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SpaceClaim 2017.1 is here!

Smart 3D Software for Engineering, Design and Manufacturing

Launched in May 2017, ANSYS SpaceClaim 2017 continues building workflow improvements across several applications. You’ll see further improvements to the facets tab, making it even easier to optimize models for additive manufacturing. In addition, scripting functionality is now accessible on the SpaceClaim user interface, and includes interactive features that further extend its power.

From large changes to behind the scenes enhancements, you will notice improvements that speed up workflows in design, reverse engineering, manufacturing, 3-D printing and simulation.

See below for more details on the release. If you’re not a current SpaceClaim user, why not email us to request a FREE trial to try it for yourself?

3-D Printing

Direct lattice creation for lightweighting
As topology optimization and 3-D printing continue to grow, ANSYS leads the way with faceted data optimization and smoothing enhancements. You can greatly simplify and smooth topology optimized STL data for downstream printing, while preserving the integrity of localized regions. The Infilling functionality has greatly expanded to include several lattice infill types, all with custom options to ensure your 3-D printed component has an ideal strength-to-weight relationship.

General Modelling Enhancements

Doubly-curved surface flattening
This enhancement will unfold faces of complex curvature. It will add rips to areas of higher distortion or stretching. This is particularly useful for material estimation of flat patterns, nesting, modelling surface skins, or the general unfolding of complex sheet metal bodies.

Visualize designs from the inside out.

Since visualization is a key feature in the SpaceClaim environment, this release adds a new fly-through capability. You can explore 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 3-D environment.

Volumetric Sweep
This functionality will 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.

SpaceClaim has geometry scripting capabilities that further break down barriers associated with 3-D model editing challenges. One enhancement in the scripting environment is the expansion of available commands to use in the macro-like recording feature. You can now perform a wider array of edits on model, and SpaceClaim will record the necessary script. The data captured is in the Python language, so you need not be proficient in scripting code or programming.

In this release scripts can be replayed on imported versions of a model. You can record the initial changes to a version of a model, then replay those same changes to a later version of the model. SpaceClaim will recognize the ID’s of faces, bodies and other characteristics, and will intelligently apply scripted changes to later versions of any file. This tremendous improvement will save you remodeling time as you can capture your changes and transfer them to other models.

– Limit and Fit tolerances
– Letter and number tolerancing of holes
– Tolerance values automatically update with hole resizing

Skewed Patterns

Surface Mesh Deviation
Measuring the deviation of a surface to faceted data is very useful for reverse engineering. Previously this was only possible when measuring between a solid body and STL. Since that is not always possible or desirable, we’ve expanded this capability to include surface body deviation.

Small Units Modelling
This release also allows modeling in micrometer, nanometer, and mils units

Support for STEP AP242 w/ PMI and Fluent Support.

– Split edges/curves with Planes
– Beam grouping by x-section
– ANSYS Icepak level 3 simplification
– Line-body grouping of beams for 10x performance gains

Email us to request a FREE trial of ANSYS™ SpaceClaim 2017