The World According To SpaceClaim

Yesterday SpaceClaim released SpaceClaim 2012+, its tenth release. SpaceClaim’s co-founder Blake Courter, who also happens to be a good friend of mine, spent some time with me giving me the new release briefing. Blake’s official title is Director, Customer Development, and he spoke at length about the new features of SpaceClaim 2012+. You can read all about the new features here.

Blake spent a significant portion of his time explaining to me how SpaceClaim viewed things differently than other CAD software vendors. He started with this quote from the SpaceClaim CEO, Chris Randles.

He then proceeded to show me this slide.

Blake claims that CAD vendors think that they live in a CAD centric world. That every thing revolves around CAD. SpaceClaim disagrees. “I have never come across a VP of CAD“, Blake said to me. “However, I do meet VP’s of Engineering and Manufacturing all the time. For them CAD is bad news. It is something that they need to get through to get parts out of the door.” His next three slides were meant to put this message across.



I guess Blake was trying to say that he wasn’t interested in merely selling a CAD system to a bunch of people. Blake is a former employee of PTC and a very strong and outspoken critic of its Creo rebranding and repackaging initiative. I sensed sadistic pleasure when he showed me this slide. 😉

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Every year SpaceClaim conducts a survey of its customers. Apparently SpaceClaim the used the most in concept modeling, followed by data translation, general purpose CAD and model preparation.

Here is a slide I found particularly interesting.

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This one gives us an idea from where SpaceClaim got its customers.

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SpaceClaim is positioning its product as the shortest and easiest way to get from point A to point B. To essentially get the CAD stuff done with so that people can spend their time doing the real thing.



  • I love it when I catch my typos once they’ve been picked up in blog posts. Apologies, everybody.

    RE PTC, I’d like to be clear that I have great respect for PTC, and I consider many there to be old friends. It did make me deeply saddened to see them retire the Pro/Engineer brand, only to obfuscate their product line with absurdly similar names. I prefer to see vendors, especially engineering software vendors, communicate with clarity and precision. Typos notwithstanding, that’s what we try to do at SpaceClaim.


    • proepro

      These are the same guys that once used 2000i and 2000i^2 for versions. They were going to call the next one 2000i^3 until I pointed out to them that while i might mean something exciting to a marketing person to an engineer it was i is the imaginary number and i^2 = -1. So 2000i^2 was really -2000 and 2000i^3 would really be -2000i. So that their version names were actually going backwards pretty fast…

  • ssweeney

    As the only other (and pioneer of) purely 3D Direct CAD modeling- Kubotek KeyCreator Direct CAD, we have to agree with everything Blake communicated, sans typos! It is also important to point out that 3D Direct CAD is an essential productivity tool for preparing models for Analysis also for production planning. Direct integration of these tools, including CAM makes the tool ever more important and useful for manufacturing, tool and die making and also for conceptual design.