Data reuse seems like a topic that’s been covered for a long time. The idea of re-using a digital mockup across the product lifecycle has been around for over 20 years. And yet, today, effectively reusing CAD data across different applications throughout product development remains a challenge for many companies.
There are a wide range of developers who license and use HOOPS Exchange. They develop everything from 3D printer solutions to FEA solvers that help optimize engine cylinder block design. Most of HOOPS Exchange’s file readers provide access to the exact mathematical definition of the model, known in the mechanical CAD world as the boundary representation, or b-rep for short. Some of our partners, like those in the view/markup space, simply need the b-rep to get access to the triangulated version of the model. However, the majority of our partners need to access the b-rep and map it to their geometry engines.