Spatial Delivers 3D Springback Component for Market-leading Manufacturing Applications


Applications Hasten Time-to-Market in the Pressed Metal Tooling Industry

Broomfield, CO – June 25, 2008 - Spatial Corp., a leading provider of 3D software components for technical applications, today announced the availability of the 3D Springback Component to facilitate a one-step method for springback correction of 3D models within pressed-metal-tooling manufacturing applications. The readily integrated component consists of a single API, enabling rapid development of a springback compensation feature without requiring mathematical expertise unique to this specialized application. The high-level component provides application developers a means to quickly deliver an automated solution to tool engineers accustomed to time consuming and error prone manual remodeling of CAD geometry to compensate for springback. Tool engineers, using 3D Springback enabled applications, benefit from an increase in their productivity and improved delivery times by eliminating extra cycles in the tool development process.

“The 3D Springback component enabled our development team to introduce our springback product, VDM, in just 3 months. We worked very closely with the Spatial team during the development phase, and were extremely pleased with the level of support they provided. Our developers found the component straightforward to implement, and it let us deliver to our end-users an easy to use application. I’m very confident our customers are especially pleased with the application’s performance,” stated Mr.Takao Sugihara, GM, Product Development of NTT DATA Engineering Systems Corp.

Applications utilizing 3D Springback deliver a tailor-made solution for a common and costly time-to-market impediment in the pressed metal tooling industry. 3D Springback utilizes user-selected edges and faces and “form-to” shaping constraints to smoothly transform the original design data into the surface shapes needed for machining stamped metal tooling. The solution eliminates the need for tool engineers to manually calculate the deformations and modify the CAD model.

Developers can create a high-performing springback application with a simple to use interface that:

  • Preserves geometric continuity up to G2
  • Preserves model topology and attributes
  • Creates smooth, continuous deformation of the input model
  • Supports fixed constraint types: face, edge, points
  • Includes shaping constraint types: curve-to-curve, points-to-points
  • Provides deformation fairness reporting which warns of unrealistic constraint inputs
  • Employs constraint satisfaction query reports on constraint fidelity achieved
  • Preserves the data size of the model through successive iterations of springback deformation

3D Springback is concise and easily integrated into existing manufacturing software. The component integrates with ACIS-based applications through a single application programming interface (API).

“The 3D Springback Component is a great example of how we work with our customers to identify industry-specific challenges that, when solved, provide them additional market opportunities. Using a combination of Spatial’s existing components, such as the ACIS modeler, new component technologies, and an experienced services and support organization, Spatial is able to partner with our customers to provide unique solutions to industry problems,” stated Jerry Walters, Spatial VP of Marketing, Sales and Services.

The 3D Springback Component is supported on a wide variety of 32- and 64-bit platforms. For further information on 3D Springback and obtaining an evaluation license, please visit www.spatial.com/products/evaluation.

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, visualization, and 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 at www.spatial.com or contact Spatial by email at info_spatial@3ds.com or by phone at 303-544-2900.

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Spatial:
Howie Markson
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howie.markson@3ds.com

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