HOOPS Exchange now available from Siemens PLM Software

By John_W

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Siemens PLM is now re-selling Tech Soft 3D’s HOOPS Exchange. HOOPS Exchange is a Software Development Toolkit that enables data access and translation for multiple popular 3D CAD formats and is already integrated with Parasolid.

The new agreement makes it easier for Parasolid users to license the complementary toolkits because they are now both available from Siemens PLM and Tech Soft 3D.

Development teams who license the integrated technologies together benefit from several optimizations, including:

  • Models of any supported format are loaded into Parasolid through a single API.

  • Many leading engineering applications, including NX™ software, Solid Edge® software, SolidWorks® and many others, are based on Parasolid. Those that use Parasolid and HOOPS Exchange together can 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, for resolution of issues such as inconsistent tolerances, sliver faces and geometric discontinuities.

  • The complete model definition is imported, preserved and associatively accessible to the Parasolid geometry, including PMI (both visual and semantic), GD&T, product structure, tessellation (facets) and more.

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