CoCreate Software, Inc., a leading provider of 3rd generation PLM software applications for high-tech electronics and machinery, today introduced the world’s first free Dynamic Modeling based 3D CAD software, CoCreate OneSpace Modeling Personal Edition (PE).
OneSpace Modeling PE is a freely available download offering all the power of CoCreate’s enterprise OneSpace Modeling 3D CAD system for assemblies up to 60 parts.
This version enables any engineer, designer or student to experience the extraordinary power of a Dynamic Modeling based approach to 3D product development, the cornerstone of the CoCreate OneSpace Suite. And even the most casual user or hobbyist will be immediately productive through a full set of self-paced tutorials, quickstart projects, online help and user forums.
Key benefits available in this release include:
- Easily import and completely edit standard 2D and 3D file formats to experience the unparalleled interoperability of the CoCreate platform, where geometry is always king.
- Radically transform existing designs from nearly any source to satisfy new market requirements, while shaving weeks to months off development timelines.
- Respond to unexpected or changing requirements more easily, more frequently and much later in the development process through a history-free approach.
- Discover an easier to learn and use 3D CAD system that combines 2D’s ease of use with the inherent benefits and power of 3D. Moving from 2D to 3D has never been this easy.
- 100% faster product development through empowered design teams, lean product development methodologies and the CoCreate platform.
There are two approaches to 3D product development. OneSpace Modeling PE brings Dynamic Modeling to engineers and designers worldwide, giving them choice and liberation from the overhead and complexity of history-based modeling.
“Customers tell us that CoCreate gives them extreme speed, flexibility and responsiveness to change in 3D product development. These traits come from a Dynamic Modeling based approach,” said William M. Gascoigne, CoCreate CEO. “OneSpace Modeling PE ends the industry’s status quo, and lets the 3D CAD users see that there is a fork in the road for 3D product development tools.”
For companies and individuals wanting more, the CoCreate platform is easy to grow into. All 2D drawings and 3D models created within OneSpace Modeling PE can be unlocked and carried over to CoCreate’s full production environment. Subscription licensing (rent versus own) and a 15 minute, 6 button click deployment model for CoCreate’s powerful data management are just a few of the examples of how easy it is to adopt the CoCreate platform. More importantly, CoCreate’s Dynamic Modeling based interoperability strengths means there is no switching cost in moving to the CoCreate platform.
This is a time limited opportunity until March 31st to secure your free copy of OneSpace Modeling PE – so act now! To register and download your personal copy: http://www.cocreate.com/free
Commentary By Jeffrey Rowe, Editor
OK, I’ll admit up front here, I was skeptical about the “free” software thing. My skepticism was quickly dashed, though, after I talked to some CoCreate folks about the offer and its implications.
Although CoCreate isn’t the first or only MCAD vendor to offer free software, this activity is part of a bigger plan whereby the company hopes to more aggressively compete in this cutthroat market. This offer is actually an important part of the company’s commitment to this market. Other aspects that are currently in play include the fact that it is in the process of expanding its sales channel by increasing its number of resellers, and a number of flexible ownership options are available, including an option to rent the software by the week. With all that is going on, the company seems to be backing the effort across the board 100%, and that’s a good thing.
CoCreate’s OneSpace Modeling philosophy works on the same major tenet of lean practices of any type – keep things that are essential and eliminate those that are not. Probably the biggest thing that set OneSpace Modeling apart from the competition is Dynamic Modeling based on a history-free design approach. While not for everybody, this approach can provide some surprising benefits. So, what are some of the pros and cons of history-based versus history-free modeling?
Today, the majority of mechanical CAD products are parametric, history-based applications. CoCreate’s OneSpace Modeling, however, is one of the exceptions. OneSpace Modeling’s history-free architecture can make it easier to make design changes to 3D models without the need to know how a design was originally created. CoCreate calls this “dynamic modeling,” and is a unique method for designing parts and assemblies. Some users may not like the absence of the history at first, especially those who have experience and a comfort level with parametric, history-based systems. However, I think that just as many users will appreciate the shorter learning curve and the likely faster changes that can be made to a design without having to deal with its design history and associated graphical model feature tree.
Parameters can unintentionally apply the brakes where the speed of design changes can be critical. For example, in parametric models, each entity, such as a line or an arc, has parameters associated with it. These parameters control the various geometric properties of the entity, such as the width and height of a rectangle or the radius of a fillet. They also control the locations of these entities within a part model.
Parameters can (usually) be changed to create a desired part for design optimization or maintaining original design intent (although that’s another potential point of debate). History-based parametric modelers create and maintain a record of how a part model is built. When parameters in a model are changed and it is regenerated, the CAD application repeats the operations from its history, using the new parameters, to create a new part model. An advantage for this type of modeling is that you can perform “what if” scenarios and test various sizes of parts to determine which is the “best” part for a given purpose by simply adjusting a part model’s parameters and regenerating the part.
So, while parametric history-based modeling can be a powerful design method, it can also complicate things and make models created using this method difficult or impossible to work with, especially late in the design process, based on inherent dependencies. This is exactly what OneSpace Modeling plays off of for collaborative design teams who need to perform design changes without having to concern themselves with constraints, parametrics, and history-based feature trees.
As I said earlier, beyond OneSpace Modeling, today, the majority of mechanical CAD products are parametric, history-based applications. There are, however, some notable exceptions – IronCAD and KeyCreator. CoCreate’s OneSpace Modeling is a 3D CAD tool based on a dynamic history-free architecture that can make it easier to make design changes to 3D models with no need to know how a design was originally created. CoCreate calls this “intuitive modeling,” and is a unique method for designing parts and assemblies, but may put off some users at first, especially those who have experience and a comfort level with parametric, history-based systems. That said, though, parameters aren’t always what they’re cracked up to be.
Some parametric modelers also allow constraint equations to be added to models. These can be used to construct relationships between parameters. If several parameters always require the same value, or a certain parameter depends on the values of several others, this is the best way to ensure that these relationships are always correct. This ability, however, can also lead to problems, especially if changes are made to parts that are heavily parameter-dependent.
CoCreate is doing a lot of things to increase its presence in the MCAD market, and the company seems to be going about it in a methodical and calculated way. Will they appeal to everybody? Well, no, but the way they are going about it says that they are in for the long haul.
I’m looking forward to downloading CoCreate’s OneSpace Modeling PE myself and checking out what it can do. I’ll report back what I discover.
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