Category: Reviews

“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

The article excerpted here, “Building a Banked Track Is a Balancing Act” by Kyle Maxey, originally appeared in Mitchell Machine Works is in the business of building complex machines. Hailing from Dalton, Ga., the company has been known the world over for its Magic Carpet, a hydraulically driven roller system that can roll up,… Read more

The article excerpted here, “COMPOSE Yourself: IRONCAD Updates Mobile CAD Viewer” by Kyle Maxey, originally appeared in IRONCAD recently announced the release of its updated mobile CAD viewer COMPOSE Mobile. To say that mobile technology has taken the world by storm is an understatement. More and more tablets and smartphones are becoming the primary… Read more

The article excerpted here, “About IronCAD Design Collaboration for 2016” by Ralph Grabowski, originally appeared on 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… Read more

The article excerpted here, “Dynamic, Smart Modeling Amped Up for Metal Fabrication Design Software” by Al Bredenberg, originally appeared in Design News. IronCAD LLC recently released the 2016 version of its 3D modeling solution targeted at designers in the metal fabrication and assembly sector, providing reportedly improved capabilities in sheetmetal design and including a new mechanical add-in…. Read more

The article excerpted here, “IRONCAD 2016 Now Available” by Anthony J. Lockwood, originally appeared in Digital Engineering. IronCAD LLC has released version 2016 of its IronCAD Design Collaboration Suite (DCS) of 2D and 3D design, detailing, configuration and collaboration applications. This iteration has major enhancements for the fabrication and assembly sector. According to the company, noticeable developments… Read more


IronCAD’s TriBall interface has the distinction of being the very first cursor in CAD that went beyond simple crosshairs. Back in 1995, when IronCAD first launched under the name of Trispectives, the world had never before seen a user interface this advanced. The TriBall acts as a very smart 3D cursor, so smart that it… Read more

All of those who lived through the exciting years of early computer aided design, especially on personal computers, worked mainly in 2D and 2.5D environments. Progress in the direction of designing entirely in 3D was slow. One of the most frequently asked questions was, “How might we generate 3D models based on 2D drawings, and… Read more

The article excerpted here, “Editor’s Pick: IronCAD Integrates Photorealistic Rendering” by Anthony J. Lockwood, originally appeared in Digital Engineering. The people at IronCAD seem relentless in their pursuit to make their integrated IronCAD 3D/2D Design Collaboration Suite more productive and ever more ready for big-time collaboration. Over the past few years, for example, they’ve expanded IronCAD’s collaboration… Read more

The article excerpted here, “Photorealistic Rendering Has Become an Essential Tool in CAD” by Anthony J. Lockwood, originally appeared in Digital Engineering. Six or seven years ago, CAD users considered photorealistic visuals desirable, but not critical. Few would have outright rejected a 3D program because it doesn’t offer the option to instantly view the design in a… Read more