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IRONCAD user interface
IRONCAD user interface
Original author(s)Visionary Design Systems (VDS)
Developer(s)IronCAD LLC
Initial release1998; 23 years ago (1998)
Stable release

IRONCAD is a software product for 3D and 2D CAD (computer-aided-design) design focused mainly on the mechanical design market that runs on Microsoft Windows. It is developed by Atlanta, GA based IronCAD LLC.


IRONCAD was originally developed by Visionary Design Systems (VDS) based in Santa Clara, CA. The product launched in 1998.[1][2] In 2001 the development team led by Dr. Tao-Yan Han split from VDS (now known as Alventive) to form IronCAD LLC to continue the development of the IRONCAD product.[3]

IronCAD descended from a product called Trispectives, developed by 3D Eye, an Atlanta-base company that was acquired by VDS.

Release History[edit]

Version Release Date
1.4 August 1998
2.0 May 1999
3.2 January 2000
4.0 December 2000
4.2 June 2001
5.0 October 2001
5.2 May 2002
6.0 February 2003
7.0 June 2004
8.0 June 2005
8.2 March 2006
9.0 June 2006
10.0 November 2007
11.0 December 2008
2009 (12.0) November 2009
2011 (13.0) November 2010
2012 (14.0) September 2011
2013 (15.0) November 2012
2014 (16.0) November 2013
2015 (17.0) November 2014
2016 (18.0) November 2015
2017 (19.0) November 2016
2018 (20.0) December 2017
2019 (21.0) December 2018
2020 (22.0) November 2019

Solid Modeling Methodology[edit]

IRONCAD primary focus is on 3D CAD design using solid modeling technology. IRONCAD uses both Parasolid and ACIS modeling kernels to provide computational methods for solving geometric calculations such as calculating blends and shells. Users create designs in 3D using a drag and drop design methodology by dragging and dropping shapes and components from 3D catalogs to build parts and assemblies. They then use those designs to communicate with other users in the design process using both 3D models and 2D drawings. The drawings remain associative to the 3D model so as the model is updated the drawings reflect the changes. IRONCAD also employs the use of direct face editing and allows the combination of features and direct face edits within the same part.

To assist people in learning products many users have written books on IronCAD's products to assist customers in training of the software.[4][5]


  1. ^ "History Based Direct Modeling Using IRONCAD – Part 1 |". Retrieved 2015-09-25.
  2. ^ "IronCAD 4 - the CAD-Reviews independent review". Retrieved 2015-09-25.
  3. ^ "Alventive, Inc. Spins-Off IronCAD, LLC; Employee-Owned Company Will Focus on Solid Modeling Technology. - Free Online Library". Retrieved 2015-09-25.
  4. ^ Jerry Craig (December 2002). Computer Modeling for Design Using Ironcad 5.2 and Inovate. Schroff Development Corporation. ISBN 1585031070. Retrieved 2012-09-26.
  5. ^ Rendow Yee (20 July 2007). Architectural Drawing: A Visual Compendium of Types and Methods. John Wiley & Sons. ISBN 9780471793663. Retrieved 2012-09-26.

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