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C&R Technologies and SpaceClaim Announce New Mesh Generation Module

Wednesday, 29 February 2012

New Advanced FEA Mesher Allows Users to Update Thermal Models Easily


BOULDER, CO, and CONCORD, MA, February 29, 2012 – C&R Technologies, (www.CRTech.com), SpaceClaim OEM partner and provider of comprehensive software for heat transfer analysis and fluid flow analysis, and SpaceClaim (www.spaceclaim.com), the leader in direct modeling software that enables all engineers to work in 3D, announced today a major new module for CRTech SpaceClaim, Mesh Generation for SpaceClaim. CRTech SpaceClaim is an extension of SpaceClaim Engineer specifically for designers needing part- or system-level simulations of heat transfer and fluid flow, including thermal radiation, convection, and contact resistance.

The new Mesh Generation module represents the first-ever advanced FEA mesher built into SpaceClaim, taking advantage of SpaceClaim’s best-in-class features for importing, healing, and de-featuring third-party CAD drawings. More than just an advanced mesh generator for parts and assemblies, Mesh Generation for SpaceClaim allows analysts to define materials and optical properties, initial and boundary conditions, insulation, convection, contact, and so forth in preparation for active linking with CRTech’s popular Thermal Desktop suite. Updates to geometry and meshes are shared, such that Thermal Desktop users can update their thermal models with a single button click.

“Dealing with defective and inappropriately detailed CAD geometry used to be the bane of the thermal engineer,” explains Doug Bell, a CRTech thermal analyst. “When a design change came in, the engineer had to start all over, which could take days if not weeks. With these new tools, we have an easy to use and inexpensive to deploy CAD system of our own. We can build parts with little training and no concerns about retention for infrequent use. More importantly, we can accept any file type, clean it up, add thermal information, mesh it, and get results – all within a few hours! Updated predictions are now minutes away when the design changes. All traditional bottlenecks in the process have been removed, so the productivity improvements are nothing short of astonishing.”

“We are thrilled that CRTech has created this cutting-edge new meshing capability,” said Rich Moore, Vice President of Business Development, “because it ensures that through this OEM relationship SpaceClaim can continue to expand aggressively into the industries targeted by CRTech, such as aerospace, aircraft manufacturing, petrochemical, electronics, automotive, energy, and others such as defense and educational markets.”

About C&R Technologies
C&R Technologies (CRTech) provides products and services in the areas of heat transfer and fluid system design and analysis. The CRTech customer base of over 4000 spans a broad spectrum of industries, having been chosen by NASA, Boeing, and Lockheed Martin as their standard for thermal analysis. CRTech are the authors of the codes sold and supported commercially with personnel devoted to customer support, marketing, sales, training, and consulting. For more information please visit www.crtech.com.

About SpaceClaim Corporation

SpaceClaim, the leading provider of 3D Direct Modeling software, provides the most fit design solution for engineering and manufacturing. SpaceClaim’s acclaimed software is easy to learn and use and is completely CAD-neutral. It enables engineers and other manufacturing professionals to rapidly create new designs or manipulate and edit existing 2D and 3D geometry, without the complexity of traditional CAD. Customers include Toyota Motor Corporation, Nokia Siemens Networks, Bosch, TE Connectivity, BorgWarner, Medtronic, Lotus Cars, Sharp, Ford Motor Company, LG Electronics, Eaton, K2 Medical Systems, FuelCell Energy, Emhart Glass, Carl Zeiss, General Dynamics, and the U.S. Navy. SpaceClaim is privately held and backed by Borealis Ventures, Kodiak Venture Partners, North Bridge Venture Partners, and Needham Capital. For more information on SpaceClaim, please visit www.spaceclaim.com.