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September 16, 2013

RS Components and Allied Electronics Launch DesignSpark Mechanical

Allied Electronics and RS Components, the trading brands of Electrocomponents plc, the world’s leading high service distributor of electronics and maintenance products, today announced a significant development in the history of 3D design software with the unveiling of DesignSpark Mechanical, a new 3D solid modeling and assembly tool that is available to all – totally free of charge.


Developed in conjunction with SpaceClaim, the leading provider of flexible and affordable 3D modeling software for engineers, the new easy-to-use DesignSpark Mechanical will bring major benefits to design engineers around the world and is available in multiple languages. It is a significant step in the evolution of the DesignSpark online resource hub for the engineering community.


The availability of DesignSpark Mechanical overcomes the two major barriers to entry faced by potential users who do not currently have access to a 3D design solution, but who could benefit enormously from the use of 3D modeling to quickly develop sophisticated concepts and products. These impediments are the prohibitive costs and the considerable investment in learning time associated with traditional 3D CAD tools. Not only is DesignSpark Mechanical free, its simplicity of use means that engineers and others involved in product development can become fully conversant with the software within minutes, rather than the weeks or months required to become skilled with traditional 3D CAD tools.



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September 13, 2013

New Free-to-download CAD tool to bring 3D design to everyone

Developed in conjunction with SpaceClaim, the new easy-to-use DesignSpark Mechanical is intended to overcome the prohibitive costs and the considerable investment in learning time associated with traditional 3D CAD tools. RS says, its simplicity of use means that engineers and others involved in product development can become fully conversant with the software within minutes, rather than the weeks or months required to become skilled with traditional 3D CAD tools.
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September 12, 2013

DesignSpark Mechanical, a Free 3D Modeler Derived from SpaceClaim - Desktop Engineering

DesignSpark, the online portal where the free software will be delivered (the page is live, but the free software won’t come till September 16), also offers a large library of readily downloadable components (about 38,000), identifiable by manufacturers, stock number, and more. Allied and RS’s partnership with TraceParts, another 3D content provider, gives software users millions of additional components from tracepartsonline.net.


This ought to be an appealing feature to DesignSpark Mechanical users, because they won’t need to create these components from scratch. Furthermore, the automated bill of materials extracted from the 3D model will include all the part numbers, manufacturers, and purchasing info. This is also in the interest of component supplies, as the BOM will eventually direct manufacturers to their online catalogs for purchasing.


Like SpaceClaim, DesignSpark Mechanical can export STL files, which can be used to produce physical prototypes in 3D printers. Since SpaceClaim is a commercial product, it’s reasonable to assume the freely distributed DesignSpark Mechanical will not contain all features and functions available in SpaceClaim. But the preview video (posted here) shows a robust 3D modeler, with SpaceClaim’s hallmark push-pull editing tools.



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May 28, 2013

Chris Randles' Keynote at DEVELOP3D Live

DEVELOP3D Live: Chris Randles, CEO, SpaceClaim - Talk from DEVELOP3D on Vimeo.


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May 24, 2013

NovaMethod, a Direct 3D Modeling Module Created by SpaceClaim, Now Available for NovaCast NovaFlow&Solid CV Users - Foundry Planet

SpaceClaim, the leading provider of flexible and affordable 3D modeling software for engineers, and NovaCast Systems AB, the developer of technical systems solutions for foundries, announce NovaMethod, a SpaceClaim-powered optional module for the NovaFlow&Solid CV family of efficient casting development tools.
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May 06, 2013

SpaceClaim, InspectionEasy Sign OEM Agreement - Desktop Engineering

SpaceClaim and InspectionEasya provider of 3D model inspection solutions, announced InspectionEasySS, a new inspection product powered by SpaceClaim. 


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May 03, 2013

Part inspection gets streamlined via new CAD tool - Machine Design

InspectionEasySS is a new inspection product powered by the 3D modeler SpaceClaim. Developed by InspectionEasy, InspectionEasySS uses the Spaceclaim Engineer CAD System, within which all the ballooning and data entry takes place. Engineers can work with drawings in STEP, IGES, DWG/DXF and all other CAD formats to develop an inspection plan. There is a one-button import of all dimensions and tolerances from the model or DWG/DXF drawing into the inspection module, which can post data directly in 3D format and quickly generate first-article reports.
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December 28, 2012

Thoroughly Modern Metrology - Desktop Engineering

Thanks to a host of ease-of-use and accuracy improvements, a new generation of 3D scanners and portable CMMs are improving productivity and reducing costs.
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December 03, 2012

Geomagic Spark unites 3D scan data with MCAD Geometry - GraphicSpeak

The new product combined Geomagic's point cloud mesh editing expertise with SpaceClaim's direct modeling technology. New technologies had to be created to make the product possible.

