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Nov 9, 2010

IronCAD Design Collaboration Suite 2011 Next Generation "XG" Released

ATLANTA, GA – IronCAD, LLC, a provider of design productivity solutions, announced the release of the IronCAD Design Collaboration Suite 2011. Working closely with leading customers, the new suite of products was created to offer real productivity gains to users across the product development process. The IronCAD Design Collaboration Suite is a complete range of products that include IRONCAD, INOVATE, and IronCAD’s latest addition IRONCAD DRAFT. This integrated suite provides real collaboration between 2D and 3D enabling users to communicate design data seamlessly throughout their design process within their organization and beyond.

The IronCAD Design Collaboration Suite products and its accompanying portfolio of Gold Partner Products are available for immediate download. Shipments to existing customers will begin mid-November 2010. An evaluation copy of the latest product version is available for download today from http://www.ironcad.com/. All new customers buying today will automatically receive the IronCAD Design Collaboration Suite 2011 Version.

The IronCAD Design Collaboration Suite 2011 consists of the complete range of products in a single installation. Customers can quickly and easily try all three products simultaneously.

IRONCAD - A cost-effective, full-featured detail design production tool that utilizes a new Creative Design approach that delivers a level of design freedom unmatched in the industry today. IRONCAD is the tool of choice for design engineers when deadlines are tight and a high degree of unanticipated change is to be expected.

INOVATE – The revolutionary low cost, easy to use 3D desktop product for creating, modifying, interrogating and communicating 3D designs. Its radical drag-and-drop 3D environment delivers unmatched ease-of-use, speed, design flexibility and power making it the most productive 3D concept design and communication tool available.

IRONCAD DRAFT - An extremely powerful 2D mechanical drafting tool with an easy to learn, industry standard user interface and a unique 3D integration capability, enabling users work in 2D but also to view, leverage, analyze, render and reference 3D model data created by suppliers customers and colleagues. An official announcement of IRONCAD DRAFT and its capabilities will soon follow.

Using the IronCAD Design Collaboration Suite products, users can leverage 3D within a 2D design process, conceptualize in 3D without restrictions in the modeling history, and complete full 3D and 2D production designs.

"We are extremely excited about this new upcoming release" commented Richard Serna, Sales Director of IronCAD, "Today there are many CAD users who need to share and reuse data across multiple CAD platforms and also between 2D and 3D. The integrated 2D and 3D functionality is totally unique and enables us to deliver real productivity gains to those users keen to collaborate and share data. Add to this our complete range of add-on native translator products, we are now able to expand the collaboration process within a multi-CAD environment. The feedback from initial testing and customer surveys has been extremely positive." he continued.

In addition to the core changes, many customer driven feature enhancements have been implemented in this latest version including these key items:

* Productivity Focused Improvements Including:
o In-Context Quick Access Commands at User Finger Tips
o Direct Editing of Features Outside of the Edit Feature Mode
o Improved Selection and Multiple Box Selection Support
* Streamlined Functionality Improvements Including:
o Offset Pattern Feature Support
o Sketch Driven Pattern Feature Support
o Scale Feature about Point Support
o Trim Feature Improvements Including Body-to-Body Trimming
* Core Modeling Functionality Improvements Including:
o Lofted Sheet Metal
o Unfold Developable Part Support (Native or Imported Parts)
o Custom Form Feature Creation Capability
o Standard Removal Feature Support on Sheet Metal Parts
o Edit Punch Features in the Context of the Flat Pattern
o Bend-Line Callout Display in Technical Drawing
o New Rib and Emboss/Deboss Feature Creation Support
o External Reference Body Linking Support in Structured Parts
o Curve and Surface Improvements Including Surface Extension and Wrap Curve
* 2D Technical Drawing Improvements in Integrated CAXA DRAFT Including:
o Import/Export Support for DWG/DXF 2010
o External Reference Creation and Management Support
o Design Center for Managing Drawing Content
o Performance and Update Improvements with Projected Geometry
o Many Additional Functions Improved for Standard Detailing
* Communication Improvements in Animation and Visualization Including:
o Real-time Graphics Support for Bloom, Fast Silhouette, Ambient Occlusion, and Reflections
o Zebra Stripe Visualization for Surface Defects and Contacts
o Animation Improvements Including 2D/3D Curve Paths, Next in Path Placement, and Copy Paths
* General Improvements Including:
o Significant Performance Improvements in Large 2D Sketch Interactions
o Additional Performance Gains in 3D Interaction Specifically in Selection and Positioning in Large Assemblies
o Visual Improvements in Previews and Part/Feature States
o Animation Improvements Including 2D/3D Curve Paths, Next in Path Placement, and Copy Paths
* Freely Distributable IRONCAD Scene (.ics) Viewer
* Freely Distributable CAXA EXB Viewer
* New 3rd Party Partner Programs and Updates Including:
o GoSimulate Interactive CAE Simulations from Enmesh AB
o NEi FEA IRONCAD Advance FEA from NEi Software
o Strategic Parts Management and PARTcommunity from CADENAS
o DDM Office to Enterprise Document Management from Concurrent Systems Inc.
o IronPRO XT IRONCAD's Performance Booster from Fronema