SpaceClaim Blog

SpaceClaim has a blog written by Joe Lichtenberg, an independent consultant, who is being paid by SpaceClaim to write the blog, among other things. Who said you cannot make money from blogging?

His first post explains why he thinks SpaceClaim is not another CAD system. I totally agree. What I find difficult to digest is his view that SpaceClaim was not built to “create” models. Rather, it was designed to “modify” existing models. Yes, I know this in line with the marketing noise they are making about the “extended development team”. But I don’t think they need to be so modest. I already know how good SpaceClaim is at “modifying” models. I would love to know why SpaceClaim is not that good at “creating” them.

Joe also believes that a cost of $1,700 a year is “reasonable” for SpaceClaim to be “just another tool in your toolbox”. I guess that explains why SpaceClaim does not offer a trial download. It looks like they are not interested in having every Tom, Dick and Harry as a customer. Just the people who think that spending close to a couple of grand a year for a fancy “modifying” tool is “reasonable”.

Don’t get me wrong. I am all praise for their software. Just that I have my doubts on certain other things.

  • Joe Lichtenberg

    Hi Deelip,

    Thanks for the mention. I’m just trying to call ’em as I see ’em. If you (or others) want to use SpaceClaim as a geometry creation tool, that’s fine with me. I’d love to hear about it.

    By the way, I really liked your views on CAD 2.0. I think that might be the topic of my next post 🙂

    Joe.

  • Joe Lichtenberg

    Hi Deelip,Thanks for the mention. I’m just trying to call ’em as I see ’em. If you (or others) want to use SpaceClaim as a geometry creation tool, that’s fine with me. I’d love to hear about it.By the way, I really liked your views on CAD 2.0. I think that might be the topic of my next post :-)Joe.

  • Deelip Menezes

    Joe,

    One of the areas that SpaceClaim is targeting their software is Concept Designing. As far as I know, concept designers are not the kind of people who like to open someone else’s drawings and fidgit with them. They start with crazy curves, extrude them to form surfaces/solids, blend edges and do all sorts of things till they come up with something that looks ravishing. SpaceClaim can do exactly that. I am no concept designer, but when I was playing around with SpaceClaim, I did create some real fancy stuff.

    I agree with you that SpaceClaim can modify models like nothing else I have seen. But it can create them just as well.

  • Deelip Menezes

    Joe,One of the areas that SpaceClaim is targeting their software is Concept Designing. As far as I know, concept designers are not the kind of people who like to open someone else’s drawings and fidgit with them. They start with crazy curves, extrude them to form surfaces/solids, blend edges and do all sorts of things till they come up with something that looks ravishing. SpaceClaim can do exactly that. I am no concept designer, but when I was playing around with SpaceClaim, I did create some real fancy stuff.I agree with you that SpaceClaim can modify models like nothing else I have seen. But it can create them just as well.