ShapeSpace 3D Search Capability for Enterprise Open Source PLM Software from Aras

ShapeSpace and AESSiS announce a collaboration agreement for Aras Innovator


ANDOVER, MASS. and Solothurn, Switzerland – October 22, 2009Aras®, leading enterprise open source Product Lifecycle Management [PLM] software solution provider, today announced that ShapeSpace and AESSiS have entered into a collaboration agreement to enhance the 3D search and attribute search capability in the PLM (Product Lifecycle Management) application market by developing an integration between the ShapeSpace PartBrowser Enterprise solution and the leading enterprise open source PLM solution, Aras Innovator. 

Both the integration and an advanced text search version of ShapeSpace PartBrowser will be made freely available as an Aras community solution in December 2009.  There will also be an option to upgrade to the advanced 3D search capabilities of ShapeSpace PartBrowser.  For the first time, this will put advanced and affordable 3D search capabilities into the hands of organizations giving them the opportunity to improve part reuse, reduce the part number counts, aggregate and consolidate bought in parts and drastically reduce external spend.

To coincide with the release, AESSiS and ShapeSpace have developed a strategic part communization and reuse service that delivers significant reductions in material spend at engineering firms.  This service leverages the advanced PLM capabilities of Aras Innovator together with the groundbreaking 3D geometric search technology from ShapeSpace that automatically generates ‘geometric signatures’ for 3D CAD models.

The service delivers significant reductions in material spend and a comprehensive parts database of classified components so that, in future, engineers are able to browse and search by shape or attribute for components and reuse opportunities.

Andy Sherlock CEO Shapespace said, “I am delighted that AESSiS has chosen to work with ShapeSpace to integrate cost cutting techniques which can be applied right at the front of the PLM process. We’re also excited to be part of the enterprise open source revolution that is sweeping through the PLM industry and is led by Aras.”

“ShapeSpace adds significant value to the PLM chain and by working together to link PartBrowser Enterprise capabilities with other PLM solutions and technologies like Aras, AESSiS can offer even greater value to its customers,” said James Byrne, CTO of AESSiS.

To find out more about AESSiS & ShapeSpace products and services download the factsheet at


About ShapeSpace

ShapeSpace ( is committed to the development of world-leading search technology for CAD and PLM.  Built on a strong background in information retrieval, geometric reasoning and visualization, the company’s search software and consultancy service helps engineering companies reduce costs by increasing design reuse and improving part management through the identification of duplicate components and the rationalization of parts libraries. For more information, visit or


About AESSiS

AESSiS are an integrated PLM service provider and are global leaders in helping organisations build world class engineering processes and then streamlining and automating these processes by careful implementation of appropriate product lifecycle management or PLM technologies. In so doing AESSiS help organisations chart their course and find a reliable way through to simplicity, speed and profitability that are so often promised but so rarely fully attained. For more information, visit


About Aras

Aras® is the leading provider of enterprise open source Product Lifecycle Management [PLM] software solutions. Freedom from licensing eliminates up-front expenses and per user costs while superior technology makes Aras the most advanced enterprise PLM solution suite available. Customers include Motorola, Rolls-Royce, Freudenberg, Lockheed Martin, Ingersoll Rand and ACCO Brands. Aras is privately held with global headquartered in Andover, Mass. For additional information visit




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