Robert McNeel & Associates and SpaceClaim Announce Rhino and SpaceClaim LTX Round-trip Integration

CONCORD, Mass. & SEATTLE—(BUSINESS WIRE)—March 4, 2008— Robert McNeel & Associates, a privately held company specializing in stylized surfacing software, and SpaceClaim the leading provider of 3D design solutions, today announced a round-trip integration between Rhinoceros(R) and SpaceClaim LTX. SpaceClaim added 3DM to SpaceClaim LTX to enable product stylists to use 3D mechanical design elements in their designs at an affordable price. The solution allows users to open Rhino files directly in SpaceClaim LTX for creating solid geometry. The 3D solid design can then be sent back to the Rhino file format for precise surface creation by the stylist. SpaceClaim LTX and Rhino are naturally compatible and think alike offering an uninhibited environment, precise modeling, and a flat learning curve. The solution greatly improves the product stylist workflow allowing for more control resulting in better product designs and faster time-to-market. Interested customers should contact their Rhino Reseller for a quote on the integrated solution.

"Our clients have been asking for an affordable intuitive mechanical design tool to create the details and components that they integrate into their products designs. Since we are not experts in MCAD, we are hesitant to try developing mechanical design tools. When SpaceClaim introduced LTX we were thrilled that they included 3DM support," stated Bob McNeel, CEO of Robert McNeel & Associates. "It is exciting to see the most innovative minds in the MCAD community focusing their resources on building a new generation of MCAD tools for the Rhino users."

Product stylists require seamless data exchange between surfacing and design applications. The Rhino and SpaceClaim LTX integration meet the needs of stylists by enabling the creation of free-form surfaces in context of the product design. Precise surfaces can be made within Rhino and accurately transferred to SpaceClaim LTX. To see the round trip demo visit:

"Product stylists have struggled over the years with a solution that works with their existing technology and we feel that SpaceClaim LTX, an affordable and reliable product, completes the product stylist workflow. By working with McNeel, SpaceClaim has developed an environment that the stylist can deliver a manufacturable design for production," commented Mike Payne, SpaceClaim CEO. "This is part of the problem that we help stylists solve and we hope that our mutual endorsement as well as our development commitment to Rhino's community will influence creativity."

About Robert McNeel & Associates

McNeel, founded in 1980, is a privately-held, employee-owned company with sales and support offices and affiliates in Seattle, Miami, Buenos Aires, Barcelona, Rome, Tokyo, Taipei, Seoul, Kuala Lumpur, and Shanghai with more than 700 resellers, distributors, OEMs, and training centers around the world.

About SpaceClaim Corporation

SpaceClaim provides a breakthrough 3D design solution that enhances engineers' and designers' productivity by empowering them to create, contribute to, and share 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 the next generation of 3D solid modeling software to market. Founded in September 2005, SpaceClaim is backed by Borealis Ventures, Kodiak Venture Partners, North Bridge Venture Partners and Needham Capital Partners. For more information, visit

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