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Developer(s) ISD Software und Systeme GmbH
Initial release January 1, 1985; 33 years ago (1985-01-01)
Stable release
HiCAD 2017 / February 13, 2017; 10 months ago (2017-02-13) [1]
Operating system Windows
Size 2.5 GB
Available in English, German, Italian, Polish, Japanese, French
Type 3D computer graphics
License Proprietary
Website www.isdgroup.com/en/products/hicad.html

HiCAD is a 2D-/3D-CAD-system from ISD Software und Systeme GmbH based on the software kernel ESM (European Solid Modeller), developed by ISD.

HiCAD supports 2D design and 3D modeling. The construction method can also be freely selected between the parametric and feature-and the free and direct construction. In parametric design the construction work starts with the mental model construction, with all parameters and conditions. However, In free design changes can be made directly in the 3D model, without considering the history of a part.


Mechanical product design and development, machine building and sheet metal applications, industrial and commercial steel structural constructions, piping and plant construction and metal construction.


Tools to automate repetitive tasks, to simulate, for photorealistic rendering.


Interfaces include STEP, IGES, CATIA, Pro/E, Unigraphics, Inventor, SolidWorks, Parasolid, ACIS, DSTV, DWG, DXF, JT and V11.

Company data[edit]

The company was founded in 1977. The headquarters and development facility are located in Dortmund, Germany. ISD has subsidiaries in Switzerland, the Netherlands, Austria, Japan and Italy. There are distributors in Germany, Italy, Scandinavia, India, and Korea.

Other products include: HELiOS (PDM) and Helicon (product configurator).

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "HiCAD 2013 SP2 now available". ISD Group International. Nov 10, 2013. Retrieved 2013-09-27. 

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