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SOFTWARE UPDATE NEWS ABOUT DIGITAL MANUFACTURING TOOLS AND SOFTWARE


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Manufacturing Engineering: How does Ansys’ Space- Claim 3D modeling software help manufacturers streamline designs and boost manufacturing productivity? John Graham: When you think about products that are manufactured, the starting point is typically with a 3D model. Back when 3D models did not always exist, a ma- chinist would program a 2D model into a machine, and the various axes would move and cut the parts. But things are and continue to get more complex as we push the bounds of technologies. Geometry is almost always needed for cutting parts. But it’s been found geometry can become a bottleneck in the manufacturing of just about anything. The entire goal of SpaceClaim as it relates to the manufacturing space is to remove those geometry bottlenecks. So it doesn’t make sense if a company is spending time manipulating a 3D model when a machine is sitting idle. They’re not cutting parts. You don’t have to be a dedicated CAD user to modify or repair a fi le in SpaceClaim. It gives people the fl exibility to edit fi les any way that they want. The result is that people in the shop can focus on cutting parts and getting parts out the door instead of messing around with fi le cleanup. ME: Your company acquired SpaceClaim a few years ago; how has that transition gone with bringing expanded 3D modeling to Ansys’ simulation customers? Graham: Even before Ansys’ acquisition of SpaceClaim


there was a partnership that was working well. However, there wasn’t quite the synergy that there is now. There was some confusion over what products to sell, and where exactly SpaceClaim fi t in. Many people saw the benefi t of it, but at one time it was almost competing with another Ansys


22 AdvancedManufacturing.org | June 2017


The Power of 3D Modeling and Simulation Spurs Manufacturing Process Innovations


product. Ansys realized that the technology behind Space- Claim was groundbreaking, and could relieve many geometry bottlenecks in the analysis space. The need for a technol- ogy like SpaceClaim was huge. Fast forward to today where there’s more of a unifi ed strategy behind SpaceClaim fi tting


John Graham


Senior Product Marketing Manager, Ansys SpaceClaim Ansys Inc. (Pittsburgh) www.ansys.com


Repairing 3D models like this IGES fi le is easy with Ansys SpaceClaim, improving accuracy and speeding manufacturing processes.


into the entire simulation space. It’s permeating more and more into simulation, and Ansys has embraced SpaceClaim as the front-end geometry technology of choice to manipu- late and prepare any kind of model analysis. Because of that, more and more people are embracing SpaceClaim and embracing simulation. ME: SpaceClaim addresses several key areas critical to manufacturers; how has it helped users in reverse engineering? Graham: Reverse engineering fi ts side by side with 3D printing. Years ago the reverse engineering capabilities in


Image courtesy Ansys Inc.


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