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Tech Soft 3D integrates HOOPS Exchange with Siemens’ Parasolid to Enhance Data Re-Use


Tight integration ensures clean, fast and accurate use of design data, regardless of CAD format. 

May 28, 2015 - Bend, OR, USA – Tech Soft 3D today announced a new integration between its market-leading HOOPS Exchange technology and Siemens’ Parasolid® software to help developers enhance data re-use by providing easy access to a broad range of CAD formats. Tech Soft 3D worked closely with Siemens PLM Software to deliver an integrated product that helps developers leverage the full breadth of Parasolid functionality, even when working with imported data.

The integration accomplishes this in a few key ways:

  • Models of any supported format are loaded into Parasolid through a single API.
  • All CAD applications based on Parasolid, including applications such as NX™ software, Solid Edge® software and SOLIDWORKS software 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. This phase resolves issues such as inconsistent tolerances, sliver faces and geometric discontinuities, and enables a set of surfaces to be sewn into a single, watertight solid.
Additionally, HOOPS Exchange precisely imports other important data including advanced assembly/configuration information, PMI, Views and other metadata, giving users access to clean and complete data they can preserve for downstream use.

“We rely on both HOOPS Exchange and Parasolid in our STAR-CCM+ application, and the integration has made implementation easier and the end result much more relevant,” says Jean-Claude Ercolanelli, Senior Vice President, Product Management, CD-adapco. “This integration will give our users the highest level of confidence in the integrity of their imported data.”

“This type of integration was only possible through our deep technical relationship with the Parasolid team at Siemens,” said Gavin Bridgeman, Tech Soft 3D VP of Products. “Our shared partners can now benefit from two leading technology toolkits that when combined are greater than the sum of their parts - providing a great advantage for developers as well as their ultimate end users.”

“We saw an opportunity to improve the developer experience through leveraging advanced data access technology from Tech Soft 3D,” says Paul Sicking, senior vice president, Chief Technology Office, Siemens PLM Software. “This integration lowers the barriers to swift, productive solid modeling within a multi-format environment.”

To evaluate how HOOPS Exchange and Parasolid can work together within your application, click here.

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 converting CAD data into 3D PDF. 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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