HOOPS Toolkits Bring 3D Capabilities to ShareAspace Manufacturing Collaboration Hub
Eurostep Brings 3D Data Access and Visualization to Its Flagship Solution, Helping to Simplify Global Manufacturing Processes
BEND, Ore., October 21, 2020 - Tech Soft 3D, the leading provider of engineering software development toolkits, today announces that Eurostep has integrated HOOPS Communicator and HOOPS Exchange into their flagship manufacturing collaboration product, ShareAspace Design to Manufacturing, to offer more robust 3D capabilities to customers.
"Our goal with ShareAspace Design to Manufacturing is to make life simpler for the OEMs as well as their suppliers," explained Magnus Färneland, Manufacturing Industry Director at Eurostep. "If 3D data is playing an important role in their workflows, we should support that and give them the tools to more easily communicate with their extended network."
Since its founding in 1994, Eurostep has focused on providing innovative product data sharing software and solutions for collaboration. The Swedish-headquartered company has operations across Europe and the United States and serves blue-chip customers in a variety of industries, including automotive, aerospace, defense, energy, building, and construction. Rather than replacing existing PDM, PLM, ERP, or MRO systems, ShareAspace aims to extend those systems, pulling information from them into a secure portal that external parties can access. As a result, organizations can continue to leverage their existing IS/IT investments while gaining new collaboration capabilities.
HOOPS Communicator and HOOPS Exchange have played particularly important roles in the development of ShareAspace Design to Manufacturing. HOOPS Communicator uses a robust, purpose-built high-performance graphics kernel to render stunning 3D engineering graphics, and HOOPS Exchange delivers access to more than 30 CAD formats through a single interface.
"Customers can basically throw any type of CAD format at ShareAspace and we can visualize it," said Färneland. "This type of visualization is important in increasingly global supply chains and manufacturing operations because it reduces any potential language barriers by allowing people to actually see a part that needs to be manufactured or modified in some way."
Access to the underlying geometry is just as important as the visualization, particularly as more suppliers become sophisticated enough in their operations to use 3D data for CAM, CNC, and even 3D printing. Additionally, this access ensures that everyone in the extended enterprise is working off the same data and that file changes aren't lost.
"The most important thing for us is to keep this product data synchronized at a fine, granular level," said Kårdén. "Customers Can share a file that contains BREP and PMI with their suppliers and partners, and then immediately bring it back into their internal systems, along with any comments or changes an external party made to the file."
As manufacturing processes continue to evolve, the importance of handling 3D data will only increase, and ShareAspace Design to Manufacturing is poised to continue playing a valuable role.
About HOOPS Platforms
The HOOPS Platforms combine market-leading 3D technologies for CAD data exchange, visualization and data publishing, along with tight connections to popular modeling kernels. With a single licensing fee, these offerings are the most cost-effective way to leverage the full spectrum of HOOPS functionality for both existing applications and future development projects. Developers interested in evaluating HOOPS Platform can sign up for a free 60-day evaluation.
About Tech Soft 3D
Tech Soft 3D is the leading global provider of development tools that help software teams deliver successful applications. Established in 1996 and headquartered in Bend, Oregon, Tech Soft 3D also has offices in California, France, England and Japan. The company's toolkit products power nearly 500 unique applications running on hundreds of millions of computers worldwide. For more information, visit www.techsoft3d.com.
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