IronCAD Unveils 20th Anniversary Edition Focused on Assembly Design, Usability & Performance
The latest CAD release delivers enhanced Shrinkwrap capabilities, improved Smart eBehavior, and a more intuitive user interface
(ATLANTA, Ga.) December 10, 2018 — IronCAD, the 3D CAD platform of choice among metal fabricators and custom machinery manufacturers, has officially released its 20th Anniversary Edition (IronCAD Design Collaboration Suite 2019), which continues to strengthen its performance with the large assembly designs and workflows common among machinery manufactures.
This new release extends IronCAD’s Shrinkwrap capability to simplify imported and native models and gives users the ability to dynamically load the simplified or full versions based on their preference. Typically, a design team receives files from their partners that they need to leverage in their design. Using the Shrinkwrap tools on imported data to remove unnecessary geometry can drastically reduce the overall design file size and improve graphical and process performance during operations such as during saving and loading, which aids in shortening the design cycle.
Extending this further, IronCAD users have the flexibility to load either the simplified or the full design components in their working file. Using the simplified version allows designers to focus on the design tasks and limit the performance impact of unrelated areas. Whether it is native design data or imported, users can take full advantage of the Shrinkwrap capabilities to optimize their design process by reducing the amount of time typically required to process larger data sets. Users can also employ the Shrinkwrap tools to hide selective parts, non-visible parts, and hole and pocket regions while forcing critical components to remain. This is essential for sharing downstream when companies need to protect critical intellectual property while offering a reasonable-size model for sharing.
Since its debut in 1998, IronCAD has always focused heavily on assembly design, making it easy to build and modify structures while supporting flexibility in positioning or configuring assemblies. IronCAD’s Smart eBehaviorTM allows users to build intelligent connection, position and orientation. Customizable rules, another major focus of the 20th Anniversary Edition, give users more methods for defining connection locations and naming them with alias names to make them easy to identify. Users also have access to mechanism behaviors when connecting components in cases like four-bar linkages.
IronCAD was originally based on the idea of “design for all.” The 20th Anniversary Edition includes a number of enhancements in the user interface that continue this democratic tradition. Improvements such as bold edges, updated handle and TriBall® displays, quick sizing behaviors on input, direct input on drop of features, improved dimensional display in sketches, and direct access to the TriBall positioning tool are just a few of the subtle changes that improve the usability of IronCAD.
“We are pleased to be offering our 20th Anniversary Edition to customers in the equipment machinery design and manufacturing space,” stated Dr. Tao-Yang Han, president of IronCAD. “The culmination of features and functionality in this release truly reduces the design cycle while providing powerful CAD technology in a user-friendly manner, making it easy for all designers to grasp and become productive. Over 20 years, hundreds of thousands of customers have enjoyed the flexibility and productivity provided by IronCAD.”
For a full list of productivity improvements added in this 20th Anniversary Edition, visit www.ironcad.com/whatsnew.
For those who want to try IronCAD’s 20th Anniversary Edition, IronCAD now offers a free online trial that doesn’t require downloading or installing the product on a desktop PC. Simply run the trial directly in a Web browser on any device. To get started, visit, www.ironcad.com/TryIronCADNow.
Based in Atlanta, Ga., IronCAD is a leading provider of 3D design productivity solutions that deliver the highest levels of customer satisfaction and productivity. Individual components of this solution can be used standalone, complementary within an existing design environment, or can be used together to collaborate effectively throughout the enterprise to extend productivity. IronCAD’s flagship product IRONCAD has won many industry awards for its innovative technology and leads the industry in its ease of use and design productivity. Thousands of customers worldwide use IronCAD to support their success. For more information about IronCAD, visit www.ironcad.com.