3D software development toolkit provider Spatial Corp and Renishaw have released a new version of Renishaw´s QuantAM software, the companies said.
The result is the integration of key Spatial software development toolkits, such as the 3D ACIS Modeler with CGM Polyhedra and 3D InterOp as workbenches within QuantAM.
Renishaw´s strong history of innovation in product development and manufacturing extends to metal additive manufacturing (3D printing) technologies for design, prototyping, and production applications. QuantAM is Renishaw´s build preparation software used to generate the printer´s laser scan paths that fuse the powder layers to additively form a part.
Historically, the AM industry has relied on a CAD export format known as stereolithography or slice tessellation language (STL) as its primary input. The STL format describes a part as a collection of connected triangles — the more complex a part, the larger number of triangles that are needed to define that part. While STL import has been acceptable in the past, there are several limitations with this format.
A major change to the QuantAM release for 2017 is the move to the 3D ACIS modeling kernel and away from the reliance solely on an STL representation of the model. This move to a native modeling kernel delivers significant advantages to both Renishaw and their customers. Among these are the access to best-in-class model healing, benefits of precise B-rep and polyhedral hybrid modeling capabilities, as well as the ability to edit the 3D model directly.
UK-based Renishaw is a world leading engineering technologies company, supplying products used for applications as diverse as jet engine and wind turbine manufacture, through to dentistry and brain surgery. It has over 4,000 employees located in the 35 countries where it has wholly owned subsidiary operations.
Spatial Corp., a Dassault SystÃ¨mes subsidiary, is the leading provider of 3D software development toolkits for technical applications across a broad range of industries. Spatial 3D modeling, 3D visualization, and CAD translation software development toolkits help application developers deliver market-leading products, maintain focus on core competencies, and reduce time-to-market. For over 25 years, Spatial´s 3D software development toolkits have been adopted by many of the world´s most recognized software developers, manufacturers, research institutes, and universities. Headquartered in Broomfield, Colorado, Spatial has offices in the USA, Germany, Japan, China, and the United Kingdom.
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