Toyota Caelum uses Spatial’s 3D CAD Translation to Improve Data Workflows for Automotive Manufacturers

Caelum III adds Support for Critical Product Manufacturing Information

Broomfield, CO – Sept 14, 2010 - Spatial Corp., a leading provider of 3D development components for design, manufacturing and engineering applications, provides CAD translation with product manufacturing information (PMI) to Toyota Caelum Incorporated for use in their latest software release, Caelum III version 4.4. The new version integrates Spatial’s 3D InterOp components to support import of 3D dimensions and annotations from CATIA V5, NX and Pro/ENGINEER. The inclusion of product manufacturing information within the 3D model improves communication throughout the design process and reduces costly downstream errors.

Caelum III is one of the most popular 3D CAD/CAM systems for automobile production planning and preparation because it has been developed based on the knowledge of Toyota Motor Company. The software offers integrated high-quality data translation, along with a 3D modeling and computer-aided-manufacturing (CAM) application.

For automobile tools and die suppliers, quality improvement, shortening lead time, and cost reduction are very critical for success. To achieve these goals, Toyota Caelum focuses on improving overall manufacturing workflow including CAD data workflows. In a typical workflow, the original CAD data from the automotive OEM is used for modeling dies/tools, generating tool paths, and inspection. Until now, critical manufacturing information such as dimensions, annotations, and tolerance information was lost. By using Spatial’s 3D InterOp Product Manufacturing Information, end users can import 3D dimensions and annotations into Caelum III, and use the information in the later stages of production. As a result, manufacturers using Caelum III are ahead of the industry trend toward the use of 3D drawings, which is now being standardized by JAMA (Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association, Inc.).

“Spatial’s high-quality CATIA V5 translation is especially important to our end-users since it is a popular file format in the automotive industry. Spatial has shown to be very quick in supporting new CAD format versions, which keeps our customers happy and minimizes our maintenance workload and improves development productivity,” commented Youji Tsubone, General Manager, Research & Development Dept. “In addition to the benefits we received from using 3D InterOp, we were also able to develop the application in a very short time due to the high-quality of the 3D modeling kernel, ACIS. Overall Spatial has been an excellent development partner, providing good and continuous technical support and enhancements.”

Importing 3D dimension and annotation from CATIA V5 to Caelum III

About Toyota Caelum Incorporated
Toyota Caelum Incorporated, a Toyota Motor Corporation subsidiary, is a leading provider of design/manufacturing support systems including CAD/CAM business units. Toyota Caelum has provided their Japan-based solution to the Japanese manufacturing industry since 1993. Caelum III and Caelum KKen, one of the most popular CAD/CAM systems in Japan, are provided by Toyota Caelum for the automotive and consumer electronics industry. Their products contribute to decreasing lead time, improving productivity, and transferring skills and know-how through business process engineering.

Toyota Caelum Incorporated Contact:
Tetsuya Tokunaga

About Spatial
Spatial Corp., a Dassault Systèmes subsidiary, is a leading provider of 3D development software components for technical applications across a broad range of industries. Spatial’s 3D modeling, 3D visualization, and CAD translation software components help application developers deliver market-leading products, 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 or contact Spatial by email at or by phone at 303-544-2900.

ACIS and SAT are registered trademarks of Spatial Corp. Other brand and product names are trademarks of their respective owners. Copyright © 2010 Spatial Corp.

Koji Takaba
(81)3. 5442.2966

Howie Markson
(303) 544-2966

Featured Video


Build IT

eBooks & Whitepapers

eBooks & Whitepapers

Download technical eBooks and whitepapers on topics including industry challenges and product solutions.

Spatial Facebook Spatial Twitter Spatial LinkedIn Spatial YouTube Spatial Blog RSS


A quarterly e-Newsletter highlighting industry trends, and includes articles from Spatial developers. Sign up to receive The Spatial Blend.