You may be wondering, is SpaceClaim Engineer really that easy to learn and use for creating 3D models?
With all the buzz about 3D printing, Purple Platypus is often recruited for speaking engagements within the Southern California community. Just recently, we partnered with a fastener association, Pac-West, and decided to 3D print some parts to share during our presentation on 3D printing in the fastener industry. All we needed to do was get the ready-made files, and set-it up to print. Seems quite simple, don’t you think?
Well, I was given the opportunity to work on this project and quickly found a few files, including this two-piece buckle that was ready for print. After printing the buckle, I discovered that the tolerances of the model were slightly greater than I would have liked. Instead of just searching for a new file, I decided this was the perfect opportunity to utilize a 3-D modeling tool. So, I turned to our SpaceClaim Engineer software.
With absolutely no experience in using Spaceclaim, and very little CAD experience, I went directly to the SpaceClaim tutorials. Within an hour, I became familiar with the interface and was ready to start modifying the model.
Although the modifications were not incredibly complex, the small change made a big difference in the buckle’s functionality. After reprinting the buckle, I was pleased to discover that the buckle snapped in place much better than it did before. Thanks to SpaceClaim, I was able to quickly learn how to use the editing tools and perfect a few other fastener files that also needed modifications.
Check out our video of the buckle, from SpaceClaim direct modeling, to 3D printing.