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3D printing and injection molding have a lot in common. Both of these manufacturing processes are meant to make a designer’s vision a reality as painlessly as possible. Both 3D printing and injection molding are great at producing prototypes or replacement parts, among many things. Manufacturing parts have traditionally been performed with injection molding. That process… Read more

CAD software for metal fabrication needs to be able to facilitate the production process, but how many 3D CAD platforms also help speed up the sales process, which some might consider even more important? More often than not, even the most skilled CAD user on a traditional CAD platform can’t move fast enough for salespeople… Read more

The question: How do you cost-effectively optimize your plant floor layout while considering adding new machinery and automation to the mix?   The answer: Thanks to virtual engineering — made possible by the IronCAD Design Collaboration Suite — you can optimize plant floor layouts while saving time, money, and angst.   Virtual engineering allows you to… Read more

Have you ever found that the CAD assembly files you’re working on simply get too big to be manageable? Maybe your partners are sending you large files to import. Or maybe you export files that are simply too big for suppliers or customers to handle. Worse yet, maybe the design files you’re working on —… Read more

CAD Innovations

With this year marking IronCAD’s twentieth anniversary, we thought we’d take a closer look at the 3D design platform’s signature CAD innovations throughout the years. As a company that’s been devoted to making today’s collaborative design process faster and more seamless since we started in 1998, there are some fundamental aspects to IronCAD that it’s… Read more

Twenty years ago, IronCAD made its debut at the National Design Engineering Show and Conference (NDES) in Chicago, stunning audiences with its speed and the introduction of an entirely new design methodology. “IronCAD is the talk of the show,” said David Weisberg, publisher of Engineering Automation Report, at the time. “It’s all I’m hearing about.”… Read more

Unified CAD Assembly Design Environment

Many designers working on large assemblies sometimes encounter strong disconnects between how they’d ideally like to handle their CAD assembly file and how their chosen CAD platform encourages them — or even forces them — to work. With traditional CAD design systems, which construct assemblies out of separate part files, it’s nearly impossible to make… Read more

IronCAD Gold

“To sum up my experience of IronCAD, it exceeded my expectations and left me wanting more.” –Phil Foley, Contributor to Design World IronCAD is an MCAD product that is unique in its intuitive design philosophy incorporating drag-and-drop functionality, push-and-pull shape modification, and a non-restrictive history-based design process. New users find IronCAD a bit strange at… Read more

“IronCAD is a remarkable product that’s been leading the industry for two decades.” —Ralph Grabowski, Design Engineering IronCAD 2018 continues to place advancements in productivity as it primary objective and strives to change the way design in 3D is done today. Ralph Grabowski’s article for Design Engineering captures IronCAD’s history of innovation and highlights the… Read more

Example of aluminum extrusions for structural design

All extrusion profiles used in structural design are not created equal, nor are the designs of the structures made up of the extrusions. Nevertheless, many CAD solutions on the market today provide standard tools for the design of aluminum extrusions and the construction of the structures made up of extrusions. On the other hand, CAD… Read more