As a smaller shop, you might be wondering if there is an alternative to traditional feature-based 3D CAD. It works well for large, complex designs such as an entire aircraft. The downside is that to run the software without disastrous results, you must keep well-trained, fulltime certified CAD experts on your payroll. Fortunately, a different approach from SpaceClaim called “direct modeling” gives shops a less costly and simpler way to build models, create concepts, reverse engineer parts, and win competitive bids.

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