IronCAD

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IronCAD review by Todd W.
Todd W.
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"The Power of IronCAD"

What do you like best?

The modeling and rendering capabilities of IronCAD are amazing, especially when compared to other modeling programs such as Sketchup, Vectorworks, and Blender. I only wish other software would make use of a similar tri-ball system that IC utilizes.

The ability to integrate 3D modeling, drafting, rendering, and an export service all in the same software package makes IC a one-stop-shop.

As with any modeling and drafting software there is a learning curve, but I've found IronCAD to have provided the least amount of frustration in my getting to the point where I was able to make the software do what I wanted it to do.

What do you dislike?

The price. $3K to $4K to get started with an annual $800 renewal fee. Great for companies, but hard for independent start-ups to utilize out of the gate.

Recommendations to others considering the product

As I've stated previously, IC is a one-stop shop for all 3D modeling, drafting, and rendering needs.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The ability to model buildings and rooms with ease makes space planning a cinch. Also great for rendering and designing trade show exhibits.

The benefits include speed getting to a final product. IC is fast. The more you use it, the faster you'll find yourself getting where you need to be. Of all the 3D softwares I've used (AutoCAD, 3D Studio MAX, FormZ, Vectorworks, etc...) I've never felt more productive and confident in my abilities to create finished renderings of projects than I have when using IronCAD.

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IronCAD review by Robert M.
Robert M.
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"Long time user of modeling programs"

What do you like best?

- Catalog of shapes allow me to get closer to the end design without work planes and sketches

- The Triball is an amazing feature, it allows me to place any shape/part or assembly anywhere I need it without constraints.

- Smart attachment points allowed me to build parts add them to the catalog and when I dropped them in an assembly they snapped exactly where they needed to go.

- Not having to use constraints to build an assembly is a wonderful thing.

- Having a single file contain all of the assembly it fantastic.Now I send only one file instead of 100's.

- Drag & Drop process. I found this allows me to get closer to the end product faster.

What do you dislike?

- I still like paper manuals, so I would like a paper manual but this is the future I guess.

- I would like Draft's paper space to be more like AutoCAD's paper space.

- Having tow drafting environments can be confusing.

- Would like more add on programs.

- Better understanding of color usage.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I have used, sold and trained hundreds of users on AutoCAD, SolidWork, Inventor and IronCAD and I have not found an easier program to use. I have not have had to make a single work plane in the 8 years I have been using IronCAD. I only use constraints when I want my assembly to move. I no longer have to gather hundreds of assembly files when I send an assembly to someone.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I have been modeling since the mid 1980's and have used AutoCAD, Mech Desktop, Inventor, SolidWorks and more than a few others. I found with IronCAD I could model 3 times faster than I could with my SolidWorks system.

What Product and Machine Design solution do you use?

Thanks for letting us know!
IronCAD review by Roberto C.
Roberto C.
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"Excellent tool when designing parts and modeling in 3d in a simple and quality way"

What do you like best?

The interface and easy use allows to design and model parts in 3D which guarantees a good work of excellent quality, without any doubt this tool can satisfy the needs in relational design of parts in general, can give solutions in different areas of knowledge such as engineering, of which the specialties of mechanics, electrical and industrial are some of the most benefited, without any doubt the management of this software is indispensable and of great utility in the organization.

What do you dislike?

Like all design software, although it is easy to deduce, a prior professional training is required, however for those users who have experience in similar programs they can work without any problem, since the interface is similar to the previous software of this category.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Excellent product of guarantee and quality, in addition its interface allows the development of the designs in a more efficient way, without any doubt it is highly recommendable, solves many problems in relation both to the production of different products and services as well as serves as an instrument for professionals of scientific areas.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Support and innovation in the design, reduction of operating costs with respect to internal problems of the organization, as well as the creation of special pieces required for the installation and maintenance of the company's production system, also promotes the creation of purely national products to give solution to the operational problems within the organization as well as its clients, suppliers and partners at national and international level.

IronCAD review by Joe B.
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"IronCAD - The Very Best Conceptual 3D CAD."

What do you like best?

IronCAD has 5 features that make it the most productive CAD design tool.

1. Single Model Environment - This is by far the most productive all of 3D CAD features.

2. Drag & Drop Design and the Catalog - Common parts at your fingertips

3. Copy/Paste from Different Parts and Assemblies, mandatory when Reusing Models for new design,

4. The only integrated history/direct edit modeling, making direct editing part of you design process

5. The Incredible Tri-Ball - The very best feature, part and assembly manipulator.

What do you dislike?

I wish the surfacing and 3D wireframe were more robust making is a hybrid modeling.

The drawing is a separate file. I wish it were integrated into the same file as the model.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you are a Solidworks or other Pro/e Clone user, realize even though you can do sketch, sketch, constrain, constrain design, realized this product based on dragging and dropping negative and positive shapes, plus a variety of tools, fasteners, etc from standard and custom catalogs. You design by dropping these shapes and push/pulling them into position. Each of these shapes is based on a sketch that you can edit.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We are a design house and provide engineering departments for small manufacturing companies. IronCAD provides 5X productivity in conceptual design and 10X when changing or using existing models for new design.

