SpaceClaim Corporation was founded in 2005 to develop 3D solid modeling
Solid modeling
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 software for mechanical engineering. The company launched its first product, SpaceClaim 2007 Professional, in 2007 as a CAD application that uses an approach to solid modeling where design concepts are created by pulling, moving, filling, combining, and reusing 3D shapes. The company is headquartered in Concord
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, Massachusetts
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Solid modeling methodology

SpaceClaim’s 3D direct modeling technology is primarily expressed through its user interface in four tools: pull, move, fill, and combine:
  • Pull contains most creation features found in traditional CAD systems, determining its behavior through users’ selection and though the use of secondary tool guides. For example, using the Pull tool on a face by default offsets the face, but using the Pull tool on an edge rounds the edge.

  • Move repositions components and geometry, and can also be used to create patterns (often called arrays).

  • Fill primarily removes geometry from a part by extending geometry to fill in the surrounding area. Popular uses include deleting rounds and holes from a model. SpaceClaim Engineer also includes more specialized tools for model preparation.

  • Combine performs boolean and splitting operations, such as merging parts and subtracting parts from each other.


In September 2005, Mike Payne, Danny Dean, David Taylor, and Blake Courter founded SpaceClaim Corporation. Mike Payne was previously a founder of PTC and SolidWorks. On April 1, 2007, SpaceClaim released SpaceClaim 2007 Professional, its first commercial release. SpaceClaim 2007+ Professional was released on November 15, 2007; SpaceClaim 2008 Professional on April 4, 2008; SpaceClaim Engineer 2009 on February 13, 2009; SpaceClaim Engineer 2009+ on November 18, 2009; SpaceClaim Engineer 2010 on August 3, 2010, and SpaceClaim Engineer 2011 on January 18, 2011.

On September 30, 2008, Chris Randles become CEO and Mike Payne become Chairman of the Board.

On July 21, 2009, SpaceClaim announced support for multi-touch hardware.


SpaceClaim Corporation markets SpaceClaim Engineer directly to end-user and indirectly by other channels. SpaceClaim also licenses its software for OEMs
Original Equipment Manufacturer
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, such as ANSYS, Flow International Corporation, CatalCAD, and Ignite Technology which markets a version of SpaceClaim for jewelry design.

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