3-D CAD software for metalworking shops

Measurement as a basis for your 3-D designs

Your time and that of your customers is precious. That's why everything in HiCAD is interlinked and readily available: In combination with the latest 3-D scanning technology, you can precisely capture composite edges, planar surfaces and any shape in no time at all and generate them as 3-D data at the push of a button.

Use HiCAD to create drawings for
metalworking shops in HiSPEED

The following functions help you achieve a time-saving workflow:

Configurator for stairs and railings

With its staircase and railing configurator, HiCAD is a real support: stairs and railings can be easily configured and loaded into HiCAD. You can also react promptly to subsequent change requests and vary the shape, model and type of mounting of your staris or railings.


Automated steel engineering connections

Improve your joints and connections and make use of the standards catalogue and the steel engineering libraries of HiCAD. Whether DAST connections or your own connections created as required - you will have everything you need for a load-bearing structure at your disposal. Welded and special beams and profiles can be automatically adapted to changing installation situations - according to the motto: "No connection, no neat finish".


Sheet Metal: from 3-D model to finished development

Starting with the creation of the basic geometry and the generation of chamfers to the developed DXF contour: thanks to HiCAD, you can develop your sheet metal construction with just a few clicks. Intelligent functions enable a fast and easy, practical corner processing, e.g. applying of mitre cuts and drainage areas as well as company-specific layer definitions.


Create workshop drawings and BOMs automatically

Create your drawings rapidly and easily: Get your workshop drawing at the push of a button, with development, blank and 3-D view - of course, complete with designations and dimensions. Other production documents such as BOMs or overbend tables are also generated automatically in HiCAD.


Planning and overview drawings

Create detail and approval drawings rapidly and easily: In HiCAD you can conveniently create detail views, sectional views and cut-outs from the 3-D model drawing. You can also take advantage of the benefits of 3-D planning: Not only do you create more clarity for those who use the drawing, you also create fewer drawings in total.


Interfaces for customers and suppliers

A large number of interfaces enable you to quickly import and export your data. Whether DXF, DWG, STEP or IFC - with HiCAD you can exchange data without any problems. This guarantees you error-free production without data loss from receipt of the order to the final product.


Metallbau Müller GmbH

„Changes that occur during the manufacturing process often mean that collisions are not detected in the 2-D world, but they immediately are in 3-D.“

Martin Müller, Technical Director Metallbau Müller GmbH

Vettiger Metallbau AG

„When projects are planned in 3D, it is almost mandatory to take measurements via the point cloud.“

Tobias Balsiger, Project Manager

Stundner Stahl- und Metallbau GmbH

„Thanks to HiCAD's steel engineering connection libraries and the integrated automatism to create welded and special profiles, we were able to display details very clearly and make spontaneous changes on the spot – in direct dialogue with the architect and with the customer.“

Markus Stundner, design engineer

Rood Metallbauplanung AG

„Without the possibility of 3-D we would not have accepted the project. This would have been too complex.“

Marcel Suter, Project Leader 3-D

NILU Stahlbau GmbH

„Automatically created BOMs and drawing derivations are pricelessly valuable and save a lot of time.“

Anton Ilic, General Manager

BURRI public elements AG

„HiCAD impresses by its top performance and is a very useful tool for steel and metal engineering tasks“

Bernhard Gasser, Chief Designer

Highlights of our 3-D CAD solution for metal engineering

Video "Sheet Metal: from the 3-D model to the finished development"
Video "Workshop drawing and BOM available at the push of a button"
Video "Automatic connections"
More videos
Video "Planning"
Video "Data exchange made easy"
Video "Configurator for stairs and railings"

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From scan to machine with HiCAD

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“Glass is our passion,” could be the motto of the Swiss company Vettiger Metallbau AG, which has been manufacturing facade elements made from steel, metal or glass for over 50 years. Their homepage offers attractive images of various building styles that seem to have one thing in common: transparency that unites with state-of-the-art technology and at the same time promises stability.

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„Wenn Projekte im 3D geplant werden, ist die Maßaufnahme mit Punktwolke fast zwingend.“

Tobias Balsiger, Projektleiter
Vettiger Metallbau AG

Special designs as a welcome challenge

Stundner Stahl- und Metallbau GmbH | Reference report

Examples of buildings limited to purely structural and functional aspects abound," says Markus Stundner, design engineer at Stundner Stahl- und Metallbau GmbH. "The challenge is to meet certain requirements in order to achieve the desired harmony of supporting structures and architecture."

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„Durch die Stahlbau-Anschlussbibliotheken von HiCAD und den integrierten Automatismus, Schweiß- und Sonderprofile an verschiedene Einbausituationen anzupassen, konnten wir an Ort und Stelle - im direkten Dialog mit dem Architekten und mit dem Kunden - übersichtlich Details darstellen und spontane Änderungen durchführen.“

Markus Stundner, Konstrukteur
Stundner Stahl- und Metallbau GmbH

Skywards with HiCAD

Stahlbau Nägele GmbH | Reference report

For more than 70 years, the Stahlbau Nägele GmbH has relied on a building material that is modern, flexible, quick to assemble and recyclable: steel. The 210-employee company from Eislingen an der Fils installs around 8,000 tons of this formable, environmentally friendly material every year and is on hand, for example, when it comes to new hall construction and extensions, terrace roofing, carports, staircases and railings, carports, stairs and railings.

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Stahlbau Nägele GmbH used HiCAD to construct Germany's highest observation tower in Baden-Würtemberg, a steel and larch scaffold with three visitor platforms.

„To change a standard part, all it took was a click of the mouse, and all editing options were directly available, as well as all technological data such as weight, length and surface area.“

Matthias Greiner, Technical Director
Stahlbau Nägele GmbH

Planning precision throughout thanks to HiCAD

Rood Metallbauplanung AG | Reference report

Rood Metallbauplanung AG is a planning office for modern steel, metal and glass constructions and various building shells. It was founded in 2013 by Rochus Odermatt in Stans, Switzerland. Services such as submission planning, expertise and implementation planning are part of the range of tasks of the Swiss company, which has been using HiCAD - the CAD software of the ISD Group in Dortmund - for three years now.

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The project was also managed by Rood Metallbauplanung AG. Post transoms, glass with various angles of inclination, around 3000 sheets, stairs and also fire protection elements were successfully planned with HiCAD.

„Without the possibility of 3-D we would not have accepted the project. This would have been too complex.“

Marcel Suter, Project Leader 3-D
Rood Metallbauplanung AG

With HiCAD you even have the rainforest on your radar

Metallbau Linder | Reference report

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Upgraded statics with top tools from HiCAD

NILU Stahlbau GmbH | Reference report

NILU Stahlbau GmbH, founded in 2005, offers a diversified scope of steel construction expertise, including stairways and staircases, railings, hall constructions, balconies and lift shafts. One of the company‘s main focuses is on architectural steel and supporting structures under the roofs of Vienna.

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A vivid reference for structural challenges is the Palais Schottenring. To ensure appropriate load-bearing capacity, the listed building was statically reinforced from the foundation to the roof with steel structures.

„Automatically created BOMs and drawing derivations are pricelessly valuable and save a lot of time.“

Anton Ilic, General Manager
NILU Stahlbau GmbH

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