IronCAD 2020 Product Update #1 Release
We’re excited to announce the latest release of IRONCAD 2020 Product Update #1, which builds on our 2020 release vision of productivity. This new release contains many exciting improvements and capabilities that help you drive innovation and get your products to market faster. Our goal for IRONCAD 2020 Product Update #1 was to focus on performance, continuous quality improvement, and improvements that make the design process more productive.
Below are more specific details about this release and focuses specifically on the following areas:
- Large Assembly Performance
- Production Drawings Improvements
- Improved Usability and User Interface Enhancements
- General Improvements
Large Assembly Performance
IRONCAD 2020 Product Update #1 has significantly improved large assembly performance, allowing users to work more efficiently. Specific large assembly performance improvements include:
Continued improvements have been performed in this area to reduce the load/save times of large assembly data.
ICD View Creation/Update Speed Improvements
Improvements have been made to improve the view creation speed in the ICD especially with large assembly files.
ICD View Camera Interaction Performance Improvements
New options to control functions that can hinder performance have been added to aid in the overall camera interaction performance. Under Tools/Options/Technical Drawing/Display Options, you will see a new option to control the Break Line display for many dimensions on a drawing. Disabling the Break Line tool when many annotations are visible will greatly improve interaction.
Production Drawings Improvements
Create Drawing from Right-click of Selected Parts/Assemblies
New command to create drawings based on the current selection in the scene. The command will allow for a create a new drawing of the selected items or allow you to run the Bulk View Creation to create a multi-sheet drawing based on the selected items.
IronCAD Drawing Text Property – View Scale
New capability to capture the Front View Scale value and place it in text properties to automatically populate the scale for sheets. Applying the property to a text and storing it with a template will allow you to have the scale automatically updated for new drawings.
Hide All Threads on Multiple Selected Views
New ability to select multiple views on a sheet and select to hide all threads transferred from the scene in one command. This speeds up the process of showing/hiding transferred annotations in drawings.
Do Not Cut Fasteners Option in Section Views
New option on section views to not cut fasteners projected in the view. Typically fasteners are not sectioned in detailed drawings and the new option provides a simple option to disable the sectioning of these elements.
Search Command in the Bulk View Creation Dialog Tree
New capabilities have been added to search for part names in the Bulk View Creation tree to make it easier to locate items to include/exclude in the command.
Reuse Complete IronCAD Drawings in bulk creation (Supporting Dimensions, annotations, & views)
New ability to connect common parts that have detailed drawings already generated to the Bulk View Creation tool. Using this capability, you can import these common component drawings into a catalog and then use them in scenes to connect them in the Bulk View Creation command to automatically load the detailed drawing and only update when changes are made. This command is useful when using commonly used parts in multiple files where you need to have the drawing in the drawing sheet set for the project.
Creating a Bulk View Drawing with Different Drawing Name
Ability to click and change the drawing to be used for creation or updating in the Bulk View Creation Dialog to allow for selecting existing drawings where the drawing is not the same name as the files.
New Capability to Delete Broken-Out Section Views in the Right-Click Menu
Improved capability to delete broken-out section views on a view in the right-click menu. All section views will be listed to allow for the ability to delete specific section views.
ISO Angular Dimensions Placement in IronCAD
Updated the angular annotation standards to following ISO placement for Angular Dimensions in IronCAD.
Text with Leader Support for Vertical Placement
New options to support the ability to set the Text with Leader in a vertical orientation. This option can be set on individual dimensions or can be set in the style as a default.
Dimensions Underscript and Overscript Setting to Center by default
New Default Style setting to allow the ability to define the horizontal alignment of the Under/Over script on Dimensions. Setting this default will allow the default location of the dimension text to be placed. This is not a style setting, so once placed it is not controlled by the style to update all instances later.
Text Fill with Color Options to Set Light Properties to 100% by Default
New controls on the Text Fill settings for the light display properties and to set these to by default to 100% on the colors to help give a true color display.
Improved Usability and User Interface Enhancements
Right-Click Pop-Up Menu With Quick Access Commands
When right-clicking in IronCAD, the S Key Quick Access commands will appear on the right-click menu for quick access to commands using a visual interface. This provides a faster way to access commands visually without using a hotkey.
Live Update UI Improvements
The Live Update tool will be enhanced to support IronCAD and Design Extensions (MPIC, Mechanical, and KeyShot) with an improved interface and ability to access the command from within IronCAD.
Template Directory Moved to User AppData Writeable Folder
The Scene and Drawing Template folder have been updated to point to the user’s AppData writeable folder on the start of IronCAD. This will allow for the edit and save of templates to automatically point to a writeable folder for easy saving.
General Modeling Improvements
Sheet Metal Out/In Bend Align to Stock
New automatic behaviors to align the Out/In bends to the stock when the stock has an angled profile to create a closed corner condition automatically. Simply drop a out/in bend on a stock and the closed corner will automatically be created.
Sheet Metal Minimum Radius Parameter
Ability to create parameters to define the minimum bend radius setting on sheet metal parts. This enhances the ability to fully control a sheet metal part parametrically.
Sheet Metal Bend Relief Automatic Alignment
By default, the notch created on a bend relief will change its length to go to the end of the bend location on the stock. This is a common distance for bend relief notches and will reduce manual work to find the length value. This will be done parametrically in the notch if the expression is removed, it will use the user set length value.
Support Loft Press Break Bend to a Point
New capability to support the loft press bend to a point between two profiles which is used in manufacturing.