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Checkpoint Professional chooses IRONCAD™

With a combined work experience of almost 200 years, Checkpoint has done just about all there is on a job site: Erecting steel racks, TIG welding warehouse equipment, general construction, carpentry, drywall work, electrical installation, plumbing, machining and mechanical assembly, carpet installation, painting, demolition, cabinetry and fixtures.

Somewhere along the way came the inspiration to create a new family of tools that could help make doing a job a whole lot faster and easier than before. The tools themselves also had to be a whole lot better than anything else available. Dave Kemmerer, President of CheckPoint suggested that perhaps a smaller level at the low end of the market might offer better sales opportunities. Dave grumbled that it is often exceedingly difficult to convey new customer requirements to the factory and get a clear understanding of the engineering and production issues. Here’s how Dave and his team solved the challenge quickly and efficiently.

Dave's team selected IronCAD's unique approach to help them design the new level because with IronCAD, they retain the flexibility to make changes at any time during the design process. IronCAD offers a clean and simple approach to design allowing them to really think in 3D and create models dynamically on screen without having to pre-plan and map out the concept in advance. IronCAD's Innovative design environment allows them to directly manipulate geometry independent of history while maintaining feature design information essential for conceptual modeling.

Within an hour, they had fully modeled the level and presented the rendered image of the finished product to management. For Dave, IronCAD enabled rapid development of a new super level and since that time his team has modeled the entire product range using IronCAD.

His next project was to create a fully automated production line for manufacturing as part of their own operation and by using the IronCAD Smart eContentTM, the team was able to reuse the same electronics and other components quickly and easily from a central catalog to be integrated into the final level design. Using IronCAD's unique Catalog Drag & Drop, the foundation for Smart eContent, they can easily create assemblies, parts, features or other relevant content that can be shared among the team or even with customers to better communicate product deliverables or concepts.


"Our manufacturing team is now working on new hardware and very soon we will produce some XYZ coordinate CAD data which will be a starting point for our new super level. IronCAD opens the door to new business opportunities!" Dave Kemmerer, President of CheckPoint

"IronCAD expanded CheckPoint's design capability beyond simple design capabilities by allowing them to fully utilize the power and ease of use of IronCAD's Catalogs. They are even able to add intelligence and domain-specific knowledge to their products through a process we call Smart eBehaviorTM. Using eBehavior, they can create intelligent features and parts that behave according to predefined rules and constraints for quick configuration and construction of products. They can also add information such as pricing, availability or expected delivery to help make informed decisions on new products that exceed customer expectations." Cary O'Connor, V.P. Marketing, IronCAD

To learn more about CheckPoint Professional please visit their web site,

Did you know...

Did you know...
...IronCAD is the name for the corporate entity IronCAD, LLC and that
...IRONCAD is the name of their flagship  2D/3D design software.
Can you spot the difference?

Did you know...
...IRONCAD is an acronym for "Industrial Revolution on Computer Aided Design"

Did you know...
...IRONCAD was originally developed by a couple of Cornell students who were sick and tired of the difficulty of PTC's ProEnginner as far back as 1989.

Did you know...
...DesignDataManager™ (DDM) was originally developed as a hotfix to all the bugs found in PTC's Intralink nearly 25 years ago and has since become a major PLM solution on its own.

Dynamic, Smart Modeling Amped Up for Metal Fabrication Design Software

by Al Bredenberg

IronCAD has expanded its catalog of standard objects, which can change dynamically to fit the needs of a design.

IronCAD LLC recently released the 2016 version of its 3D modeling solution targeted at designers in the metal fabrication and assembly sector, providing reportedly improved capabilities in sheetmetal design and including a new mechanical add-in. In an interview with Design News, Cary O'Connor, vice president for marketing, stressed that the new release follows the company's longstanding development philosophy emphasizing simplicity and design flexibility.

O'Connor said one of IronCAD's key differentiators is the ability for the designer to switch between a history-based and a flexible design modality. “The user should be able to make changes at any stage of the design process,” he said. “Any change should be easy to do, without worrying about how the model was constructed.”

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IronCAD Selected as a 2016 Atlanta Metro Export Challenge Semi-Finalist

IronCAD Receives $5,000 Grant to Grow Exports

ATLANTA – IronCAD is a recipient of a $5,000 grant and a semi-finalist in the inaugural Atlanta Metro Export Challenge, a grant competition powered by Chase which boosts support for small and medium-sized businesses looking to begin exporting or to increase their export programs.

Thirty-five companies from metro Atlanta were selected as semi-finalists and will each receive a reimbursement grant of up to $5,000 to apply toward expenses related to building export capacity and activities.

