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Table of Contents
ANSYS Discovery SpaceClaim 19.0 Enhancements Overview ................................................................................. 1

UI/Graphics ........................................................................................................................................................... 2

Core ..................................................................................................................................................................... 12

Assemblies ........................................................................................................................................................... 19

Facets .................................................................................................................................................................. 23

SCDM ................................................................................................................................................................... 26

Sheet Metal ......................................................................................................................................................... 28

API ....................................................................................................................................................................... 32
ANSYS Discovery SpaceClaim 19.0 Release Notes

ANSYS Discovery SpaceClaim 19.0 Enhancements Overview


This release of ANSYS Discovery SpaceClaim allows you to model more quickly and more extensively
than ever before while providing new views and perspectives for looking at the things you create. In
addition, we have made improvements to ways you can prepare your models for manufacturing and
other downstream applications.

All of these improvements seek to make modeling faster and easier than ever before, so that you can
spend more time exploring ideas and less time modeling them.

New capabilities in ANSYS Discovery SpaceClaim 19.0 include:

• UI/Graphics - Changes to the tools and ribbons have made using the software easier and more
intuitive, improving your overall user experience.
• Core - Document level undo and redo makes working with your models so much easier, as you
have more opportunities to erase mistakes and investigate different designs.
• Assemblies - New Explode tool allows you to manage configurations of your models in several
ways.
• Facets - New lattice shapes have been added for facets.
• SCDM - Shared Topology now supports instancing among bodies within a component.
• Sheet Metal - You can new view two-dimensional and three-dimensional corner reliefs in folded
and unfolded views.
• Scripting – New scripting features have been added.

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UI/Graphics

Ribbon Changes:

A new Assembly tab has been added to the ribbon. It contains:

• Part Group – Moved to the Assembly tab from the Insert tab
• Assemble Group – Moved to the Assembly tab from the Design tab
• Edit Group – Select and Move tools
• Configurations Group – New assembly configuration tools

The image below shows the Assembly tab with the default configuration active. Notice that the
configurations tools are disabled with only the Add button active. In this context, the Move tool is the
normal Move tool. That changes when you switch context to a different configuration.

The image below shows the Assembly tab with a non-default configuration active. In this context, the
Move tool icon changes to indicate that the Select Component tool guide active.

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Creation of the Assembly tab led to changes in other ribbon tabs.

Design Tab:

The following changes were made to the Design tab.

• Assembly Group – Moved to the new Assembly tab


• Body Group – Moved to Design tab from the Insert tab

Prepare Tab:

The following changes were made to the Prepare tab.

• Analysis Group – Wrap tool was moved here from the Insert tab

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Insert Tab:

The following changes were made to the Insert tab.

• Renamed to Tools
• Wrap tool – Moved to Prepare tab
• Part Group – Moved to the Assembly tab
• Body Group – Moved to the Design tab
• Objects Group – Removed
o Hyperlink - Removed since it is
in the Detail UI
o Picture - Moved to the File
Filter for the File button in the
Part group in the Assembly
tab
o Video - Moved to the File
Filter for the File button in the
Part group in the Assembly
tab

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Hide Faces

With faces selected, the Context menu now contains a Face section.

Use Right-Mouse-Button > Face > Hide Face to hide the selected faces.

Hidden faces allow selection of objects behind them


without using the scroll wheel.

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Use Right-Mouse-Button > Face > Inverse Face Visibility to invert the current Hide Face state.
• Hidden Faces (even if they are hidden By Body) become visible
• Visible Faces become Hidden

Use Right-Mouse-Button > Face > Hide Other Faces to hide all faces besides the selected faces.

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Use Right-Mouse-Button > Face > Show All Faces to restore the visibility of all hidden faces, whether
they were set By Face or by By Body.

A new Body icon has been added to the Structure Tree to indicate which solid or surface bodies have
hidden faces.

A Face submenu has been added to the Body context menu in the Structure Tree.

Inverse Visibility for Bodies:

An Inverse Visibility option has been added when you right-click on a body.

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Transparency can now be applied per face. This allows you to hide individual faces, but still select
objects behind the faces.

To apply per-face transparency:

1. Select a face

2. Open the Color dropdown in the Display tab


3. Set the Transparency of the face

4. View the Properties of the selected face


5. By default, the Style property will be By Color, By Style

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6. This means the Body Style overrides the Face style so the Transparency is overridden

7. Open the Style Override dropdown menu in the Display tab and notice that Opaque is the
active Body Style.

8. Click the active style to disable it

9. This disables the Style Override as evidenced by the buttons appearance


10. The face transparency now displays.

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You can now apply a Radial Gradient background. Previously, you could only apply a Linear Gradient.

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Open Appearance options in SpaceClaim Options, set Background to Gradient, set Gradient to Radial,
and choose the first and second colors for the gradient.

