SpaceClaim is a leading software for direct modeling of manufactured parts. It provides an intuitive way to create, edit, and repair 3D models without worrying about the underlying technology.
Traditional featured-based CAD software can be expensive, rigid, and require a CAD specialist to run the program. However, most of the time a direct modeling software like SpaceClaim gets the job done—faster and simpler. SpaceClaim is a direct modeler that gives any engineer, designer, and machinist the power and flexibility to create and edit CAD models with ease.
SpaceClaim 2017 is full of new features and enhancements to make it even more intuitive for creating and editing 3D models quickly. From large changes to behind the scenes enhancements, the new version will speed up your workflow in design, reverse engineering, manufacturing, 3D printing, and simulation.
New Feature Highlights
Dynamically Move Through the Model with Fly Through
Visualize designs from the inside out. You can explore the inner details of a model without hiding components or using cross-sections. This capability provides graphical feedback at your fingertips while making it even more enjoyable to work in a 3D environment.
Lattice structures produce lighter, stronger, and better 3D printed parts. SpaceClaim 2017 makes it easy to create these types of structures inside of your part. When you are shelling, you can specify an infill for your part and select from several lattice infill types. Custom options (density, thickness, face selection) ensure your 3D printed component has an ideal strength-to-weight relationship.
Scripting Enhancements Save Editing and Remodeling Time
The new version has more commands to use as macro-like recording feature. Perform an array of edits on model, and SpaceClaim will record the necessary script. The data captured is in the Python language, so you don’t need to be proficient in scripting code or programming. Scripts can also be replayed on imported versions of a model. You can record the initial changes to a version of a model, then intelligently apply scripted changes to later versions of any file.
Volumetric Sweep for Creating and Visualizing Motion Paths or Envelopes
This new functionality can take a solid body and sweep it along an arbitrary path. The result is a faceted body that is useful for creating and visualizing motion paths or envelopes, or for creating cuts from the path of a moving tool bit in machining operations.
Stop Chamfers Provides Better Control
Stop chamfers give you the ability to stop a chamfer before reaching the end of an edge. With several parameters to select, this new tool makes it easier to model real world parts.
Flatten Surfaces with Minimal Distortion
This new features is useful for flattening complex sheet metal design or modeling surface skins. With a single mouse click, you can unflatten a design into a 2D surface. SpaceClaim 2017 can handle multiple connected faces for flattening.
What are the file formats SpaceClaim 2017 support?
SpaceClaim has the following benefits when compared to traditional CAD software packages:
SpaceClaim was designed to eliminate the complexities of traditional 3D modeling software. The software is easy to use without specialized training, reducing the time it takes from product development to market.
Remove the CAD bottleneck in your workflow by bringing CAD modeling in-house. You forgo the need to outsource projects that can be expensive and have long lead times. By doing the work internally, it empowers your staff.
Easy to Make Changes
SpaceClaim enables anyone to create, edit, or repair geometry without worrying where the file originated from. Manipulate geometry faster and easier. Spend less time struggling and more time on productive work.
Intuitive Modeling Tools
SpaceClaim doesn’t require you to have any specialized skills in order to create or edit CAD models. Easily create and modify features with four modeling tools: pull, move, fill, and combine. While feature-based approach to modeling can confine you from editing the models later on with a lot of complexities, SpaceClaim’s direct modeling approach allows you to modify the design at a later time if needed, without restrictions.
With SpaceClaim, you can create CAD models using 3D scan data. This is especially valuable when the original design documents are no longer available and you need to reproduce the part or build a new product (ie. accessory, case) using a part’s measurements. SpaceClaim is the perfect solution for handling STL files.
Quickly create complex solids from scratch
Sketch curves along the facets of an STL file
Adjust a model’s geometry
Easily create fixtures around mesh data
Convert 2D models or STL files into a solid 3D models
SpaceClaim’s Skin Surfacing tool provides greater efficiency within the reverse engineering workflow to:
Create accurate surface geometry from any faceted file
Leverage simple facet selections to automate surfacing
Create a blended solid model from cross sections
Easy to reverse engineer even complex organic shapes
SpaceClaim enables engineers to quickly and easily visualize, communicate, and evaluate designs in 3D for product design and development. In contrast to the confines of history-based concept modeling and its complexities, SpaceClaim gives you the freedom to focus on the creative process and not on the technology.
Develop new concept models quickly for sharing with your customers and staff
Work with any geometry data, no matter where it came from and merge them together in one environment
Collaborate in real-time with your design team in an engaging 3D environment
Create photorealistic renderings before committing to detailed design in CAD