HiCAD – the only all-in-one CAD system for all industries
HiCAD – the only
all-in-one CAD system
for all industries
HiCAD enables a combined designing in 2-D and 3-D - in one system
HiCAD enables a
combined designing
in 2-D and 3-D -
in one system
HiCAD’s Hybrid Technology is unique on the market
HiCAD’s Hybrid
Technology is
unique on
the market
HiCAD – top performance for even the largest CAD models
HiCAD – top performance
for even the largest CAD models
HiCAD visualizes your 3-D CAD models perfectly
HiCAD visualizes
your 3-D CAD
models perfectly
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HiCAD – CAD for all-rounders and specialists

Whether mechanical engineering, plant engineering, sheet metal processing, steel or metal engineering – each industry has its own, specific requirements. With HiCAD we can provide you with a unique all-in-one solution allowing a fast and efficient development of products in 2-D, 3-D and for any industry. Even cross-sectoral projects involving different industries can be realised effortlessly.    

Thanks to its Hybrid Technology for the realisation of complex, cross-sectoral projects, HiCAD is the only CAD system in the world that does not only offer combined designing in 2-D and 3-D, but also the complete range of industry and product data management functions within one system, thus covering all crucial fields of engineering: Mechanical engineering, plant engineering, sheet metal processing, turnkey solutions for steel engineering, glass, metal and facade engineering. This enormous range was made possible by our self-developed software kernel, which provides the basis for innovative 2-D and 3-D CAD technologies throughout all fields of industry. With HiCAD you will therefore be ideally equipped for your future projects, no matter how complex they are.

HiCAD – The highlights

  • 2-D and 3-D CAD
  • All-in-one system for all industries
  • Hybrid Technology for cross-sectoral tasks
  • Integrated PDM
  • State-of-the-art 2-D and 3-D functions
  • Fast and easy operation
  • Self-developed kernel
  • Modular structure

HiCAD – the versatile 2-D/3-D CAD system

Our CAD developments are geared towards “Smart Design”, i.e. a constant support of our users by powerful tools and intelligent automatisms. This enables you to streamline routine tasks, realise your innovative ideas much faster and visualise them in a promotionally effective manner. You can, for instance, display your products as rendered models, 3D-PDF models or in stereoscopic 3-D representation. HiCAD’s unique 2-D/3-D associativity also provides a solid and secure basis for a smooth changeover from 2-D to 3-D CAD.

HiCAD provides you with maximum flexibility: You can design your product model directly in 3-D, and derive 2-D production drawings from it. Or you can initially draw in 2-D, then add 3-D objects and automatically convert your drawing to a 3-D model. Use non-parametric modelling for quick corrections, or the parametric approach to be able to perform design changes at the push of a button.

HiCAD supports you with state-of-the-art 2-D drafting functions, innovative 3-D modelling options and special, industry-specific functions, from the first draft and the automatic generation of all production-relevant data through to the realistic visualisation of the models. Numerous, useful tools for re-use and automation help you streamline routine tasks and speed up design processes considerably. The extremely compact data structure ensures smooth designing processes, even for extremely large models.

Maximum productivity right from the start

  • Easy and intuitive operation
  • Context-sensitive user interface
  • User-defined Ribbon tabs
  • 64Bit and Multicore support
  • Parametric and non-parametric modelling
  • State-of-the-art 2-D functions
  • Innovative 3-D technologies
  • Intelligent automation tools
  • Perfect visualisation including stereoscopic 3-D representation
  • Production drawings and BOMs at the push of a button
  • Safe data exchange in 2-D and 3-D

HiCAD – the all-in-one CAD system

As the only CAD system that can offer true 2-D/3-D associativity in combination with Hybrid Technology, HiCAD sets standards in the field of professional 2-D and 3-D CAD – throughout all industries. 

