ALGOR, SpaceClaim Augment CAE Workflow

18 Mar, 2008

Companies integrate ALGOR v21.1 with SpaceClaim Professional 2007+, enabling users to control CAE workflows regardless of the native CAD environment.

ALGOR and SpaceClaim announced a new technology partnership to integrate ALGOR v21.1 finite-element analysis and simulation software with SpaceClaim Professional 2007+ (SP2) 3D mechanical design software. The combination will aim to provide a complete design-to-analysis solution and computer-aided engineering (CAE) workflow.

With the new solution, users will be able to control the CAE workflow regardless of the native CAD environment, reducing the amount of time required to iterate through multiple CAE scenarios, the companies state.

"SpaceClaim and ALGOR offer a valuable solution for product design and analysis," said Ted Fryberger, P.E. of DeepSoft. "SpaceClaim's ability to import virtually any solid-model geometry and create a neutral file format for input to ALGOR is where we are focusing our attention."

ALGOR vice-president of operations Teresa Anania added, "SpaceClaim's solution fits precisely in the CAE workflow. It offers the analysis team more control and less requirement to go back to the CAD team for modification requests. SpaceClaim works with all native CAD files, which is important because ALGOR products work with all leading CAD vendors, giving our clients a cost-savings choice to have a 3D design solution on their desktop. We believe ALGOR customers will welcome the new solution, largely because our analysis community can easily work with SpaceClaim. The learning curve is flat and the solution itself is intuitive and affordable."

The partnership between ALGOR and SpaceClaim includes a time-limited software codistribution agreement whereby ALGOR DesignCheck, a version of ALGOR software that allows users to verify designs with a first-pass test, is available free to all SpaceClaim customers. Additionally, SpaceClaim is available free to all ALGOR customers.

"ALGOR's solution creates a unique opportunity for SpaceClaim customers worldwide to start with DesignCheck and then add advanced analysis for a complete CAE solution," said Michael Payne, CEO of SpaceClaim. "SpaceClaim channel partners are also thrilled with the offering and opportunity to work closely with ALGOR. We want to make sure that all ALGOR and SpaceClaim users have a chance to experience this CAE solution and improved workflow."

Users can upgrade to any of ALGOR's simulation capabilities, including static stress and mechanical event simulation with linear and nonlinear material models; linear dynamics; fatigue; CFD, including steady-state and transient heat transfer, steady and unsteady fluid flow and mass transfer; electrostatics; full multiphysics; and piping. All ALGOR products provide direct CAD/CAE data exchange and full associativity with SpaceClaim.