"IronCAD has a strong presence internationally and we are pleased to accept the grant to extend and grow the IronCAD brand as part of the Atlanta Metro Export Plan." Stated Dr. Tao-Yang Han, President of IronCAD. "As an effect of the grant, IronCAD will accelerate growth in our distribution network and assist distributors promoting IronCAD in the worldwide market" he continued.
Nearly 70 companies, ranging in size from pre-revenue startups to small and established medium-sized businesses, applied for the 35 available grants. The semi-finalists represent a wide array of industries, including traditional and advanced manufacturing, professional services, food and beverage, apparel and technology companies. Women-owned and minority-owned businesses are among the semi-finalists. Also, grant awardees represent 12 different counties, eight of which are within the metro Atlanta 29-county region.

To see the full list of grant awardees, click here.

The program was created through a grant from JPMorgan Chase as part of the firm's ongoing work to promote global competitiveness in metros around the country.

"The more we support small businesses efforts to broaden their opportunity, the stronger our economy becomes, and exports are key to meaningful, sustainable growth," said David Balos, market leader for JPMorgan Chase in Georgia.

The Atlanta MEP is being implemented by multiple organizations, including the Metro Atlanta Chamber, the Georgia Department of Economic Development and the City of Atlanta working in partnership with several other regional and local economic development agencies, public and private organizations. The MEP is the first phase of Atlanta's participation in the Global Cities Initiative ("GCI"), a joint project of the Brookings Institution and JPMorgan Chase that aims to help leaders in U.S. metropolitan areas reorient their economics toward greater engagement in world markets.

For more details about the Atlanta Metro Export Challenge, click Metro Atlanta Chamber Export Challenge.

Beena Vision chooses DDM for PLM

CSI is pleased to announce that Beena Vision, a leading manufacturer of vision-based automatic wayside inspection systems for the rail road industry, has chosen to implement DDM for its CAD systems SOLIDWORKS & IronCAD and address its short and long term requirement for Product Lifecycle Management.

About Customer
Over the last fifteen years, Beena Vision has pioneered and developed a number of innovative products using sophisticated machine vision and non-contact measurement technologies. These products are specifically designed to provide valuable information in a variety of areas to effectively assess railcar components and track safety conditions. Although Beena Vision’s product line mainly concentrates on automatic wayside train Inspection systems, It also offers on-board rail and track measurement and inspection systems, as well as a few handheld products for wheel and track measurement.

DDM New Release Videos: 2016.01

The release of DDM 2016.01 offers significant core product functionality enhancements and continues to build on the success of our single source PLM solution. Also Includes Support for: Windows 10, IRONCAD 2016, SOLIDWORKS 2016

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Trial a free license of DDM CAD for 60 days and start to see how your team and business can be transformed. DDM can be as big or small as you need it to be, from small design offices to global multi-site enterprises. We grow with you."
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New! IRONCAD™ Mechanical Overview

IronCAD’s new Mechanical add-In (IronCAD Mechanical) offers intelligent tools for fabricators such as Industry Standard fasteners, steel sections, piping, flanges, bill of material generation and much more. Because knowledge and behavior is built directly into the intelligent components, typical day-to-day tasks are much simpler and this significantly reduces design time especially for fabricators. You can download a 30-day trial here.
IronCAD’s Mechanical Add-In (IronCAD Mechanical) offers intelligent tools for fabricators such as Industry Standard fasteners, steel sections, piping, flanges, bill of material generation and much more.
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IRONCAD™ 2016 Student Edition now available.

IRONCAD™ Student Edition 2016 offers students skills that will give them a distinct advantage in engineering and industrial design job markets. The 2016 release means that educators and students have access to the latest in IRONCAD technology. This easy-to-use program focuses on design – not modeling. 

only $159.00!
(No Limitations or Watermarks)
The IRONCAD™ Student Edition 2016 provides the same capabilites as the commercial grade solution without limitation and no watermarks. IRONCAD™ Student Edition 2016 gives you and your students the tools to manage every aspect of your design process, from initial layout, to detail design, simulation, communication and collaboration

Do you Qualify for IRONCAD Student Edition?

  • The IRONCAD™ Student Edition is available to degree-seeking students or full-time faculty members using the software for personal learning or academic purposes
  • A “degree-seeking student” is defined as a student who can confirm enrollment in a degree-granting program, or who can confirm full-time enrollment in a certificate-granting program.
  • Institutional use of IRONCAD Educational licenses are available. Schools interested in licensing should contact Magnacad to learn more.

