As with each Spatial release, the enhancements in R17 are driven strictly by customer feedback and Spatial's industry research. Years ago, Spatial made a commitment to be a component company with no end-user products, so that, unlike other component providers, it doesn't have to split its loyalties and product development priorities between internal requirements and those of its external customers.
"Spatial always looks over the horizon to see how we can better fulfill the requirements and expectations of traditional customers as well as breakaway technologies," said Keith Mountain, CEO of Spatial. "Our ongoing dedication to our partners' success, demonstrated both in the quality and functionality of our products and the attentive care of our services and sales team, is providing the foundation for our customer's innovation and our business growth."
The following enhancements are included in the R17 release:
ACIS now supports Assembly Modeling as well as Part Modeling. A complex feature that is usually developed by ISVs, the inclusion of Assembly Modeling in ACIS substantially reduces time-to-market and saves programming resources.
Reduced Memory Consumption
Improvements to ACIS' internal data storage reduces memory usage in run time up to 30%. The resulting additional memory capacity enables applications to run larger part models.
Developers can use this feature to selectively page ACIS data, effectively expanding the addressable virtual memory.
Three Entity Blend (CAD/CAM)
New blend type added which creates a variable-radius fillet surface that is tangent to three faces.
Capping and Mitering (CAD/CAM)
Greater capability to create blends with larger radiuses thanks to improved capping and mitering algorithms.
Intersector and Boolean enhancements significantly improve how ACIS can operate with imported and approximated geometry and optimize it to be tolerant. This allows the application to increase its efficiency by feeding more information to the modeler.
-- The success rate and performance of the Shelling and Offsetting of imported data has been improved dramatically.
-- Shelling now works with improved performance on bodies with high curvature.
-- Most Local Operations now support sheet bodies as well as solid bodies.
A new stitching interface has been optimized for tool and die creation workflows.
By enhancing the point-in-face test algorithm ACIS enables CMM/Metrology applications to speed evaluation of inspection data, on the order of a 10% to 50x increase.
Windows VISTA Support
R17 introduces the support for ACIS on Microsoft(R) Windows Vista(TM) operating system.
New 64-bit translators for Windows
-- Provides more capacity for model translation
-- Allows integration with end-users already moving to 64-bit
IGES Assembly Support
The IGES translator now supports translation of assembly and product structure into and out of IGES.
Connect SDK Translators
R17 introduces the capability to translate to & from proprietary CAD systems using InterOp Plug-in architecture. This InterOp Plug-in architecture will allow customers to expand the capabilities of InterOp beyond the CAD file formats currently supported by InterOp.
Windows VISTA Support
R17 introduces the support for InterOp on Microsoft(R) Windows Vista(TM) operating system.
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