CAD data translation

HOOPS Exchange — CAD Data Translation SDK

The Fastest and Most Accurate CAD Data Translation Toolkit

HOOPS Exchange, the leading CAD translation software development kit (SDK), delivers access to over 20 CAD file formats through a single interface. Access a broad range of data including boundary representation (BREP), product manufacturing information (PMI), model tree, views, persistent IDs, styles, construction geometry, visualization and more without depending on any CAD system.

Faster, More Reliable 3D CAD Data Access

HOOPS Exchange provides all the integration controls a development team requires to easily build robust CAD data translation into an application. Supported CAD formats include CATIA, SolidWorks, Inventor, Creo, NX, SolidEdge and many more. We benchmarked the competition and built a significantly faster and more reliable SDK for CAD data reuse.

Siemens Parasolid Integration

Parasolid users, you're in luck. HOOPS Exchange is the fastest and most accurate CAD translator solution for Parasolid users. Tech Soft 3D partnered with Siemens to optimize the integration of HOOPS Exchange and Parasolid for CAD data exchange. Watch the HOOPS Exchange and Parasolid integration webinar to learn more:

Benefits of this partnership include:

  • Easy to use: Read CAD models into your active Parasolid session with a single API
  • No translation if source format is XT-based
  • Fast, high quality CAD import and export and access to PMI, GD&T, feature tree and more.
  • Broad platform support: Windows, Linux, Mac, iOS and Android*
  • Loading times now 3 to 4 times faster with new multi-core support
  • Post-processing and healing with Parasolid
  • Non-Parasolid data is massaged to adapt to the geometric model of Parasolid
    (with HOOPS Exchange, Parasolid and Bodyshop)
  • Fix geometric and topological inconsistencies in CAD data import
  • Stitch surfaces and tighten gaps
  • Simplify surfaces to cylinders, planes, tori, cones and spheres
  • Retain persistent IDs from CAD system
Read Formats
CAD Format Tessellation BREP PMI
Autodesk Inventor®
Creo™ Parametric
Industry Foundation Classes (IFC)
Siemens PLM Software’s NX™
Solid Edge®
Stereo Lithography (STL)
Universal 3D
  = supported
  = this concept is not supported by this format
  = unsupported
Write Formats
CAD Format Tessellation BREP PMI
Stereo Lithography (STL)
Universal 3D

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SDK Features & Benefits

We live in a multi-CAD world and HOOPS Exchange includes all the integration tools a development team requires to easily build robust CAD data translation into an application. It delivers a wide range of 3D data types in all major CAD and 3D formats via a rich set of APIs that provide ease of implementation as well as full control over the data delivered.

Provide your customers with the most comprehensive CAD data access:

  • Tessellated data for easy and accurate visualization of 3D models
  • Precise BREP data for accuracy of modeling, measurement and archiving
  • All topology and geometry for solid, surface and wire frame models
  • Complete product structure including assemblies, sub-assemblies and parts
  • Product Manufacturing Information (PMI) in both visual and semantic forms
  • Metadata and common attributes including colors, persistent IDs and layers
  • BREP Quality
  • BREP quality is unsurpassed for a CAD translation SDK
  • Adapts to specific modelers (Parasolid, ACIS, OCC, Rhino and more)
  • Collaborated with Siemens to define world-class bridge to Parasolid
  • Advanced Healing and Sewing
  • Advanced healing of both geometry and topology without a modeler
  • Fixes corrupt data
  • Improves topological issues: Orientation, tolerance and sew
  • Improves geometry: Self intersection, gaps and removes silver faces
  • Create closed solid from exploded models
  • Multiplatform Support
  • The only CAD translation SDK with multiplatform support
  • Windows 32/64, Linux 32/64 and Mac 64
  • Android and iOS*
  • *Supports import of STEP, JT, PRC, IGES, Parasolid, IFC and U3D
  • PMI Quality
  • Best-in-class for all major CAD formats
  • Semantic PMI critical for CAM, inspection path generation and other workflows
  • Exact visual PMI and full view support for visual interpretation
  • Bi-directional link between PMI and geometry for easy navigation
  • #1 in Performance
  • Load times average 8x faster than other leading SDKs
  • Rapid geometry conversion between 3D, parametric and NURBS formats
  • Unrivaled file load into Siemens’ Parasolid modelling kernel

HOOPS Exchange is the leading CAD translation SDK and enables broad CAD file read and write capabilies without any dependency on proprietary CAD systems and without having to develop all the file-reading technology in-house.

How can HOOPS Exchange benefit you?

  • Gain access to multiple CAD formats in a single integration with leading CAD import libraries
  • Ensure your application always has access to the latest format versions for CAD data exchange
  • Focus your resources on your core application strengths and use HOOPS Exchange for CAD translation
  • Simplify your support and maintenance issues with a single interface for all CAD importing
  • Reduce development risk by using established and proven SDK technology for CAD data reuse
  • Provide world-class CAD translation under an attractive business model
  • Develop using CAD import libraries with a long-standing reputation for excellence
  • Leverage the expertise of a highly respected team of CAD translation experts

Develop smarter and faster with a powerful SDK:

  • Access to all major proprietary and generic CAD and 3D formats
  • All CAD formats available in a single toolkit from one trusted supplier
  • One simple, consistent interface for all supported CAD formats
  • Extremely fast conversion times for CAD data translation
  • Massive assembly processing monolithically or in shattered mode
  • Export to standard file formats including IGES, STEP, JT 9.5, 3MF and Parasolid
  • Extensive modeler-specific geometry cleanup and healing to prepare the data for downstream use
  • Independence from other third-party technology or external libraries
  • Supports 32- and 64-bit versions for both Windows and Linux platforms, as well as macOS
  • Supports mobile operating systems Android and iOS*

Integrate with other SDKs:

  • Compatibility with HOOPS Publish to produce 3D PDF files
  • Integrate with HOOPS Visualize for rich visualization on desktop and mobile applications
  • Connect to HOOPS Communicator for web visualization in browsers
  • Integrates extremely well with Parasolid with high quality healing, repair and fast performance
  • By incorporating HOOPS Exchange into an application, software development teams can readily offer a robust and rich access to precise engineering information to satisfy even the most demanding technical requirements.

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