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SpaceClaim for SketchUp!

It’s no secret. We’ve been fans of SketchUp from before day one. In fact, for many of us, SketchUp’s pioneering user interface and ease-of-use inspired us to do for mechanical design what SketchUp did for architecture and entertainment: create the fastest and most intuitive user experience possible.

How We Work Together

Our shared vision has also fostered a strong partnership between our companies.  SpaceClaim uses SketchUp’s own technology to read and write SketchUp files.  And recently, SpaceClaim has taken that technology to the next level to breathe new life into mechanically-oriented SketchUp files.


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What SpaceClaim Will Do for You

If you’re new to SpaceClaim, you’ll see a lot that’s familiar to you.  A push-pull oriented user interface.  Incredibly rapid creation and manipulation tools.  A better way of interacting with your clients.  But you’ll also see a lot of capabilities that only come from an industrial strength solid modeling kernel, such as:

  • The ability to create and edit precise curved shapes, such as cylinders and curved surfaces
  • Translators that opens, repair, and can edit data from most CAD systems, including SolidWorks, Pro/E, CATIA, and NX, neutral files like STEP and IGES, and other systems such as AutoCAD, Rhino, and, of course, SketchUp
  • Detailed drawings that document your designs in 3D and cross sections to full precision, all while conforming to mechanical drawing standards
  • Watertight solids, without any hassle or cleanup, for 3D printing, CNC machining, and laser cutting
  • Rounds, chamfers, lofts, surface patching, drafting, and other mechanically-oriented geometry creation tools, all with a straightforward push-pull interface

If you love SketchUp as much as we do, but you need to work with parts that come from mechanical CAD systems or are destined for detailed mechanical design, you might see value adding SpaceClaim to your design process.  We’d love the opportunity to show you how it works on your designs.  If you’d like to learn more, request a demo and we’d be happy to show you how well SpaceClaim works on your own geometry and models.

Customers Love SpaceClaim!

"SpaceClaim was the right solution for this project as it included a lot of conceptual work, so I would not have been able to use a history-based system. The flexibility of direct modeling was a significant advantage as I designed the Volkswagen Electric Bike with SpaceClaim. All the engineering was done in SpaceClaim. Most of the surface work was done elsewhere, and then everything was joined and modified in SpaceClaim and passed on to CAM and to production."  Watch a Discovery Channel clip showcasing the development of this electric bike in SpaceClaim.

Martin Koppolow

Volke Kommunications Design GmbH