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IronCAD 2014

The productivity leader in 3D modeling for innovative design

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IronCAD 2014IronCAD 2014 is a cost-effective, full-featured detail design production tool for engineering design users. It utilizes a new Innovative Design approach, which allows greater design flexibility and capability, resulting in better products in a shorter time.
IronCAD 2014 provides an alternative to the current history based parametric systems by utilizing a radical drag and drop 3D environment with Direct Face Modeling. This delivers unmatched ease-of-use, productivity and design flexibility with the ability to generate fully accociative manufacturing drawings. With all the features expected of a production product development tool, and more importantly with those features unique to IronCAD 2014, mechanical design engineers are innovating faster.

Highlights

  • The fastest and easiest way to 3D
  • The best creative product design system in the market today
  • IronCAD 2014 delivers the highest 3D design productivity that is available in the market today
  • The easiest to use 3D design system in today's market
  • IronCAD 2014 gives you the freedom to design without the end in sight
  • Enjoy the freedom to choose when and where to apply design intent and constraints
  • Have the freedom to change one's mind without having to rebuild the model
  • Load another's design and modify it without fearing the unexpected

Key Features and Benefits

  • Short learning cycle
  • Architected and engineered "from the ground up" with visual drag and drop
  • Window based solid modeling
  • Design Flow supports the entire design flow, from concept, through detail design
  • IntelliShapes allows drag from catalogs and drop into a scene or onto a part
  • Provides options for constraint history based design method or a no constraint, no history based design approach
  • Offers a fully customizable system and automation support through VBA
  • Catalog-based design environment provides unprecedented design creation speed
  • Extremely productive tools for in-context assembly and sheet metal design: SmartSnap, TriBall and handles with dynamic constrained snap
  • Provides most complete set of data translators
  • Integration of powerful, high-end visualization technologies
  • SmartSnap, dynamic 3D constraint solver
  • Associative 2D multi-sheet layout drawings
Creative Design Benefits
The power of Creative Design is in the freedom it gives the user to choose when and where to apply a traditional parametric approach. This freedom of choice allows the user to apply the best design approach for the job at hand. In the early stages of a design it is hard to know exactly what constraint scheme would work the best. With IronCAD the user does not have to concern themselves about which constraint scheme to adopt instead they can focus on the conceptual design issues leaving the parameterization until later in the design process.
Design Productivity
Drag and Drop of basic geometry features from pre built catalogs allows models to be built faster than with the current CAD approach of first building a profile, and then performing some operation on it. IronCAD provides both methods of building models but allows the user the freedom to select the one that would give him the most productivity.
In context design - Traditional CAD systems create what is called a feature tree that captures the order in which the features were combined to create the model. When you want to edit a feature in this tree all the features that occur after that point in the history are blanked out. Software that utilizes this approach creates a non-productive situation for the user because many times the feature they would like to reference has been removed. IronCAD does not have this restriction. A user can reference any visible feature on a part while making any required changes. This makes it both easier and faster for the user.
Single design environment - IronCAD is very unique in that it does not require the support of a separate assembly and part file, instead it only requires a single file which has the ability to support both parts and assemblies seamlessly. This approach allows the user to effortlessly move between part and assembly design. It allows parts to be created in context to the full assembly model without having to setup a constraint relationship first. This fully-integrated environment allows the user to let the assembly structure evolve within a single file, and and at any time link out or insert files as required to create the desired assembly structure.
Catalogs - Catalogs provide a fast method to quickly apply design components such as Intellishape features, parts, assemblies, textures, animations, etc, to the model by simply using the Windows drag and drop standard interface. It is this drag and drop approach that dramatically improves the design productivity of the user. The user can use the catalogs as in-process storage locations; a place where they can obtain the most commonly used pre-created features/parts/assemblies. Each user has the ability to create their own custom catalogs on the fly, significantly improving their overall productivity.
Design Flexibility
