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ANSYS™ SpaceClaim 2017!

2017.1 Available as of May 9th, 2017

ANSYS SpaceClaim 2017 is full of enhancements that further integrate ease of use and rapid geometry creation and manipulation capabilities. From large changes to behind the scenes enhancements, you’ll notice improvements that speed workflows in design, reverse engineering, manufacturing, 3-D printing and simulation.  

See below for more details on the release. If you're not a current SpaceClaim users, be sure to request a complimentary trial copy to experience the time savings for yourself!


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  • Interoperability

--Inventor 2017

--NX 11

--Solid Edge ST9

--SolidWorks 2017

--support for STEP AP242 w/ PMI and Fluent Support. More information on supported formats.




  • Direct lattice creation for lightweighting


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As topology optimization and 3-D printing continue to grow, ANSYS leads the way with faceted data optimization and smoothing enhancements. You can greatly simplify and smooth topology optimized STL data for downstream printing, while preserving the integrity of localized regions. The Infilling functionality has greatly expanded to include several lattice infill types, all with custom options to ensure your 3-D printed component has an ideal strength-to-weight relationship.


Release 2017.1 adds several new infill types, such as gyroids, which are extremely strong and contain no sharp angles or junctions.


  • Facet Selection:

Several new features were added to rapidly select only facets of interest, such as the expansion or shrinking of selections, and the filling in of enclosed selections.





A new print analysis tool will instantly find cavities, whether closed off or containing small openings. Enhancements like these promote the rapid modification of any file to optimize and accelerate 3-D printing processes.




  • Flythrough:

    Visualize designs from the inside out.



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Since visualization is a key feature in the SpaceClaim environment, this release adds a new fly-through capability. You can explore inner details of a model without hiding components or using cross sections. This capability provides graphical feedback at your fingertips while making it even more enjoyable to work in a 3-D environment.

  • Stop Chamfers

Stop chamfers give you the ability to stop a chamfer before reaching the end of an edge. With several parameters to select, this new tool makes it easier to model real world parts.

  • Volumetric Sweep 

This functionality will take a solid body and sweep it along an arbitrary path. The result is a faceted body that is useful for creating and visualizing motion paths or envelopes, or for creating cuts from the path of a moving tool bit in machining operations.

  • Scripting 


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SpaceClaim has geometry scripting capabilities that further break down barriers associated with 3-D model editing challenges. One enhancement in the scripting environment is the expansion of available commands to use in the macro-like recording feature. You can now perform a wider array of edits on model, and SpaceClaim will record the necessary script. The data captured is in the Python language, so you need not be proficient in scripting code or programming.

In this release scripts can be replayed on imported versions of a model. You can record the initial changes to a version of a model, then replay those same changes to a later version of the model. SpaceClaim will recognize the ID’s of faces, bodies and other characteristics, and will intelligently apply scripted changes to later versions of any file. This tremendous improvement will save you remodeling time as you can capture your changes and transfer them to other models.

  • Detailing  

Limit and Fit tolerances


Letter and number tolerancing of holes

Tolerance values automatically update with hole resizing


  • Surface Mesh Deviation

Measuring the deviation of a surface to faceted data is very useful for reverse engineering. Previously this was only possible when measuring between a solid body and STL. Since that is not always possible or desirable, we've expanded this capability to include surface body deviation.

  • Small Units Modeling

This release also allows modeling in micrometer, nanometer, and mils units

  • CAE

More robust shared topology transfer to ANSYS Workbench




Split edges/curves with Planes

Beam grouping by x-section

ANSYS Icepak level 3 simplification

Line-body grouping of beams for 10x performance gains



Get a trial of ANSYS™ SpaceClaim 2017 today!