May 02, 2005
IronCAD Donates 5,000 Seats Of 3D Design Software To Educational Institutions In 2004
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IronCAD Donates 5,000 Seats Of 3D Design Software To Educational Institutions In 2004

IronCAD, a provider of 3D Design Productivity Solutions announced donations of more than 5,00 seats of IronCAD software and support to educational institutions worldwide in 2004. IronCAD, was delivered to leading colleges in the US, Sweden, Great Britain, India, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, China and many other countries.

IronCAD is being used in the mechanical design curriculum allowing students to see the benefits of 3D design over 2D. Due to IronCAD's constraint free approach to design, students are able to quickly create their 3D models and assemblies without having to worry about envisioning the final model or needed "design intent". IronCAD's approach to modeling is also greatly appreciated by the teachers and professors. IronCAD's rapid learning curve and ease of use results in educators spending less time teaching students on how to use a CAD application and more time on CAD theory.

"We're seeing a growing trend of schools changing from difficult to use "constraint based" CAD software to the easy to use, user friendly design approach of IronCAD," says Shaun Murphy, IronCAD's Vice President of Sales and Marketing. "The number of requested donations received in 2004 far exceeded our expectations and validates our belief that IronCAD is the fastest and easiest way to 3D. We look forward to adding more schools to our program today and long into the future."

IronCAD's dominant ease of use was further proven by recent educational donations to leading schools in Sweden. "IronCAD is simply the better solution when it comes to fulfilling the needs of students and teachers who are looking for the best design tools," says Robert Anderson of Solidmakarna. "The recent implementation of IronCAD at two of Sweden's leading schools, KTH and Malmo University, where we displaced other mainstream "constraint-based" CAD systems, shows that IronCAD's approach to design is unmatched."

IRONCAD v7 with more than 200 customer driven enhancements is available to educational institutions worldwide. To learn more about IronCAD's educational programs and availability in your area please go to

Last year IronCAD placed over 5,000 licenses of its flagship product in educational institutions. This is a significant number because it brings the total to about 7,000-8,000, or, according to the company, approximately 55% of its installed base of about 14,000 total licensed seats.

Although IronCAD has been licensed by over 200 educational institutions worldwide, some of IronCAD's past and current U.S. educational customers include:
  • Penn State
  • Purdue
  • Cal State at Long Beach
  • Colorado state University
  • Rice
  • Ohio State
  • Georgia Tech
  • Texas A&M
  • North Carolina State
  • CAD systems usually make their way into educational institutions via one of two different routes:
    1. Institutions desiring a particular CAD package and teaching it based on its inherent features and capabilities.
    2. Institutions desiring to teach design and engineering fundamentals with a more generic approach.
    3. The latter category is where IronCAD fits because it has a relatively short learning curve and eliminates problems (especially in the early learning phase) associated with the complexities of dealing with constraints and parameters.

      Although it may be one of the lesser known 3D CAD packages, IronCAD is a very capable offering for mechanical design. It offers choices that other MCAD applications don't, such as two modeling kernels (ACIS or Parasolid, although you can switch between the two at any time) and general design method.

      In a similar manner that IronCAD employs two different modeling kernels, you also have two different design methods available to you for slightly different purposes and levels of sophistication - visual and precision. These different tools and techniques are available for virtually all phases of working with parts - building, assembling, rendering, drawings, etc. The visual method is best suited for getting a lot of ideas down quickly in the conceptual phase of a design. The precision method is best suited for the detailing phase closer to production. Simply put, the visual methods involve selecting one or more items in a design and manipulating them with a mouse and visual feedback;
      while the precision methods use more accurate tools for measuring, positioning, sizing, etc. It is easy to switch from one method to the other based on the tools you choose.

      These choices are just a couple of aspects that set IronCAD apart from its peers, as well as make it well-suited to the educational environment for teaching and learning fundamental mechanical design.

      Jeffrey Rowe is the editor and publisher of MCADCafé and MCAD Weekly Review. He can be reached here or 408.850.9230.

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