Tech Soft 3D Extends File Format and Platform Support in HOOPS Exchange v6.0

High-speed translation libraries now include PDF & Rhino Import, JT Export, and OS X support.

Bend, OR, USA and Lyon, France – April 10, 2013Tech Soft 3D announces the latest release of HOOPS Exchange, featuring even more comprehensive data access for all leading open CAD formats. For a single per-seat fee, software vendors gain import and export access to an expanding array of proprietary and standard CAD formats. As the leading engineering software development tool provider, Tech Soft 3D remains focused on offering development teams the highest-performance, highest-value access to the 3D data most critical to their users.

“Version 6.0 further differentiates HOOPS Exchange from any other solution on the market,” says Gavin Bridgeman, Tech Soft 3D Vice President of Products. “We’ve extended our strong reputation for speed and accuracy to an even broader spectrum of formats on an expanded set of platforms. Our goal is to make data import/export easy for the application developer, as well as fast, accurate and virtually invisible for their end users.”  

Highlights include:

3D PDF Import: 3D PDF is expanding rapidly, particularly in the Defense and Aerospace industries. In response, application vendors are not only being asked to “publish” to 3D PDF, but to allow 3D model data to be extracted from within a PDF file. This new capability builds on HOOPS Exchange support for U3D and PRC (3D PDF formats), and permits applications to directly read 3D data from PDF files to better serve manufacturing workflows.

JT Export Support: Application developers are often asked to export as well as import files in the JT format, particularly in the automotive industry. To address this need, HOOPS Exchange now provides the ability to export JT, including the full B-rep definition, without the need to license additional technology. This builds on HOOPS Exchange’s existing support for JT import.

Parasolid® and 3D ACIS® Modeler data preparation (healing/cleanup): New operations prepare imported data to better support modeling operations in the Parasolid and ACIS modeling kernels.

Sewing Options: Application developers can now use sewing routines to join unconnected surfaces into a solid. Sewing a surface model into a solid improves the performance and usefulness of the model in downstream application industries such as Inspection or CAE. This is of particular importance for applications that need to read IGES files.

Rhino Import: HOOPS Exchange now supports import of the popular Rhino format. With the ability to read the complete model definition, this enhancement helps applications increase the value provided to users.     

OS X Support: Application developers need flexible toolkits to respond quickly to customer demands. Support for OS X development builds on the HOOPS Suite’s reputation for cross-platform, cross-device flexibility.

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About Tech Soft 3D
Tech Soft 3D is the leading global B2D provider of engineering solutions that help software teams deliver successful applications. Established in 1996 and headquartered in Bend, Oregon, Tech Soft 3D has offices in California, France, England and Japan. The company’s product portfolio powers nearly 500 applications globally and includes the HOOPS suite of software tools, 3D PDF solutions and Autodesk OEM products.  For more information, visit or contact (541) 383-4126. 

HOOPS is a registered trademark of Tech Soft 3D. All other products or company references are the property of their respective holders.


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