Michael Shonle, owner of Cantux Research, LLC has been a very good customer of ours and a long time INOVATE user. We managed to have him provide us with some very candid answers to some of our questions. See what he had to say.
What problems were you experiencing that caused you to investigate a new CAD solution?
First, The flexible-enough parametric programs required a very steep learning curve. Secondly, The much-easier-to-use direct applications didn't allow for changing fundamental sizes of things or re-editing earlier shapes, and finally not using it full-time meant that even after learning one, it would soon be forgotten.
How was the IronCAD Solution able to resolve these problems?
The unique combination of direct-model style of drag-editing and a logical-enough user-interface design meant that it was usable with literally no training and didn't require precise measurements in advance, making it easy to use for prototyping and concept development.
What impact did the IronCAD Solution implementation have on your design process?
It allowed us to bring the designing in-house, saving money and allowing us to change our mind hundreds of times instead of just a few, with no time-wasting and costly revisions with an outside contractor.
Which CAD System were you using previously?
I tried Rhino and Solidworks (both very hard to learn) and SpaceClaim (very fun and easy to work with but unable to re-edit fundamental object sizes.
How was the transition to the IronCAD Solutions?
It was quite easy to learn-as-I-went (some fumbling to be sure, and there are still some klunky awkward parts of the paradigm) but basically I was productive within hours.
What impact did the IronCAD Solution implementation have on your business?
It's allowed us to co-optimize the enclosure and circuit board together, greatly reducing iterations.With almost no learning curve, it's allowed us to design in-house and iterate and refine to our heart's content.
I want to say thank you to Michael for talking the time to answer some of our questions. We look forward to continue to support Cantux into the future.