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SpaceClaim and ANSYS provide a combined solution that you can use to simplify CAD models for analysis. With this add-in, you can send a model that was imported or created in SpaceClaim to ANSYS Workbench, ANSYS Mechanical, ANSYS Design2D or 3D model that contains at least one top-level component. Modeler, or any other integrated ANSYS products. The geometry is sent into ANSYS along with any driving parameters or analysis specific attributes (spot welds, midsurfaces thicknesses, etc) that you have defined. Driving parameters can be edited within ANSYS to run sets of iterative analyses.
The basic process is simple:
Import a CAD model into SpaceClaim.
Simplify and modify the model for analysis.
Define parameters and named selections that you can use in ANSYS.
Send data to ANSYS:
ANSYS 11.0, 12.0, and 12.1: Launch ANSYS from SpaceClaim, and then set up analysis conditions and constraints using the powerful simulation tools in ANSYS.
ANSYS 13.0: Start ANSYS Workbench and create a geometry cell:
To work with an existing design, click Import Geometry in ANSYS and choose an existing SCDOC fileFile format for SpaceClaim files (.scdoc). Files comply with the Microsoft Open Packaging Convention, which is also used by Microsoft Office 2007. These files are actually zip archives with a special structure, the contents of which are primarily XML data., then use Edit Geometry to launch SpaceClaim with that document loaded.
To start a new design, click New SpaceClaim Geometry in ANSYS to launch SpaceClaim with an empty design.
Modify and send data between SpaceClaim and ANSYS, and rerun the tests as often as necessary.
Return the validated design options or recommended changes to the designer when testing is complete.
You can view the following video that demonstrates the process:
SpaceClaim ANSYS integration demonstration
You can transfer the active model to ANSYS, even if it has not been saved. You can also send data from a document that is open in SpaceClaim or from a saved SpaceClaim document.
Only visible objects are sent to ANSYS; hidden objects are not sent.
The following data is transferred to ANSYS:
When a Beam with SectionDesign mode in which you edit solids by working with their edges and vertices in cross-section. View is cut away to show interior detail. Anchor type set to Location is transferred to Workbench, its Location becomes a Workbench OffsetDistance an edge, segment, or curve is moved or copied. of type, User Defined. The X and Y offset components will, in general, change to preserve the Beam cross-section position relative to the Beam line. This coordinate transformation is necessary to account for differences between SpaceClaim and Workbench reference frames.
Named Selections (groups)
Driving dimensions (groups)
Driving annotation dimensions
ShellSolid or part that is hollowed out from a selected face, leaving a shell of designated thickness. thickness
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