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A Look into the Ongoing Evolution of the Metrology Market
Jonathan Girroir • 
November 11th, 2022
Metrology has long played a crucial behind-the-scenes role in the production of the manufactured objects that make up the world around us. Nearly every product contains parts and components that need to fit together and have very little room for error when it comes to tolerances.
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Energizing our SDK portfolio
Ron Fritz • 
November 3rd, 2022
When we decided on Battery Ventures as the right investor to help us accelerate growth, internally we named it ‘Project Energizer.’ Yes, it was a play on words, but it also captured what we were aiming for – energizing our mission of Fueling Innovation.
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Metrology and HOOPS SDKs: Three Applications Fueling Innovation in 3D Measurement Software
Robert Beyer • 
October 28th, 2022
Building great metrology applications doesn’t happen overnight. Development teams spend countless hours perfecting measurement software products that enable manufacturers to make their product development processes as efficient as possible by getting their measurement and inspection as close as they can to the actual manufacturing of the product.
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metrology
Digital Twins: An Old Concept Getting a New Spin
Ricky Johnson • 
October 7th, 2022
Fortune 500 technology companies like Amazon, Microsoft, Google, and IBM are beginning to turn their attention to a technology concept that has existed for quite some time.
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digital-twin
Leveraging SDKs for Metrology Software Development – a Conversation with Tech Soft 3D’s VP of Engineering, Antonio Carvalho
Robert Beyer • 
September 6th, 2022
Antonio Carvalho has been involved with metrology software development for over 22 years, working with some of the industry’s leading applications. Now the VP of Engineering here at Tech Soft 3D he offers a unique perspective on how development teams in the metrology market can leverage SDKs to build competitive applications.
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Navisworks Support and HOOPS
Lionel Vieilly • 
August 9th, 2022
There has been a substantial demand for Navisworks support within the HOOPS Platform. Several companies, including a large electronics manufacturing company, are currently sponsoring the Navisworks project. This particular company is interested in this feature because they are developing a plant design and management solution.
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data-access
Culture, Hiring & Acquisitions
Ron Fritz • 
July 19th, 2022
At one of our recent Town Hall events, one of the questions was how we plan to retain our strong company culture even while we’re doing lots of hiring, and especially as we grow through acquisitions.
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The Future of Simulation
Andres Rodriguez-Villa • 
June 1st, 2022
Taking a closer look at mechanical engineering, simulating systems before they go into production has become a very effective way for companies to test their products without incurring the expense associated with physical testing. Although a world where no such real-life testing is still far away, the question is on the table.
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Reconsidering 'The Great Resignation'
Ron Fritz • 
May 26th, 2022
Every morning, LinkedIn reminds me about The Great Resignation. Any of us who have been using the platform for a few years have seen it. The increasing number of photos of old employee badges where someone talks about their last day at company A, B or C - and their plan to start a new position elsewhere.
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HOOPS SDKs for Building Leading PLM Applications
Robert Beyer • 
May 2nd, 2022
Whether it’s supporting automotive, aerospace, medical devices, or construction, Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions are quite literally the glue that holds manufacturing production systems together, providing a digital thread from start to finish and optimizing processes for the end-user.
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HOOPS Communicator 3D Sandbox
Guido Hoffmann & Ricky Johnson • 
April 21st, 2022
Interactive code sandboxes are certainly not new, but it’s a concept that lends itself well to HOOPS Communicator. The idea is to provide an easy way for developers to quickly prototype without needing to jump through many of the hoops (no pun intended) involved with running a project locally. Because of this, we decided to create the HOOPS Communicator 3D Sandbox.
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Pursuing a Vision
Ron Fritz • 
April 4th, 2022
A company's vision, when done well, serves as a north star - providing a powerful directional guide for all levels of the organization. With a steady eye trained on a clearly articulated vision, management is better able to make consistent decisions. The 'why' behind strategic choices is clear to every team member.
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2022 Hackathon
Guido Hoffmann • 
March 15th, 2022
Tech Soft 3D’s annual Hackathon is slowly but surely becoming a tradition within the company. The rules are simple, band together with your colleagues or participate solo and pick any project you like as long as you use one or more of Tech Soft 3D’s SDKs. We dedicate a whole day to the Hackathon, with everyone participating working across time zones, sharing their progress live on Slack, and enjoying the cliche pizza that traditionally accompanies such events.
