShape technology lets you push & pull to precisely adjust complex CAD geometry, which can be customised by simply typing values or even adding complex parameters. You can use our pre-made shapes or build your own to use anytime.
Master Imported Parts From Suppliers
Multiple powerful direct editing tools so you can easily edit imported “dumb solid” CAD models, and even use the patented Triball or shape
Turn Off Traditional History-Dependency
There’s no need to worry about deleting a feature that is above other features in the tree, and you have freedom to re-use CAD data at will without worrying how it was originally made.
Patented SmartAssembly Technology
Our SmartAssembly technology lets you set “magnetic” snap points so modular components automatically position themselves when dragged from a catalog. This can be used by sales-people on site to provide instant custom CAD models with associated manufacturing details and pricing.
Patented Dual Kernel Power
The only system in the world with patented dual kernel technology providing better import/export capabilities with and providing a backup kernel to solve complex geometry.
Get A Better Perspective On Your Design
IronCAD lets you stay in 3D longer, giving you a better overall perspective on your design. There’s far less need to go into 2D sketches, which keeps you designing and working in 3D. You still have the option to go into a 2D sketch whenever you like, but staying in 3D helps you keep your mind on the design.
Patented & Award Winning TriBall
The TriBall is one of the most powerful and useful CAD tools in the world. Move, copy, pattern, and link features, parts, and assemblies all in 3D with a few clicks. Get to know the award-winning TriBall and see why it’s one of the most loved tools in the mechanical engineering CAD industry.
Integrated FEA & CFD Tools
Analyse your design from inside the IronCAD interface, then make design iterations and reanalyze them in seconds. IronCAD has free integrated FEA & CFD tools which can also be upgraded to more advanced versions when needed.
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“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. ”
“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