Is 3D CAD required to operate a 3D Printer?

3D Rendered Model

3D Rendering or 3D Print

In recent years, the demand for 3D Printing and 3D printed prototypes has increased dramatically.  At first the demand came from the usual suspects.  Manufacturing and design houses looking to shorten the time to bring their product to market by getting fast renditions of their model for conceptual design.  As the technology caught on, more and more industries began exploring the possibilities of 3D printing to either shorten their design cycle or just better convey their ideas.

Vastly different fields have begun to attempt to ride the 3D printing wave such as architecture, marketing, as well as GIS.  Surprisingly many industry professionals from these different markets continue to endure design via 2D CAD.  Unfortunately there isn’t a 3D printer on the market today that will generate a print file based on 2D data.  After decades of being suitable for design, 2D CAD is nearing the end of it’s life cycle.  Fortunately for designers stuck in the past, there are solutions for turning a 2D file into a printable model.  Direct modeling packages such as ANSYS SpaceClaim can provide the tools necessary to bring a 2D designer into the current realm of technology.


For starters, users can inexpensively and easily convert their 2D data using ANSYS SpaceClaim Engineer.  Simplistically breathe life into a 2D model and watch it become 3D right before your eyes.  Within minutes your legacy data will be primed for printing so you can share your new found tech with your colleagues and be the hero of the day.

Of course, for tech aficionados and those interested in the novelty of 3D Printing, one can run a printer without any type of 3D CAD.  Several digital content websites have been popping up in the last few years that offer access to hundreds if not thousands of 3D parts with ready to print files.  Anyone with a 3D Printer can make use of such resources and have enough files to run a 3D printer 24 hours a day for far into the foreseeable future.

However, to maximize the utility of your 3D Printer, it makes sense to own a 3D CAD package yourself.  Without 3D CAD your creativity is at the mercy of the designers who populate the 3D content sites.  While the novelty is ripe for the taking, you are limiting the potential of your 3D projects.  Until every single design concept from modern civilization is shared and cataloged, 3D CAD is still a 3D Printer’s best friend.

ANSYS SpaceClaim Webinar Series for Additive Manufacturing and Rapid Prototyping

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Title: ANSYS SpaceClaim for Additive Manufacturing and Rapid Prototyping

Date:  Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Time:  1:00 PM – 1:30 PM EDT

After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Webinar.

On June 8th ANSYS SpaceClaim will be hosting a webinar that will address  conventional opinion about additive manufacturing and rapid-prototyping.  It is a common complaint among manufacturing engineers that traditional CAD is not only difficult to operate, but that it is also time-consuming, and not at all user-friendly. ANSYS SpaceClaim 3D Modeling software changes all of that. With ANSYS SpaceClaim, users have a suite of tools at their disposal that allow them to quickly edit, repair, resize, and modify prototype designs with ease.  With ANSYS SpaceClaim it is now possible to find exact resolution for tessellation, split large parts into smaller print jobs, and solidify surface geometries. Come watch the webinar on June 8th to see how ANSYS SpaceClaim 3D modeling software is the fastest in the industry for engineering 3D prototypes.

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Required: Mac OS® X 10.4.11 (Tiger®) or newer

ANSYS SpaceClaim Signs Top New Resellers and Expands Sales Force

Resellers Leverage Surging Market Shift to 3D Tools That Are Fast, Flexible and Affordable

Concord, MA, November 24th, 2010: ANSYS SpaceClaim, the leader in 3D Direct Modeling solutions for rapid concept design and geometry manipulation, today announced new resellers across the Mid-Atlantic and Mid-West regions. The new resellers include Solid Technologies, and 3DP, and represent ANSYS SpaceClaim’s aggressive strategy to continue to build the US-Americas channel and expand the sales force. These resellers join a rapidly expanding list including EMS, covering the Southern region.

“We’re increasingly hearing from our customers that they need a tool that will help their engineers easily and quickly innovate, design, edit and prepare models for analysis. This trend is fueling a dynamic shift toward 3D direct modeling rather than more complex solutions,” said Ben Marino, President/CEO of Solid Technologies. “ANSYS SpaceClaim is a natural choice for us to add to our arsenal, open up new opportunities and win more business. We are integrating ANSYS SpaceClaim into the solutions we provide our customer base and helping them maximize their design options and deliver outstanding results.”

ANSYS SpaceClaim’s groundbreaking 3D Direct Modeling solution, ANSYS SpaceClaim Engineer, enables sales, concept and simulation engineers to rapidly and effectively use 3D to solve business, engineering and geometry problems. Resellers are able to help their customers win more business, shorten the time-to-market, and drive new levels of innovation through ANSYS SpaceClaim’s ease of use, flexibility, and compatibility with traditional CAD products.

“We look forward to working with our new resellers as they expand their markets and leverage new opportunities,” said Steve Costello, Vice President of Sales, Americas, ANSYS SpaceClaim. “We are aggressively building out our channel and partner relationships to meet the demand for engineering tools that are easy to use, require little to no training and are powerful enough to handle complex tasks in concept modeling, bid modeling and model preparation for CAE simulation. ANSYS SpaceClaim was designed from the ground up as the optimal solution for 3D direct modeling.”

About ANSYS SpaceClaim Corporation

ANSYS SpaceClaim enables global engineering and manufacturing organizations to leverage 3D design to innovate, win more business, and get products to market faster. Engineers can rapidly create new designs as well as manipulate and simplify 2D and 3D CAD data, regardless of origin and without the complexity of traditional CAD. Customers include Nokia Siemens Networks, BorgWarner, Medtronic, Lotus Cars, Sharp, K2 Medical Systems, FuelCell Energy, Emhart Glass, GE Aviation, General Dynamics, and the U.S Navy. ANSYS SpaceClaim is privately held and backed by Borealis Ventures, Kodiak Venture Partners, and North Bridge Venture Partners. For more information on ANSYS SpaceClaim, please visit.



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