HiCAD for mechanical engineering and special machine building
  • 2-D and 3-D CAD
  • Assembly-based modelling
  • Parametric and non-parametric designing
  • Numerous standard parts and purchased parts
  • Simulations and analyses
  • FEM interface         
  • Perfect 3-D visualisation
  • Automatic generation of production documents
HiCAD for sheet metal processing
  • 2-D and 3-D CAD
  • Special sheet metal functions
  • Assembly-based modelling
  • Parametric and non-parametric designing
  • Pipes and vessels              
  • Punching and forming tools
  • Automatic generation of production documents
  • Bending simulation
  • Cost calculation tool
  • Automatic development and blank calculation
HiCAD for steel engineering
  • Special steel engineering and sheet metal functions
  • Stairs Configurator
  • Railing Configurator
  • Expert system for beams + profiles
  • Parametric and non-parametric designing
  • Automatic generation of production documents
  • Automatic generation of mounting drawings
  • Cross-sectoral CAD
  • Drawing Management
HiCAD for glass, metal and facade engineering
  • Special glass, metal and sheet functions
  • Bidirectional LogiKal ®interface
  • 3-D planning grid for complex facades
  • Standard parts packages according to DIN and SMU
  • Perfect visualisation
  • Automatic generation of production documents
  • Direct data exchange with Purchasing and Production
  • 2-D and 3-D CAD
HiCAD for plant engineering
  • 2-D flow charts
  • 3-D layout and pipeline planning
  • Welded pipelines and plastic pipelines
  • ERMETO pipe unions
  • JACOB pipe systems
  • Automatic generation of isometries and pipe plans
  • PDM integration and ERP interface
  • Steel engineering and sheet metal functions
  • Realistic visualisation

No matter in which industry you work, with HiCAD  you can create your CAD drawings rapidly and easily with powerful, practice-oriented 2-D and 3-D functions, choose between parametric and non-parametric designing, and model directly in assemblies while you benefit from special, industry-specific functions for your individual design tasks. All of these tasks can be performed by one single CAD system with state-of-the-art technologies, even in case of cross-sectoral projects involving various industries.

HiCAD – everything is possible!

HiCAD – the flexible CAD software

HiCAD - The CAD solution for all industries

HiCAD - The CAD solution for all industries

No matter whether you work in a small production plant or in a large, internationally operating enterprise – thanks to its modular structure, HiCAD can be adjusted exactly to the requirements of your company, and be seamlessly integrated into the existing software environment. 

Besides the basic modules and industry suites, you can use the HiCAD Extension Modules to perform more specific tasks. These include:

  • Freeform surface modelling,
  • Viewer,
  • Plot Manager,
  • Various automation tools,
  • Various 3-D converters and special interfaces,
  • API programming interface,
  • Various industry extension modules.

Thanks to its modular structure, you can expand HiCAD at any time on the basis of a basic module or an industry suite, so that it will match your individual requirements.

A comparison of the HiCAD basic modules

HiCAD - Basic CAD modules

Classic

Creator

Solution

2-D and 3-D in one system

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Choice between parametric and non-parametric designing

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Associative dimensioning and hatching

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Complete 2-D functionality (1: max. 10,000 2-D points)

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Complete 3-D functionality (2: max. 5,000 3-D points)

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2-D interfaces DXF, DWG, PC Draft

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3-D interfaces VRML, STEP (3: only VRML)

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2-D / 3-D Mechanical Engineering standard parts (4: only 2-D, 5: only 3-D)

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Report Manager: Bills of Materials (quantity lists or structure lists) on the basis of the CAD structure, extensive configuration options, company-specific adjustment, Exports in HTML, Excel, TXT format etc.

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Feature technology & Design variants

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Automatic deriving of 3-D models from 2-D drawings

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Basic functions for sheet metal processing with automatic development and blank calculation

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Simplified representation of CAD models to increase performance while working on complex models and to safeguard the know-how in valuable constructions when passing them on to third parties

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Technical Calculations

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Simulation

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Version: HiCAD 2016

The HiCAD extension modules

Plot Manager

 

Freeform Surfaces

 

Interfaces

 

Standard Parts

HiCAD Druck-/Plotmanagement

 

HiCAD Freiformflächen

 

Schnittstellen

 

Normalien

             
  • Several or all drawings in a directory, as well as several views (sheets) of a drawing can be printed in one step.

 

  • Realisation of state-of-the-art design products with arbitrarily curved surfaces defying analytical description.

 

  • 3-D Converter for IGES, SolidWorks, Inventor, DXF/DWG, JT, Pro/Engineer etc.
  • Special interfaces, e.g. DSTV, SDNF, IFC, TopsGeo, VDAFS, KISSsoft, ROHR2

 

  • Complete 2-D and 3-D standard part packages for mechanical engineering, sheet metal processing, steel and metal engineering, plant engineering.
  • Module parts4cad to get direct access to the standard parts library of CADENAS

Version: HiCAD 2016

HiCAD – for a smooth system switch

If you are planning a system switch or a changeover to 3-D, you will not have to re-start from scratch, but can work productively right from the start. Besides being very user-friendly and easy to operate, HiCAD also enables a convenient re-use and further processing of your existing CAD data. This allows a particularly smooth changeover from 2-D to 3-D, because you have the option to convert your 2-D data to 3-D models at any time.

