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IronCAD and SolidWorks Comparison Chart. Part 1/3: Mechanical CAD Capabilities

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IronCAD and SolidWorks Comparison Chart. Part 1/3: Mechanical CAD Capabilities

IronCAD and SolidWorks Comparison Chart. Part 2/3: Data Management Capabilities

IronCAD and SolidWorks Comparison Chart. Part 3/3: Design Validation Capabilities

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IronCAD vs SolidWorks Comparison

Part 1/3: Mechanical CAD Capabilities

This table shows the Mechanical CAD Capabilities differences between IronCAD and SolidWorks

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Mod Tools Plus

SolidWorks Intelligent Feature Technology (SWIFT) lets you spend time creating products that work well, instead of trying to make your software work for you. SWIFT automates time-consuming detail work and techniques, diagnosing and resolving problems related to feature order, mates, sketch relationships, and the application of dimensions. As a result, users of any experience level can be more effective and innovative.

IronCAD doesn't require this technology. IronCAD is free-form in nature and the need to troubleshoot these types of “features” and "constraints" is not required to design in IronCAD. SolidWorks does not offer this technology.

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Getting Started

Get up to speed fast. SolidWorks CommandManager logically groups similar functions for easy access. And integrated tutorials provide instructive workflow demonstrations along with visual cues. IronCAD does have it, too.

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User Interface

With the Heads-up User Interface, you get a complete, customizable set of visual display and mouse-driven control capabilities that reduce design steps, minimize the need for dialog boxes, and lessen visual clutter.

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Working with DWG

There's no need to start from scratch when you want to transition a 2D drawing to a 3D model. SolidWorks includes data translation tools along with help documentation for AutoCAD users, so you can smoothly convert DWG files into 3D models. Alternatively, use DWGeditor®—included with SolidWorks software—to edit, manipulate and maintain existing AutoCAD® DWG files in their native format.

IronCAD has embedded in it and as standalone IronCAD Draft which provides unprecedented abilities to manage, edit, reuse, and covert AutoCAD files as is or within IronCAD itself.

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Part Modeling Plus

Speed product development from concept to production with powerful and easy-to-use 3D part modeling tools. Design parts as they will be positioned in the assembly to manage relationships to other parts. Sketch in 2D and then extrude, revolve, blend or sweep the section along a path to create any 3D geometry. Edit by merely clicking and dragging geometry, or by clicking and changing dimensions. Time saving features such as holes, bosses, fillets, chamfers, slots, keyways, o-ring grooves, louvers and ribs are also provided. Drag/drop, pattern, copy and mirror features to eliminate repetitive modeling tasks.

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RealView Graphics

Visualize and communicate your designs more clearly than ever. Without rendering, you can quickly create nearly lifelike, fully dynamic representations of your parts, assemblies, and completed products.

IronCAD has not trademarked this ability, it just has it.

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Advanced Surfacing

Improve the aesthetics, ergonomics, and usability of your product designs. Using the Freeform feature, creating new geometry or importing and manipulating new surfaces are easy and intuitive.

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Sheet Metal Design Tools

Create sheet metal parts from scratch using folds, bends, flanges, rips, tabs, miters, lofted bends, sketched bends, hems and more. Alternatively, create a solid shape as starting point then use advanced capabilities such as ‘convert solid-to-sheet metal’ functionality to develop a manufacturable sheet metal part.

IronCAD uses Drag and Drop approach to sheet metal design. SolidWorks does not offer this technology.

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Weldment Design  

Sketch a layout for your frame and select a weldment profile, then SolidWorks will automatically generate a weldment design in 3D. Modify, validate, reinforce your design then enhance it with standard parts that you can drag & drop from the Design Library and/or 3D ContentCentral. Then, generate precise manufacturing drawings with cut lengths for all segments.

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Mold Design Tools

In SolidWorks, you can import any of the major CAD formats including IGES, STEP, Parasolid and ACIS to begin your mold designs. Complete your mold design using specialized mold design features such as parting lines and surfaces, and core/cavity splitting as well as specialized plastic part design features such as shrinkage, draft, ribs, fastening features and lip and groove features. Automatically check for draft angle, undercuts and thickness to ensure that parts are really ready for manufacturing.

Have ability to design plastic parts with parting lines, split cores/cavities and more, no checking feature.

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Assembly Modeling Plus

SolidWorks gives you the tools to “get it right” on screen when you create assemblies—saving the time and cost of physical prototypes and remanufacturing. Mate components by picking individual surfaces, edges, curves, and vertices. Create mechanical relationships between components. Conduct interference, collision, and hole alignment checks. Link motion of pulleys and sprockets. Automatically assemble fasteners and accompanying hardware. Automate assembly of commonly used components, appropriate hardware, and required features. Use MateXpert to fix conflicts such as over-constraining a component.

IronCAD is single scene environment so all assembly modeling is created dynamically in the same scenes without compromise of functionality. SolidWorks does not offer this technology.

