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Graphite™ 2D/3D CAD

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Computer-aided drafting the way it should be.™

When you want 2D and 3D CAD software that’s easy to use, yet absolutely precise, that’s Graphite. Formerly known as Vellum®, Graphite offers extremely powerful, precision wire-frame drafting with the elegant ease-of-use that makes it productive even when only used occasionally. Running on Mac and Windows, Graphite provides an interface that lets creative people get the job done without worrying about how to run their software.

Easy to Use CAD

Luc Heiligenstein designed this sports watch using both Ashlar-Vellum drafting and 3D modeling software.
“Graphite is a better 2D solution because it is easy to move parts around. You don’t have to be an engineer to run it.”
Read more about Luc’s success with Ashlar-Vellum’s CAD and 3D modeling software.

The Vellum® magic is addictive—ask any Ashlar-Vellum customer why they use our products and you’ll hear about “Vellumness.” Across our product line, the uniting element is the magical feel of creative simplicity and efficient power. It anticipates your needs and quietly offers help without distraction or intrusion.

“Ashlar-Vellum’s Organic Workflow product suite has the unique quality of being not just a feature, but a philosophy—one that encapsulates the essence of a truly creative design process that engenders innovative product designs.”
—Frost & Sullivan, Best Practices Research Product Differentiation Excellence Award

Create drawings of unlimited complexity—get down to the details. There’s no limit to your creativity so why should there be a limit to your CAD software? Graphite lets you create 2D and 3D wire-frame drawings of unlimited complexity and precision detail.

Conceptualize then create—Graphite is great for those who want to explore initial design ideas with 2D sketches then create 3D wire-frame designs themselves, without the support or interference of a CAD operator “interpreting” their work.

Fast Productivity

Cabela’s fishing gear designer, Chuck Villarreal, wasn’t thrilled about moving to CAD from his t-square and drafting board. He found it cumbersome and unwieldy to accomplish his designs...until he found Ashlar-Vellum Graphite.
“This program was so simple to learn I was productive in two days. Later, after attending training I became a rocket.”
Read more about Chuck’s success with product design using Graphite CAD software.

Design and invent—don’t be a CAD jockey. We can always tell when someone is not a candidate for Ashlar-Vellum products. They tell us that they “run such-and-such a CAD program,” taking great pride in their software’s difficulty. If operating an unwieldy CAD system is your highest calling, don’t buy Graphite. If changing the world through collaborating on new and innovative designs is more your style, then you’ve found the perfect tool.

Ideal for Entrepreneurs

Vince Costa designs and manufactures high-end motorcycle suspension systems. He loves the productivity Graphite gives his small business.
“Graphite’s the kind of program that for an entrepreneurial deal like mine works good. I can’t afford to have 10 drafts people here operating different complicated programs. Graphite just seems to work fast which is really important because we have to be continually coming up with new ideas.”
Read more about Vince’s success using Graphite CAD software.

Build or manufacture with confidence—Graphite’s precise data guarantees accurate drawings, speeding the manufacturing process.

Rise above the competition—leading design innovators share a common tool: Ashlar-Vellum products. From renowned jewelry designers in New York and Paris to athletic equipment companies in the Pacific Northwest, from Apple Computer to Scaled Composites, Cobalt’s flexibility frees creative people to focus on design.

Work with No Distractions

Wallace Beaudry, designer of these printing and die cutting machines and drums for Sohn Manufacturing.
“When I work, my thought is centered on the design of a product. With Ashlar-Vellum software I quickly get that idea on paper. If I had to use AutoCAD, I’d lose my train of thought.”
Read more about Beaudry’s success with machine design using Graphite CAD software.