SpaceClaim and NovaCast Systems AB, the developer of technical systems solutions for foundries, announced NovaMethod, a SpaceClaim-powered optional module for the NovaFlow and Solid CV family of casting development tools.
The core technology of NovaMethod was developed by SpaceClaim and adapted by NovaCast to suit the specific requirements of casting design and simulation.
"NovaMethod's 3D direct modeling technology revolutionizes the way you think about working with 3D models. It lets you focus on your design without the complexity of traditional CAD. For example, you can reuse data without planning and remix geometry from nearly any other design," said Hakan Fransson, CEO of NovaCast Systems. "Engineers can take a design where it needs to go, regardless of how it was built or the CAD system in which it was created. Create new concepts and share them with other engineers before entering the detailed design phase. Get the concepts right and avoid expensive last-minute design changes. SpaceClaim's 3D modeling software makes it all easy."
NovaMethod allows users to de-feature and simplify parts for analysis or manufacturing, and optimize the design without being constrained by original modeling intent, the company says. Users can open CAD models from major systems including Pro/ENGINEER, CATIA, SolidWorks, Inventor and NX, and repair poor quality geometry created by old CAD systems and surface modelers.
Users can also check and fix many types of 3D models including STEP, STL and IGES; check draft angles on the pattern; edit or remove Ingates and/or Feeders on created models an that are "dead" like in the STEP format; and import solids from 3D catalogues of standard feeders, gating systems, filters and user-defined geometries that are available for drag and drop import onto the casting design
For more information, visit NovaCast Systems and SpaceClaim.
Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company's website.