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November 26, 2012

Konstruktive Brücke zwischen den CAD-Welten

Der CAD CAM Report berichtet in seiner aktuellen Ausgabe, wie wirkungsvoll das Ingenieurbüro Otte (ibo) SpaceClaim einsetzt. ibo muss als Entwicklungspartner der Automobilindustrie schnell und effizient Catia- und Pro/Engineer-Daten handhaben können. „Das 3D-Tool SpaceClaim bewährt sich nicht nur bei der Änderung neutralisierter und der Reparatur fehlerhafter CAD-Geometrien, sondern lässt sich auch einfach und ohne großen Schulungsaufwand nutzen“, schreibt der CAD CAM Report.
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November 26, 2012

3D für alle Rapidprozesse

rapidX, Zeitschrift für Produktentwicklung und additive Fertigung, schreibt, dass viele Ingenieure und Techniker in Produktentwicklungsprozessen heute keinen Zugang zu adäquaten 3D-Werkzeugen hätten, obwohl diese sie unterstützen könnten, ihre Aufgaben besser zu erfüllen. „Gefragt ist ein 3D-Tool, das den Bedürfnissen der Anwender insbesondere in der Fertigung, im Simulationsumfeld, in der Konzeptmodellierung und beim Entwickeln neuer Geschäftsfelder entspricht“, meint rapidX.
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November 12, 2012

SpaceClaim 2012+ - Develop3D

From more flexible edits and geometry creation to mesh remodeling and enhanced third-party partnerships, SpaceClaim, the direct modelling specialist, delivers another solid release.
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October 24, 2012

GDLS Creates a new Tracked Stryker Product with SpaceClaim - AUSA 2012

At the AUSA (Association of the United States Army) 2012 meeting, GDLS presented a new vehicle concept called "Tracked Stryker" that was created in two days in SpaceClaim, and then designed, built, and tested in only five months.
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October 18, 2012

SpaceClaim 2012+ Zeros in on Fours Areas of CAD Use

With that premise in mind, the latest release of SpaceClaim Engineer, version 2012+, keys in on a number of new capabilities in the areas of manufacturing, simulation, concept development, and mesh remodeling, each designed to help engineers work more effectively in 3D modeling without the high cost and complexity associated with traditional CAD systems.
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October 16, 2012

Auch der CAD-Laie kommt direkt ans Ziel - Economic Engineering

„Entscheidend ist, dass die Benutzeroberfläche von SpaceClaim Engineer konsequent darauf ausgerichtet ist, gerade Nicht-CAD-Experten dabei zu unterstützen, ihre Aufgaben in der Geometriebearbeitung rasch und einfach zu erledigen“, schreibt Economic Engineering. „Das Tool ermöglicht es, Ideen einfach in 3D auszuprobieren, Modelle aus beliebigen CAD-Systemen weiterzuverwenden und in kürzester Zeit für die CAE-Analyse zu vereinfachen.“
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October 12, 2012

SpaceClaim's Big OEM Deal with Gamma Technologies - Deelip.com

Sometime in the near future “several thousand” of Gamma Technologies customers and all its new customers will get a license of SpaceClaim Engineer.
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October 11, 2012

SpaceClaim 2012+: CAD for the CAD Indifferent - Cadalyst

For engineers, designers, and even managers and business owners who need access to 3D CAD to get their jobs done but don't necessarily have "CAD user" as part of their job descriptions, a direct-modeling tool might be just the ticket. That, in fact, is the premise of SpaceClaim, a 3D direct-modeling solution for mechanical and product design, in its tenth release as of this week
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October 11, 2012

SpaceClaim Engineer 2012+ Released - Desktop Engineering

New tools for designers, engineers and manufacturers. Interoperability capabilities also extended.
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October 10, 2012

SpaceClaim Stretches Mech Design Tenacles, Launches SpaceClaim 2012+ - SolidSmack

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.


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September 26, 2012

Direct Modeling and CFD Partner - Desktop Engineering Pick of the Week

SpaceClaim Corp. (Concord, MA) and Simerics Inc. (Huntsville, AL) recently announced a direct integration between their flagship products, the SpaceClaim Engineer 3D CAD modeler and PumpLinx and Simerics MP CFD (computational fluid dynamics) systems, respectively.
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