ANSYS Spaceclaim

The Surprise in ANSYS’ Acquisition of Spaceclaim?

Back and the beginning of May, when ANSYS announced their intent to acquire Spaceclaim, pundits and analysts responded with a range of reactions. Some cheered, saying such a combination of geometry manipulation and depth of simulation technology was a breakthrough. Others groaned, saying Spaceclaim’s impact on true design would be undercut. And while I posted by own initial questions, I saw some real potential to solve a longstanding problem.

Three Key Questions as ANSYS Acquires Spaceclaim

There are obvious synergies between software applications of ANSYS and Spaceclaim, but there are outstanding questions as well. This post takes those issues on.

3D CAD model of a brake clutch

Software Profile: Spaceclaim

SpaceClaim is a relatively newer CAD application, having launched in 2005, that is primarily focused on enabling design exploration by engineers, bid development by sales engineers, manufacturing preparation by machinists and simulation preparation by analysts.

3D CAD Model Earth Mover Wireframe

The Success of Spaceclaim: An Tale of Granularity for CAD?

Remember when Direct Modeling was rare. Seriously, more than five years ago, the modeling approach was pretty much relegated to being delivered to market by much smaller software providers. I’ll never forget a conversation I had with a head of product management at one of the largest CAD software providers. “That war was fought, and feature-based modeling won a long time ago”, he had said to me.