"We have truly gotten our stride as a company, moving from being a startup to understanding the market and enhancing our product to put in what customers and partners are asking for," says SpaceClaim Co-Founder Blake Courter. "When it comes to direct modeling and companies looking for a tool to deploy to all engineers to have 3-D become the lingua franca, we've clearly become the leader for that, and it gelled in the 2010 release."
With its range of ease-of-use capabilities along with new sheet metal design functions and capabilities around concept and bid marketing, SpaceClaim 2010 was better suited to help whole engineering organizations communicate in 3D. Among the key capabilities of the upgrade were direct 3-D sketching for points, lines and splines; the ability to power-select bodies by size for fast assembly de-featuring; and mechanism placement conditions to support tangency, ball joints and gears. The software, which up to this release was lacking in terms of sheet metal capabilities, was completely overhauled with a new form features and library, support for lightweight patterns and engraved cutout notes as well as the ability to bend flat patterns to 3-D sheet metal.