SpaceClaim Modeling for CAE

Product Announcement from ANSYS SpaceClaim

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Traditional CAD software, designed for manufacturing documentation, is not optimized for CAE experts. Before SpaceClaim, CAE users were forced to use CAD tools designed for CAD specialists or ask the CAD team to create or simplify models for them. The result: wasted time and energy. All too often, engineers wouldn’t be able to perform simulation until after the detailed models were complete, causing unnecessary compromises and time-consuming changes late in the process.


SpaceClaim’s unique user interface and modeling technology enables analysts to easily create and modify geometry without the complexity of traditional CAD. When working with existing CAD models, simulation users can de-feature and simplify geometry with automated, easy-to-learn tools. SpaceClaim is ideal for engineers who don’t have time for CAD but want and need to get fast answers using 3D.


SpaceClaim enables simulation experts to:

  • Open native CAD models from all major systems including Pro/ENGINEER, CATIA, SolidWorks, Inventor, and NX
  • Quickly repair poor geometry quality created by old legacy CAD systems and surface modelers
  • Optimize CAD models for input to all major CAE products including ANSYS, COMSOL, Simulia, Autodesk Simulation, and Nastran
  • Works with leading MDAO tools, such as Noesis Optimus, Esteco ModeFrontier, ANSYS workbench, and Comet Solutions
  • Remove manufacturing detail (holes, rounds, chamfers, etc.) without needing to understand the original CAD models
  • Make geometry modifications in a fraction of the time it would take in the original CAD authoring package
  • Easily prepare CAD models for meshing and analysis
  • Confidently work in 3D without climbing the learning curve of traditional CAD


  • Support and enable simulation-driven design initiatives
  • Empower CAE analysts to work in 3D while keeping the CAD team focused on detailed design
  • Optimize the value stream between detailed design and CAE work groups
  • Increase early phase CAE capacity to address innovation initiatives
  • Eliminate waste and get higher-quality products to market faster
  • Strong ROI (return on investment) with very fast pay back
  • Save days or weeks by removing CAD bottlenecks in the CAE workflow
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