7 Reasons

To Choose IronCAD Over SolidWorks

& other traditional history-dependent 3D CAD systems

We are happy to be honestly compared in detail to any CAD system, as we know IronCAD will often come out as the winner by a large margin. SolidWorks is no exception. Using mainly traditional CAD methodology, SolidWorks doesn’t provide the same level of productivity or ease of use as IronCAD. SolidWorks users switching to IronCAD can expect huge productivity gains and an overall more enjoyable 3D design experience.



1. Ease Of Use

Takes weeks to months to learn.

Takes days to learn.

2. Overall Speed

Often takes double the time IronCAD does.

Often does the same job in half the time.

3. Overall Methodology

Slow, conventional approach to 3D design.

Fundamentally more innovative approach.

4. Feature History

History dependent, difficult to make changes.

History-independent, easy to make changes.

5. Assemblies

Separate part and assembly files.

Unified design environment. One file.

6. Catalogs

Basic catalogs, minimal features.

Customisable catalog system.

7. Positioning / Constraints

Slow constraints and patterning tools.

IronCAD’s patented (& award-winning) TriBall.

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Hundreds of thousands of users around the world.

From multi-billion-dollar corporations to one-person-garages.

“I have used pretty much all of the popular and expensive CAD systems, such as ProE, SolidWorks, Solid Edge, Catia, Delcam products, etc, but none were as easy, or as fast as IronCAD is. More things just get done in less time, period!”

Mike Walls, Microplanet.

“We have replaced both AutoCAD and SolidWorks with IronCAD. When it comes to 3D-design, we do see a big advantage by using IronCAD. …Our experience has been that we design faster and easier compared to our earlier solution…”

Patrik Kärrvall, Hexagon Metrology.

“There are many features of IronCAD that have made our company much more productive in design, drawing, and production processes. These include and are not limited to the Triball, modelling with preset shapes and configurations, virtually no sketching required, ease of producing 3D workshop drawings from the Scene in multiples, exporting faces to DXF etc.”

Sean Brunt, Metwest Engineering.

“We switched from one of the most common parametric mainstream 3D CAD programs to IronCAD. We have not regretted this for a second. The change has saved both time and money – clearly IronCAD has increased our profitability.”

Daniel Erlandsson, Lerocon Weld & Robotics.

“After an exhaustive search, one CAD system stood high above the rest: IronCAD. It was quite astounding how IronCAD fit in so perfectly with all the needs that we had identified."

Rick Dorrington, Aero-safe Technologies.

“IronCAD has made the design process much more efficient and effective allowing our designers more flexibility and freedom in their work than ever before. We could never be this efficient in Pro/E or other constraint based systems.”

Ankarsrum Motors.

“What I really appreciate about IronCAD is that it works so freely and easily, it’s a really big difference in approach, more logically laid out. The ability to have as many parts in a single file makes working and designing much easier, especially given the complexity of the machines we design. If I later choose to have a part saved out to a separate file, I have that option, but it’s my choice."


“From the time we started using IronCAD as our 3D CAD system, we have saved time and money. We believe IronCAD is clearly the most user-friendly program because you do not need to think about the program; instead you can concentrate on the design. The user interface, together with TriBall and handles technology, places IronCAD in its own class of 3D modelers."

Forsell Teknik

“We use IronCAD’s dynamic modeling in machine design and then use IronCAD’s parametric technology for our dimension variant packaging. We have not seen any other program that lets us work this way.”

Urban Olars, NEFAB.
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What are you waiting for?

IronCAD likely presents the opportunity to significantly increase efficiency and therefore profitability of your company. All for just a few days training. The sooner you start the sooner you’ll see the benefits.

We are happy for IronCAD to be directly compared to any CAD system in the world, we can even help you do the comparison, many of our team (and customers) have detailed experience in a range of CAD systems. We are confident in the capabilities of IronCAD to outperform its competitors.

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