Spatial Advances CAD Interoperability and 3D Modeler to Drive CAD/CAM/CAE Innovation

Latest Release Furthers Customer-Centric Strategy with Open, Wiki-based Documentation

Broomfield, CO – July 22, 2008 - Spatial Corp., a leading provider of 3D software components for technical applications, today announced availability of 3D ACIS Modeler® and 3D InterOp Suite Release 19 (R19). The latest release of the technology-leading geometric modeling kernel and multi-CAD interoperability components delivers 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 fully-accessible, on-line documentation puts new technical information at customers’ fingertips and provides an additional forum through which customers contribute ideas that influence Spatial’s product development.

“R19 includes new functionality we requested from Spatial to enhance our CMM application. We have been working with the pre-release version and have been very pleased with the capabilities and quality of the release. We plan to aggressively introduce this version in the upcoming release of NeuroMeasure,” commented Dr. Sang-Kyu Lee, Dukin Senior Research Engineer. “We really appreciate the way Spatial partners with us to understand our customer needs and then delivers the component technology we need to meet their needs and remain ahead of our competition.”

3D Modeler Advancements
R19 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 see the R19 ACIS Release Notes

 
Expanded 3D CAD Interoperability
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 11 assembly files
    • Parasolid 20.0 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 sub-folders (CATIA V5, SolidWorks)

For a complete list of 3D InterOp R19 new functionality see the Release Notes
 

Also announced today is the availability of General Geometric Constraint Manager (GGCM), a next-generation, fully-variational 3D constraint manager licensed from ALS Geometric Software, SA. The software component includes non-linear 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. The 3D constraint manager offers superior solvability, performance and flexibility, and is fully extensible and ideal for leading CAD/CAM/CAE applications.
 

Improved Documentation for Rapid Searchability
With R19, Spatial ACIS and InterOp documentation and Tutorials are openly available on-line and in Wiki format. The new documentation includes wiki-based Technical Articles with information on terms, definitions, concepts, techniques, and Reference material with information on the code architecture supplied in HTML format. The new documentation offers improved searchability to readily find specific entries, easier navigation and new content.

“R19 strengthens Spatial’s technology offering in the traditional CAD/CAM/CAE markets. These customers drive our development efforts in emerging areas such as geometry editing. R19 also delivers on our commitment to enhance CAD interoperability. Since we provide the 3D InterOp and 3D ACIS Modeler, Spatial is uniquely positioned to address translation issues with CAD applications,” stated John Alpine, Spatial VP of Research and Development. “Our proven technology, coupled with top-notch support and professional services offerings, enables our customers to deliver innovative new products and capabilities more rapidly.”
 

Evaluation Program
R19 and related components are available for free evaluation. Request forms are available on the company’s website.

 
About Spatial
Spatial Corp. is a leading provider of 3D software components for technical applications across a broad range of industries. Spatial’s 3D modeling, 3D visualization, and 3D interoperability technologies and Professional Services help application developers deliver market-leading capabilities, maintain focus on core competencies, and reduce time-to-market. Spatial 3D components have been adopted by some of the world's most recognized software developers, manufacturers, research institutes, and universities. Headquartered in Broomfield, Colorado, Spatial has offices in the USA, Germany, Japan, China, and the United Kingdom. For more information, please visit Spatial's Web site or contact Spatial by email at info_spatial@3ds.com or by phone at 303-544-2900.

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Spatial:
Howie Markson
(303) 544-2966
howie.markson@3ds.com

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