IronCAD review by Harrison O.
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"Good expierience "

What do you like best?

Great for modeling and I love that sketches are not a pain I have to deal with on this software.

What do you dislike?

It’s a very pricey and other CAD programs are cheaper for usage.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Use it for a faster CAD experience!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It’s much faster to produce models which is necessary for the projects I’ve worked on requiring my usage of CAD.

IronCAD review by User
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"Sencillo aprender a utilizarlo"

What do you like best?

Es muy fácil y rápida de utilizar . Su precio, es imbatible. No encontrarás un programa mejor por menos dinero.

Es una herramienta ideal para trabajos caseros o pequeños, está muy bien para hacer pequeñas cosas.

What do you dislike?

Quizás se queda corto de recursos en cuanto a las bibliotecas gratuitas , deberían añadir más.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

El mayor beneficio es que con una inversión mínima comparándolo con lo que cuestan normalmente estos programas, podemos hacer multitud de diseños sin invertir una gran cantidad de dinero.

IronCAD review by User
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"Wonderful product and so powerful"

What do you like best?

IronCad has been my go to solid modeling choice. It's intuitive and is great for conceptual design through to production.

What do you dislike?

It tends to crash once in awhile, not sure if it is the program or our server that is the issue. Our IT department will be looking into it.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It offers the ability to import and export all standard CAD file formats. The mobile format has greatly helped our employees in the field being able to access information.

IronCAD review by Jien C.
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"IronCad is excellent for prototyping and testing small fit parts"

What do you like best?

Ease of use and familiarity with other CAD programs

What do you dislike?

Depending on the computer hardware, processing and rendering takes awhile

Recommendations to others considering the product

Speed up renderings and make menus more user friendly

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

creating prototypes to test and fit parts for machineary

IronCAD review by User in Utilities
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"IronCAD System Review"

What do you like best?

IronCAD user-interface design it is one of the best tools for putting geometry together easily. IronCAD provided the least amount of issues in getting designs done

What do you dislike?

Not enough of resources available to solve the problem faced during design or drafting, lack of parametric-based design which can be implemented in future

Recommendations to others considering the product

Can try to implement parametric design modeling

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Easy for beginners, flexibility of drawing, reliable design software

IronCAD review by Consultant in Oil & Energy
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"Steep learning curve from other CAD software"

What do you like best?

Once learned it becomes fast and efficient

What do you dislike?

Not enough resources for trying to get around a problem. Unlike most other CAD products, but it is getting better - slowly

Recommendations to others considering the product

You have to stop thinking its like any other CAD system, not everything starts from a Sketch!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I am the only one in my company using it, all others are using Solidworks

IronCAD review by User in Information Technology and Services
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"Excellent for rendering and modeling"

What do you like best?

This software works extremely well for modeling and 3d rendering, would highly recommend.

What do you dislike?

There is a limited selection of add-on programs which makes the expensive price less enticing

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you need additional add-on software, look elsewhere. Otherwise it does the job well.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It does the job of modeling well. Prefer this and Autocad.

IronCAD review by User
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"Iron cad review"

What do you like best?

IronCAD is a very efficient software for 3D and 2D design work. Its easy and can be used in conjunction with other software

What do you dislike?

It is quite expensive to purchase for an individual

Recommendations to others considering the product

Great modelling software, I would definitely recommend to others

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I can design buildings and different spaces using this software.

IronCAD review by User in Automotive
User in Automotive
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"FIrst Viable 3D Cad software I used"

What do you like best?

More time spent designing then planning how to build a model

What do you dislike?

earlier versions had serious gltiches that would corrupt your file, had to get in the practice of saving backups of files everytime because would not now it was corrupted until the next time you tried to open it.

Recommendations to others considering the product

This product is a great value, especially to small design firms that need a flexible tool at minimal cost

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

switching from 2-D autocad to this tool was our major leap forward in design efficiency

IronCAD review by User in Information Technology and Services
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"Good for prototype an free shape design"

What do you like best?

The triball feature is very usefull to move shapes

What do you dislike?

The use of restrictions and the drawing plugin are not very good

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Fast design specially with plant design

IronCAD review by User in Mechanical or Industrial Engineering
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"Good mechanical design CAD package"

What do you like best?

The exclusive features dedicated to design mechanical systems

What do you dislike?

Limited number of applications, the cost of the license

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Design of gearbox and drivetrain components of a vehicle

IronCAD review by User in Pharmaceuticals
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"Extremely powerful CAD"

What do you like best?

Relatively intuitive menus, beautiful renderings.

What do you dislike?

Frustratingly unclear error messages, hard to locate common mistakes.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Product design and visualization

IronCAD review by Jur v.
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"Easy, fast and free change of history"

What do you like best?

The speed you can design parts and if the parts need a small modification in the end it isn't allot of work to change the design. No restrictions towards your history.

What do you dislike?

Need of more free catalogs.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Easy to master.

Fast with designing

Flexibility with making changes.

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