Toronto, Canada - February 9, 2009 – Coinciding with the “SolidWorks World 2009” conference in Orlando Florida, Okino Computer Graphics announced today that its very popular SolidWorks CAD conversion system has been updated for SolidWorks 2009 and is now available to current customers still within their valid maintenance period. The conversion pipeline, a de facto industry standard for the last 12+ years, allows native SolidWorks BREP CAD assembly, part and presentation files (disk based, or from a live running copy of SolidWorks) to be converted to all major animation + authoring packages, 3D downstream file formats and VisSim programs. Okino is one of the longest standing SolidWorks solution partner developers, providing excellent and well refined 3D data translation solutions for SolidWorks users and users of SolidWorks data. Simply put, our SolidWorks conversion system is our most popular and robust CAD conversion solution amongst our user base of tens of thousands of enterprise + 3D professional companies – it just works!
Okino's NuGraf and PolyTrans software imports crack-free geometry, hierarchy and materials (assembly data) from native disk-based SolidWorks files or from a running copy of SolidWorks, and subsequently provide high-end rendering, viewing and scene composition of the data, or have the data optimized and then pipelined into all major 3D file formats, animation packages and third party/OEM integrations. Most importantly, SolidWorks assemblies, parts and presentations can be effortlessly and directly imported into all key animation systems such as 3ds Max, Maya, Softimage|XSI, Cinema-4D and Lightwave, as well as any third party product which integrates Okino's PolyTrans 3D converters ( such as noted below) and all major downstream file formats ranging from COLLADA to DWF-3D to SketchUp and dozens more.
Okino has built its reputation on being an open and accessible company, developing and selling software that is needed in mission + production critical environments. For those who have never heard of Okino, or of our SolidWorks conversion solution, the following is some key background information and facts:
- We use the actual SolidWorks source code, or connect directly into the inner core of a running copy of SolidWorks, so the conversion process will always result in crack free and technically accurate 3D models. We do not use intermediate file formats or hidden toolkits from unnamed companies. This process will work “out of the box” for all customers, for CAD expert or animator alike.
- Over the last 21 years Okino has pioneered the entire concept of bringing complex CAD assemblies into all downstream non-CAD programs, 3D file formats, animation systems and DCC packages. These are very refined and efficient CAD pipelines, being used by tens of thousands of our enterprise companies, production houses and 3D professional users. A typical complex CAD conversion process only takes a few minutes or less, including full scene optimizations. There is no concept of spending days or weeks “trying” or “struggling” to get CAD data into these programs, where no such process existed before, because this has been Okino’s primary calling card and forte in the 3D industry for decades.
- The hidden magic in the conversion process is Okino’s unique and proprietary CAD optimization processor, integrated into each of our CAD importers. This processor is by far the most complex aspect of our entire 3D CAD conversion software pipeline. Turn it on and it’ll wrangle large and unwieldy CAD assemblies into refined datasets for efficient animation, rendering or interactive viewing.
- You may already be using the Okino’s SolidWorks conversion system and not know it. Okino licenses, resells and/or integrates its CAD conversion system with many OEM and third party companies/products such as: 3DCreate (by Visual Components), Cinema-4D and its “Engineering Bundle” (by Maxon Computer), EON Reality, NGRAIN military training products, Pytha (by CATS Software), Quest-3D (by Act-3D), VirTools (“4DC” .nmo pipeline by Realicon), and others who wish to remain anonymous.
- In addition to direct import of optimized SolidWorks CAD assemblies to the many Okino-supported 3D programs as noted above, the CAD data can be transparently converted into such common downstream 3D file formats such as COLLADA, DirectX, DXF/DWG, DWF-3D, Electric Image FACT, FilmBox (FBX), HOOPS HSF, JT, Lightscape, Lightwave, NGRAIN, Open GL C Code, OpenFlight, PLY, POV Ray, Renderman RIB, Rhino-3D/OpenNURBS, Shockwave-3D (Adobe Director), SketchUp, STL, U3D, VET, VRML1/VRML2/X3D/SGI-Inventor2, Wavefront OBJ, XAML-3D, XGL and 3D Studio .3ds. Perfect tolerance-based animation and skinning cross conversion is also provided where applicable.
