Cloud and Mobile Solutions and Toolkit Products HOOPS Communicator

Technical Overview

HOOPS Communicator is a plug-and-play solution enabling software developers to add advanced, intelligent and flexible 3D CAD visualization to their web/mobile solutions. Built on trusted HOOPS technology, HOOPS Communicator helps you connect your users with the sophisticated 3D data they need, where they need it.

  • Deliver high-end functionality without specialized 3D development expertise.
  • Integrate HOOPS Communicator seamlessly into your application with pre-built viewing environments for web browser, server-side renderer and mobile devices.
  • Broaden your customer base by offering fast, precise conversion, interrogation and visualization of over 20 popular 3D CAD formats including CATIA, NX, Creo, SolidWorks, Inventor, DWG, Rhino, IGES and STEP.
  • Allow your customers to enrich 3D assets by associating their data with business and product intelligence.
  • Enable 3D data publishing for offline use, including 3D PDF.

Fast, Comprehensive 3D CAD Translation
Support data conversion, interrogation and sharing of over 20 popular CAD formats, with access to complete model intelligence including assemblies, parts, model structure, PMI and metadata. Export these models to widely-used formats like PNG, STL and 3D PDF, in addition to highly optimized formats that work with the HOOPS Viewing solutions.

Intelligent Data Linking
Leverage your CAD assets by linking each sub-component of the 3D model with other critical information such as part number, vendor, price, inventory and more using HOOPS Communicator APIs. Enable this meta-information to drive your users’ views and interactions, turning their 3D models into intuitive windows for all of their associated business and product intelligence. 

Rich, Multi-Environment Visualization
Create solutions that unlock the value of 3D assets for users in both web and mobile environments. HOOPS Communicator provides a series of feature-rich view/mark-up applications including a zero-client browser application, and native apps for iPhone, iPad, and Android. You can also run the browser application in a server-side rendering mode to work on any device.

Customization
Adjust the viewing experience by modifying the look-and-feel, adding HTML elements (in a browser) or licensing the HOOPS Visualize for Mobile add-on to create entirely custom-featured 3D mobile applications. 

HOOPS Communicator gives you access to the following read formats

File Format Read Access
Autodesk® AutoCAD® (DWG™) x
Autodesk Design Review®  (DWF™) x
Autodesk Inventor® x
CATIA® V4 x
CATIA V5 x
CATIA V6 x
Creo™ Parametric x
HOOPS Stream Format (HSF) x
I-deas x
IFC x
IGES x
JT x
OBJ x
Parasolid® XT x
PDF x
PRC x
Pro/Engineer® x
Rhino x
SAT x
Siemens PLM Software’s NX™ x
Solid Edge® x
SolidWorks® x
STEP x
Stereo Lithography (STL) x
Universal 3D (U3D) x
VDA-FS x
VRML x

HOOPS Communicator gives you access to the following write formats.

File Format Write Access
HOOPS Stream Format (HSF) x
HOOPS Web Format (HWF) x
PDF x
PNG Image x
PRC x
Stereo Lithography (STL) x

Don't just take our word for it…

"At GrabCAD, we are focused on delivering an end user collaboration experience that accelerates design and ultimately gets products to market faster. Partnering with Tech Soft 3D and building on proven HOOPS technologies helps us provide powerful CAD conversion, viewing and interaction both in a browser and on mobile devices, giving us the freedom to focus on what we do best."

Jon Stevenson, VP of Technology, GrabCAD

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