Rendering Quality:

Rendering Quality now has 10 as the highest


level. Values above 7 are shown in red to indicate
that performance will be affected.

The highly-zoomed-in images show the effect of moving Rendering Quality from 7 to 10. Please be
warned that values above 7 require significantly more resources, which will greatly impact performance.
It is strongly suggested that you do not select a value greater than 7.

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Core

Document-level Undo/Redo is on by default and there are separate Undo Stacks for each independent
SpaceClaim window tab. Undo and redo allows you to have multiple models open and move between
them making changes. You can return to any window where you have been working and undo changes
from the last time you worked in the window.

Dependencies created between windows, however, will permanently merge the Undo operations for
those windows. For example, if you open a component of an assembly in a second window, a model
dependent on the first window, the Undo operations will be merged. Making changes in the first
window and then choosing to Undo those changes in the second window will undo the changes in both
windows.

Blend Tool:

The Blend tool allows you to select a centerline path for the blend to follow between two planar
profiles. The centerline does not have to touch either of the profiles, but the extension of the curves
must pass through the profile. Also, although it is called a “centerline,” the path does not need to pass
through the center of each profile. Centerline distinguishes itself from guide curves, which must touch
the profile edges. Multi-segmented curves or edges can be used as centerline blends provided they
meet end-to-end without gaps and are piece-wise continuous or tangent.

The centerline consists of three lines and two tangent arcs.

Select the oval and circle faces to preview the default Blend.

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Select the Centerline tool and double-click the centerline to
select the curve chain. The preview updates to show the
Centerline Blend.

Normal to Centerline: When on by default, Normal to Centerline forces the Blend algorithm to keep
sections normal to the centerline. When off, the algorithm has more freedom to adjust sections so that
a surface can be created.

Normal to centerline on Normal to centerline off

The centerline can pass through the profiles. In these examples,


the centerline has been changed to a spline.

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You can extend the spline using the Pull tool to pull it beyond
the profile plane.

The Blend can be created using the extended spline.

The spline can be shortened so it does not touch the profile


planes.

The centerline can be moved normal to the original plane. In


this example, the spline was moved to the right, which is
normal to its original sketch plane.

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Mirror:

A mirrored surface body that becomes a closed body after the mirror now becomes a closed body. For
the Mirror to create a solid body, the Merge mirrored objects option needs to be checked. If unchecked,
the result is a surface body.

Start with a solid body.

Detach a face to make two surface bodies.

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Create a plane at the opening.

To mirror the surface body, click the Mirror tool, select the mirror plane, and the body to be mirrored.

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The result is a solid body with the detached surface in the mirror plane.

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Trim Away:

In the Trim Away tool, segments to be removed are now shown in red. Previously, they were green.

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Assemblies
The Configurations section of the Assembly tab allows you to create, copy, and remove views of your
models. In addition to these configuration options, you can use the Explode tool to see views of
individual components of your model and add tracelines between components using the Traceline tool.
Please note that only default configurations will be passed into Workbench.

Managing Configurations:

To add a configuration, click Add in the Assembly tab. Once you have added a configuration, the
Explode tool and its related options will be enabled. To remove a configuration, click the Remove option
in the Assembly tab. You can also choose to Copy a configuration from the Assembly tab, which will add
the duplicated configuration to the drop-down list and select it by default.

Exploding Assemblies:

The Explode tool allows you to explode components in a specified direction automatically. To activate
this tool, add a new configuration or activate an existing configuration. Explode is inactive in the default
configuration.

When you enter the tool, the top-level component is selected and shown in a box with a 'smoky'
interior. Bodies need to be inside components to be exploded and hidden components are ignored
when exploding.

With Select Explosion Direction selected, select an edge, axis, or origin axis to set the direction of the
explode. The explosion direction is shown by arrows. Below are the before-and-after images of the top-
level components, exploded using the World Origin Z-axis model.

With Select Subassembly, you can select sub-components to explode. You can hover over faces in the
model and use the scroll wheel to scroll up and down the assembly structure to select components
deeper or shallower in the assembly structure. Select an edge, axis, or origin axis to set the direction of
the explode. The explosion direction is shown by arrows.

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Below are the images of the sub-level components, exploded using the World Origin Y-axis model. The
Spacing shown is Close, but other options are available in the Options-Explode panel: Very Close, Close,
Normal, Wide, and Very Wide. The Level option sets the number of assembly levels to explode.

The Explode tool will automatically group certain items together during an explode. This option
automatically groups items by centers, ensuring that components that share the same axis are moved
together. In the example below, the wheels and axles are not in subassemblies, but you would want
them to explode together.

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You can set the current configuration for individual drawing views. Select a view and then select a
configuration.

Views such as Section and Detail Views, which are created based on an existing view, will synchronize
with the Configuration assigned to the parent view.

