ANSYS and SpaceClaim Collaborate to Improve Design Optimization

CONCORD, Mass.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—September 25, 2007— SpaceClaim Corp., the leading provider of CAD-neutral modification solutions for the extended product development team, and ANSYS, Inc. (Nasdaq: ANSS), a global innovator of simulation software and technologies designed to optimize product development processes, today announced that they have collaborated to address the need for improved CAD and CAE interoperability. The combined solution makes it possible for analysts to simplify the master CAD model, independent of the originating CAD system, for faster pre-processing, and to optimize the design based on analysis results. By combining SpaceClaim Professional 2007 software with engineering simulation solutions from ANSYS, the analyst is no longer dependent on the designer to produce specialized models for analysis. This solution promotes faster cycle times and facilitates additional analysis iterations, which can result in higher quality products.

"ANSYS has, from the start, been committed to providing open and flexible solutions that enable design models of all types to be imported and analyzed," said Chris Reid, Vice President, Marketing at ANSYS, Inc. "The ability to work with these models is paramount to design optimization. But in cases in which the analyst is unfamiliar with the CAD system or how the model was built, it can be difficult to make the necessary changes. SpaceClaim strengthens our CAD-neutral strategy through its ability to open and modify models from all of the leading CAD systems and industry-standard formats. Now the results of analysis can be incorporated immediately into the design model. SpaceClaim makes the collaboration between designers and analysts more efficient, resulting in faster time-to-market for our customers."

The joint solution supports the import of CAD models into SpaceClaim for model simplification and modification by the analyst. The model then can be set up and solved using the powerful simulation tools from ANSYS. The analyst can modify the design based on the results and rerun as often as necessary, returning validated design options to the designer.

Alternatively, the analyst can choose to automatically drive design optimization by letting the results of the analysis drive key design parameters of the model. SpaceClaim enables a related set of geometry to be associated and modified together at any time. The associated geometry behaves without regard to the constraints of the design model, so modifications have the expected results. This approach is ideal for design optimization because driving parameters can be created whenever and wherever necessary, rather than predicted and parameterized at the beginning of the design process when they are unknown. The automated design optimization solution is on demonstration at the National Manufacturing Week show in Rosemont, Illinois.

"Our collaboration with ANSYS helps companies extend the benefits of working in 3D to a broader group of engineering professionals. Our breakthrough CAD-neutral solution enables them to maintain focus on their core competency while improving their ability to achieve design optimization more quickly," commented Michael McGuinness, COO of SpaceClaim Corp. "We believe the collaboration between ANSYS and SpaceClaim typifies our commitment to addressing the needs of the extended development team."

ANSYS integration is a separately priced add-on module scheduled for November availability.

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SpaceClaim (booth 3911) and ANSYS, Inc. (booth 4106) are demonstrating SpaceClaim Professional 2007 and engineering simulation software from ANSYS today at the National Manufacturing Week, in Rosemont, Illinois.

SpaceClaim Professional 2007 is available through resellers world-wide and for purchase and download from the company's web site,

About ANSYS, Inc.

ANSYS, Inc., founded in 1970, develops and globally markets engineering simulation software and technologies widely used by engineers and designers across a broad spectrum of industries. The Company focuses on the development of open and flexible solutions that enable users to analyze designs directly on the desktop, providing a common platform for fast, efficient and cost- conscious product development, from design concept to final-stage testing and validation. The Company and its global network of channel partners provide sales, support and training for customers. Headquartered in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, U.S.A., with more than 40 strategic sales locations throughout the world, ANSYS, Inc. and its subsidiaries employ approximately 1,400 people and distribute ANSYS products through a network of channel partners in over 40 countries. Visit for more information.

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About SpaceClaim Corp.

SpaceClaim is a privately held company targeting the mechanical design market. SpaceClaim provides breakthrough CAD-Neutral modification solution that enhances engineers' productivity by empowering them to contribute to, consume, and share mechanical designs in a 3D digital form. SpaceClaim has assembled a world-class team of prominent executives, product developers, board members, and advisors with unrivaled experience in bringing new computer-aided design software to market. Founded in September 2005, SpaceClaim is backed by Borealis Ventures, Kodiak Venture Partners, and North Bridge Venture Partners. For more information, visit:

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