Home About Ashlar-Vellum Read about Ashlar-Vellum's Company History to see why it is the world leader in user interface design for CAD and 3D modeling. Also check out our Company Partners, supporting us to bring you the best possible modeling and drafting products. Ashlar-Vellum History Ashlar-Vellum's renowned user interface and family of powerful design tools have earned the loyalty of industrial designers and other conceptual thinkers since 1988. "From the beginning, Ashlar-Vellum has provided highly intuitive and easy to use tools that let designers quickly capture and present their ideas, " says Robert Bou, Ashlar-Vellum's President. "They function literally as extensions of a designer's creativity. More than just tools, Vellum products become part of the designer and the designer's process." Ashlar-Vellum Today Today, Ashlar-Vellum and its partners continue to develop 2D and 3D software products for designers who demand the freedom to concentrate on the creative process, not on the tools. Ashlar-Vellum's latest products harness the potential of advanced surfaces and solids with an integrated, user-friendly design environment, letting conceptual designers create 3D models of complex, freeform designs on the Mac or PC desktop. Ashlar's Vision & Tradition of Innovation Martin Newell, the most influential person in CAD usability, founded Ashlar, Incorporated in 1988. At Xerox PARC during the 1980s, Mr. Newell researched the interaction between a computer terminal and the computer user contributing to the development of such important tools as the graphical user interface and the computer mouse. After leaving Xerox PARC, Mr. Newell realized his vision of a "heads up" CAD interface, where the user was free to focus on designing without distractions from the application. He developed the Inference Engine and patented this intuitive technology as the Drafting Assistant. The Drafting Assistant is the cornerstone of Ashlar-Vellum's revolutionary user interface. Since the release of Vellum, other CAD developers have tried to capture the Vellum magic. Today Ashlar-Vellum continues to set the standards for usability and power in precision design software for inventors, designers, engineers, architects and other heroes who change our physical world with their vision and dreams.