HiCAD metal engineering - CAD model of a design staircase (EeStairs Nederland b.v.)
HiCAD metal engineering - CAD model of a slanted glazing (Brand Metallbau AG)
HiCAD metal engineering - CAD model of a railway station door (Metall- und Stahlbau Haymoz AG)
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HiCAD – The practical metal engineering solution

Today metal has become a widely used material in many fields of industry, e.g. in steel, metal and facade engineering, in sheet metal processing, mechanical construction or staircase and railing construction. Therefore, metal engineers are in most cases all-round users dealing with tasks from a wide range of different industries. The field of Metal Engineering, which is one of the oldest industries in the world, constantly poses new challenges and requires a high degree of flexibility.

HiCAD is the ideal tool to combine tradition with innovation – as a universal, industry-comprehensive CAD system it provides not only a multitude of functions for all metal engineering-specific tasks, but also the tools required for all associated industries. All these features are offered in one single system, which spares you a tiresome switching between applications. Industry-specific special functions for glass, metal and facade engineering enable the insertion of various room-closing elements for all types of buildings.

In this way, HiCAD provides its users with a truly comprehensive package for glass, metal and facade engineering that allows an efficient processing of all building elements. Thanks to its modular structure, HiCAD also enables all-round users such as metalworking shops or customers dealing with craftwork, metal and precision engineering tasks to realise their projects effortlessly with only one system.

The highlights

  • Special glass, metal and sheet metal functions
  • Bidirectional LogiKal® interface
  • 3-D planning grid for complex facade constructions
  • Standard part packages according to DIN and SMU
  • Perfect visualisation
  • Automatic generation of production documents
  • Direct data exchange with Purchasing and Production
  • Cross-sectoral approach
  • Top performance
  • 2-D and 3-D CAD in one system

HiCAD – The comprehensive metal engineering package

HiCAD model of a facade (Fill Metallbau GmbH)

Whether windows or doors, individual glazings for conservatories, house facades, balconies, canopies or roofs – with HiCAD you are always on the safe side. For instance, you can easily combine sheet metal or steel engineering objects with glass, metal and facade engineering components, or 2-D sections with 3-D objects.

  • Design creatively in 2-D or 3-D – just as required. HiCAD supports you with a wide range of powerful functions, which can also be applied to data that has been taken over from other systems.
  • Use intelligent industry functions for a fast and easy modification of profiles, profile groups or other components. The corresponding joints and connections will be adjusted automatically.
  • Use the expert system to insert manufacturer-specific 2-D/3-D profile sections and connections without any additional design efforts. The LogiKal® interface provides direct access to all LogiKal® libraries.
  • Use 3-D planning grids for the realisation of complex facade constructions. In this way, slanted polygon facades, customized pyramids, all-glass facades, mullion-transom constructions, etc. can be realised in HiCAD with only a few mouse clicks!
  • Generate all essential documents such as workshop drawings, detail drawings, order lists and bills of materials at the push of a button.
  • Forward all essential data directly to purchasing, production or partners via the corresponding interfaces (SNDF, IFC, DSTV, DXF, DWG, STEP etc.).

HiCAD – CAD suites for metal engineering

HiCAD model of a facade (Arnold Matei CAD Planung und Konstruktion)

For your glass, metal and facade engineering tasks you can choose between three configuration levels of HiCAD:

  • HiCAD Metal Engineering suite
    (2-D, 3-D, 3-D fasteners, Metal Engineering, Sheet Metal basic, Steel Engineering beams, LogiKal® interface)
  • HiCAD Metal Engineering suite classic
    (2-D, 3-D*, 2-D Metal Engineering, LogiKal® interface) * limited number of parts
  • HiCAD Metal Engineering suite premium
    (2-D, 3-D, 3-D fasteners, Metal Engineering, Sheet Metal, Steel Engineering incl. Beams +Profiles, LogiKal® interface)

If you are frequently dealing with cross-sectoral projects, you should also take a look at our solutions for  mechanical engineeringplant engineeringsteel engineering and sheet metal processing. Thanks to its modular structure, HiCAD can be customised and expanded, for instance, by our HELiOS PDM/PLM modules and our HiCAD extension modules, to perfectly match your individual requirements. If you require further information, please feel free to contact us.

HiCAD – A comparison of the Metal Engineering suites

HiCAD – CAD suites for Metal Engineering

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Suite classic

Suite premium

Basic functions
For a rapid familiarisation, e.g. GUI with Ribbons, Help, Sketch Technology, Text Editor, Browser, etc.

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2-D drawing functions
State-of-the-art 2-D drawing functions, all CAD features required for 2-D drawing

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3-D modelling
Innovative functions and tools for the creation of photo-realistic product models, Mechanical Engineering standard parts

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max. 5000 3-D points

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3-D fasteners
Mechanical Engineering standard parts for bolts and screws, pins, studs, washers, nuts

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Sheet Metal basic
Basic functions for sheet metal processing, with automatic development and blank calculation

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Sheet Metal professional
Production-oriented creation of complex sheet metal products, with special functions such as automatic development, user-specific blanks, bending simulation etc.

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Metal Engineering
Special functions for glass, metal and facade engineering for a rapid realisation of room-closing elements for all types of buildings

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2-D only

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Beams & Profiles
Special functions and beam/profile libraries for the creation of steel beam constructions

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Steel/Metal Engineering
Industry-specific functions for simple or complex steel and metal engineering projects, whether complex support structures or custom-made glazing constructions

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LogiKal® interface

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Simulations
Motion simulations based on motors, physical simulations taking gravity into account, collision check, creation of Videos

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Plot Manager
Printing/plotting of several or all drawings of a Directory

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Report Manager professional
Bills of Materials on the basis of the CAD structure, extensive configuration options, company-specific adjustment, Exports in HTML, Excel, TXT format, comparison of individual rows, sorting according to various criteria, individual filter criteria for columns, calculation operations for columns, identical part search

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Document and Drawing Management for Civil Engineering (BIM) * For a safe project handling, with constantly updated design data, auto-generated drawings and bills of materials throughout the complete enterprise

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HiCAD Metal Engineering – An example from practice

Fill Metallbau GmbH - Industry: Metal and facade engineering

For more than 40 years the Fill Metallbau GmbH in Hohenzell, Austria has been impressing its customers by individual system solutions for building shells and special designs made of the raw materials steel, aluminium and stainless steel. To realize such projects successfully, the company has been relying on HiCAD for more than one decade.

Johannes Maier, Chief Designer at the Fill Metallbau GmbH: "HiCAD enables us to realise even the most complex and demanding designs, which would not be possible with other CAD systems so easily. Besides the excellent metal engineering functions, the integrated sheet metal solution and the 2-D/3-D associativity are among the greatest advantages of the software."

Metal Engineering - Examples from practice