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Simulation. It’s everywhere.

Posted by Ron Fritz on Oct 22, 2020 5:03:03 PM

These are exciting time at Tech Soft 3D because, well, these are exciting times in our industry.

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Topics: HOOPS Exchange, Cloud, mobile, CAD, CAM, Engineering, Manufacturing, Discreet Manufacturing, Big Data, 3D, IoT, Engineering Services, PLM, Component Technologies, Software Development, Web Applications, Engineering Software, Additive Manufacturing, Simulation, BIM, AR/VR, VR, AR, building, digital construction, construction, digital factory, CAE

Investing In The 3D PDF Ecosystem: Why Tech Soft 3D Acquired tetra4D

Posted by Dave Opsahl on Dec 16, 2013 8:10:00 AM

Tech Soft 3D and tetra4D today announced the acquisition of tetra4D by Tech Soft 3D. This event marks the beginning of a new chapter in the 3D PDF world, and I wanted to take a few minutes and explain what this means for the customers of 3D PDF Converter, the partners who have helped build tetra4D into a growing business, and Tech Soft 3D’s HOOPS customers.

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Topics: Our culture, 3D PDF, HOOPS Exchange, HOOPS Publish

CAD translation in one line of code

Posted by Gavin Bridgeman on Sep 29, 2013 6:25:00 PM

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.

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Topics: Parasolid, B-rep, HOOPS Exchange

What’s New in HOOPS Exchange v6.0

Posted by Gavin Bridgeman on Apr 15, 2013 12:38:00 PM
Hello HOOPS Exchange customer and future customers. I wanted to let you know that the latest version of HOOPS Exchange (v6.0) is now available from our Developer Zone. I encourage all current customers to check it out. If you’re not a customer, you can download our demo from the website at

I have to say that I continue to be amazed with the ability of our Lyon R&D team to deliver great releases. We’re not only keeping all of our CAD importers up-to-date with the latest versions, but we’ve also solved all manner of corner cases with certain models, expanded the list formats we support and moved the technology to new platforms. I’m confident that HOOPS Exchange‘s pace of progress is the best in the translation industry.

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Topics: Product News, PRC, 3D PDF, HOOPS Exchange

Was the Adobe aquisition worth it?

Posted by Ron Fritz on Jul 3, 2012 1:42:00 PM
A few days ago, I detailed what we’d learned from our acquisition of the Adobe CAD translation technologies. The next question is, did it work as expected? Was it worth it?

The answer to both questions is: Yes, very much so. If anything, we underestimated the specific upsides, but trusted ourselves that we would discover opportunities once we “took the leap.” I’m sure there are even more upsides still undetected, but which will emerge over time.

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Topics: 3D PDF Reader, PRC, 3D PDF, Adobe, HOOPS Exchange, Partners, HOOPS Publish

So how'd that Adobe aquisition work out?

Posted by Ron Fritz on Jun 25, 2012 5:13:00 AM
It's been nearly two years since our acquisition of the Adobe business unit that brought us the CAD data translators (now called HOOPS Exchange) and the 3D PDF file format technology that forms our HOOPS Publish SDK.

Those two years have passed quickly, with the technology and the outstanding development team in Lyon, France, quickly becoming a natural and important part of Tech Soft 3D. We’re forever changed.

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Topics: 3D PDF Reader, PRC, 3D PDF, Adobe, HOOPS Exchange, Partners, HOOPS Publish

New Releases for HOOPS Exchange and HOOPS Publish

Posted by Jackie Aaro on Jun 21, 2012 5:25:00 PM
The 5.1 versions of our HOOPS Exchange and HOOPS Publish toolkits are now available for download.

This latest release continues our commitment to helping customers incorporate the fastest, most comprehensive 3D CAD data access into their applications, with HOOPS Exchange updates to Creo® Parametric 2.0 and Autodesk® Inventor® 2013. HOOPS Publish will feature table support for generating even more sophisticated 3D PDF files. As usual, we’re eager to know our latest development efforts are hard at work within the many applications that use our technology.

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Topics: Product News, PRC, HOOPS Exchange, HOOPS Publish

Connecting at Control

Posted by Elodie Walter on May 17, 2012 5:32:00 AM
Our European offices are still recovering from a whirlwind Control International Trade Fairfor quality assurance in Stuttgart, Germany, which closed last Friday.

We were blown away by the many great people we connected with in our stand. It was the first time Tech Soft 3D exhibited, and it was a great success. There was plenty of interest in HOOPS Exchange, HOOPS Publish -- and 3D PDF as well. Despite being held in the heart of the German engineering sector, we had visitors from all over the world – Québec, the United States, France, Spain, Lithuania and Japan.

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Topics: 3D PDF, Trade Shows, HOOPS Visualize, HOOPS Exchange, HOOPS Publish

Introducing HOOPS Exchange and HOOPS Publish Service Packs

Posted by Phil Spreier on Apr 6, 2012 9:36:00 AM
We are very happy to announce HOOPS Exchange and HOOPS Publish v5.01. This is our first service pack release for both components. The goal of our service pack releases is to deliver timely fixes to business critical issues. We plan to have a service pack release on a monthly basis with the following exception: service packs will not be available in months where HOOPS Exchange and HOOPS Publish have a major, minor or beta release.

Downloading and installing the service pack is very easy. You can download the zip file from the HOOPS Developer Zone. The service pack is a full release and should be installed in its own directory. Copy your v5.0 license key file (A3DSDKLicenseKey.h) into the /includes directory and you are ready to go. Please see the release notes for more information on specific fixes available in this release.

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Topics: Product News, HOOPS Exchange, HOOPS Publish

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