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Tech Soft 3D’s HOOPS Exchange now available directly from Siemens PLM Software


April 8, 2016 – Bend, ORTech Soft 3D  today announced that its market-leading HOOPS Exchange data access software development toolkit can now be licensed directly through Siemens’ product lifecycle management (PLM) software business. This agreement follows a May 2015 announcement regarding the integration between Siemens’ Parasolid® software and Tech Soft 3D’s HOOPS Exchange technology to help developers enhance data re-use by providing comprehensive access to a broad range of CAD formats. The expanded agreement gives Parasolid users another channel to conveniently license the complementary toolkits through a single source. Both toolkits are also available directly from Tech Soft 3D.

“The integration of our solutions gives Parasolid developers access to comprehensive data import-export technology, while this new agreement enables us to offer the combined solution through a single offering,” says Jim Rusk, senior vice president, Chief Technology Officer, Siemens PLM Software. “Many of our Parasolid customers require advanced data translation capabilities. Our ability to offer one stop shopping for this integrated solution simplifies the buying process and is a win for Siemens and our customers.”

“Our mission to help developers deliver great applications was the driving force behind this expansion of our 15-plus year partnership with Siemens’ Parasolid team,” says Ron Fritz, CEO of Tech Soft 3D. “Not only have we created a fully-leveraged integration between our technologies, but we’ve expanded the sales channel so more development teams have access to this optimized solution.”

Development teams who license the integrated technologies together benefit from several optimizations, including:

  • Models of any supported format are loaded into Parasolid through a single API.
  • Many leading engineering applications, including NX™ software, Solid Edge® software, SolidWorks® and many others, are based on Parasolid. Those that leverage Parasolid and HOOPS Exchange together can have geometry natively imported without any kind of translation, so data remains pristine.
  • For applications not based on Parasolid, the integration uses advanced functionality within Parasolid to map the CAD data format to a valid Parasolid model, for resolution of issues such as inconsistent tolerances, sliver faces and geometric discontinuities.
  • The complete model definition is imported, preserved and associatively accessible to the Parasolid geometry, including PMI (both visual and semantic), GD&T, product structure, tessellation (facets) and more.
All Tech Soft 3D toolkits are purpose-built with integrations that further optimize the development experience. Its data access, visualization and 3D PDF publishing SDKs integrate together and with modeling kernels to leverage additional efficiencies and deliver unmatched performance, power and speed for cloud, desktop and mobile applications. Learn more about HOOPS Cloud Platform and HOOPS Desktop Platform.

About HOOPS Exchange HOOPS Exchange delivers complete, cost-effective and accurate 3D CAD data access to multiple file formats faster than any other solution. Companies such as Actify, Aras, DISCUS, 3D Systems, GrabCAD (now Stratasys) and CD-adapco rely on HOOPS Exchange’s underlying technology to give their desktop, cloud or enterprise applications a competitive edge. Developers interested in exploring the capabilities of the HOOPS Exchange API can download a demo, or build a prototype by requesting 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, as well as the creator of the 3D format that is part of the PDF standard. Established in 1996 and headquartered in Bend, Oregon, Tech Soft 3D also has offices in California, Ohio, France, England and Japan. The company’s toolkit products power nearly 500 unique applications running on hundreds of millions of computers worldwide, while the Tetra4D brand of end-user products are used by many of the top manufacturing and construction firms for leveraging CAD data for use as rich, interactive and native 3D PDFs. For more information, visit and


HOOPS is a registered trademark of Tech Soft 3D. NX, Parasolid, and Solid Edge are trademarks or registered trademarks of Siemens Product Lifecycle Management Software Inc. or its subsidiaries in the United States and in other countries. All other products or company references are the property of their respective holders.



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