Who’s Using Ashlar-Vellum CAD & 3D Modeling Software?

The Ashlar-Vellum Designer Elements™ precision CAD and 3D solid and surface modeling programs excel at complex, organic shapes drawn in absolute precision for accurate manufacturing. Supporting both Mac and Windows, our trademark Vellum® interface makes it easy for creative minds to think through ideas as they work in our software, not just document a finished idea. For this reason our software is embraced by many different industries for a variety of products. A sample of these industries and some of the customers we support within them are listed below. Most of those listed have multiple licenses of one or more our current products: Cobalt™, Xenon™, Argon™ or Graphite™.

Consumer Electronics, Appliances and Tools

Ashlar-Vellum CAD and 3D modeling software is ideal for drawing and solid and surface modeling the sensual curves and easily held shapes necessary for great consumer products. Especially important to the real-world of last minute revisions and client dictated changes are the associativity and Design Explorer history tracking found in Cobalt and Xenon. Ashlar-Vellum customers doing consumer products include:


Ashlar-Vellum 3D modeling software is popular among furniture designers. Xenon or Argon are often preferred by those doing custom one-off work, while Cobalt’s parametric constraints are particularly useful for those creating a whole line or product family for large scale manufacturing. Some of the furniture designers using Ashlar-Vellum include:

Housewares and Home Furnishings

Designing things for the home is a particularly tricky business. Styles and consumer preferences are always changing. Trend-setting designers turn to Cobalt, Xenon and Argon for fast conceptual design and later revisions that are non-issues. Both programs offer outstanding photo-realistic rendering for client presentations and a head start by the marketing department, even before the files are sent directly to manufacturing. Other designers, without the need for these modeling and rendering capabilities, prefer the fluid ease of Graphite for precision drafting as they think through their designs. Houseware designers using Ashlar-Vellum CAD and 3D modeling products create award winning designs for:

Sporting and Athletic Goods

Sports equipment designed in Ashlar-Vellum CAD and 3D solid and surface modeling software has the competitive edge. Designed for style and performance, these products are also ready for accurate manufacturing and marketing without the need of additional software.

Medical and Biotechnology

Because Ashlar-Vellum products provide extreme control to create organic shapes, with absolute precision during manufacturing, they are the software of choice for many medical designers. From instrumentation to replacement heart valves, designers around the world use our CAD and 3D modeling software to improve the quality of life for their patients.


From delicate diamond inlays to the works of a fashion watch, Ashlar-Vellum precision CAD and 3D modeling software offers the tools for fast concept design, sophisticated shape creation, photo-realistic rendering and precise production. Some of those using our software to create style setting designs:

Toys, Gifts and Cards

From greeting cards to gifts and toys, Ashlar-Vellum computer-aided drafting and 3D modeling products delight designers as much as their resulting products delight those who receive them. Some of our customers who are in the business of bringing smiles include:

Musical Instruments

Headquartered in the “live music capital of the world” it’s only natural that Ashlar-Vellum Designer Elements software are used by the designers for some of the world’s leading musical instruments. Because the shape of an instrument directly impacts the quality of the sound it produces, it’s essential to be able to draw and manufacture with accuracy. Ashlar-Vellum precision CAD and 3D modeling products are essential tools of these makers of fine instruments because of the control and ease-of-use it provides:

Retail Display and Packaging

Ashlar-Vellum CAD and 3D solid and surface modeling software gives display and packaging designers the tools they need to help their clients rise above the noise in the roar of retail sales. Creating eye-catching designs, facilitating last minute changes, and preparing drawings and models that are ready for manufacturing, our software helps get products to market faster and with greater profitability. Some of our excellent display and packaging users include:

Theatrical Set Design

Art and entrainment scenic designers use Ashlar-Vellum CAD and 3D modeling products to visualize, design and construct sophisticated backdrops and sets for the opera, ballet, theater and television. Some of our customers in the arts include:

Exhibit Design

Many of the world’s leading exhibit design and manufacturers use Ashlar-Vellum computer-aided drafting and 3D modeling software in the exhibition of art, cultural, and commercial products. From trade show exhibitions to museum displays, our software gives exhibit designers the tools to communicate with the ease-of-use they need.

Architecture/Civil Engineering/Construction

Ashlar-Vellum’s professional Designer Elements drafting products are used by architects, engineers and contractors to draw site plans, floor plans, elevations, interior details and specialty products. Many find it useful to be able to think through a problem in 3D with the help of the Drafting Assistant. A few of our commercial and university customers have begun to apply our 3D solid and surface modeling products to this field, either for visualization or as an aid to spatial planning. A few of our A/E/C customers include:

Industrial, Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering

Whatever your engineering specialty, from hydraulics to electronics, nuclear to plastics, accuracy for manufacturing is essential. But engineers who also want to think as they work, solve problems, and invent, often have to resort to the back of an envelope because their CAD software is too rigid to work the way they think. Not with Ashlar-Vellum 2D and 3D products. Customers using our software are some of the most innovative in the world, including:

National Laboratories and Research Centers

Ashlar-Vellum precision CAD and 3D modeling software is extremely popular among the high level thinkers at the government labs and research centers around the world. These are the people that when asked, can only say, “We build, um…vacuum cleaners here.” Without being CAD experts or relying on another department, these scientist and engineers easily detail their own complex ideas and inventions. Some of the national and international labs that we serve include:

Aerospace and Aviation

Creative thinkers in aerospace are using Ashlar-Vellum Designer Elements software to conceptualize and detail orbital, trans-orbital, and deep-space vehicles. From SpaceShipOne to the Mars Lander to commercial lunar habitats, Ashlar-Vellum is proud to be a part of their outstanding research. Our 3D modeling software is in use at some of the world’s most advanced aircraft design firms and flight research centers, and our 2D precision drafting software is used by engineers in the maintenance facilities of several major airlines. Even hobbyists in radio controlled model airplanes appreciate it for it’s straightforward effectiveness. Some of these customers include:


The complex, flowing curves that bring style and aerodynamics to the latest in automotive design are done with precision and ease in Ashlar-Vellum 3D modeling software. So are accessory parts requiring a high degree of stylization and precision manufacturing. No longer do designers create exciting concepts in one piece of software then hand it off to the CAD jockeys to document it for real manufacturing. Ashlar-Vellum 3D solid and surface modeling software does it all. Some of Ashlar-Vellum’s users in the automotive industry include:


Circumnavigate the globe and you’ll find marine designers that love the power and precision of Ashlar-Vellum precisions design software for designing sail boats, power boats, hulls, masts and a myriad of marine hardware. Moving seamlessly from 2D to 3D and back again, these professionals progress from concept through construction making changes as painlessly as possible.