I was talking to a customer and he asked if there was a CAD product that his marketing and sales staff could use to access their CAD data to create presentations. IronCAD, INOVATE and Compose offer an incredible solution.  If this of interests and you would like to see a demonstration how this can be utilized in different departments or for design give me a call.


Also take a look at our other article:

Leverage Your Engineering Data - Sales, Publication and Marketing


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Please take a look, it has all the incredible capabilities to utilize data to view, configure and communicate as IronCAD/INOVATE.




What are Catalogs!! 


When you design in IRONCAD, you design in one 3D design space.  When you design you drag and drop objects from the Catalog that sit on the right side. You can still design from sketches, but I have found I rarely design that way, sometimes I will edit the 2D sketch an object. It is fun to drag a cube, cylinder, holes, etc from the standard catalogs and create your design. But you can also save any object to a customer catalog and have them available as standard objects, parts or assemblies.  These objects, parts or assemblies can be linked to part files and will be updated when the parts/assemblies are updated.  This is where IRONCAD/INOVATE steps out of the mechanical CAD product mold.  You can even utilize IRONCAD as a facilities, Interior Design (home, office, aircraft, yacht, tree house, etc.), you can create indirect lighting, fly thru's, animations, realistic renderings, virtually any graphic scene you want.  Take a look below at some of the renderings of the some of the projects. 

IRONCAD is what I consider the NON-CAD CAD package. What I mean is that it can deliver capabilities beyond a standard mechanical CAD package.  In the beginning it was releases as a graphics design package, which I sold as an add-on to CADKEY to provide realistic rendering and animation. Then the CoCreate folks purchased it an turned the focus on an engineering package, but left all of its magnificent graphic design capabilities. 

Here are a few areas that are outside the realm of engineering that IRONCAD/INOVATE can be utilized across the corporate enterprise.  By creating parasolid or acis parts or assemblies, these can be imported into IRONCAD or INOVATE and used in the following departments.




The sales staff can create catalogs of parts and just drag and drop parts or assemblies into one database. Move, align, match into new assemblies. Print renderings or create jpg's, tiffs or fully animated presentations.




Procurement can create documents which include the PDF of the drawing and 3D PDF of the part for quoting or generate a export of any of the standard translation formats.  When they import an assembly they can separate the parts individually or by assembly.




The graphic designer can create incredible renderings or animations for marketing materials or the website.


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Manuals or instruction sheets can easily be created in IRONCAD's wonderful drawing format.  With the ability to make all the sheets in one file, the documents can then be exported as PDF'S.


Any place where the CAD data can be utilized, IRONCAD/INOVATE offer an incredible enhancement and continuity to your companies enterprise graphic solution.


Here is a screen of IRONCAD and the catalog.  This one has all of the Castors on the right. You can create any type of catalog you need.



Here are a few other renderings where standard parts from catalogs can be utilized.



             Realistic Rendering                      Plan view with perspective             Plan View with no Perspective                                                              



Drawing with item bubbles and parts list.





                           Part in Assembly                                     Catalog part







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