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Tech Soft 3D Enables Full 3D CAD Access for Augmented and Virtual Reality Applications


New Release of AR/VR Support for HOOPS Visualize Allows Engineers in Manufacturing, Architecture & Construction to View and Interact with 3D CAD Models in AR/VR Environments

BEND, Ore, November 28, 2018 ( - Tech Soft 3D, leading provider of software development tools and 3D PDF solutions to the engineering software industry, today announced AR/VR support for HOOPS Visualize, the gold standard graphics engine for developing high-performance applications. HOOPS Visualize now enables rapid development and deployment of 3D engineering applications on the HTC Vive, Microsoft HoloLens, Oculus Rift and Meta 2. When coupled with the rich access to 3D CAD data through HOOPS Exchange, software companies have a powerful set of tools to bring their next generation of engineering software to market.

“Developers in manufacturing and AEC can now easily create compelling applications using HOOPS Visualize and HOOPS Exchange and deploy them within immersive VR and AR headsets, as well as mobile AR applications,” said Gavin Bridgeman, CTO at Tech Soft 3D. “Being able to use HOOPS toolkits for one of the most cutting edge areas of technology shows the flexibility and versatility of our solution. I’m proud of our team for continuing to push the boundaries of engineering software. We continue to provide our customers and partners the absolute best tools to easily create rich, interactive and sophisticated engineering applications.”

SOLIDWORKS, a long-time partner of Tech Soft 3D, is using HOOPS Visualize within eDrawings for mobile. Design teams can see products at full scale so their true size is obvious. Using AR functionality, users can easily place products on the table in front of customers for powerful collaboration and decision making.

“Being able to add augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) like the Google Cardboard to eDrawings mobile with a single click helps our customers create compelling presentations and 3D interactions. It easily communicates design intent, constraints and overall improves the collaboration process,” said Arnav Mukherjee, Development Director, Viewer & Experimental Technology at SOLIDWORKS. “Because we were already using HOOPS Visualize as the graphics engine on iOS and Android, adding these capabilities on these multiple platforms was straightforward and a powerful addition to eDrawings.”

Meta, the creator of the world’s most immersive AR experience, is using HOOPS Exchange to import CAD models into their proprietary AR headset and help bridge the gap between the virtual and the real.

“Because we were re-inventing the future of AR, we needed a solution that would easily bring rich engineering and architectural data to our environment. This way we could focus on innovation and user experience,” said Cecilia Abadie, Director of Product Management at Meta. ”HOOPS Exchange was just the toolkit we were looking for.”

Virtalis, a world-leading advanced visualization company, is also using HOOPS Exchange to quickly import over 20 different CAD formats into their Visionary Render and VR4CAD applications. Virtalis’ applications make it quick and easy for CAD engineers and designers to view, investigate and annotate their CAD models using VR goggles or 3D screens.

“As a longtime partner of Tech Soft 3D, we’ve been using HOOPS Exchange to bring CAD data into our advanced visualization environment, and the experience has been nothing short of spectacular,” said Andrew Connell, Technology Director at Virtalis. “Using HOOPS Exchange has been extremely easy, while also maintaining high fidelity of the data. I can’t imagine using anything else to bring in CAD data into our applications.”

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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 PRC 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 converting CAD data into 3D PDF. For more information, visit

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