A lossless data transfer and a safe cooperation with your customers and partners is ensured by direct interfaces to all common CAD systems, e.g.  AutoCAD®SolidWorks®Inventor®CATIA®Pro/EngineerParasolid® oder ACIS, as well as numerous neutral formats, such as DXF, DWG, IGES or STEP.

If we do not support the interface you require, please feel free to contact us. If desired, we can develop a customized solution or create a special interface for you.

HiCAD – 2-D and 3-D interfaces for an easy system switch and a rapid data exchange

We will make your system switch smooth and easy!

An overview of interfaces

 

2-D*
Import
Export
Minimum Requirement**
fee-based

DXF / DWG (2-D)

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Integrated in HiCAD Classic or higher

No

PC-Draft (2-D)

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Integrated in HiCAD Classic or higher

No

ME10 (2-D)

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Integrated in HiCAD Classic or higher

No

PROCAD/PROREN (2-D)

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Integrated in HiCAD Classic or higher

No

Technovision (2-D)

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Integrated in HiCAD Classic or higher

No

3-D*
Import
Export
Minimum Requirement**
fee-based

3D PDF/U3D/PRC

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Integrated in HiCAD Creator or higher

No

SketchUp

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Integrated in HiCAD Creator or higher

No

STEP

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Integrated in HiCAD Creator or higher

No

STL

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ascii

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binary/ascii

Integrated in HiCAD Creator or higher

No

VRML

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Integrated in HiCAD Classic or higher

No

ACIS

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HiCAD Creator or HiCAD Solution

Yes

CATIA V4

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HiCAD Creator or HiCAD Solution

Yes

CATIA V5

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HiCAD Creator or HiCAD Solution

Yes

DXF/DWG

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HiCAD Creator or HiCAD Solution

Yes

IGES 

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HiCAD Creator or HiCAD Solution

Yes

Inventor

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HiCAD Creator or HiCAD Solution

Yes

JT

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HiCAD Creator or HiCAD Solution

Yes

Parasolid

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HiCAD Creator or HiCAD Solution

Yes

PLM XML ***

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HiCAD Creator or HiCAD Solution with JT License

Yes

PRO/ENGINEER / CREO Parametric

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HiCAD Creator or HiCAD Solution

Yes

SolidWorks

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HiCAD Creator or HiCAD Solution

Yes

JaSTEP Repair Tool

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HiCAD Creator or HiCAD Solution

Yes

UniGraphics

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HiCAD Creator or HiCAD Solution

Yes

VDAFS

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HiCAD Creator or HiCAD Solution

Yes

Sheet Metal*
Import
Export
Minimum Requirement**
fee-based

LVD (2-D)

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Integrated in HiCAD Sheet Metal professional or higher

No

Bystronic (2-D)

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Integrated in HiCAD Sheet Metal professional or higher

No

TopsGeo (2-D)

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HiCAD Sheet Metal professional

Yes

WiCAM (2-D)

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HiCAD Sheet Metal professional

Yes

Steel Engineering*
Import
Export
Minimum Requirement**
fee-based

DSTV

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HiCAD Spooler, Steel Engineering, Metal Engineering, Steel/Metal Engineering or Staircases

Yes

IFC

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HiCAD Beams + Profiles

Yes

NC-X

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HiCAD Steel Engineering, Steel/Metal Engineering or Beams + Profiles

Yes

SDNF

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HiCAD Spooler, Steel Engineering, Metal Engineering, Steel/Metal Engineering or Staircases

Yes

Others*
Import
Export
Minimum Requirement**
fee-based

KISSsoft

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HiCAD Creator or HiCAD Solution

Yes

ROHR2

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HiCAD Pipeline Planning

Yes

Version: HiCAD 2016

 

* Information on supported versions can be found in the ISD Wiki, at Product know-how > FAQ > HiCAD.

** Please note that the mentioned modules may be part of your industry solution.

*** as of HiCAD 2016 SP1