Import/Export - IronCAD 2014 has a complete set of data translators that allow both facet and solid geometry to interchange with all leading systems. IRONCAD allows engineers to confidently exchange and make use of CAD data throughout the design process, as well as enabling power users and novices to share parts or assemblies. Additionally, beyond the simple import of CAD data from other systems as static reference geometry, IronCAD actually can utilize and modify imported data as though it were created natively.
Dual Kernel - IronCAD 2014 supports both the ACIS and Parasolid kernels simultaneously allowing the user to seamlessly switch between the two. Through kernel collaboration if one kernel fails to perform a certain operation the other kernel is automatically called to see if it has better success. Through this collaboration between the two kernels the user ends up benefiting from the strengths of each during the modeling process. Dual kernels help when collaborating with other users since it allows the user to design using the same kernel as their partner. Performing a native kernel data transfer is always more reliable than using a standards based neutral format transfer.
DFM - Direct Face Modeling (DFM) allows model modifications to be made irrespective of the previous feature history or in cases where it does not even exist. Being able to directly overwrite feature history when desired results in tremendous productivity gains over the process required by today’s feature based systems. DFM is very effective when working with imported b-rep geometry that does not have feature history. Today’s systems have to rely totally on feature recognition but when that fails they do not have an alternate editing method. Unlike this limitation, IronCAD can treat an imported b-rep model as if it was created natively using DFM.
Ease of Use
Handles - IronCAD was a pioneer in the use of dynamic handles for mainstream mechanical design. From its earliest beginnings this patented approach has consistently been enhanced until today it is the most productive way to design available anywhere. IronCAD handles can be found at the profile, feature, part, and assembly levels. They can be used to position, size, scale, rotate and snap to just about anything. You can even change their orientation to provide just the right snap behavior. Handles in conjunction with SmartSnap creates a fast, precise, easy to use design environment that enables the novice to pick it up immediately and the expert to reach the highest levels of design productivity.
SmartSnap - SmartSnap, a dynamic 3D constraint solver, which provides precise positioning and alignment while graphically dragging Intellishape features. It allows the user to see which face, edge, and vertex or center point they are about to select for the active command. SmartSnap in conjunction with drag and drop and handles creates the fastest most productive design environment available today.
TriBall - The patented TriBall, a remarkably intuitive multi-purpose tool provides precise positioning or copying of any objects by translation, rotation, mirroring, patterning or any complex 3D transformation. This array of operations is accessed through a single graphical interface making it very powerful yet easy to use.
Design Visualization and Communication
Rendering - The integration of powerful, high-end visualization technologies into the core of the software makes the entire design process faster, more productive, and more understandable. Fully integrated, real-time, texture, bump, and decal mapping to represent design details are available to save time and valuable data space.
Animation - Through the use of SmartMotions IronCAD parts and assemblies can be given realistic motion paths allowing the visualization of dynamic designs. Through a simple to use graphical key frame interface motion elements can added, modified and timed within the context of the design scene. This fully integrated environment allows design change to happen in context of a part in motion. Animations can be exported in GIF or AVI for downstream team collaboration or presentations.
Production Drawing Automation
Fully Associative - IronCAD 2014 supports bi-directional associativity between the 3D model and its 2D drawing. Changes made in the scene can be automatically updated in the drawing and changes made in the drawing can be updated back in the 3D model. A notification mechanism is used to indicate to the user a situation when the 3D model and its drawing are out of sync.
Detail drawing generation - Associative 2D multi-sheet layout drawings can be created automatically from parts and assemblies. Just some of the view generation types include orthogonal, isometric, detail, section and auxiliary views. Full annotation including symbols catalogs, SmartDimensions, GD&T, text notes, centerlines, Bill of Materials and reference geometry supporting ANSI, ISO and JIS standards.
Bi-directional BOM - BOM creation is made simple through the automated extraction of designated part properties into a fully editable table on the drawing. Once created, changes made to the BOM on the drawing can be automatically pushed back to the 3D model, creating a fully bi-directional editing capability which dramatically speeds up the drawing creation process, while ensuring proper synchronization.

