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Our goal at SpaceClaim is simple. We want every engineer to work in 3D without having to be a CAD expert.

By using SpaceClaim 3D Direct Modeling, our customers are able to:

  • Win more business by including compelling, realistic concepts in bids and talking to customers in 3D
  • Create new concepts and reuse CAD data, including large assemblies, an order of magnitude faster than before
  • Prepare CAD models, even complex parts and assemblies, for simulation and double CAE productivity
  • Let manufacturing teams focus on production rather than wrestling with CAD
  • Repair dirty geometry with a push of a button, ensuring that downstream processes run smoothly

GEOMETRY REPAIR

Challenge
3D CAD files can have geometry problems that can make downstream applications go haywire or report mysterious errors. CAE applications meshes can blow up, and CAM systems can create erroneous tool paths that can crash machines. Fixing broken CAD files typically requires serious CAD and geometry expertise. The result is that many engineers and machinists struggle to work with each other's data.

Solution
SpaceClaim uses a fast detect-and-repair approach to fixing files, making model repair an easy activity for anyone who needs to work with bad data. SpaceClaim can automatically fix common issues when opening files, and it also provides interactive tools for deeper repairs. For parts that are missing geometry, SpaceClaim’s direct modeling technology blends seamlessly with the repair tools to reconstruct data.

Features

  • The Stitch tool makes watertight solids out of faces that were imported individually instead of forming a solid.
  • The Gaps tool finds gaps between faces and fixes the edges to remove the gap.
  • The Missing Faces tool extends neighboring faces or patches a new face where one was missing
  • Special tools heal split, extra, and inexact (tolerant) edges
  • A set of tools is dedicated to cleaning up and healing 2D geometry, and another tool fits curves over approximate or especially messy input
  • Other tools allow for adjusting tangency, simplifying spline surfaces to analytic surfaces, finding small faces, and merging small faces into a single face

Benefits

  • Fix parts in seconds rather than hours
  • No need to buy expensive CAD systems to fix expensive CAD problems
  • Be in control of geometry; don’t let it control you
  • Provide better customer service by not sending parts back to the customer

BID MODELING

SpaceClaim enables customer-facing engineers to rapidly create and modify 3D models, producing better responses to RFP’s and achieving higher win rates. The SpaceClaim user interface allows both non-CAD experts and seasoned CAD professionals to add customer value by working with customers in 3D during the concept iteration and proposal phase of new business development. 

Challenge
Critical factors in winning profitable new business include clear communication between the proposal team and prospects. Internal time and resource constraints often rush proposal work and prevent sales and business development organizations from putting together the most compelling bids and proposals. Traditional CAD software was designed to create detailed manufacturing documentation, not for fast concept iteration and real-time collaborative work with prospects. Using a CAD resource to support new business development can be slow and expensive, but without using 3D up-front, it can be difficult to forecast costs and create a compelling proposal. 

Solution
SpaceClaim 3D models and renderings are invaluable tools for improving communication with prospects, speeding up your proposal process, understanding your production costs, and increasing your win ratio. SpaceClaim’s unique user interface enables engineers supporting new business development efforts to quickly create and modify 3D models to improve their proposal process in areas that include: 

  • Merging customer data, supplier components, and in-house CAD data in one environment
  • Creating new concept models quickly and easily that you can share with your customers, R&D engineers, CAE analysts, and the CAD team
  • Pinpointing product costs and enabling you to bid low while maintaining profitability
  • Reducing time-to-market by creating clear 3D specifications for the detailed-design teams
  • Collaborating in real-time with your prospects
  • Simplifying models to create Customer View Models (CVMs), which are lightweight representations that define the space for your product while protecting your Intellectual property (IP) 

Advantages

  • Create and modify sophisticated 3D models quickly and easily
  • Respond to more proposals in less time
  • Include compelling, photo-realistic renderings with proposals
  • Work with 2D and 3D data from your customers and in-house CAD systems
  • Provide designers with an accurate model to drive detailed design in traditional CAD 

Benefits

  • Respond to a higher volume of RFP’s
  • Bid more accurately and increase win ratio by as much as 50%
  • Enable engineers (and other non-CAD specialists) to work in 3D to support business growth
  • Reduce concept development phase of proposal by more than 60%
  • Faster time-to-market with a more streamlined detailed design process
  • Low TCO (total cost of ownership) with strong ROI (return on investment) and fast pay back 

Features

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  • Incorporate almost any 2D, 3D, and graphical data in new proposals
  • SpaceClaim’s unique Pull, Move, Fill, and Combine tools enable the fastest possible solid modeling environment
  • 3D Direct Modeling makes it easy to make edits in real time during design reviews without fear of rebuild errors
  • Reconfigure assemblies to quickly investigate packaging and configuration options
  • 3D markup, annotations, and drawing tools enable effective 2D and 3D communication 
  • Material library and mass properties tools help evaluate material and weight budget trade-offs
  • Automatically create BOMs and export them to Excel
  • The optional KeyShot rendering package creates fast photo-realistic customer images without the hassle of traditional ray-tracers. 

 

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SpaceClaim offers the freedom and flexibility for conceptual engineers to design freely, unencumbered by the complexity of traditional CAD systems.