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Every Bit Counts
Ron Fritz • 
March 8th, 2022
Like most of the world, the team here at Tech Soft 3D has been shocked, horrified and deeply saddened by the attack on the people of Ukraine by the Russian government. We condemn these inhumane and unjust actions and our hearts go out to all of those directly impacted, and to all of their friends and family around the world.
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company
A Spotlight on Shipbuilding Innovation
Jonathan Girroir • 
February 18th, 2022
Nobody gets into shipbuilding because it’s an easy business. While it involves some of the same challenges that any builder or manufacturer faces, the challenges are writ on a particularly large scale.
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Announcing Our New Getting Started Series
Robert Tadlock • 
February 3rd, 2022
If you have evaluated our SDKs before, you have been mostly dependent on one of our Consulting Engineers to answer your questions along the way. This has worked very well over the years, but it's not the most efficient way to work through a proof of concept with you.
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STL is Dead — It’s Time for Additive Manufacturing to Move On
Jonathan Girroir • 
January 23rd, 2022
In recent years, additive manufacturing has been evolving on several fronts simultaneously, helping to propel this promising technology ever further into the mainstream.
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The Challenges of Being a Startup During a Pandemic: A Report from the Front Lines
Ron Fritz • 
January 23rd, 2022
Running a startup is a demanding undertaking in any time period, let alone during a pandemic. Recently, Ron Fritz, CEO of Tech Soft 3D, hosted a roundtable discussion with four technology executives at the helm of innovative startups to learn more about the challenges startups have faced during this uniquely challenging time.
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Who Will Be the “Innovators” and “Dinosaurs” of Post-Pandemic Innovation?
Ron Fritz • 
January 23rd, 2022
Recently, Ron Fritz, CEO of Tech Soft 3D, hosted a roundtable discussion with four other technology executives to discuss what type of innovation is going to gain traction in the post-COVID world.
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What’s Happening with HOOPS Visualize
Erik Hultgren • 
December 13th, 2021
A significant focus in the second half of 2021 was on better serving our partners’ immediate needs. Given the number of partners who use various forms of the HOOPS Platforms, this was a multi-product effort across all of engineering. Better supporting our partners is a theme that will carry over into 2022.
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HOOPS Exchange Hierarchy Traversal: Part 2
Brad Flubacher • 
November 19th, 2021
This is part two of the two-part article describing a generalized algorithm for traversing the object hierarchy implemented in HOOPS Exchange. If you haven’t started with part 1, check it out.
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Visualizing Azure Digital Twins in 3D
Jonathan Girroir • 
October 29th, 2021
3D visualization of a real-world environment with all the things, people, business processes in it is no longer found only in science fiction movies! Digital Twins is a term describing digital representations of environments, things, people and their relationship, and Azure Digital Twins (ADT) is a platform that allows creating and interacting with such digital representations.
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visualization
HOOPS Exchange Hierarchy Traversal: Part 1
Brad Flubacher • 
October 25th, 2021
This is the first of a two-part article, in which we will develop a generalized algorithm for traversing the object hierarchy implemented in HOOPS Exchange. Traversing the object hierarchy is an important and ubiquitous part of almost every workflow. The algorithm we’re describing here can be found inside the Exchange Toolkit.
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data-access
Our Journey in Building & Construction
Guido Hoffmann • 
October 1st, 2021
Tech Soft 3D’s history in engineering graphics dates back to the early 90’s and from the very beginning the Building & Construction Industry has been in our DNA. Initially acquired for the technology that is now HOOPS Visualize, Tech Soft 3D was spun out of Autodesk in 1996 and our relationship continues to this day as the sole reseller of Autodesk’s construction-focused RealDWG and AutoCAD OEM. However, it is fair to say that at least in this century most of our customers have been in the mechanical CAD space and all the different types of applications and verticals surrounding it.
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Tech Soft 3D Employees Continue to Honor Juneteenth with Community Action
Ron Fritz • 
July 20th, 2021
Last year, Tech Soft 3D’s leadership team established an annual “Day of Equity” in honor of Juneteenth. Creating a culture of inclusion and diversity has always been a priority for the company, however there has been an increased focus in this area in the past few years, and in particular, for CEO Ron Fritz. This annual day of action is just one example of how he and his team are making that happen.
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When to speak out?
