A better view of 3-dimensional design

Posted Jan. 19, 2010, at 8:31 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 30, 2011, at 11:35 a.m.

PRESQUE ISLE, Maine — A $70,555 software donation to Northern Maine Community College is designed help students in the precision metals manufacturing program get a better handle on three-dimensional design.

IronCAD LLC, an Atlanta-based company that specializes in producing three-dimensional design tools, recently donated an educational software package and related services to NMCC.

“In the last few months, we have had the opportunity to roll out several projects using IRONCAD,” said Dean Duplessis, NMCC precision metals manufacturing instructor. “The 3-D solid modeling package is well-suited for our area of training — the metal trades.”

Duplessis said the new software is easy to use.

Included in the software package are catalogs of predefined features, with a drag-and-drop design environment that includes sheet metal part creation.

“The software has allowed us to take setup sheets and instructions to a whole new level, one that closely emulates what our students will see in industry,” said Duplessis.

In addition to enhancing the student learning experience, the new technology has allowed students to get up to speed quickly in 3-D design.

IronCAD’s flagship product IRONCAD has won numerous industry awards for its innovative technology and leads the industry in its ease of use and design productivity.