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Mechanical design for everyone: SpaceClaim 3D Direct Modeling

SpaceClaim is a solid modeling application with a goal similar to SketchUp: make a 3D mechanical design tool so easy that anyone can use it. We helped the SpaceClaim team read and write SKP files years ago, but their latest release is a big step forward for engineers who are looking to use SketchUp in their workflow.

With SpaceClaim, engineers can convert conceptual designs in SketchUp’s native SKP format (which is optimized for fast performance) into precise solid models needed for mechanical design and manufacturing. As an example, SketchUp models usually convert to CAD programs as meshes, so holes end up being made of lots of little faces. SpaceClaim uses its feature recognition technology to convert these features into exact cylindrical surfaces.

Take the model below: SpaceClaim’s SketchUp import tools automatically convert facets to precise geometry when possible. On the left is the original SketchUp geometry. The middle model demonstrates the new import capability, with no manual cleanup. And the model on the right is further improved using SpaceClaim’s manual repair capabilities.

Moving from concept to production model with SpaceClaim for SketchUp

With this functionality, mechanical designers can directly re-use SKP files, rather than remodeling from scratch. This type of precision is important for rapid prototyping, laser cutting, CNC machining, detailed dimensioning, simulation, and photo-realistic rendering. And SpaceClaim’s process produces models that are completely compatible with other mechanical CAD systems. Another bonus: these import tools enable mechanical engineers to use the entire 3D Warehouse as a starting point for their designs.

If you'd like to try SpaceClaim, please visit their website.

Posted by Gopal Shah, SketchUp marketing

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sai said...
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sai said...

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Tom TM said...

Alas no version of Spaceclaim for us Mac users.

However there will be the excellent Autodesk Inventor Fusion instead, so it hasn't turned out that bad after all?

filipc said...

Price : request a quote
Evaluation copy : fill in the form and then maybe we will tell you the conditions
Come on, be serious.
I am willing to pay 200 E for something worth something.

actualday said...

difficult to find a price for this piece of kit, that doesn't inspire confidence.

Seems to be a rival for Turbo CAD but a lot will depend on price, when that info is made available...

cassy said...

I understand of precision is important for rapid prototyping, laser cutting, CNC machining, detailed dimensioning, simulation, and photo-realistic rendering. construction companies

Guildhall Diamonds said...

Wow this is super cool. SpaceClaim looks like it could be really useful, especially if it is easy to export from sketchup. I also like the idea of re-sing the SKP file as opposed to modeling from scratch. Also the ability to import/export from some of the bigger name programs such as Pro/E and Solidworks will enable more people to test and possibly make the jump to this.

Randy '76 said...

Seems pretty powerful and a fix for SketchUp's lack of mechanical output. What I don't find is an indication of shake-n-bake with educators/students' licensing so they can afford to be brought up on this software instead of others, some free. I'd appreciate a pointer to where this might be covered. Thanks.