SpaceClaim 2012+ Zeros In On Four Areas of CAD Use
SpaceClaim 2012+ includes practical new mesh remodeling capabilities, such as the ability to compare a solid to a scan. This technology is useful when recreating models from scan and STL data, as well as to compare scans of produced parts to as-designed parts. (Source: SpaceClaim)
Beth, I have always thought of the name SpaceClaim as a bit wierd. On the other hand, their products are very good and offer some unique capabilities. The trend toward letting less specialized users take advantage of the appropriate capabilities is a good one.
The name comes from a term sometimes used when doing top-down design. If you are working on an assembly that will be designed by several people, it often makes sense to designate different "space claims" for different team members. I've mostly heard the term used in the automotive and heavy transportation industires.
Thanks Blake. I definitely couldn't have answered that one. How does that designation of particular spaces for different folks involved on designing an assembly factor into the value proposition around the SpaceClaim product? Full disclosure folks: Blake is a co-founder of SpaceClaim.
I wouldn't read too much into it. Ultimately, a name is just a name, and we came up with that name in 2003!
A few customers have told me that they do manage work across design teams in SpaceClaim, often negotiating key interfaces and volumes in design review meetings. That said, in the earilest days, before we ever wrote a line of code, we were thinking a lot more on concept modeling and top-down design. Although concept modeling is still our #1 use case, we are doing a lot more, like model prep for manufacturing, CAE, and IP protection.
I find the model prep use case particularly interesting. That's definitely been a sticky point in curtailing more widespread use of simulation across all stages of the design cycle and while SpaceClaim has been talking this up for some time, many of the other CAD makers are following suit.
A Tokyo company, Miraisens Inc., has unveiled a device that allows users to move virtual 3D objects around and "feel" them via a vibration sensor. The device has many applications within the gaming, medical, and 3D-printing industries.
While every company might have their own solution for PLM, Aras Innovator 10 intends to make PLM easier for all company sizes through its customization. The program is also not resource intensive, which allows it to be appropriated for any use. Some have even linked it to the Raspberry Pi.
solidThinking updated its Inspire program with a multitude of features to expedite the conception and prototype process. The latest version lets users blend design with engineering and manufacturing constraints to produce the cheapest, most efficient design before production.
MIT students modified a 3D printer to enable it to print more than one object and print on top of existing printed objects. All of this was made possible by modifying a Solidoodle with a height measuring laser.
Focus on Fundamentals consists of 45-minute on-line classes that cover a host of technologies. You learn without leaving the comfort of your desk. All classes are taught by subject-matter experts and all are archived. So if you can't attend live, attend at your convenience.