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Cobalt™ 3D Modeling

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The ultimate 3D modeling product design and development tool.™

Cobalt’s flexible 3D modeling matches professional power with speed and ease of use in our unique Organic Workflow™ design process. Available for both Macintosh and Windows, Cobalt lets creative people work without worrying about their software. Designers save time and money by moving quickly from conception through completion in the real world of last minute changes. Primarily for designers, engineers and inventors, Cobalt leads the Ashlar-Vellum™ product line with on-demand, dimensionally constrained and equation-driven parametrics that make creating variations on a design faster and easier than ever before in 3D design software.

Art & Engineering in 3D Modeling

Luc Heiligenstein designed this sports watch using both Ashlar-Vellum drafting and 3D modeling software.
Ashlar-Vellum products bridge the gap between the artistic aspect and the engineering requirements with everything needed in between.
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.

The primary difference between Ashlar-Vellum’s product and other solutions available on the market is not the depth of Cobalt’s features, but the availability of all the features in a holistic, transparent way that enables the user to create concepts in an intuitive, unobstructed manner.
—Frost & Sullivan, Best Practices Research Product Differentiation Excellence Award

Sketch in 2D and 3D—play with an idea, explore, discover. Only pencil and paper compete. Once you begin working with Vellum products, you’ll understand the cult following.

Design any shape imaginable—even the organic forms essential to high-end design. Traditional CAD lacks the flexibility to create truly aesthetic, uniquely beautiful forms. Not so with Ashlar-Vellum products.

Design to Manufacture with 3D Modeling

Designer Kevin Quigley facilitates last minute revisions and client changes with ease using Cobalt for a new line of Victoria & Albert bathtubs.
I always make sure that the parts are modeled with draft — which is easy to do in Cobalt — so that the basic form is manufacturable.
Read more about Kevin’s design success using Cobalt 3D modeling.

Work in a non-linear creative environment—only Ashlar-Vellum’s Organic Workflow allows designers to create outstanding products through easy design iteration, transparent tools, and hands-on control of the production process. Start anywhere necessary within the design process and move freely in any direction. This allows the creative process to sustain radical change while still maintaining integrity.

Ashlar-Vellum’s Organic Workflow enables an iterative design process in a non-linear workflow, so that a designer has the freedom to make changes freely and move in any direction without losing any parametric history, which is instantly available when the user requires it via the ‘Parametric History on Demand’ feature of the Organic Workflow.
—Frost & Sullivan, Best Practices Research Product Differentiation Excellence Award

Bring real products to life—move beyond conceptual design to analyzing, marketing, manufacturing and sales. Cobalt’s precise 3D data guarantees accurate drawings and compelling marketing images. Generate renderings for sales, training and promotions, export data for fabrication, or send shop drawings to manufacturing.

Propagate product lines—Cobalt alone offers parametric design variations using equations or relationships so you can quickly develop product families from one concept. Unlike traditional enterprise-based CAD programs, Cobalt’s parametrics are extremely easy to use and available on-demand.

Product Visualization

Andy Marshall, guitar amplifier designer for THD Electronics was the innovator of these Yellow Jacket converters which allow different tubes to be used within the same amp.
Cobalt’s ability to show me what a product and its component parts will look like (as well as exactly what their dimensions will be) helps me to completely visualize the product and ’turn it over in my hands.’
Click here for more on Andy’s success designing in 3D with Cobalt.

Join the leaders—design innovators share a common tool: Cobalt. 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.

Control the workflow—you can manage files even in the real world of multiple systems and users. Cobalt provides seamless data integration and accurate file sharing through our unparalleled set of translators, all included free.

Realize profits sooner—can you afford to wait? Cobalt streamlines the design process from start to finish, saving you time and money.

Share Your Vision

Mark Gajewski of G Squared designed the luxurious Haven leather arm chair for Inpako.
Using Cobalt has allowed me to translate my ideas into reality and to share my visions. Being able to model and photo-realistically render sculptural 3D shapes was very valuable in selling my ideas to others.
Read more about Mark’s success using Ashlar-Vellum 3D modeling software.