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HOOPS Exchange 2023

What’s New in HOOPS Exchange 2023

The HOOPS product teams have largely focused their efforts on delivering partner needs and providing timely product releases across the entire platform. Continue reading below to find out more about HOOPS Exchange 2023.

Format updates

Our priority is to deliver timely format updates for both native CAD and standard formats so the applications our partners are developing can access the latest versions. Since the latest service pack release (HE 2022 SP2), we have released 1 updated format:

  • Revit 2023

The following formats are scheduled to be supported in the next update of HOOPS Exchange (HE 2023 U1) planned for mid-February 2023.


  • Parasolid 35.0

  • Solid Edge 2023

NX2212 is scheduled for HE 2023 U2 in mid-March. 

Support for glTF Clearcoat

HOOPS Exchange 2023 provides consumer and industrial design application developers with functionality for increased photo-realism in graphic display of 3D objects in both artificial and natural environments. Added support for glTF MaterialClearcoat enables modeling a protective layer over a solid material or finish that exhibits shininess, reflection, and depth of color.

Enhanced format support


  • Improved Flexible elements support
    CREO components can be defined as “Flexible” elements in the context of an assembly. A flexible component may have different characteristics to fit the assembly position (ie: a spring may have a particular length as well as position). Flexible elements were partially supported in previous versions of Exchange and the 2023 version introduces several enhancements that improve the model fidelity by supporting more definition cases and positions. Note that Flexible elements are read as Brep models and that the version of CREO must be 4 or above.

  • Support of External files (Creo assembly that references native files from other CAD formats, like CV5, STEP)
    HOOPS Exchange 2023 now supports these external components to improve the reading process and ensure all assembly components are accessible.


  • Support for assemblies suppressed parts
    Suppressing components from an assembly is a common way of designing. In previous HOOPS Exchange versions, the suppressed components were read, leading to extra components being loaded and displayed that may not be needed or were unwanted.

  • Support of coordinates systems
    The coordinates systems defined in parts are used to help define references intended to be used in downstream manufacturing applications. Retrieving the coordinates systems helps these applications directly benefit from existing information without manually recreating them.

  • Support of physical materials
    Support for physical materials (material name, material density, Poisson ratio, & Young modulus) helps applications involved in analysis and manufacturing to directly access key information from the native CAD part, without having to recreate them manually.


  • Support of K-Factors for sub-nodes
    Accessing a K-Factor from the native CAD model enables sheet metal applications to generate an unfolded part from the designed model, then generate cutting and bending procedures. K-factors were previously supported for SOLIDWORKS parts, and this improvement introduces support for more possible cases regarding how the K-factor is defined.

Additional platform support

HOOPS Exchange 2023 now supports Visual Studio 2019, protecting our partners’ investment in adopting the HOOPS product suite as supporting technology stacks evolve. This update allows partners to adopt a modern compiler and language features like C++-17 in the WindowsTM platform's standard compiler.