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ANSYS SpaceClaim 2015 Service Pack 1 Available Today

ANSYS SpaceClaim 2015 3d modeling software

When SpaceClaim was acquired by ANSYS in the Spring of 2014, the excitement about the future skyrocketed. The potential for new enhancements and growth into new markets suddenly became so plentiful and seemingly limitless. The beginning of this bright future came in the form of ANSYS SpaceClaim 2015, which marked the first time the ANSYS SpaceClaim brand name was applied to the software that so many users have come to love. With the branding of such a strong industry name like ANSYS, users are ensured of continued high-level performance and innovation from their 3D modeling software.

Now almost a full year after the historic acquisition, ANSYS proudly releases ANSYS SpaceClaim 2015 Service Pack 1 (SP1). Users can immediately see and feel that this is a special release; it demonstrates clearly that ANSYS SpaceClaim will continue to develop for users across many different applications.


For example, for those in Manufacturing, ANSYS SpaceClaim introduced a Turn Profile tool last year that allows the creation of curves that trace the path of a tool bit during a turning operation. Today it is being expanded to include even more support for operations such as cutouts, protrusions, and hallow parts. This is a prime example of how ANSYS SpaceClaim listens to users’ needs and desires and continues to help machinists minimize downtime on their shop floor.

Concept Design

For years, users have been looking for a way to import an image and use it to create geometry. Users in any field would be happy to know that in ANSYS SpaceClaim 2015 SP1, there is now a Vectorize Image tool which allows an image to be converted to usable curves that can be treated just as if these curves were created in the program itself. The added functionality is a continued expansion of SpaceClaim's ability to provide a constraint-free environment for creative design.

3D Printing

Working with faceted geometry can be a real pain for those in Additive Manufacturing or 3D Printing. In the past, if there were any over-connected edges, repair would have to be done manually. ANSYS SpaceClaim 2015 SP1 now has a dedicated automatic repair tool for this. We also added a new feature for shelling a mesh with a custom infill, which is great news for anyone hoping to save on material cost, model weight, or to accelerate their printing time.


SpaceClaim has always been a great preprocessor for Simulation. Now with the ANSYS branding, users can expect this area to greatly improve. One such improvement in ANSYS SpaceClaim 2015 SP1 is the ability to power select (ie: select multiple/all instances with just one click) midsurfaces by filtering thickness, or beams by filtering profiles, thereby creating a faster path to analysis.

And more...

There are numerous other enhancements such as added language support for Russian, Dutch, and Hungarian, and much improved collaboration tools in the LiveReview function where a web session can be held to view and annotate a SpaceClaim model. These examples are just some of the ways that show that ANSYS SpaceClaim is committed to improving the workflow of all users. Update to ANSYS SpaceClaim 2015 SP1 to see for yourself its continually increasing value!

- Peter Ho - SpaceClaim Application Engineer


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