Ron Fritz • 
July 17th, 2021
As we come up on the first anniversary of our Day for Equality, I’ve been thinking about my blog related to that event which was inspired by the protests in the wake of the killing of George Floyd. A year onward, it’s clear there is still a very long way to go here in the US. and around the world to be able to say that we live in a fully just world, where all people are treated equally and where all have the same opportunities. But we must continue steadily down that long path.
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What’s on the Horizon for High-End Engineering Visualization
Gavin Bridgeman • 
June 17th, 2021
"There are several important trends taking shape around visualization that will impact visualization in the engineering world in the near- and mid-term. These are developments that any engineering software vendor should have on their radar – and they promise to push graphics in interesting and innovative new directions," explains Tech Soft 3D's CTO Gavin Bridgeman.
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mobile
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AR / VR
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What AR/VR needs to do for greater adoption
Ron Fritz • 
March 3rd, 2021
Over the past two decades, there have been several moments when AR/VR seemed like it was ripe to explode. But while there have been some scattered pilot projects and small proofs of concept involving a handful of users, we haven’t really seen the technology become mainstream. It’s not something that most companies are using broadly, or that most individuals are even necessarily familiar with beyond “Isn’t that the Pokemon thing?”
AR / VR
Industry Insights
data-access
visualization
Beyond 3D Podcast: An Executive Perspective on the Future of AEC
January 7th, 2021
Recently, Ron Fritz, CEO of Tech Soft 3D, hosted a roundtable discussion with four other technology executives to discuss trends circling around the AEC industry, including the ways in which the COVID-19 pandemic is forcing AEC to digitize and modernize faster than it otherwise would. How will the industry change? Which areas will be first to evolve, and which will be resistant to transformation?
Beyond 3D Podcast
Beyond 3D Podcast: CEO Roundtable - Is AR/VR Finally Poised to Take Off?
December 7th, 2020
Recently, Ron Fritz, CEO of Tech Soft 3D, hosted a roundtable discussion with five other industry executives to discuss the current state of augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR). The core question at hand: whether AR/VR is finally poised for its breakthrough moment – and if so, what barriers might need to be removed to usher in this new era.
Beyond 3D Podcast
Will COVID-19 Reshape the Manufacturing Workplace? It Already Has
Ron Fritz • 
November 6th, 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic is transforming what work looks like and how it gets done in a variety of industries, and manufacturing is no different. Looking at the products and solutions that support manufacturing and some trends that are taking shape around them helps reveal the changes that are already taking place.
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Beyond 3D Podcast: CEO Roundtable - The Future of Manufacturing
November 3rd, 2020
Recently, Ron Fritz, CEO of Tech Soft 3D, hosted a roundtable discussion with four other industry executives to discuss the future of manufacturing. The discussion touched on many topics, ranging from the impact of COVID-19 on supply chains, to current aspects of manufacturing that will seem ridiculous five or ten years from now, to trends around collaboration.
Beyond 3D Podcast
Remote CAE Visual Workflows: Sharing and Collaborating More for Less
Andres Rodriguez-Villa • 
November 1st, 2020
Over the past two decades, there have been several moments when AR/VR seemed like it was ripe to explode. But while there have been some scattered pilot projects and small proofs of concept involving a handful of users, we haven’t really seen the technology become mainstream. It’s not something that most companies are using broadly, or that most individuals are even necessarily familiar with beyond “Isn’t that the Pokemon thing?”
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cae
visualization
Simulation. It’s everywhere.
Ron Fritz • 
October 22nd, 2020
Beyond the steady shift to cloud-based architectures, we’re seeing an explosion of 3D development related to Industry 4.0, AR/VR, Generative Design, Additive Manufacturing, Digital Twin, Manufacturing as a Service, IoT, digital construction and more.
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cae
How Tech Companies Can Create a Better Experience for Women of Color
Twanya Hood Hill • 
October 20th, 2020
Any discussion of what it’s like to be a woman of color in tech begins and ends with the fact that there aren’t a lot of women of color in tech.
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Visualization in Digital Construction
Erik Hultgren • 
October 8th, 2020
The density of data that AEC software is now regularly dealing with and visualizing is astounding; and it is enabling the AEC space to venture into some exciting areas – starting with the ability to more effectively take a digital approach to ensuring that buildings are being built as designed.
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AR / VR
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mobile
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How to tap into the AR/VR explosion
Jonathan Girroir • 
September 24th, 2020
AR/VR adoption is growing, and not just in areas like entertainment. The real growth over the next few years is going to be for industrial applications, with more than half of spend occurring there by 2021. In the automotive industry alone, half a trillion dollars is projected to be spent on AR/VR platforms in the next few years.
