IronCAD vs Solidworks and other Pro/e Clones



You may enjoy some of these exercises in 3D CAD modeling techniques. It seems apparent that many CAD jockeys have not taken any descriptive geometry classes. I introduce two 3D design techniques: Streamlined Sketching and Feature Based Modeling. They alone can increase productivity 30%.


IronCAD vs Fusion 360


IronCAD vs Solidworks 


Rarely do you see a comparison of CAD programs. Most are Pro/e clones and virtually work identically except for a few small differences.


I don't particularly care for speed comparisons of CAD systems. We don't design for speed. Design can be a time consuming process involving many considerations. But we also do not want the CAD system to get in our way and become an obstacle in our design process. Pay attention to the stark difference in these two 3D CAD design paradigms.


I like this  presentation because it shows a bit of the unique drag and drop functionality and the advantages of what Solidworks Mechanical Conceptual has coined the "Single Modeling Environment" which I have called the UDE (Unified Design Environment).


I have rarely used the Pro/e constrained sketching paradigm. But as I look at the person design this part in SW I wonder if that is the best way. I notice that he/she has created the complete sketch for the part. I would have created the large rectangle then the rectangular cut and the holes separately, like I would in IronCAD. It seems like you would have more control. But then that would have been another separate step.


My experience with the Pro/e paradigm has been a bit limited due to its overly complex process. I have used Pro/e to convert some drawings to solid models and did attempt a real project in SW. In the SW project, I used the top down or in context design which is the way you design in IronCAD. I used some existing parts that I imported for reference. I soon had a corrupt assembly and I could not get some edges to be recognized to project on a sketch to create a new part. I gave up. Considering my extensive CAD experience, you would think the package would be intuitive enough to allow me to figure it out.


High Speed Sketching in Creo? What?


Change has always been the enemy of the Pro/e clone.


Is 3D CAD Productivity an Oxymoron?


3D CAD for the Industrial and Product Designer


Take a look how easy it is to completely revise an existing product into a new product line. In hours not days!! 


Reusing 3D CAD Models for a New Product




IronCAD has unique functionality that increases your design productivity far beyond what Solidworks and most of the industries popular package users could only dream.


Five Functions that Increase CAD Productivity!


The Lost - CAD Paradigm! How I Found Freedom in an UNFREE CAD WORLD!


Showing differences in Import - Using Dual Kernel and Repair options.

The Worst to Best CAD System and Why!

Enjoy the shows!!


For more information or to Download IronCAD




Introduction to IRONCAD


If you use Creo, NX, Catia, Solidworks, Solid Edge, Inventor
 or any other Pro/E Clone!

Do not watch this video and do not "ever" let the boss see it!

IronCAD 2017!!

Design Faster, Better, & Easier with IronCAD

 IronCAD Mechanical

IronCAD’s new Mechanical Add-In (IronCAD Mechanical) offers intelligent tools for fabricators such as Industry Standard fasteners, steel sections, piping, flanges, bill of material generation and much more. Because knowledge and behavior is built directly into the intelligent components, typical day-to-day tasks are much simpler and this significantly reduces design time especially for fabricators. IronCAD has announced that the base level proven functionality will be included free of charge to all customers (which includes Fasteners, Custom Holes, Bearings, Steels, O-rings, retaining rings, and Boss Threads).

Please notice that we are working in a Single Model Environment! Even without Mechanical, IronCAD is the most productive fabrication program available.

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Why TECH-NET Sells IronCAD and ZW3D

If you are interested in adding professional hybrid modeling capabilities or looking for a new solution to increase your productivity, take some time to download a fully functional 30 day evaluation and play with these packages. Feel free to give me a call if you have any questions or would like an on-line presentation.

If you would like more information or to download IronCAD