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Company: Baltic Yachts 

Industry: Marine - Custom Yacht Builder

Location: Finland

Company Background:

Baltic Yachts is a well-known builder of high performance sailing yachts. Today, Baltic Yachts continues to utilize research & development, high-tech materials and the latest methods to build full custom yachts up to 200 feet in their state-of-the-art facilities on the west coast of Finland.

The Challenge:

Baltic Yachts was founded in 1973 on a radical philosophy… to create boats that incorporated the very latest thinking in yacht design and new technology. In short, they design and build boats that are faster, stronger and lighter. In order to meet their goals, they utilize high-tech materials and are constantly pioneering new construction techniques.

Their design team had been using 2D CAD since 1988 but their designs were just too complex to visualize and test in 2D. They required a development paradigm forbaltic modeling complex parts and assemblies. 3D Design was imperative and necessary so in beginning of 2000, they started their search for world-class 3D software. IronCAD’s powerful yet easy-to-use software was chosen for modeling interior, anchor, keel and steering systems.

The IronCAD Design Collaboration Suite:

Based on a referral from a colleague who first saw IronCAD at an exhibition in Finland, they tested IronCAD and hands-down IRONCAD out performed all other competitors.

Since implementing IRONCAD, Baltic has won new business with their designs that would not been possible with their old 2D system. Baltic Yachts isn’t about building copies of yachts that exist but rather they come up with their own philosophy. Faster, Stronger and Lighter are the three principles that govern everything at Baltic but they also instill an emphasis on flexibility and custom design to meet customer demand.

Since implementing the IronCAD Design Collaboration Suite, Baltic engineers have learned to design the way they want. The combination of IRONCAD’s Innovative design environment with the more conventional history-based structured design environment, allows them to choose, at an individual part level, which process is most appropriate for the particular part they are designing. Innovative Design delivers real flexibility, allowing users to directly manipulate the parts independent of history and constraints while maintaining feature design information. Baltic designers found this feature to be essential for conceptual modeling. Click here to learn more about IRONCAD.


  • Customer Communication – IRONCAD delivers a range of tools that allow Baltic to keep their customers closely involved by including photorealistic rendering, 3D/2D PDF, web publishing of models, and a standalone 3D viewer all standard in the core product.
  • Design Validation – The ability to stringently test design data, allows Baltic to reduce unnecessary prototypes and ultimately cost from a project. In today’s economic climate, this is more critical than ever before.
  • Innovative Design – Delivers real flexibility, allowing Baltic users to directly manipulate the parts independent of history and constraints while maintaining feature design information.
  • Structured Design – Allows Baltic users to build rigid feature dependent parts with embedded design intent, delivering more control over future changes.