As part of their mission to promote
simulation-driven product development, long-time partners SpaceClaim and ANSYS released an upgrade to the SpaceClaim
Direct Modeler software stocked with significant
enhancements and ready to support the latest ANSYS
The pair, which announced a licensing
deal in 2009 that entitles ANSYS to offer the SpaceClaim product as part of its
simulation software portfolio, targets the bundle at analysts who work in the
3-D world, but who don't want to become experts in traditional, feature-based
CAD tools. ANSYS SpaceClaim Direct Modeler 2010 SP1 enables product development
and design engineers to create and modify 3-D geometry models without needing
to learn complex and expensive CAD systems, allowing for simulation to be
conducted earlier in the product development process where it can have the most
impact on performance, cost and time-to-market, company officials said.
New functionality in ANSYS
SpaceClaim Direct Modeler 2010 SP1 includes the ability to directly create and
edit SpaceClaim designs directly from the ANSYS Workbench project schematic. In
addition, simultaneous associativity capabilities now automatically update
parameters and name selections between SpaceClaim and ANSYS Workbench.
Other additions to the upgrade
include enhanced repair features that make it easier to clean up dirty
geometry, new automatic inlet and outlet detection algorithms for expediting
volume extraction, beam modeling support for cross-section optimization and a
new extend tool for trimming and extending between curves and surfaces to
facilitate beam and shell modeling.
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