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ANSYS Discovery SpaceClaim

Multipurpose 3D modeling for faster engineering results. ANSYS Discovery SpaceClaim is a multipurpose 3D modeling application providing efficient solutions to common modeling tasks. Built on the direct modeling technology, Discovery SpaceClaim removes geometry problems associated with various 3D CAD operations, such as design or concept modeling, repair of translated CAD files, general model defeaturing, and complete model editing. With it’s premise of ease of use and simplicity, you’ll find Discovery SpaceClaim to be extremely valuable in tackling small to large modeling problems.

A new way of 3D Modeling

Discovery SpaceClaim’s unique user interface, modeling technology and versatile toolset enables you to easily create and modify geometry without the complexity associated with traditional CAD systems. When working with existing CAD models, you can de-feature and simplify geometry with automated, easy-to-learn tools. Discovery SpaceClaim is ideal for engineers who don’t have time for heavy CAD tools but want and need to get fast answers using 3D.

Ease of Use

We believe that technology should work for you, not the other way around. Technology should make your job easier, not more complicated. Discovery SpaceClaim enables you to create, edit, or repair geometry without worrying about underlying technology. With Discovery SpaceClaim, working with 3D modeling software becomes fast, easy, flexible, and rewarding, no matter where in the workflow you need it. Regardless of a model’s origin, you can open the file in Discovery SpaceClaim and add or subtract geometry in any way you visualize. With streamlined commands and workflows, operations that previously took hours can be completed in minutes. You’ll find learning Discovery SpaceClaim easy — weeks instead of months – and realize a return on your investment that’s faster than expected.

Reduce simulation prep time

SpaceClaim provides analysts with tools for accelerating geometry preparation for simulation. Whether de-featuring CAD models, extracting fluid domains, or simplifying a model to beam and shell elements, SpaceClaim removes geometry bottlenecks freeing analysts to focus on their simulations. With control of geometry, analysts can enable simulation-driven design, eliminate delays between design teams and analysts, and easily understand how design changes impact results.


Rapid Geometry Creation

Discovery SpaceClaim excels at the rapid creation of any 3D geometry. Streamlined tools and workflows mean in seconds you can create rough concepts, detailed designs, tooling/fixtures, CAE related geometry, or reverse engineer an STL file into a clean 3D CAD model.

STL File Manipulation

With SpaceClaim’s faceted data editing tools you can inquire, repair and optimize STL files for downstream use, such as 3D printing and reverse engineering.

Model Repair

Discovery SpaceClaim’s automated repair tools quickly heal dirty and incomplete CAD files, accelerating your time to mesh.

Simple Tools

With only four tools that perform 80 percent of the common modeling tasks, you’ll find Discovery SpaceClaim to be the easiest CAD tool you’ll ever learn.

CAD Import and Editing

Open and edit CAD files for concept design, manufacturing, 3D printing, reverse engineering and simulation. The removal, simplification and editing of complex features are no problem for Discovery SpaceClaim’s modifying and defeaturing tools. It’s easy to change geometry on the fly.


You can think of Discovery SpaceClaim as a multipurpose 3D modeler. Wherever 3D data is or could be used, Discovery SpaceClaim offers efficiency gains for everyone involved.


Design and concept modeling

Create parts, assemblies and drawings. Open, repair and edit any CAD file. Discovery SpaceClaim’s Direct Modeling technology is faster, easier and more flexible than any other 3D modeling tool.


Use intuitive and powerful tools to autosurface simple or complex mesh data, build intricate parts or recreate fixtures quickly and efficiently.


Simplify models in minutes instead of hours. Quickly modify, optimize and parameterize any CAD file to reduce mesh complexity and reduce simulation solve time.


Prepare models for manufacturing steps and maximize machining time. Edit any CAD file, repair corrupt or difficult CAD files, and design jigs and fixtures faster than ever before.


Make any 3D file print-ready. Analyze and repair dirty or corrupt faceted data, or quickly create, edit and prepare optimized models for 3D printing.


Complete sheet metal jobs quickly while minimizing downtime on a shop floor. Design enclosures and convert 3D files to unfolded layouts. Import and repair unfoldable sheet metal designs.

Ways to Access SpaceClaim Technology

The SpaceClaim technology can be accessed as ANSYS Discovery SpaceClaim through the ANSYS Discovery Essentials, Standard, or Ultimate bundles. It is also available as ANSYS SpaceClaim Direct Modeler (SCDM) standalone or through the ANSYS Mechanical EnterpriseANSYS CFD Enterprise, and multiphysics bundles.

Mike Payne, Danny Dean, David Taylor, and Blake Courter founded SpaceClaim Corporation.
SpaceClaim released SpaceClaim 2007 Professional, its first commercial release.
Chris Randles become CEO and Mike Payne become Chairman of the Board.
SpaceClaim announced support for multi-touch hardware.
ANSYS (NASDAQ: ANSS) acquired SpaceClaim for $85 million in cash, plus considerations.
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