CAD Translator

Superior Interoperability, Review, and Archival

SpaceClaim adds value to existing CAD infrastructure by enabling all engineers to leverage existing data and contribute to product definition in 3D. SpaceClaim can seamlessly open and edit 2D and 3D data from almost any CAD system and manipulate lightweight geometry from digital mockup formats such as JT. SpaceClaim can edit foreign data just as easily as if it were created in SpaceClaim itself. SpaceClaim also produces precise, accurate 3D data and 2D drawings to specify detailed design in CAD, creating the most effective handoff to CAD possible. By allowing all engineers to communicate in 3D and 2D, teams can eliminate much of the waste and rework associated with monolithic CAD processes.



  • Works with your in-house CAD and PLM tools
  • Eliminate waste caused by back and forth with CAD
  • Mix and match geometry from multiple sources to get the answers you need
  • Easy-to-use, easy-to-learn, low total cost of ownership (TCO)


  • Read 2D and 3D CAD data, including native formats such as JT, STEP, and 3DPDF
  • Write data in formats suitable to CAD, such as JT, CATIA v5, and STEP
  • Edit geometry regardless of origin to suggest edits to the CAD team
  • Repair flawed or poorly-constructed models with push-button simple tools
  • Lightweight open for large assemblies
  • De-feature models to create Customer View Models (CVM), which are simplified representations that protect your Intellectual property (IP)
  • Perform real-time design reviews with customers and colleagues
  • Create 3D markup and drawings to communicate design changes

Supported Formats

Module Opens Saves

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ACIS, Acrobat, DXF, DWG, IDF, IGES, Rhino, SketchUp, STEP, STL, Bitmaps, Videos

ACIS, Acrobat, DXF, DWG, IGES, KeyShot, PowerPoint, Rhino, SketchUp, STEP, STL, VRML, OBJ, XAML, XPS, Bitmaps, Videos

Data Exchange I

CATIA v4, Inventor, Pro/ENGINEER, VDA-FS


Data Exchange II

 NX, Parasolid, SolidWorks


CATIA v5 Data Exchange



JT Open Data Exchange




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Unmatched Data Flexibility

SpaceClaim takes your data where it needs to go. Merge customer, supplier, and legacy data in one environment where you can make fast decisions. Quickly convert an old 2D drawing to a 3D model. Turn poor surface geometry into precise, watertight solids. Have a design review meeting without ever worrying about regeneration failure. Open large assemblies as lightweight, even if the files only contain heavyweight solids. Simply put: SpaceClaim is a single environment that any engineer can use to load some parts, get results, and communicate decisions.


Many companies have worked hard to standardize on one CAD system, yet they still turn to SpaceClaim as their 3D tool for concept modeling, CAE, and manufacturing. In the past, it made sense to standardize on one CAD system because interoperability barriers crippled fragmented deployments. SpaceClaim’s ability to edit CAD data from anywhere removes that problem for SpaceClaim users and provides them with the ideal way to kick-off the detailed design process in CAD, minimizing of rework and wasted cycles during the detailed design phase. Most SpaceClaim customers find that well-specified SpaceClaim concepts dramatically reduce the amount of labor required for detailed design, creating a measurable reduction in product development costs and improvement in time-to-market.  

CAE Integrations

SpaceClaim integrates with the following CAE Packages. The integrations are provided by SpaceClaim, a SpaceClaim partner that we'll refer you to, Comet Solutions (via their product Comet Workspace), Esteco (via their product modeFRONTIER), and/or by Noesis Solutions (via their product Optimus).


CAE Product SpaceClaim Comet Esteco Noesis Solutions
ANSYS Fluent Gamit  X      
Autodesk CFdesign  X      
Autodesk Moldflow      X  X
BETA CAE Systems ANSA      X X
Beta CAE Systems µETAPost      X  X
COMSOL  X      
C&R Tech. Thermal Desktop  X X    
CST Studio Suite      X  
Dassault Systèmes SIMULIA (Abaqus)   X  X X
Enmesh  X      
Gamma Technologies GT-SUITE     X X
ITI Simulation-X      X  
JSOL Simulation Technology JMAG     X  X
LMS Imagine.Lab AMESim     X X
LMS Virtual.Lab     X  X
LS-Dyna        X
MSC Adams   X X  
MSC Nastran    X   X
Optical Research Associates CODE V    X    
Resources Management System        X
Ricardo Wave       X
Samcef       X
Sigmadyne SigFit   X