What’s New in IronCAD Mechanical 2018

Feb 2, 2018 | , , ,

IronCAD Mechanical 2018


New settings are available in the IPROSetting window (accessed from the Windows Start menu) to allow additional capabilities as follows:

  • A new “Tab” has been added to handle the loading of catalogs at the start of an IronCAD application (IRONCAD, INOVATE, etc.).
  • New option to automatically create a preview image file of the scene when saving (the image file is saved in the same folder as the 3D scene file).

Add Attachment

It’s now possible to add a “Description Text” to the Attachment that can be added to an object.

External Link Manager

The External Link manager has been updated to support the copying of .exb files in the copy 2D files option. In addition, there is a new option to also copy the current scene in the process to maintain the 3D and 2D associations.

Export Face

The export face and export profile to DXF commands have been improved in the capabilities and performance.


The Text3D command is now possible to get the text string directly from a “CustomData” or a “BOM” data field.


Added the possibility to have a threaded hole as the first automatic hole created as part of the Fastener creation. In addition, there have been quality improvements such as the an error in inserting a screw into an externally linked assembly.

Trim Steels

Extending the usability in steel structures, the Steels tool has been enhanced to support tolerance setback values to account for welding.

Extend Steels

Users can now extend multiple steel segments at once to a common face to streamline the process of trimming steel structures.



New capabilities for pairing gears to the correct fitting locations have been added. Simply select two gears, right-click and drag the gear command into the scene and the gears will become paired. In addition, when creating a new gear it can detect the existing gears and it will set the correct position of the new gear being added. Along with these improvements, this tool has addressed the setting of BOM information on the gears.


Sheet Metal

New capabilities to export all the unfolded flat patterns for sheet metal to individual drawing files for manufacturing has been added to reduce time creating detailed drawings manually. Simply drag the command into the scene to invoke the new options. In addition to ICD export, it is now possible to directly export to DXF as well.


The Gear tool has been improved to have better management of shapes Type A and B under the DIN 76-1 standard..

NPT Holes

Fixed the issue related to the placement of the thread bitmap if the kernel of the part was ACIS.


The Holes tool has added an option to color the holes for better identification. When creating the hole, select the option to apply color to added the color identification.

Get Coordinates

The Get Coordinates tool has been enhanced to reduce clicks by allowing multiple shapes coordinated to appear in the table results automatically. By dragging the command with the Shift key pressed, all currently selected items in the scene are automatically transferred to the table with the appropriate coordinate values.

Create Tabs and Slots

Sheet metal design has been further enhanced to support the creation of tabs and slots that are commonly found in fabrication design.

Pipes Catalog

The piping tools in IronCAD Mechanical have had a number of improvements including a fix in the pipe cutting when elements were in different subassemblies. In addition, its now possible to set the color of the pipes by adding new fields into the DataFile for various pipe types/sizes.

Update All GenCode Parts

This tool has been improved in the performance where updating elements is 80 % faster than previous versions.


The ProActive Manager has been improved in the following capabilities as well as improvements to existing functions.

Calculation Weight

The calculation of the Weight in the BOM is 60% faster than previous versions.

IPROCodeGen Expressions

Now it’s possible to edit the expressions related to IPROCodeGen tool directly in the ProActiveManager user interface.

Data and Property

A new  option is available to automatically copy the CustomData of the parent element and its linked elements in the file properties, when saving the 3D file.


  • Filter by Category – New options have been added to filter BOM elements through a list of Categories.

  • Exclude Categories – Added the ability to define categories to exclude from the list


  • Exporting Images – A new section in ProActiveManager MSExcel export settings allows you to define whether to export the individual images for each BOM element to Excel.

  • Preview Import Excel Files – When you import an Excel file into the BOM, you are now presented with a preview where rows having different values will be marked with the pencil icon, making it easier to visually see the differences.

Zoom to Selection

Added new commands in the action bar: Zoom to Selection – clicking on the button will zoom in to the item and if you repeatedly click on the command, the camera will rotate around six preset views: front, top, left, right, back and bottom.