Nov 19, 2010

IronCAD Officially Launches IRONCAD DRAFT "2D Drafting Redefined"

IRONCAD DRAFT Delivers Production Level 2D Mechanical Drafting with Unprecedented 3D Integration.

ATLANTA, GA – IronCAD, LLC, a provider of design productivity solutions, today announced the immediate availability of its newest product offering "IRONCAD DRAFT". Primarily focused as a production level 2D mechanical detailing application, IRONCAD DRAFT extends this capability with a unique 3D integrated collaboration component that provides the ability to view, assemble, analyze, annotate, render, and reference 3D model data while maintain full connectivity to changes in 3D. IRONCAD DRAFT essentially places 3D data in the hands of 2D designers at extremely affordable cost.

"For decades users have needed to choose between working in 2D or 3D" commented Richard Serna, Sales Director of IronCAD. "Historically, designers have wanted to work in 2D. They prefer the ability to control and craft their drawings and to detail them clearly and efficiently. To these users, drafting is an art form, not merely a series of lines on a piece of paper. While the evolution of 3D modeling has made designing products easier for some, for many working in 3D is not a necessity but it is beneficial. Today, IRONCAD DRAFT provides an extremely powerful 2D mechanical drafting tool with an easy to learn, industry standard user interface and a unique 3D integration capability, enabling users to leverage 3D model data created by suppliers, customers, and colleagues in their 2D designs while maintaining full association to the data. For companies that have IRONCAD 3D data, this integration expands upon the capability by allowing the 3D to be pervasive throughout the company at an affordable price range." he continued.

IRONCAD DRAFT (a component of the IronCAD Design Collaboration Suite) and its accompanying portfolio of Gold Partner Products are available for immediate download. Shipments to customers will begin mid-November 2010. An evaluation copy of the latest product version is available for download today from http://www.ironcad.com.

Launch Promotion: All customers buying IRONCAD DRAFT and the Translation Read bundle (supporting native read of Pro/E, UG/NX, SolidWorks, Inventor, and CATIA V5) before December 31st 2010, will automatically receive the initial launch promotion price of $595.

IRONCAD DRAFT’s primary capabilities and focus include:

Unrivaled Compatibility with AutoCAD®

Open, edit, and save existing DWG file generated by AutoCAD® to share and communicate with design team members accurately. Easily adapt to the IRONCAD DRAFT interface from its familiar environment that offers many commands commonly found in AutoCAD.

Production Powerful Capabilities

IRONCAD DRAFT XG is built on the combination of IRONCAD 3D and CAXA 2D technologies that have thousands of existing users and a wealth of experience in their respective areas making it a production ready solution. It offers fundamental 2D creation and editing tools in addition to mechanically focused utilities and parametric standard parts, giving engineers the ability to easily create fully detailed designs.

Detailing is powerful and complete offering the ability to create precise 2D entities including lines, parallel lines, arc, circles, rectangles, elliptical curves, polygons, splines, and reference entities such as centerlines and hatch patterns. IRONCAD DRAFT supports powerful input options during feature creation to quickly specify size and other options such as automatic centerlines. Other utilities such as Block association, Command Editor, Format Painter, Properties Window, and the Text Editor are all intelligent functions that support quick and efficient methods to complete complex engineering tasks.

Streamlined User Interface & Customization

IRONCAD DRAFT XG utilizes the industry standard Windows 2007 Fluent / Ribbon user interface designed to streamline the design process by providing the most common tasks directly to the user in a common grouped interface. In addition, it is easy for you to customize the user interface to quickly access the most common commands in your day to day process. As with any industry standard 2D application, IRONCAD DRAFT XG offers a powerful application programming interface to customize corporate standard utilities and processes.

3D Design Interrogation and Communication

Import industry standard formats including ACIS, Parasolid, IGES, STEP, IRONCAD 3D, Pro/E, UG (NX), and CATIA along with a large variety of graphical formats to perform task to better verify and communicate your design projects.
Multiple models can be imported to build assemblies, verify interferences, and to communicate the 3D representation to customers using realistic rendering and animations. Build your own custom catalog components to quickly assembly and communicate products in real-time to potential customers to help communicate your projects upfront. In addition, leverage the 3D data with full association in the 2D detailing to speed up the layout process and to automatically reuse critical information from the 3D such as bill of materials and measurement information.

Communication and Sharing

Share and communicate your design projects using freely distributable viewers and exchange data with clients in DWG/DXF and image formats. While being able to communicate is good, but sharing live project data requires control and management. IRONCADs’ Next Generation suite includes a powerful and integrated fully functional EDM solution to manage your CAD and related engineering project data, both internally and externally across the World Wide Web.