Usability Enhancements

Double-Click Fit Scene
Ability to double-click in the scene background to automatically fit the scene geometry. This eliminates the need for keyboard short-cuts and/or time locating command buttons to fully display the scene geometry. Simply double-click using the "middle" mouse and the 3D scene will fit the view (Note: This is also supported in the CAXA Draft environment).
Double-Click Edit Sketch and Edit Feature Support
Improvements have been made to support double-click edit within the "Scene Browser" on sketch and features to increase design productivity by reducing additional mouse-clicks to access the editing commands.
Selection Highlight More Visible
During commands that require user input selections in the scene, mouse-over highlights on the elements are now more vibrant to help denote the current selected item. This capability make it easier to determine the correct element prior to the selection.
Parent-Child Query Display
In "Structured Parts", options have been added to query the part features to locate and display the parent-child relationships. This aids in understanding the relationships of the features when modifications are performed.
Mouse-Wheel Zoom Improvements
Improvements have been made with the mouse-wheel zoom to support a smooth and continuous zoom action. These improvements reduce the camera actions by avoiding jumping effects normally caused by the wheel-zoom action.
Unification of Property Browser and Command Browser UI
The legacy command browser UI (mainly for surface commands on "Innovative Parts") has been unified into the new property browser to allow simplification and an easier learning curve for new users.
Options to Perform Statistics on Imported Data After Import
New options have been added to allow statistics checks on the imported data automatically. This improves the overall design process by detecting potential data discrepancies early in the design process. This option can be located on the "Import Options" dialog.
Anchor Behaviour Defaults for Imported Parts Option
Options have been added to allow the ability to specify the default anchor behaviour on imported parts to either Fixed (Disallow Drag) or Drag Freely in Space. This helps define the desired behaviour on the imported parts which can also reduce accidental modification from occurring on imported data. This option can be located on the "Import Options" dialog.
Large Assembly "Import as Reference"
New options have been added to import data as reference data. This capability reduces the memory footprint on imported data by only storing necessary information to refer to the imported data (geometry faces, points, and edges). Reference data is similar to the combine option, however the parts are retained as individual parts. this allows only the individual part data to be loaded into memory when they are referenced versus the full assembly data when using the combine option. (Note: Reference data does not support direct editing modifications.)
Search Options for Kernel and Floating Features
New search criteria have been added to locate parts by kernel type and to locate floating features within parts. By allowing this search criteria, data can be located that may hinder performance during the design and appropriate actions can be performed to improve the overall usability of the parts and assemblies.
Use Scene Name for Drawing Name Default
The application has been configured to use the first projected scene file name as the default name of the ICD when performing the save function in the drawing. This improves productivity by providing the default common file name automatically which eliminates the time spent manually typing the name.
Selection Visibility in the Scene Browser Improvements
Improvements have been made to increase the visibility of selected items within the scene browser. When selecting objects in the scene, the scene browser will improve the visibility of the selected object (Blue background highlight in all conditions versus the previous light grey selections).
Default Template Locations for Images and Catalogs
New default browse locations have been added for images and catalogs. Commonly used locations can be set for these types to improve the browsing process when loading images and catalogs during the design process.
Copy and Paste Support in Property Browser Input Fields
Copy and paste operations(Ctrl-C/V) between input fields in the property browser are now supported. This improves the design process by allowing data to be reused between different command operations.
Multiple Part/Assembly Drag and Drop in Scene Browser
Support has been added to allow the ability to multiple select parts and assemblies and drag & drop within the scene browser. These improves the ability to define and arrange the assembly structure in an efficient process.
Display Performance Improvements Using Hide by Size
A new "Hide" option has been added to hide parts that are smaller than a specified size. This allows the ability to quickly hide smaller parts that may not be necessary during the overall large assembly design. Overall graphical performance and visual quality can be improved through the use of this command.
Measurement Tools
New measurements capabilities have been added to allow the ability to temporarily measure geometry elements (like standard measurements, face surface area, min/max distance, edge length). When this is enabled, the user can create measurements using existing tools and newly added options. When the command is disabled, the measurements are removed to prevent cluttered information developing in the designed model. Area and Length calculations support the ability to multiple select to return the combined total values.

Modeling Enhancements

Extrude to Body Support
New capabilities have been added to the Extrude command to support Extrude-To the selected Body. This capability is useful in the "Structured Part" design process when multiple bodies are used in the part design process.
Sketch
Ability to Select Hidden 3D Edges in the Sketch - During sketch editing in "Structured" parts, the ability to directly reference 3D Geometry when applying constraints has been added. Improvements have been made to allow selection of the hidden 3D geometry that will aid in the design aspects of the 2D Sketch.
Tools Catalog Spring Tool Generation Improvements
Improvements have been made in the Helix Spring Tool in the Tools Catalog to reduce the model regeneration times and improve creation times for large spring shapes.

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