The 3-D CAD Software for Special Machine Construction

Designing without limitations

Reach your goal quickly with our 3-D CAD solution for special machine construction. Powerful functions enable you to maintain complete control over your product at all times. Are you finished with your model drawing? Then generate your production data in just a few steps!

Use HiCAD to create drawings of
special machines in HiSPEED

The following functions help you speed up your workflows.

Parametric or free modelling?

Free or parametric? You decide when and where you use parametric modelling. With HiCAD you alone decide and not the system. Time-consuming work steps such as parameterisation only take place after receipt of order and only when it makes sense.


Full 2-D-/3-D associativity

Do you want to design in 2-D or 3-D? With HiCAD there is no either or. You can design with HiCAD in 2-D, 3-D, or use a combination of the two - and all this without having to change the program. HiCAD even allows you to transfer changes made in the drawing to the geometry - if required, all in one single file.


Assembly-based working

You can model individual parts directly, without an additional part file in the assembly. You only need to reference these if required. The structure of the model drawing does not have to be known in advance, as parts can be assigned to an assembly by simple Drag & Drop. This enables a completely flexible, constraint-free modelling.


Interface to PDM/PLM system

Through a consistent article-oriented working method, in connection with our PDM system HELiOS, a bidirectional connection to any ERP system can be easily realized. In addition to version-safe working in combination with freely configurable release workflows and derivation options, the semi-finished product approach can be used in conjunction with HELiOS.


Convenient viewing functions

Everything can be done with just a few clicks! HiCAD allows you to create a complete exploded view with just a few mouse clicks. This view can then be automatically annotated according to your own rules. If required, an assembly video can also be created from this exploded view.


Sheet metal functions for fast results

You want to output production data at the push of a button? HiCAD allows you, for example, to output all sheet metal developments of a model drawing as DXF, DWG, STEP or ToPSGeo files to a defined directory. Your own shortening factors can be taken into account, too.


BURRI public elements AG

„There is very little time between plan approval and production start, so production plans have to be created as fast as possible. With the drawing derivation in HiCAD we have a very good tool for this purpose.“

Bernhard Gasser, Chief Designer

MAP E. Prinzing & Söhne GmbH + Co. KG

„With MAP, the HiCAD functionalities of sheet metal design are particularly relevant for day-to-day business.“

Heinz Kaufmann, Licensing

Bernard van Lengerich Maschinenfabrik GmbH & Co. KG

„CAD-generated drawings must also be managed. So HELiOS was added in the course of the HiCAD introduction. Our decision was supported by the fact that both programs come from one developer and are perfectly coordinated. The fact that the ISD is a German developer also favoured our choice.“

Thomas Vietz, System Administrator

J.P. Sauer & Sohn Maschinenbau GmbH

„CAD - 2-D as well as 3-D, PDM, interfaces to the ERP system, all from one reliable source...for 26 years now!“

Thomas Romeyke, Development & Engineering

Highlights of our 3-D CAD solution for special machine construction

Video "Assembly-oriented working"
Video "Interface to a full featured PDM System"
Video "Parametric or free modelling"

HiCAD automatism replaces manpower of larger companies

Marbos Nord GmbH & Co. KG | Reference report

Marbos Nord GmbH & Co. KG, founded in 2012, covers a wide range of tasks as a small engineer’s office: From processing offshore drawings as transformer and exploratory platforms over the functional development of pipe systems as well as new and conversion ship drawings to special drawings for mechanical engineering. “Flexibility and coordinated drawings are our daily bread”, says managing director Sabine Loock. “The software we work with should comply with our requirements”. Since 2015, the CAD software HiCAD and the PDM system are the software in question – both solutions by Dortmund’s ISD Group.

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„HiCAD offers a large field of application possibilities, which are very helpful for interdisciplinary work. For example, we can visualize a pipe routing just as well as a sheet metal or steel engineering construction.“

Sabine Loock, General Manager
Marbos Nord GmbH & Co. KG

Short project timelines and constant stability in the power grid thanks to HiCAD and HELiOS

TGM Kanis Turbinen GmbH | Reference report

TGM Kanis Turbinen GmbH has made a name for itself as a planner, developer and manufacturer of complete steam turbine sets for the energy sector in Europe since 2006. Meanwhile the Nuremberg-based company has sold 100 steam turbines since its foundation – thanks to its 80 employees and the utilization of innovative CAD and PDM software systems.

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„With our projects worth millions, we have experienced a significant increase in productivity overall. The ISD training courses and the 3-D experience of new employees ensure fast handling with HiCAD.“

Stefan Hengl, Process Engineering
TGM Kanis Turbinen GmbH

The BvL Group opts for a combination of both systems

Bernard van Lengerich Maschinenfabrik GmbH & Co. KG | Reference report

An important sector in the agricultural industry is the design and production of agricultural machinery. The Bernard van Lengerich Maschinenfabrik GmbH & Co. KG – part of the BvL Group – fulfils these tasks with customized solutions for feeding equipment, unloading and animal bedding technology for stables. Other companies belonging to the group are the BvL Oberflächentechnik, which develops and builds various cleaning machines, and the BvL Elektrotechnik, a provider of electrical engineering and building automation services. The company group in Emsbüren, Germany, is a family business which is now in its fifth generation.

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„CAD-generated drawings must also be managed. So HELiOS was added in the course of the HiCAD introduction. Our decision was supported by the fact that both programs come from one developer and are perfectly coordinated. The fact that the ISD is a German developer also favoured our choice.“

Thomas Vietz, System Administrator
Bernard van Lengerich Maschinenfabrik GmbH & Co. KG

The modular structure of HiCAD makes you particularly flexible in mechanical engineering.

For this special 3-D CAD sector we recommend the software package HiCAD Mechanical Engineering suite premium. In this software package, you will find numerous modules and functions that optimally support your daily work.

We would be happy to advise you on the suites, the individual functions and available configuration levels - please feel free to ask for an online demonstration!

Seamless data flow for engineering with HELiOS PDM

UNLIMITED performance for your company..
Interface HiCAD for special machine construction with our PDM software HELiOS for professional product data management.
Control all data flows from HiCAD via HELiOS to your ERP system and save valuable time.


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