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ANSYS SpaceClaim is the fastest platform for working with geometry, whether to design a part, prepare a model for downstream jobs, or reverse engineer an STL file. The release of ANSYS SpaceClaim 2016, allows for delivering 3D modeling 10x faster than any other product on the market today.

ANSYS SpaceClaim customers will speed up their time to market with 10x performance improvements, more tools for faster geometry creation and editing, and expanded file import and editing capabilities. ANSYS SpaceClaim empowers customers to realize efficiency gains across their entire product workflow.

Design the way you think

Our vision from the beginning was to bring 3D to everyone by providing a simple, fast, flexible design tool. We believe a 3D tool should be so simple, anyone can learn it quickly and have fun while doing so. Imagine, design, make, and realize your ideas, faster with SpaceClaim.

Key Design Features:

  • Full part and assembly modeling
  • Detailed drawings included full 2D/3D GD&T
  • Photorealistic rendering capabilities with Keyshot
  • Open/edit files from neutral and native CAD systems
  • Complete help guide and tutorials to help you get started

3D Printing Software and Prototyping

SpaceClaim's intuitive interface allows users to create, edit, and prepare models for 3D printing faster and more efficiently than before. With a new module, we upgraded functionality to allow users to work directly with STL files as well as leverage automated many prep tools for 3D printing applications.

The Value of SpaceClaim for 3D Printing Applications

Standard SpaceClaim:
Prepare models for 3D printing efficiently and easily by offering one solution to:

  • Repair models from problems you typically run into during the printing process
  • Feature dimensions and GD&T controls (ASME Y14.5-2009 and ISO 1101, as well as PTB certified 64-bit/32-bit)
  • Feature dimensions and GD&T controls (ASME Y14.5-2009 and ISO 1101, as well as PTB certified 64-bit/32-bit)
  • Create and modify CAD files

Manipulate solids to:

  • Shell models to minimize waste
  • Scale models
  • Split models for better printing, adding pins, lips, mortise, or joints as needed Save and export STL

STL Prep for 3D Printing Module:

  • Work directly with STL files to shell, scale, and split models
  • Automated verification and repairing STL: intersections, watertightness, misaligned normals, co-incident triangles, etc.
  • Combine STL models with other STL models or solids
  • Decimation/reduction

Advantages of SpaceClaim for 3D Printing & Prototyping:

  • Save time repairing and preparing models for printing
  • Increase productivity by not having to send the model back to the CAD expert for repair/edit
  • Save money on expensive 3D printing software
  • More control and flexibility in how to manipulate and combine models
  • Prepare files for 3D printing without having to become an expert in specialized software

Jig and Fixture Design | Prep for Manufacturing

SpaceClaim enables manufacturing engineers and machinists the flexibility to work with any CAD data to edit and prepare models for manufacturing. No other tool is faster to use and does a better job editing geometry, cleaning up corrupt or difficult CAD data, and quickly designing jigs and fixtures. SpaceClaim is the only solution on the market today that helps machinists complete jobs quickly while minimizing downtime on the shop floor. 

More Than Jig and Fixture Design | Functionality for Machining Prep

  • Open and edit parts from any CAD system
  • Edit designs and prepare them for manufacturing no matter where the model was created
  • Convert DXF/DWG files into 3D data easily
  • Jig and fixture design and edit
  • Remove or adjust rounds and chamfers, hole sizes, face offsets, draft angles, and other geometry with no knowledge of how the model was built
  • Easily extract surfaces for contour machining
  • Easily create hole tables to successfully communicate location and size
  • Quickly grab standard parts from McMaster Carr or our integrated Traceparts or Cadenas libraries
  • Leverage SpaceClaim's strategic partnerships with CAM providers like Mastercam, GibbsCAM, Espirit, MecSoft Corporation, and SigmaTEK to ensure alignment across software solutions

Benefits of SpaceClaim for Machinists

  • More flexibility to expand your business
  • Increased productivity with fixing dirty geometry
  • Improved time to machine and faster fixture and tooling design = less downtime on the shop floor
  • Train in days instead of weeks. Don't need to spend majority of time relearning complicated software every time you want to use it
  • Win more bids by responding to RFPs more quickly and accurately

SpaceClaim for Modeling and Simulation

SpaceClaim provides CAE analysts the easiest and fastest tools possible to get geometry ready for simulation. Whether de-featuring CAD geometry, modeling for simulation, or optimizing existing models, SpaceClaim removes the geometry bottleneck, thus freeing engineers to focus on the physics and modeling. By putting simulation users in control of geometry, CAE can drive product development by optimizing models before CAD and validating results post-CAD.

Challenges Between Modeling and Simulation

Traditional CAD software, designed for manufacturing documentation, is not optimized for CAE experts.  Before SpaceClaim, CAE users were forced to use CAD tools designed for CAD specialists or ask the CAD team to create or simplify models for them. The result: wasted time and energy. All too often, engineers wouldn’t be able to perform simulation until after the detailed models were complete, causing unnecessary compromises and time-consuming changes late in the process.

Once analysis has optimized the model, SpaceClaim returns an accurate solid and a marked-up version specifying the changes.

Partnering Modeling and Simulation Prep

SpaceClaim's unique user interface and modeling technology enables analysts to easily create and modify geometry without the complexity of traditional CAD. When working with existing CAD models, simulation users can de-feature and simplify geometry with automated, easy-to-learn tools. SpaceClaim is ideal for engineers who don't have time for CAD but want and need to get fast answers using 3D.

Benefits of SpaceClaim for Modeling and Simulation

  • Support and enable simulation-driven design initiatives
  • Empower CAE analysts to work in 3D while keeping the CAD team focused on detailed design
  • Optimize the value stream between detailed design and CAE work groups
  • Increase early phase CAE capacity to address innovation initiatives
  • Eliminate waste and get higher-quality products to market faster
  • Strong ROI (return on investment) with very fast pay back
  • Save days or weeks by removing CAD bottlenecks in the CAE workflow

Reverse Engineering Without Constraints

SpaceClaim offers intuitive tools that are perfect for reverse engineering. With SpaceClaim, STL files and solids can be easily altered to recreate perfect models for parts and fixtures. Users can even start with 2D models. Imperfect data from worn components or a dirty scan can be quickly corrected.

For reverse engineering, SpaceClaim is unmatched in terms of power, ease of use, and flexibility.

Functionality for Reverse Engineering

  • Quickly create complex solids from scratch
  • Sketch curves along the facets of an STL file
  • Adjust a model's geometry
  • Easily create fixtures around mesh data
  • Convert 2D models or STL files into 3D models
  • Modify the geometry of worn parts
  • Clean up messy scans

The Value of SpaceClaim for Reverse Engineering

  • Users don't need to have a process in place with specialty tools for reverse engineering, which saves time and money
  • Train users in days instead of weeks. Don't need ot spend majority of time relearning specialty reverse engineering software every time you want to use it
  • Work with both STL files and solids in order to recreate models more efficiently
  • Increase workflow productivity by more quickly preparing recreated parts for simulation, machining, and 3D printing
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