ANSYS SpaceClaim

SpaceClaim Engineer brings 3D solid modeling to the desktops of engineers and analysts who work in a 3D world but don’t want to become experts in traditional feature-based CAD systems. Any engineer can make dramatic edits to models, conceptualize on-the-fly, and communicate quickly and easily with colleagues, customers, and suppliers.

SpaceClaim’s 3D Direct Modeling technology revolutionizes the way you think about working with 3D solid models because it lets you focus on your design without the complexity of traditional CAD. For example, you can reuse data without planning and remix geometry from other designs, even those created in CAD systems. You can take a design where it needs to go, regardless of how it was built or the CAD system in which it was created.

Intuitive tools such as Pull and Move let you directly select portions of the model and move them where you want. The Combine tool slices and divides parts into pieces and lets you merge in portions from other designs. The Fill tool cleans up small features and fills holes. Together, these direct modeling tools let you get your job done without resorting to traditional CAD.

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In today’s market climate, manufacturers are well-served by evaluating their overall design process and investing in technologies that move innovative products to market more quickly and at lower cost than ever before. With direct modeling, engineering concept models are a reality.

This new product design methodology enables the CAD team to start with accurate and validated concept models, resulting in CAD designs that require fewer changes late in the design cycle.

During the detailed design process, engineers can provide valuable feedback using solid models, the common language of mechanical design. Further downstream stakeholders, such as the analysis, manufacturing, and documentation groups, gain access to higher-quality models sooner. Design concepts recieve earlier approval, which drives products to market more quickly.

Today, manufacturers receive models that are not ready to be machined into sheet metal. Models need to be unfolded, thickness needs to be adjusted, and other preparations like defeaturing need to be done before the model is sent to the machine. Without a tool in-house to get the model ready, manufacturers are forced into sending models back and forth with customers.

If the decision is made to prep the model themselves, manufacturer’s options are solutions that are either limited in the types of files that can be edited or are limited in their modeling functionality. In either case, the process is extremely tedious and time-consuming and leads to decreased productivity and excessive shop floor downtime.

SpaceClaim enables users to quickly and easily turn 2D drawings and 3D models into unfolded patterns for sheet metal manufacturing. With powerful functionality that provides a CAD neutral environment, SpaceClaim lets users change, edit, and repair models – all without having to think about the underlying geometry. Users can easily navigate back and forth between sheet metal functionality to solid modeling without breaking the model and having to start over again.

SpaceClaim also enables manufacturers to easily unfold models order to respond to proposals much more quickly and win more bids.SpaceClaim is the only solution on the market today that helps sheet metal manufacturers complete important jobs easily while minimizing downtime on the shop floor.

Today, manufacturers receive models that are not ready to be machined into sheet metal. Models need to be unfolded, thickness needs to be adjusted, and other preparations like defeaturing need to be done before the model is sent to the machine. Without a tool in-house to get the model ready, manufacturers are forced into sending models back and forth with customers.

If the decision is made to prep the model themselves, manufacturer’s options are solutions that are either limited in the types of files that can be edited or are limited in their modeling functionality. In either case, the process is extremely tedious and time-consuming and leads to decreased productivity and excessive shop floor downtime.

SpaceClaim enables users to quickly and easily turn 2D drawings and 3D models into unfolded patterns for sheet metal manufacturing. With powerful functionality that provides a CAD neutral environment, SpaceClaim lets users change, edit, and repair models – all without having to think about the underlying geometry. Users can easily navigate back and forth between sheet metal functionality to solid modeling without breaking the model and having to start over again.

SpaceClaim also enables manufacturers to easily unfold models order to respond to proposals much more quickly and win more bids.SpaceClaim is the only solution on the market today that helps sheet metal manufacturers complete important jobs easily while minimizing downtime on the shop floor.

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

Traditional CAD tools, designed for manufacturing documentation, are not optimized for CAE experts. Before SpaceClaim, CAE users were forced to use CAD tools designed for CAD specialists or ask the CAD specialists to create or simplify models themselves. The result: wasted time and energy. All too often engineers would perform simulation until after the detailed models were complete, causing expensive last-minute change orders.

SpaceClaim’s unique user interface and modeling technology enables analysts to easily create (or modify) geometry without the complexity of traditional CAD. When working with existing CAD models, simulation users 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 to get fast answers using 3D.

Today manufacturers receive multiple file formats from their customers, such as STEP or IGES; and even 2D drawings. While this is accepted as “business as usual,” this scenario does present a challenge.

SpaceClaim gives engineers and machinists the flexibility to work with any CAD data to edit and prepare models for manufacturing. No other tool is as easy to use or offers more functionality for editing geometry, cleaning up corrupt or “difficult” CAD data, or quickly creating tooling such as 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.

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.

Typically prototype engineers and others responsible for 3D printing constantly send models back and forth with designers for repairs and edits to ensure a successful print.

In order to repair and edit for 3D printing on their own, engineers need to spend over $10,000 on multiple products. At best, the current design process can be tedious and slow, making it difficult to turn around designs quickly to print prototypes, thus delaying time to manufacture.

No longer is it necessary to be stuck inside a broken process full of bottlenecks and inefficiencies. No longer do engineers need to be constrained by the very tools bought to help them. SpaceClaim Engineer and it’s STL Pضrep for 3 D Printing module cleans up the bottlenecks, increases efficiencies, and puts the power of 3D editing and repair into the hands of every 3D printing engineer who needs it.