The article excerpted here, “About IronCAD Design Collaboration for 2016” by Ralph Grabowski, originally appeared on upfrontezine.com.
The thing about IronCAD is that they innovated a lot of technology that other CAD vendors subsequently copied, such as interactive 3D cursors (IronCAD calls theirs the “TriBall”), dragging and dropping parts into drawings (“catalog-based design”), hybrid direct and feature history designing, and more.
The product goes back to 1998 — or even 1995 if we consider the initial inception — and today the IronCAD mission is to be the leader in “innovative product design.” As a result much of the new stuff in IronCAD 2016 leads to greater design automation. Not the automation you might be thinking of, but in how parts interact; I’ll get into details later. The company’s primary users are in the fabrication and assembly markets, such as machine designers, sheet metal fabricators, and so on.