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Assembly Motion

Simply by clicking and dragging components, you can check an assembly for proper motion and collisions. In addition, you can simulate physical motion involving assembly mates, contact, springs, and gravity, as well as create, edit and save video animations.

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Large Assembly Mgt

Use "Lightweight" mode to reduce time spent opening and working on large assemblies. Speedpak technology enables simplified versions of assemblies to be created that speeds assembly operations and drawing creation. Use Quick View to select and open just the components you need to work on. Analyze and improve your assembly’s performance using the AssemblyXpert.

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2D Drawing Creation

Develop production-ready engineering drawings that automatically reference the 3D part so that drawing views and bills of materials update each time that you modify the part or assembly design. In addition, you can use DWGeditor to maintain and update all your existing DWG drawing files.

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Data Translation

Easily import and use existing data, as well as data from external sources. SolidWorks includes translators that support DWG, DXF™, Pro/ENGINEER®, IPT (Autodesk Inventor®), Mechanical Desktop®, Unigraphics®, PAR (Solid Edge™), CADKEY®, IGES, STEP, Parasolid, SAT (ACIS), VDA-FS, VRML, STL, TIFF, JPG, Adobe® Illustrator®, Rhino®, IDF, and HSF (Hoops) formats.

All industry standard translators are included in IronCAD. Native CAD formats may or may not be available, check with sales prior to purchase.

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Design Reuse

Leverage your successful designs to create compelling proposals for new ones. Quickly search for pre-existing components in your own custom design library, then simply drag and drop them into your new designs.

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Bill of Materials

Significant time savings result when you use SolidWorks to automatically generate a complete Bill of Materials (BOM) from your design. Your BOM is associative: When you change your design, the BOM updates automatically, and vice versa. Plus, you can export the BOM data to Excel, ERP, and other applications.

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Part Validation

SolidWorks Simulation tools help both new users and experts to ensure your design is durable, safe, and manufacturable. In addition, you can use SolidWorks FloXpress to optimize your designs for water and air flow effects

IronCAD provides multi-modality analysis tools of choice.

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Design Automation of Repetitive Tasks Plus

Save time with SolidWorks Smart Component technology to automate the selection and insertion of standard components and DriveWorksXpress to automate repetitive design tasks and provide configurability of your design, allowing the quick creation of several variants from a single design.

In addition to the stated, IronCAD has SmartAssembly technology for superior repetitive tasks through Drag and Drop behavioral intelligence for single drop orientation structures. SolidWorks does not offer this technology.

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Import/Export Capabilities

With IronCAD, you'll have numerous capabilities for accurately communicating design ideas and data to collaborators, upstream and downstream partners, and customers. Formats include PDF, TIF, JPEG, DWG, DXF, IGES, STEP, STL, AVI, Parasolid, Pro/ENGINEER, eDrawings as well as many others.

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Design Collaboration Plus

Collaborate more effectively by creating eDrawings files that can be reviewed and marked-up. Let an unlimited number of recipients mark-up and provide feedback on product designs.

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Feature Recognition Plus

When people you collaborate with use other CAD systems, FeatureWorks helps you share imported data by allowing conversion directly to a SolidWorks 3D model. You can elect to rebuild the entire imported model with SolidWorks features, or select individual features to convert.

IronCAD's Auto-Feature™ allows you to generate features on-demand without wasting time trying to convert the entire model and ending up with useful residual feature structures. SolidWorks does not offer this technology.

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Standard Hardware Libraries

With SolidWorks Toolbox, you have instant access to thousands of pre-built SolidWorks models of standard hardware such as bolts and screws, bearings, o-rings, gears, etc. Just drag and drop them into your design, or use the SmartFasteners capability to automatically assemble and size fasteners.

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Photorealistic Rendering

Use PhotoWorks and PhotoView 360 to leverage your SolidWorks 3D models for presentations, proposals, and virtual and material studies—before creating any parts. Save time and eliminate the high costs of prototyping and photography.

IronCAD Advanced Rendering Engine is based upon Yafray solutions for best in class rendering solutions for MCAD.

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Design Standards Checking

Raise your quality level with SolidWorks Design Checker. With thorough, automated checks and autocorrect capability, you can ensure full compliance with your company standards before you release your designs for manufacture.

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Leverage Scanned Data -

Import digital scans of handcrafted models into SolidWorks using ScanTo3D. You can also import design concepts created in Rhino® software or sketches developed in Adobe® Illustrator®.

IronCAD cannot import Adobe Illustrator files currently.

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Routed Systems -

Automate and accelerate the process of routing tubes, pipes, electrical cables, cable harnesses, and electrical conduits with SolidWorks Routing.

Tubes, wires, etc. Can be modeling using standard modeling practice in IronCAD. However there is no specific intelligence to indicate the specific differences.

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ECAD to MCAD Integration

Use CircuitWorks, a bi-directional ECAD translator, to ensure the fit and function of printed circuit boards (PCBs) into electrical and mechanical products.

IronCIircuit™ can be substituted in place of another add-on application

 

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