Jul 11, 2017 | By Tess

Spatial Corp, a Colorado-based developer of 3D software development toolkits (SDKs), has launched its latest product: a universal 3D modeling web viewer tool that enables users to easily view 3D models (in a wide variety of formats) from any browser-compatible devices.

The company, a subsidiary of French software giant Dassault Systèmes, says its new 3D model viewing tool adapts Spatial Corp’s 3D InterOp data translation technology to offer easy-to-use web-based access to CAD files. The Spatial 3D web viewer, available to anyone with registration, has already been launched through the cloud across “multiple continents” and reportedly offers users the “fastest performance possible.”

Compatible with 3D models from CAD, AEC/BIM, CAE, CAM, CMM, EDA, robotics, and more, Spatial Corp’s web viewer makes it possible for users to look at and visualize 3D models almost anywhere (provided they have a browser-enabled device) and at any time. This is largely thanks to the fact that Spatial has used WebGL, a JavaScript API, for rendering the 3D model graphics.

As the company explains, WebGL has enabled Spatial to adapt its tool for any browser-enabled device, as well as provide advanced graphic capabilities, such as lighting, and shading. “This is the true power of web-based 3D modeling: enabling anytime, anywhere workflows on any web-enabled device,” commented Brian Rohde, the Senior Product Manager responsible for Online and Visualization at Spatial Corp.

In a press release, Spatial Corp also specifies that its web-based 3D model viewer “ensures that designs and data can be used across CAD and PLM system.” This, says the company, means that there is controlled access for only a “select set of information within a file,” visual rendering, for instance. This feature works to both protect any data that is shared and cut back on overall file size, which in turn increases the tool’s overall performance.

“Spatial has worked diligently to deliver a simple, easy-to-use interface for users to be able to load their 3D models and go,” said Rohde. “During the development of this viewer, we focused on best practices to ensure we delivered the best performance possible. As a result, large models can be viewed in a matter of seconds.”

Users interested in checking out Spatial Corp’s new web-based 3D model viewer can find it here, though you may need to register first.

Spatial Corp was founded in 1986 and in 2000 was bought by Dassault Systèmes. The 3D software developer is perhaps best known for its 3D ACIS Modeler, a popular geometric modeling kernel.

 

 

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