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visualization
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AR / VR
The Future of Work – How COVID-19 Has Changed the Way Companies Do Business
Ron Fritz • 
August 10th, 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic is transforming what work looks like and how it gets done in a variety of industries, and manufacturing is no different. Looking at the products and solutions that support manufacturing and some trends that are taking shape around them helps reveal the changes that are already taking place.
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Post-COVID Business Trends
Ron Fritz • 
August 3rd, 2020
In my last blog, I shared the trends I picked up from talking with several dozen of our partners, focusing on the very immediate economic impacts that companies were experiencing and expecting in the very near term. Since then, I’ve talked with several dozen industry leaders about their predictions about what a post-COVID world will look like and how that will impact our industry specifically.
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Juneteenth – Tech Soft 3D Day of Equality
Ron Fritz • 
July 20th, 2020
Tech Soft 3D leadership established a Day of Equality on June 19th across the company, where all employees globally would be given the day off to spend time working for a cause of their choice. Tech Soft 3D has always had a strong culture of inclusion and being cause-conscious, and this day proved to be no different. Below are some examples of how employees spent their time, and how some felt about this initiative and what is happening in our world right now. It turns out there is still much to learn and we should all take the time to research issues of importance to our families and our world, so that we can be the change that makes a difference. Since then, I’ve talked with several dozen industry leaders about their predictions about what a post-COVID world will look like and how that will impact our industry specifically.
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A Day for Equality
Ron Fritz • 
June 2nd, 2020
All of us here at Tech Soft 3D care deeply about justice, fairness and equity, all of which are essential to our core value of Building Positive Relationships. We feel compelled to stand up and speak out in defense of these ideals inside our company, within our local communities and around the world. We urge you to join us on our Day for Equality on June 19th.Since then, I’ve talked with several dozen industry leaders about their predictions about what a post-COVID world will look like and how that will impact our industry specifically.
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Three New Manufacturing Use Cases That Engineering Software Needs to Support
Lionel Vieilly • 
May 29th, 2020
To deliver relevant products to the market, they need to constantly ask themselves: where is manufacturing going? How are customers seeking to incorporate new technologies into their processes? What new use cases are emerging, and how can we support them?
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Partnership Means….
Ron Fritz • 
May 18th, 2020
Our opinion is that the best way to build a positive relationship is to approach is as a partnership – where both sides seek to support and foster the others’ success – which is quite different than a relationship being simply transactional, (“If you do X for me, I will then do Y for you”).
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Beyond 3D Podcast: What's Important to Developers, Trends with Cloud Tech
March 31st, 2020
We talk with Ken Alger, a developer advocate at MongoDB, and he was also named one of the top 25 developer advocates for 2019! We discuss how the role of the software developer has changed, what's important to them and also trends in cloud computing.
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Beyond 3D Podcast: The Future of Software Development, Trends in AR/VR and Collaboration
March 19th, 2020
In this episode of Beyond 3D we talk with Tommy Gaessler, one of the top 25 most influential developer advocates for 2019, and a developer advocate at Zoom. We talk about the current state of software development, opportunities and challenges, and where things are going with trends such as AR/VR.
Beyond 3D Podcast
Tech Soft 3D Innovation Lab Showcases Advanced 3D Applications for Engineering
March 18th, 2020
Sharing exciting applications of Tech Soft 3D’s software development toolkits (SDKs) aims to inform, inspire and engage engineers and developers
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web
mobile
desktop
AR / VR
Beyond 3D Podcast: Let's Stop Talking About BIM
June 12th, 2019
In this episode of Beyond 3D we talk about the misconceptions of BIM and how that has hindered adoption. Mike Shilton is a qualified landscaper architect and also the Product Director at Keysoft Solutions. We have a frank discussion about how we should think and talk about implementing 3D modeling, digital construction and all the different aspects of BIM to make it less intimidating.
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Deciding between WebGL, Mobile Apps, or Server-side Rendering to Deliver 3D Content
Ron Fritz • 
November 12th, 2013
There’s a major shift in 3D as companies move to cloud and mobile solutions. And even though we live and breathe the complicated world of 3D, nobody has a crystal ball. Nevertheless, here are my thoughts about what I see happening with the different approaches and challenges to viewing 3D data on modern platforms.
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