Designed with Engineers in Mind

The number of 3D CAD seats in commercial use today: one million. However, 10 to 15 million engineers spanning from major manufacturers to small companies need an intuitive 3D CAD software, but are not using it. Instead engineers attempt to explain design concepts to a designer who is required to interpret these ideas effectively. Unfortunately this back and forth results in lost ideas, miscommunications, and less than ideal outcomes. As a result the engineer is completely divorced from the actual design process.

The problem arises when engineers realize that MCAD software is not suitable as an engineering tool. With a steep learning curve it can be difficult to master, resulting in time wasted. Engineers become impatient, understandably, since day-to-day conceptualizing, investigating, and analysis should be happening on the fly. As a result many use 2D sketching and 1D simulation tools to design and analyze 3D which can lead to unproductive distortions. These major errors often remain undiscovered until very late in the design process. Engineers using ANSYS SpaceClaim can work easily and fluently in 3D without interference.

ANSYS SpaceClaim is a tool that every engineer can use. The value of ANSYS SpaceClaim is unmatched. What sets ANSYS SpaceClaim apart is that it was designed with engineers in mind. The creators of ANSYS SpaceClaim understand the constant battle to communicate your ideas with conventional CAD software.  ANSYS SpaceClaim uses bid modeling to enhance communication between departments, manufacturers and clients.  ANSYS SpaceClaim is a better brainstorming tool. This intuitive software was designed to encourage innovation. The best part: conceptualizing in 3D with ANSYS SpaceClaim is easy with the ability to quickly edit, modify, and redesign.

Using ANSYS SpaceClaim on a touch screen is most likely the best way to experience it. The software is so easy to use with Pull, and Move options, it instinctively does what all engineers want to do with a model: pull it apart, move things around, change things up. ANSYS SpaceClaim also accelerates the engineering process. The benefit of designing prototypes faster than your competitors is paramount.

Come Join us for Technology Day!

Join Us for ANSYS SpaceClaim Technology Day!

Join us at Technology Day to find out more about ANSYS SpaceClaim. This revolutionary software was created by like-minded engineers who understand the value of easy editing, interactive design tools, and low cost-to-ownership.  We will have two ANSYS SpaceClaim representatives on site along with the Solid Technologies team, who will talk to attendees about the advantages of ANSYS SpaceClaim.

This is a rare opportunity to learn about ANSYS SpaceClaim in our interactive tutorials and design sessions.  Those who attend can experience ANSYS SpaceClaim on a multi-touch screen. Attendees can enter their name for a chance to win a ANSYS SpaceClaim door prize and participate in our contest for best design.

If you purchase ANSYS SpaceClaim on Technology Day you will qualify for a very special promotion.  Shhh, it’s a secret but you can find out by calling us before you come.

Before you go, make sure to check out our in house 3D Printers and Scanners from Zcorporation. Come join us on June 28th 2011, for this very exciting look into ANSYS SpaceClaim design technology!

When: June 28, 2011 1pm – 4pm


Solid Technologies, Inc.
650 Sentry Parkway
Blue Bell, PA 19422



The ANSYS SpaceClaim User Interface

ANSYS SpaceClaim allows users to think in 3D, not relying on feature-based history. Sketch-oriented drawing tools makes drawing simple, and pulling it into 3D, allows you to edit geometry, quickly and directly. You can work with what you have, importing 2D drawings and images, 3D meshes, surfaces, and solids. You can create 3D shapes by drawing on top of scanned-in, imported hand drawings.  Along with an existing 2D sketching functionality, ANSYS SpaceClaim’s new toolkitcan be used to create points, lines and splines in 3D space.

ANSYS SpaceClaim has a range of sketching tools that enable users to make dramatic changes to a 3D model and work it into different shapes. You can merge it all, bind it together, and remix it into something new.  You can Pull and Move essential features to the creation of any design. Pull will directly move geometry, points, edges, lines, and features.  Move essentially shifts pieces or the solid whole. You can create rounds by simply pulling on an edge. You can re-blend as you tweak and modify your design.  You can change the size at any time. You can reate 3-dimensial designs that are anti-aliased, shaded, with hidden line views.

ANSYS SpaceClaim is ideal for redesign work. With different colors and materials you can create a tangible and realistic looking model. Or, rather than being built from scratch, a product designed for one manufacturing process can easily be adapted for another. Because of ANSYS SpaceClaim’s flexibility, form and function requirements are still met. ANSYS SpaceClaim removes the hassle of the traditional design process, now the user can immediately dive in and start drawing in 3D.

Latest 3D Printer Materials

Are you using zp® 150 performance composite in your 3D printer? Zp® 150 material is necessary for any solid print, as it is the best powder system available. It is best to have zp® 150 performance composite set as the default powder on your system. No more choosing between powders,  the zp® 150 does it all.


3D Printer Materials and Consumables

Axle printed with new composite material

It is 90% whiter than zp 131, has a 125% larger color gamut than zp 131, and has highest green strength available. Green strength is the solidity, substance, and sturdiness of a part right out of the printer before any infiltrant is applied. It is now possible to create and print multifaceted parts with complex details that require the highest strength.

Parts with many intricate and tiny pieces, such as the axles pictured above, require the most powerful composite to hold it all together. The model’s green strength should be robust and stand on it’s own, and this is possible with zp®150 material.

With better color and whiteness of any previous materials used, it creates stronger models with better-looking final results. Using zp® 150 allows for a user-friendly, and shorter post-processing time as most parts can be removed right after the drying cycle is completed.

Reverse Engineering with ANSYS SpaceClaim

Remarkable, intuitive, and exciting ZScanner® technology is catching the eye of ambitious artists, designers, and engineers. Because they are handheld and self-positioning, these 3D Scanners seem easy enough to operate by a simple “point-and-click” execution. However, implementing the technology is a multifaceted process, and it is best if users have the proper knowledge of its operation.

Becoming familiar with the technology behind “self-positioning” and the correct use of  the reflective targets is crucial. Targets can be randomly placed, but must cover the complete surface geometry of an object in order to perform a comprehensive scan. To employ the scan correctly, the user must “paint” the object, recording the entire surface with the ZScanner’s triocular cameras.

ZScanner cameras record patterns it can recognize, created by the positioning of the targets.  These patterns are then translated into a polygon mesh. Once an object is scanned, the file created must be imported into computer-aided design software. ZScan™ software, which is included with the scanner, can automatically replicate an .stl file for import into a 3D CAD software package.

ANSYS SpaceClaim is the best 3D software solution for designers and engineers who want to output to a 3-D printer for collaboration with other team members. A 3-dimensional scan of a part will have a much lower resolution than an actual solid part.  Therefore, knowing how to re-build your scan data is essential. The re-build process requires an experienced eye for the geometry of the part in order to replicate it accurately. ANSYS SpaceClaim simplifies this process, with its state-of-the-art, intuitive tool-kit.

In ANSYS SpaceClaim’s sketch-mode, experienced engineers and designers can split, maneuver, edit and re-build the scan geometry until it is identical to the solid piece. It is necessary that the user thoroughly understand the skill required for re-drawing a part, and how to quickly and efficiently operate ANSYS SpaceClaim’s Pull, Move, Fill, and Drag tools.

The following video explains in more detail how this process is accomplished.