SpaceClaim is spreading its mechanical design tentacles across a wider range of end-users today. With the 10th release of the amiable CAD beast, those tentacles become electrified grapplers sending shocks of manufacturing and mesh-pulling joy into the users. SpaceClaim 2012+ brings new connections to CAM software, mesh and solid comparison and a pattern shifting feature that makes modifying geometry smarter, not harder. Here’s a wrap up of what you’ll see in the new release.
SpaceClaim is sneaky with these little releases they tack a ‘+’ on the end of. They don’t put one out every year, but since their first release in 2007, they’ve released the occasional mid-year update to bring out a few more features to their users. More than just new features though, I think these plus releases have come to signify the direction of the company and solidify how important they have become in manufacturing and design. We’ll get to that in a moment. First, here’s a bullet list of what you’ll see in this release.
New manufacturing features:
- connections to Mastercam and Esprit
- new annotation types like weld symbols and semantic datums
- machinist-friendly measuring and positioning
- broken and broken out section views
- advanced sheet metal capabilities such as formed bends
New tools for mesh and STL data:
- compare a mesh to a solid
- improved section curve fitting
- plane and cylinder fitting
- mesh splitting
- improved selection and coloring
- performance improvement
- radial move
- curve filling
- structure search
- section properties
- and XYZ-based move
When remodeling parts from a mesh it’s nice to see the cross-section through the mesh. The curve fitting feature allows you to create an arbitrary cross section, fitting lines, arcs, and splines as desired.
SpaceClaim Understand CAD…
And, where it fits into business. During the 2012+ briefing, these slides were shown. I think they’re fabulous. If you’re like most engineers or designers, you know CAD tasks are just one thing you have to take care of during the day. Maybe those tasks are the majority of your day, but depending on what you’re managing or what environment you’re working in, the impact of CAD may remain the same, but the focus becomes very different. Understanding how CAD is used in the manufacturing and engineering environment as a whole, I would say, helps software developers create a more well-rounded product. SpaceClaim seems to get that.