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HOOPS Communicator 2019 Significantly Improves Performance with WebAssembly Deployment


WebAssembly leads to drastic reduction in library size and performance improvements with faster downloads and startup times for 3D web visualization.

March 20, 2018 – Bend, OR USA – Tech Soft 3D, the leading provider of engineering software development toolkits (SDKs), today announces the release of HOOPS® Communicator 2019 software development toolkit, powerful technology for building advanced web-based engineering applications. HOOPS Communicator is now deployed using WebAssembly, which will lead to a drastic reduction in library size as well as performance improvements. The size of the main JavaScript (JS) library will be reduced by more than 50%, resulting in faster downloads and startup times for HOOPS Communicator-based applications.

In addition, HOOPS Communicator 2019 supports the BIM Collaboration Format (BCF) Import for communicating coordination information associated to IFC models for Architecture, Engineering & Construction (AEC) applications. This is a critical feature for those developing architectural engineering and construction (AEC) and building information modeling (BIM) applications. These tools provide a robust environment for visualization, query and navigation of construction models.

“Faster and better – these are the constant demands of both developers and users of engineering applications,” said Erik Hultgren, Product Manager Visualization Solutions, Tech Soft 3D. “We continue to enhance HOOPS Communicator with this in mind, and also focus on providing the highest quality graphics possible with today’s technology. No other toolkit can provide the kind of speed, quality and visual fidelity we know are expected when creating complex 3D engineering applications.”

Other improvements featured in HOOPS Communicator 2019 include shadow and reflection plane support, where the HOOPS Communicator viewer can optionally render ground-plane shadows and reflections that automatically update when the geometry changes, improving web graphics visualization. Further performance improvements have been made to shattered loading, where loading large 3D models on the web is faster than ever.

Communicator Screenshot

For more information about HOOPS Communicator, visit

About HOOPS Communicator
HOOPS Communicator integrates seamlessly into web applications to provide rich 3D data in the cloud and mobile devices. Leading companies that offer solutions based on HOOPS Communicator include SOLIDWORKS, Aras, GrabCAD (Stratasys), 3D Systems, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Assemble Systems, Siemens Solid Edge and many more. Developers interested in evaluating HOOPS Communicator can sign up for a free 60-day trial.

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, Germany and Japan. The company’s toolkit products power nearly 500 unique applications running on hundreds of millions of computers worldwide. For more information, visit

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