In the seventh release of its 3-D design tool, SpaceClaim keyed in on enhancements that
make deployment easier for large enterprise customers looking to expand the use
of 3-D data for concept modeling, bid modeling and model preparation.
New in SpaceClaim 2011 are enhancements in the areas of
surface modeling, large assembly performance, enterprise integration and model
preparation for CAE tools. These areas of improvement are based on input from customers
interested in expanding their use of 3-D data to communicate design intent
prior to release to CAD systems, which many contend are too complex and time
consuming to master for the broader engineering audience.
"Too often, geometry is the bottleneck to getting the job
done," says Blake Courter, co-founder of SpaceClaim. "CAD plays an isolated
role in the product development organization. Engineers doing sales work, who
are overseeing projects or figuring out how to optimize manufacturing processes
all have to interact with 3D, but feature-based CAD systems are only designed
to be used by trained operators."
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In the latest release, SpaceClaim 2011 serves up new and
improved surface modeling functions, freeform sketch capabilities and the
ability to work with symmetry. To build out its story around use of SpaceClaim
as a tool for preparing models for simulation, SpaceClaim 2011 offers a new
feature for selecting faces by area, which expedites volume extraction for CFD
programs along with mold design. Mesh data can now be directly reused to make
precise 3-D models, and the upgrade is stocked with a host of new sheet metal
capabilities, Courter says.
In addition to the variety of new feature improvements,
SpaceClaim 2011 offers a range of packaging options targeted at larger
corporate customers to make it easier to deploy the design tool on a broader
scale. To that end, the software's Trace Parts library content is now provided
as a free online service and floating licenses can be borrowed for offline use.
In a related announcement, SpaceClaim announced a major
enterprise customer win on the heels of the new release. Tyco Electronics
, a provider of
engineered electronics components and network solutions, is taking advantage of
the new floating licenses to deploy SpaceClaim on an enterprise scale to 3,500
engineers, according to Courter.
"We identified the need for a 3-D design tool for engineers
involved in concept modeling and simulation that was easy to deploy and use,
didn't require intensive training and yet was precise, powerful and worked with
our existing CAD and CAE tools," said Andreas Hintz, Tyco Electronics' manager
of enterprise CAD/CAE/CAM, in a prepared release. "SpaceClaim met the key
requirements of our global business units and our pilot test feedback was very