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It is our aim to provide an unrivalled service to our clients. Workstations and monitors can be supplied together with our software as a turnkey system. This option ensures the optimum configuration for your ISD software.  Our own technical teams are there to guide you through installation and implementation. We promise to achieve the best possible configuration with the hardware components of your choice.

Please note

 HiCAD 2015 is the first version that will only be available as a 64Bit Version. Starting from this version, no 32Bit versions of our CAD software will be available any more.

System and hardware requirements


Operating SystemsHiCAD 2015HiCAD 2014 HiCAD 2013

HiCAD 2012

HiCAD 2011

HiCAD 2010

Windows 10
(as of HiCAD 2016)
Windows 8

Windows 7
Windows Vista
Windows XP
(32 Bit)
Minimum Hardware Requirements 
  • You can use any hardware provided with current drivers for the installed operating system.
  • Please note, that for example the graphics drivers supports the complete open-GL command set.
  • DVD drive
Processor (CPU)Pentium 4-compliance with SSE2 support
Main memory

To achieve optimal performance for large assemblies, the system should possess significantly more main memory than is considered sufficient for HiCAD at first glance.
This enables the hard disk accessing operations Buffer memory, Undo and Switch drawing to be performed up to 4 times faster

Hard diskApprox. 5 GB free disk space
Graphics boardFully OpenGL 2.0-capable graphics board with 128 MB RAM or more.
You can use the OpenGLCapabilityTester to check whether the OpenGL capabilities of your computer are sufficient for HiCAD. 
Screen resolutionScreen resolution 1280x1024
Operating systemMicrosoft Windows 8 (HiCAD 2013, 2014, 2015), 7, Vista (HiCAD 2010) or XP (HiCAD 2011 only 32 Bit) - each with latest service pack and security patches

For the output of reports, e.g. Sheet Metal cost calculations, you require Microsoft Office Version 2010 or higher.

Recommended Hardware Equipment 

Fujitsu CELSIUS M740

Processor (CPU)

Intel® Xeon® Processor E5-1630 v4 (4 Cores, 3.70 GHz, 10M Cache)

Main memory

4 x 8 GB, DDR4, 2.133 MHz, rg ECC

If you are working with very large CAD models we recommend using computers with a large amount of RAM.

Hard disk

1 x 512 GB, SSD SATA III Premium bay, 2,5 Zoll

Graphics boardNVIDIA Quadro M2000 (4 GB)
Screen resolutionFull HD (1920x1080)
Operating systemMicrosoft Windows 10 (64 Bit)

Microsoft Office Version 2010 or higher


  • If you use the Windows Firewall the enabling of particular ports may be required to allow the use of the Hardlock Server or the Softlock Server License. Click here to read which steps are required for this.
  • For Network Licenses the operating systems listed on the System and Hardware Requirements: License Server page can be used.
  • Internet access is required for the computer/server on which the licenses are managed!
  • If you use a 64Bit version of HiCAD (2011) the Hardlock can no longer be used as selector of the license file due to missing driver support!
  • If you wish to use HELiOS you will also need one of the database systems listed on the System and Hardware Requirements: HELiOS Desktop page.




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