Important Notes:

  • Software is a perpetual license and never expires.
  • Technical support service is available at additional costs.
  • License upgrading is by simply repurchasing the new version when release if desired.
  • Although IRONCAD Student Edition is functionally identical to the IRONCAD software used by professionals in the workplace, it is not intended for commercial use.
  • IRONCAD Student Edition software may not be re-sold, transferred, rented, modified, or copied.
  • Any misuse of the terms of the software license agreement will terminate the right to use the software.
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Sheet Metal Fabrication Workflow

We would love to learn how you have setup your work flow in order to get your sheet metal parts manufactured. Please take this brief survey to help us better serve all our customers.
Thank you.

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How to upgrade your IronCAD Network License (NLM)

Below is the workflow to installing software updates to your Network License. This works the same for both commercial and educational network licenses.
Network license upgrade process:
  • Go to to get your  license file.
  • On your license server:  Start Programs, CAXA, CAXA Shared, CAXA Network Lock Management Tool (right-click this icon and select Run as Administrator)
  • Stop the Service.
  • Import the license file.
  • Start the Service (if it doesn’t start automatically).
On the client PC:
  • Go to C:\Program Files\IronCAD\20XX\bin
  • Edit the file e4ncli.ini
  • Enter your server’s IP address in the HOSTADDR entry.
  • In some cases you may need to restart your computer in order to reconnect to the server.
Access IP Address:
  • On the IronCAD computer go to the IronCAD program group and select Net License Configure. This will load a text file that has the servers address.

How does DDM™ compare to SolidWorks ePDM 

File vs Part Centric
DDM is a Part Centric system, this means that records are created in the database and files can be attached to the Part/Drawing/Document records.
Benefits of Part Centric system
  • ‘Non-Drawn’ part records can be created and controlled, for example Lubricant, Adhesive etc. These items can be linked to an Assembly BOM.
  • Allows for Configuration Management. DDM is able to keep a record of how an assembly was delivered, and what issue (revision) of parts were used when delivered.
  • Users can search for specific Issues (Revisions) of Parts/Drawings and can see the full history in the search results.
SolidWorks is a file centric system, as it is built around Windows Explorer.
  • No ability to make ‘Non Drawn’ parts, SolidWorks EPDM is dependent on the existence of a file.
  • Once a part/assembly is up-issued in SolidWorks EPDM this latest revision is shown in all places where the part/assembly was used, losing the ability to trace history (configuration management)
  • File versions and Issues (Revisions) are run together, so it is not easy to search for specific issues of a part/drawing.
Reserving Objects for  Modification    
Users in DDM ‘reserve’ items for modification, preventing users changing items that another user has reserved. This means that all data is centrally stored, and all users see the latest changes made by other users. The reservation process is simple and in many cases transparent to the user. This simplifies the use model, as users just load, modify and save their work.
A significant benefit of this is that all data is centrally stored and updated, giving one backup location.
SolidWorks EPDM users must ‘check out’ files for modification. These files are then transferred to the user’s workstation where they work locally making changes that are not recognised by the database, and are not visible to other users.
A major drawback of this method of working is that if a user forgets to ‘Check in’ then the files are not available to other users and will not get backed up as part of the system backup. This problem is exasperated if the user is away, or if there is a hardware problem on the workstation as valuable data can be lost. 
Configuration Management DDM allows the user to save configurations as individual ‘Part’ records. Ideal for families of items such as fasteners, bearings etc. The benefit of this is that users and search for specific configuration instances.
SolidWorks EPDM will only show the default configuration in any search results (a consequence of a file centric system), which means that you need to know the default configuration name to be able to find and use a specific configuration. 

DDM is focused on providing a powerful set of search tools to allow users to quickly find (and re-use) what they are looking for. This includes a default ‘free search’ option, allowing searches across attributes.
DDM also provides a unique ‘Category Browser’ which allows any object to be categorised, and then searched for by category, and ideal way to search for, find and re-use standard items. The Category Browser is completely configurable.
As SolidWorks EPDM is based on Windows Explorer, users will typically browse for items that they are looking for rather than using the search tools. Although users are familiar with this, it is not as efficient as searching in DDM. 

DDM Workflow is true Business Process Mapping solution with graphical overview of process available to users, indicating current step in the process and with a full audit trail. This can be for managing one or many files through a process. Example; Engineering Change Order process.
SolidWorks EPDM workflow is for lifecycle management alone, for controlling lifecycle state changes and approvals. This is done on a file by file basis and the Workflow Process (graphical preview) is not visible to the users.  

DDM is simple to administer and upgrade, needing little involvement from users (once configured). Server upgrades can be completed in less than an hour, and clients are automatically prompted to perform a silent upgrade (no user input required) after the server has been upgraded.
DDM Server installation supported on Virtual Servers. SolidWorks EPDM is not supported on Virtual Servers.
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