- Okino’s core philosophy over the last 21 years has been to “bring expensive CAD software to the masses, at affordable prices”. A very important point for our animation users is that for 1/3rd the price of what others charge for a single CAD converter, Okino licenses its entire suite of industry standard, native, CAD modules in the Dual-CAD-Granite/Pack for US$510 (minus native JT and CATIA). The SolidWorks conversion pipeline is available by itself in the CAD/Pack for US$245. These are not reverse engineered, second rate CAD modules but rather de facto industry standard implementations, including: our equally popular Pro/Engineer importer (native and encrypted files, using the real Pro/E core software from PTC), ACIS SAT, Autodesk Inventor, DXF/DWG (native AutoCAD), DWF-3D (Revit and all key Autodesk CAD products), IGES solids, Parasolid, Rhino-3D, SketchUp, SolidWorks, Solid Edge, STEP solids, STL, U3D, VDA-FS, XGL and X3D. Dozens more file formats are also provided in the base-level PolyTrans, as well as in the DCC/Pack license, the “JT Open” import/export license, and the native CATIA v4 + v5 licenses (which are licensed copies of CATIA from Dassault – very unique in their price range).
- Okino provides free, quick and highly educated support for its software direct from the main management team and senior developers, and not from online forums or untrained front-line tech support people. We know CAD conversion. Unlike faceless companies where support may be non-existent, we personally know thousands of our customers by first name, email address and company background.
“Our SolidWorks 3D data conversion system is by far our most popular and requested CAD conversion pipeline software,” said Robert Lansdale, president and CEO of Okino Computer Graphics, Inc. “We have dedicated a great deal of effort into making our SolidWorks 3D import conversion, repurposing and rendering pipeline the best in the industry over the last 12+ years. We have seen demand grow quickly since the original release of SolidWorks, demonstrating that SolidWorks is the dominant solid modeler for its price range and market. Our pipeline solution allows complete SolidWorks parts and assemblies to be converted cleanly and professionally to all other major 3D file formats, animation packages and visual simulation programs. It also allows all disparate departments of large enterprise companies (such as engineering, design, marketing and support) to easily exchange product data without the need to rebuild their CAD datasets -- downstream uses include product documentation and manual creation, animation and rendering software, visual communication and review of data, and for accessing easier to manipulate versions of the original CAD datasets. In addition, our software implicitly provides support for photo-realistic rendering and scene composition, 3D data and hierarchy optimization and built-in polygon reduction for handling those truly huge scenes that other downstream applications can’t handle without reduction. Our solution is particularly popular for importing SolidWorks assemblies into the 3ds Max, Maya, Lightwave, XSI, Cinema-4D and SketchUp programs, amongst many other OEM and third party vendor integrations. We also have kept prices affordable for all of our CAD solutions, including free support and maintenance.”
“SolidWorks is the standard for 3D mechanical design software,” said Brian Houle, Partner Program manager for SolidWorks Corporation. “Combining it with Okino’s product line gives engineers the tools they need to do their jobs faster and better by allowing SolidWorks 3D data to be re-purposed for additional downstream uses and applications. Engineers and designers can now re-purpose 3D data to suit their enterprise, including animation and rendering departments, documentation teams, product manual creation staff, and external third party services who want to use SolidWorks data in other 3D software applications that may not understand or accept SolidWorks data directly.”
Applicable WEB pages
The following are pertinent pages on the Okino WEB site relating to this press release:
http://www.okino.com/solutions/solidworks.htm = SolidWorks solution page on the Okino WEB site.
http://www.okino.com/conv/imp_sw.htm = SolidWorks import module overview
http://www.okino.com/nrs/nrs.htm = Okino NuGraf home page
http://www.okino.com/conv/conv.htm = Okino PolyTrans home page
http://www.okino.com/proe.htn = Pro/Engineer CAD import solution page
http://www.okino.com/solutions/autodesk_inventor.htm = Autodesk Inventor CAD import solution page
http://www.okino.com/imp_se.htm = Solid Edge CAD import solution page (new ‘synchronous’ support)