Spatial Introduces 3D ACIS Modeler and 3D InterOp Suite v19

21 Jul, 2008

Latest release designed to further customer-centric strategy with open, wiki-based documentation.

Spatial, a provider of 3D software components for technical applications, today announced availability of 3D ACIS Modeler and 3D InterOp Suite v19. The latest release of the geometric modeling kernel and multi-CAD interoperability components is designed to deliver key capabilities for developers bringing innovative products to market across a wide range of industries using 3D applications.

The release includes the first version of Spatial's Product Documentation in wiki format. Modeled on Wikipedia, Spatial's online documentation is designed to put technical information at customers' fingertips and provide an additional forum through which customers contribute ideas that influence Spatial's product development.

According to the company, the new release provides the foundation for the recently introduced industry-targeted components — EDA 3D Analysis Suite for accelerating development of 3D analysis tools in EDA applications and 3D Springback for the pressed metal tooling industry — and includes the following modeler advancements:

New functionality and enhancements:

  • additional large radius blending support
  • improved feature retention during modifications
  • more agile local operations (LOPs) handling with increased performance
  • sheet body offset function
  • new APIs for improved workflows
  • expanded "tolerant-hot" Boolean capabilities for improved handling of imported data
  • 3D edge offset for CMM applications
  • fixed-axis sweep option to simulate 2.5-axis milling paths in CAM applications
  • supported on a wide variety of 32- and 64-bit platforms

For a complete list of functionality, visit the company's Web site.

Since the previously released version, the 3D InterOp Suite has added two new products, support for the latest CAD versions and additional data exchange.

New CAD support:

  • Generic Inventor Reader
  • Generic SolidWorks Reader
Advanced CAD Interoperability:
  • SolidWorks 2008 files
  • Inventor v11 assembly files
  • Parasolid v20 files
  • CATIA V5 flag notes (ACIS/Generic CATIA V5 Reader Manufacturing Option)
  • ACIS assembly format (import / export monolithic ASAT files)
  • Additional Pro/E PMI display information
  • Reading assemblies from subfolders (CATIA V5, SolidWorks)
For a complete list of 3D InterOp v19 functionality, visit the company's Web site.

Also announced today was the availability of General Geometric Constraint Manager (GGCM), a 3D constraint manager licensed from ALS Geometric Software. The software component includes nonlinear equation solving technology that solves configurations in assembly management, part design, curve and surface editing, and smooth and kinematic motion simulation that cannot be solved by other known methods.