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Managing Tracelines:

When you select a traceline, the highlighting is more pronounced and drag handles appear at the ends
and corners.

Click and drag a corner handle to move a segment.

Click and drag an end to move it to a new face.

For cylindrical faces, the end point appears on the traceline at the point that is closest to the other
selected face.

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Facets
You can now Pattern faceted bodies. Previously, you could select the body to pattern but could not set a
pattern direction.

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Regularize Tool:

The Regularize Tool remeshes portions of an STL file, which works like the Shrinkwrap tool. When using
the Regularize Tool, you’ll notice there is now an option to specify the average size of the new triangles.

Previous method of Regularize Tool

Improved result in Regularize Tool

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New Lattice Shapes:

Gyroid Schwarz P Schwarz D


Belongs to Triply Periodic Two intertwined congruent Two intertwined congruent
Minimal Surfaces. labyrinths, each with the labyrinths, each having the
shape of an inflated tubular shape of an inflated tubular
version of the simple cubic version of the diamond
lattice. bond structure.

Tetrahedral Faceted Lattice Triangle Surface Faceted Hexagon Surface Faceted


Boundary conforming lattice Lattice Lattice
structure, where the lattice Uniform surface lattice, Smoothed Voronoi dual to
elements follow the edges of smoothly connected at the the triangular surface mesh.
tetrahedra. vertices with triangular holes. Holes are on average
hexagonal.

For surface lattice types, you need to specify the surface where the lattice will be applied. In the Facets
tab, use the Shell tool and select the desired surface lattice.

After updating the options as desired, select


the body of your design and then the remove
faces tool guide. The faces you choose to
remove will be the ones where the surface
lattice is applied. When you’re ready to run
the tool, click Complete.

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SCDM
Shared Topology

Instancing is now supported in Share Topology. Bodies with Shared Topology within a component have
the Shared Topology propagated to other instances of the component. This only affects bodies with
Shared Topology and does not affect bodies without it.

Component Selection is now allowed in the Show Connected Bodies tool. This helps users differentiate
between selected bodies sharing entirely within a component and sharing from a body in one
component to a body in a separate component.

Component names are now changed when they are made independent in the process of sharing.

There are new colors and access to Share Topology Faces and
Edges in the ribbon.

The default color for edges shared between bodies has been
changed to blue. Previously, it was black.

The Unshare tool now works on instances.

Robustness and large model support have been improved for this release. Shared Topology with
beam/shells between 3,000 or more bodies or 12,000 or more connections in less than two minutes is
now possible. Connections between solid/shell baffles have also been improved.

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Repair:

The Small Faces tool now finds and highlights appendage faces, which can cause problems for Shared
Topology. Because the fix routine could vary, it intentionally doesn’t fix the faces; it simply highlights
them. An example is shown below.

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Sheet Metal
Two-Dimensional (2D) and Three-Dimensional (3D) Corner Reliefs

Geometric representations of 3D corners aren’t always possible due to self-intersections in a 3D state.


By adding corners in 2D only, more corner reliefs combinations will be possible.

In the image below, the 3D corner relief is visible in the folded (3D) model, but, since the other three
were created as 2D corners, they show default geometry in the folded model and their actual geometry
in the flat (2D) model. 2D corners show as default corner reliefs in folded models, but show their actual
shape in flat models.

• 2D Oblong Relief – Created as 2D and shows default geometry in the folded and actual geometry
in the flat model.
• 3D Triangular Relief – Created as 3D and shows actual geometry in the folded and flat models.
• 2D Punch Relief – Created as 2D and shows default geometry in the folded and actual geometry
in the flat model.
• 2D Circular Relief – Created as 2D and shows default geometry in the folded and actual
geometry in the flat model.

Note that each 2D relief is shown as a default relief. In the Unfolded part, each relief shows the actual
shape.

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Two-Dimensional (2D) and Three-Dimensional (3D) Corner Relief Options

In SpaceClaim Options > Sheet Metal, you can set all corners to 2D. Corners can be toggled between 2D
and 3D using a checkbox in the mini-tool bar.

Individual corners can also be changed to 2D by updating their properties in the Options panel. You can
change from 3D to 2D and 2D to 3D, as possibly with respect to geometry.

Show Flat Bend Extents has been added to the Highlight menu. When Unchecked, it turns off tangent
edges in the unfolded part.

Checked

Unchecked

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Scripting:

A new command has been created for Offset Curve in Scripting. Now, if you record the Offset Curve
tool in Sketch mode, you get the following.

Previously, it would record as shown below.

Coverage for Chamfer has been added.

Coverage for Trim has been added.

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Recently-created-objects can now be selected.

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API
The following have been added to the API:
• Note and character spacing:
o Note.LineSpacing
o Note.SetCharacterSpacing
• Note and Barcode copying:
o Note.Copy
o Barcode.Copy

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