SpaceClaim Offers the 3D CAD Modification Challenge

27 Nov, 2007

Contest offers the engineering community a chance to win prizes while helping improve the software's ability to work with models created by others.

SpaceClaim yesterday announced the start of the SpaceClaim 3D CAD Modification Challenge. According to the company, the contest is an opportunity for mechanical designers, engineers, and product development specialists to try SpaceClaim Professional 2007+ on their toughest 3D CAD modification problems to win prizes as well as provide valuable input to the company.

"The engineering community is painfully aware that modifying 3D CAD models is a nightmare because there is no interoperability between different file formats, and translators only exchange geometry, they don't make modifications," commented Michael McGuinness, COO of SpaceClaim Corp. "SpaceClaim is addressing the problem of 3D collaboration with software that supports the ability to import 3D CAD and neutral file formats, and modify the imported geometry regardless of how it was constructed."

The 3D CAD Modification Challenge is designed to provide a framework for the engineering community to help improve the SpaceClaim solution's ability to work with models created by others. To enter, download the SpaceClaim Free 3D CAD Download 30-day trial and upload a video that demonstrates the process of (successfully or unsuccessfully) performing modifications to CAD models using SpaceClaim 2007+ to the CAD Modification Challenge Web site.

A panel of SpaceClaim engineers will judge entrants on the following criteria:

  • degree of difficulty of the design modifications
  • complexity of the model
  • credibility of the use case and modifications
  • the "entertainment factor"

Each month, beginning in January 2008, three winners from the prior month's entries will be selected as follows:

  • one winner with the most challenging successful modification in SpaceClaim
  • one winner with the most challenging unsuccessful modification in SpaceClaim
  • one winner that SpaceClaim's judging panel identifies as submitting the most entertaining video

Each of the three monthly winners receives a copy of SpaceClaim Professional 2007+ and 3D Data Exchange for a one-year term. In addition, one grand-prize winner will be selected on May 2, 2008, as the most impressive challenge of all entries submitted. The grand-prize winner will receive an HP Compaq 6820s Notebook PC with a one-year license of SpaceClaim installed.