SpaceClaim Product Highlights
In ANSYS 18, SpaceClaim further integrates the ease of use and rapid geometry manipulation capabilities into common simulation workflows. From large changes to behind-the-scenes enhancements, you'll see efficiency improvements across the board. You'll save time automating geometry tasks with the expanded recording and replay capabilities of SpaceClaim's enhanced scripting environment. As topology optimization and 3-D printing continue to grow, ANSYS leads the way with faceted data optimization and smoothing enhancements. Since visualization is a key feature in the SpaceClaim environment, this release adds a new fly-through capability that enables you to explore inner details of a model without hiding components or using cross sections.
ANSYS SpaceClaim now has a more robust method of creating shared topology and sending it to the ANSYS Workbench, which expands your options and ultimately saves you time. Both the old and new techniques are supported, which includes support for zero thickness baffles, surface-to-solid connections and improved visualization of edges and vertices. You'll find that the transfer methods are faster and are more accessible, and that they support more use cases.
Inspection tools for Additive Manufacturing
The inspection group of tools under the facets tab is a complete set of tools to ensure models are ready for 3-D printing, molding or casting operations. All the tools now fully support inquiries to solid and faceted data, so model type is no longer a restriction. The robustness of the thickness detection tool has greatly improved and now includes a dynamic slider, making it substantially easier to find thin wall sections in a model.
Automate your modeling tasks
SpaceClaim has geometry scripting capabilities that give you the power to reuse any 3-D model — changing it as desired — and saves you time by automating rework in the geometry. You can also record changes to one version of a model and replay the scripts on later versions without additional effort. New in ANSYS 18.1, the powerful scripting functionality is now available in the SpaceClaim user interface and includes interactive features. This means you can create your scripts, access them via the ribbon bar and provide inputs at various stages along the way.
Design lighter, stronger parts with 3-D lattice structures
Three-dimensional lattice structures are strong, lightweight elements that are usually too complex to model. With this release, modeling these powerful structures is now fast and easy. You can generate 3-D lattice structures on the interior of any faceted or BREP model. Choose from nearly 15 lattice shapes, along with detailed spacing and size inputs to allow for maximum flexibility.
View parts and assemblies from the inside out
When modeling complex 3-D designs, visualization of internal cavities or hard-to-reach areas may be difficult. This is especially true for large assemblies and castings with internal faces. You can now view your models using a 3-D fly-through or 3-D walk-through display that renders the scene around your view rather than a view from outside your model.
ANSYS SpaceClaim is a best-in-class tool for concept modeling, performing design iterations and defeaturing geometry for simulation-related tasks.