Toolkit Products Parasolid
Developed by Siemens PLM Software, Parasolid is the world-leading geometric modeler for delivering innovative 3D solutions. Parasolid powers advanced solid, freeform surface and sheet, and generalized cellular modeling and interrogation for CAD, CAM and CAE products across the product lifecycle.
Applications built with Parasolid gain the power of world-leading, easy-to-use and cost-effective exact boundary representation. Access over 800 API functions, give your customers the portability of Parasolid’s popular XT file format, and boost the overall appeal of your product.
When you license Parasolid, you join a community of both high-end and mid-range developers who rely on its exacting performance and accuracy – including Siemens PLM Software. Over a million quality checks are performed daily, and to date, over 850 man-years of R&D have been invested in keeping the 3.5 million plus seats of Parasolid-based software robust and accurate.
Parasolid® component software is the world’s premier 3D geometric modeling kernel technology, selected by leading application vendors and end-user organizations spanning multiple industries as their preferred platform for delivering innovative 3D solutions with unparalleled modeling power and versatility.
Parasolid is tightly integrated with both HOOPS Exchange and HOOPS Visualize. It can be licensed on its own or together with these additional industry-leading toolkits to offer a complete, world-class platform of cooperative engineering software components for your applications development.
- Provides an ideal core for innovative 3D modeling application development.
- Reduces development costs and risks by providing a proven 3D modeling solution.
- Ensures state-of-the-art quality and robustness.
- Offers world-class technical support for rapid time-to-market.
- Enables instant compatibility with other Parasolid-based applications through translation-free exchange of 3D data solutions.
- Used in over 3.5 million seats of application software globally.
- Approximately 45 percent of 3D CAD models embed Parasolid’s native XT representation.
- Over 850 man-years of R&D investment.
- Provides industry-leading robustness with over a million quality tests run daily.
Parasolid is built on foundation capabilities that enable it to be deployed successfully in a wide variety of software applications. Parasolid’s foundation capabilities include:
- Tolerant modeling for intrinsically reliable modeling with imported data.
- Attributes and callbacks for application-specific characteristics and behavior.
- Session and partitioned rollback for flexible history and undo/redo implementation.
- Data management and tracking for managing models and associated data as they evolve.
- Symmetric multi-processing support for optimal performance on multi-processor machines.
- Model storage in forwards and backwards compatible native XT format.
- .NET Binding to integrate Parasolid into .NET applications written in C#.
- Broad platform coverage including comprehensive support for Windows, Linux, Unix and Mac.
In addition to these foundation capabilities there are a wealth of further features available depending on the level of Parasolid licensing selected: Communicator, Editor or Designer. Details of which functionality is available in which package are in the Product Functionality table in this section.
There is additionally the option of licensing Parasolid Bodyshop, which offers advanced healing, geometry repair and model clean-up capabilities.
|Full Boolean functionality||Yes|
|Edge and Face Blending||Yes|
|Free form lofting and sweeping||Yes|
|Unite, subtract and intersect operators||Yes||Yes|
|Sheet trimming and extension||Yes||Yes|
|Profile sweep and spinning||Yes||Yes|
|Patching of holes in 3D models||Yes||Yes|
|Editing and Optimization||Yes||Yes|
|Identification and removal of model detail||Yes||Yes|
|Face deletion and replacement||Yes||Yes|
|Swept and spun outlining||Yes||Yes|
|Import and Export||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Reading/Writing of Parasolid XT files||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Boundary representation import||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Trimmed surface import and sewing||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Creation of solid primitives||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Creation of B-spline entities||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Interrogation and Computation||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Topological evaluation and inquiries||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Geometric evaluations and inquiries||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Min/max distance and clash detection||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Visualization and drafting||Yes||Yes||Yes|
Developed and used by Siemens PLM, Parasolid is found in multiple high-end and leading mid-range CAD/CAM/CAE products. Tech Soft 3D licenses Parasolid in three different commercial packages: Designer, Editor and Communicator. The functional scope and typical application at each level are outlined below, and the Product Functionality table in this section summarizes the corresponding functionality. In addition there is a further optional package for advanced healing of models.
Parasolid Designer delivers the full power of Parasolid functionality for unlimited creation, manipulation, interrogation, and storage of 3D models. Over 800 object-based API functions provide the most comprehensive and robust 3D modeling platform for demanding 3D applications.
Parasolid Editor provides an extended subset of Parasolid functionality that is ideal for analysis, manufacturing and other downstream applications that need to easily manipulate, edit, repair or simplify 3D models without the need for advanced modeling operations. This level is useful for CAM and CAE pre-processing applications that must clean and simplify geometry with simple modeling operations.
Parasolid Communicator is comprised of versatile base functionality, including interoperability, visualization and data interrogation capabilities that provide a platform for applications to consume existing 3D models. Read, write and interrogate files in the XT form and exchange geometric data with other Parasolid-enabled products. Give your application file-reading, faceting, clash detection, face sewing and sectioning capabilities, and calculate hidden lines, geometric intersections, mass properties and minimum distances.
Parasolid Bodyshop – Access advanced healing, geometry repair and model clean-up while enhancing interoperability with Parasolid Tolerant Modeling™ technology.
For each Tech Soft 3D product, licensing and license fees are designed to provide excellent value, helping developers spend their R&D funds efficiently and quickly deliver successful products to market. Specific license fees vary depending on the Tech Soft 3D products and modules required, the level of service and support desired, end-user seat volumes, operating business model, etc.
We would be glad to arrange a consultation with a member of our Business Development team to review your specific project and provide detailed licensing information based on your own requirements. To arrange your consultation please contact us today.
Don't just take our word for it…
"HOOPS Visualize and Parasolid have proven to be a powerful combined solution, accelerating our development and helping us deliver better software. Getting these world-class components and technical assistance from a single vendor has been of significant value to our development process.”
Gronum Smith, Director Sales/Marketing and Isak Theron, Director/GUI Development Manager, EMSS