Discovery SpaceClaim Software

Multi-purpose 3D CAD software for direct modeling

Discovery 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.

Why Choose Discovery SpaceClaim?

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 Discovery SpaceClaim gets the job done—faster and simpler. Discovery SpaceClaim is a direct modeler that gives any engineer, designer, and machinist the power and flexibility to create and edit CAD models with ease.

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Discovery SpaceClaim has the following benefits when compared to traditional CAD software packages:

  • Design the Way You Think

    Streamlined tools and workflows empower you to immediate create rough concepts, detailed designs, tooling/fixtures, CAE related geometry, or reverse engineering STL file into clean 3D CAD model.

  • Versatile Toolset

    Think of SpaceClaim as your multi-purpose CAD modeling software. The same powerful tools are used across different use cases, regardless of complexity or scope of the modeling tasks you encounter.

  • Improve Efficiency

    Anyone can create, edit, or repair geometry without worrying where the file originated from. Import and integrate any geometry all inside SpaceClaim. Automated repair tools quickly heal dirty and incomplete CAD files.

  • Increase Productivity

    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.

  • Ease of Use

    With Discovery SpaceClaim, you don’t need be CAD experience to get started. It has a short learning curve so you can learn as you go with minimal training.

  • Easy to Make Changes

    Manipulate geometry faster and easier in SpaceClaim. Spend less time struggling and more time on productive work.

What’s New with Discovery SpaceClaim?

Ansys 19 Discovery SpaceClaim (previously called SpaceClaim and now a part of the ANSYS Discovery Line) is packed with improvements, making it even easier and faster to concept model and design. The newly enhanced core modeling technology helps improve navigation through assemblies and for constructing blended features quickly. The latest version will speed up your workflow in design, reverse engineering, manufacturing, 3D printing, and simulation.

Simple and Intuitive Modeling Tools

Discovery 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. You can perform 80% of the common modeling tasks using these 4 tools. 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 helps you modify designs at a later time if needed, without restrictions.

Other Feature Highlights

Discovery SpaceClaim Bundle Comparison

Discovery SpaceClaim is available through the following bundles: (1) ANSYS Discovery Essentials (includes only Discovery SpaceClaim); (2) Discovery Essentials + STL Prep for Printing Module; and (3) Discovery Standard bundles.

Discovery Essentials
Discovery Standard
Discovery SpaceClaim Discovery SpaceClaim
+ STL Prep for Printing
Discovery SpaceClaim
+ STL Prep for Printing + Discovery Live
Discovery SpaceClaim
  • Direct CAD modeling
  • Basic Reverse Engineering
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STL Prep for 3D Printing Module
  • 3D Printing and Converting CAD to STL Mesh
  • Advanced STL editing capabilities operation
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Discovery Live
  • Simulation
  • Analysis

What is the Difference Between Discovery Essentials and Discovery Standard?

The Power of Simulation and Analysis

ANSYS Discovery Live is the first ever simulation environment that provides real-time answers to engineering challenges. Interact with your design by testing physics inputs and instantly see how your design performs under these parameters. Accelerate your product development, help avoid delays, and be sure you are designing the best products possible.

  • Structural Analysis

    Test several design ideas in a few seconds. Receive immediate insight around the structural performance of a design.

  • Internal Fluid Analysis

    Instantly find flow trends, even while changing geometry characteristics.

  • Lightweighting

    Remove material, retain strength, and discover how well your design will perform.

  • Thermal Analysis

    Instantly know how changes to models, heat input, or new materials will affect the thermal performance of your design.

  • External Aerodynamics

    Engineering simulations are instantaneous. Observe velocity, external forces, pressure, flow lines, particle flow, and more.

  • External Aerodynamics

    Observe different modes of vibration, make changes to geometry, and instantly evaluate performance.

Optimize Your Files for 3D Printing

Watch the video to see STL Prep for 3D Printing Module in action

SpaceClaim’s optional STL Prep for 3D Printing module prepares models for 3D printing efficiently. It’s a single solution that not only repairs problems, but also modifies STL and CAD files.

  • Analyze, clean, and repair STL for 3D printing
  • Ensures the model is watertight
  • Repairs the potential printing problems immediately that can cause print failures
  • Shell tool saves printing and shipping costs with faster print times
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Discovery SpaceClaim Is Versatile Across Industry Applications

  • Design and Concept Modeling
  • Manufacturing
  • Reverse Engineering
  • 3D Printing
  • Simulation
  • Sheet Metal
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Reverse Engineering

Easily create solids from STL reference
Recreate models quickly

With Discovery 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 to:

  • 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
  • Modify the geometry of worn parts
  • Clean up messy and noisy scans
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Skin Surfacing Tool For Scan to CAD

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The Skin Surfacing tool gives you a powerful method for autosurfacing to surface or solid geometry from prismatic or organic shapes. It can also be used to reconstruct fixtures or jigs around faceted data, or to modify geometry of things like worn out parts.

Gain greater efficiency within SpaceClaim’s 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

Concept Modeling

Easily edit the model without reconstructing features
Design multiple concepts from scratch in less time than traditional CAD software

Discovery SpaceClaim enables engineers to quickly and easily visualize, communicate, and evaluate designs in 3D for product design and development.

Learn how SpaceClaim became Michael McGinnis’ go-to CAD modeling software to design his award-winning toy, Perplexus.

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
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Within two days of actually implementing SpaceClaim, we were up and running and actually making very complex models.

Gene Garbaccio COO, 3Discovered

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