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SpaceClaim Corp., whose Mike Payne is the founder, (ex founder of PTC and co-founder of SolidWorks®), launches SpaceClaim professional, a very original, flexible and open CAD.

CatalCAD, founded in 1986, has remained sheet metal experts for over 24 years, launches
SpaceClaim SMOPlus.

SpaceClaimSMOPlus holds simultaneously the advantages to use the very new SpaceClaim CAD technology and to integrate the unique sheetmetal CAD catalCAD's expertise and its recognized know how.

SpaceClaimSMOPlus bridges the gap between designers and those in the extended product development team-such as concept, analysis and manufacturing engineers, engineering management and sub-contractors who lack access or time to master the designers' 3D CAD system. SpaceClaim SMOPlus has an open file format and data exchange capabilities to support design sharing and ensure fit within the existing development process.

SpaceClaimSMOPluscomplements the use of 3D CAD in the product development process.

SpaceClaimSMOPlus opens 3D models from any CAD system. Once the model is opened it becomes a native SpaceClaim SMOPlus model. Designs can be exchanged in a variety of native-CAD and industry standard formats. To document design changes, SpaceClaim SMOPlus includes a 3D mark-up capability. By maintaining a clear and precise representation of the 3D design throughout the development process, both design cycle times and downstream errors are reduced.

SpaceClaimSMOPlus takes advantage of modern user interface design and processing power to deliver the highest-level of user productivity. A single command performs multiple tasks based on user selection and context. SpaceClaim SMOPlus learns user preferences by tracking previous selections and actions, presenting them back to the user whenever relevant. The result is a highly efficient design environment and exceptional user experience.

SpaceClaimSMOPlus provides a robust modeling environment and includes a powerful set of creation and modification tools for the design of mechanical and sheetmetal parts and assemblies.

SpaceClaimSMOPlus provides a single design environment (Integrated Workspace) for working on an assembly and its individual components. The approach is ideal for top-down design because parts can be easily merged together or split into individual piece parts as the design evolves. Additionally, the assembly structure and hierarchy can readily be changed simply by dragging and dropping component designations around in the design tree.

SpaceClaimSMOPlus makes 3D accessible by enabling users to focus on their design, rather than on how to master the design software. Geometry can be created and freely modified as the design evolves from initial concept without knowing the final detailed design. This unprecedented level of design freedom makes it easy for anyone to work with a model, even one that was created by someone else. Design changes are made by directly selecting the geometry and pulling it to a new location. The design adapts in real time to the change based on what geometry is selected and the operation performed. The result is fast and flexible design changes that improves the quality of each design iteration and enhances personal productivity.

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· Dynamic Modeling technology provides a highly-adaptive design environment that supports unanticipated design directions, making SpaceClaimSMOPlus ideal for conceptual design, design creation, and modification.

· Geometric Inferencing works unobtrusively and in real time to highlight design similarities, such as equal radius holes or coplanar surfaces, during geometry creation and modification, improving user productivity.

· Associations collect related geometry together and apply design intent, such as mirror or pairing of surfaces. Associations can be readily turned on or off as the design needs change.

· Integrated Workspace for parts and assemblies supports top-down conceptdesign by enabling creation and freely splitting and merging of components asthe design progresses.

· Open XML data format makes all design data accessible for product datamanagement and downstream applications, ensuring long-term protection of customer data.

· SmartToolsTM understand the user's modeling intent simply by recognizing whatgeometry is selected and in what context. By determining what operation to performwithout excessive drop-down menus, dialogue boxes, and user clicks, SpaceClaimSMOPlus dramatically improves users' productivity.

· Hints provide helpful, real time feedback to the user as they create or modifygeometry. Hints automatically present design considerations, such as maintainingsame size holes or wall thickness, in the form of localized "snaps" to similar,surrounding geometry. Hints eliminate the need for the user to enter specificdimensions or interrogate the model beforechanging or adding geometry.

· PowerSelectTM enables users to search the model for like geometry and to easilyselect subsets or an entire group from the resulting list in order to modify, move, ordelete all at once. Additionally, previously selected geometry groups are rememberedand presented to the user. Given the frequency with which users perform selection,this streamlined process accelerates user's modeling productivity

· Tool Tips and Animated Help are provided for each operation. Whenever themouse cursor moves over a command icon, a tool tip appears with a brief descriptionand a link to a more detailed explanation and steps for its use. The detailed descriptions include animations to clearly demonstrate the use of the tool.

Main tools:

· Sketch environment lets users create sketches and try new ideas quickly. Users cansketch to exact dimensions or create a rough layout for future modification. Sketching entities include lines, arcs, and splines. Sketching tools include trim, offset, and project to sketch. Sketches remain free of constraints, which makes the resulting 3D geometry completely flexible. The flexible design approach means you do not have to know the final part design and detailing requirements in advance.

· Pull Tool creates and modifies geometry with a simple action. Users can pull a surface to create an extrusion, pocket, or hole. Users can also pull a surface to rotate it around an axis or to create sophisticated geometry by blending through different sections. Pulling a profile along a path creates a sweep, and pulling an edge creates a round or chamfer.

· Move Tool speeds the process of moving or copying geometry in a design by providing a 3D handle to reference how geometry should be located along a specified direction or rotated about an anchor point. SpaceClaimSMOPlus also supports familiar Microsoft commands to move and copy geometry.

· Section Tool provides a way to modify a 3D model by directly changing sectiongeometry located at any cross section through the design. This intuitive operation is familiar to those used to working in 2D.

· Associative Drawing environment enables design changes, as well as geometry creation and modification, from within drawing views. The drawing environment provides a familiar work space for those accustomed to working in 2D. Drawings support annotations, including geometric dimensioning and tolerances, notes and leaders, to JIS,ISO, and ANSI® standards.

· 3D Mark-up is a documentation environment which includes a set of 3D annotationcapabilities and highlighting tools to clearly communicate and document design changes.The environment includes mark-up dimensions, 3D annotations and comparison capabilities. 3D mark-up files can be attached to engineering change requests to clearly and unambiguously communicate the request.

· Model Compare overlays the original model on the changed model and thenautomatically displays all differences in color-codes. These design differences can becommunicated back to the design team using SpaceClaim Viewer or output toindustry standard formats such as MS PowerPoint®, and XPS™.

· Data import: IGES, STEP, DWG, DXF, VDA, PARASOLID, ACIS, Rhino, CATIA V5 and V4, Pro/ENGINEER, NX, Inventor et SolidWorks

· Data export: CATIA V5 R17 SP1, IGES, STEP, DWG, DXF, VDA, PARASOLID, ACIS, Rhino

Note: JT Open and CATIA® V5 requires a separately purchased add-on product.