HOOPS Communicator allows developers to view and interact with more than 20 CAD and BIM formats within a browser, mobile apps or Acrobat Reader. Using this one can build compelling cloud-based applications.

Our Expertise in HOOPS communicator
In today’s engineering world when your design teams are not just separated by the Model parts they are designing but also by the locations where they sit, it is important to share models instantly, letting your co-workers see and work on suggested changes in real-time. The challenge can be resolved by working with a browser based 3D Model visualization and collaboration tool. The database of designs can also be maintained on such a tool and in this way, knowledge is not limited to one expert and designers need not re-create the design every time.

With this need in mind, A US based client approached ProtoTech Solutions to design a browser based platform to store past projects which could be retrieved by the sales and design teams while preparing quotes and process chart for new projects. The 3D Models would need to be viewed in a web browser as well as on mobile devices.

ProtoTech developed a 3D web viewer by integrating HOOPS Communicator

In the developed application, users can -

  • Safely and securely store all legacy files on their browser.
  • Search for past projects.
  • Share and collaborate with other stakeholders.
  • Draw a bounding box around any CAD model and use the measurement tool for faces or vertices to calculate surface area or volume.
  • Translate any CAD model to any other on the cloud & view all of your models.
In our quest for optimizing resources and outcomes, we have not just integrated but also enhanced many functionalities around HOOPS Communicator.

Additional Measurement & Precision Features

CAD is all about details and exact measurements. We realized the need for a specialized precision system which would take care of multiple activities at the same time. Team ProtoTech successfully added various new measurement features which included - Edge Highlighting, Curve Selection, Identical parts selection, Define cutting plane in different directions, Point Snapping, Plane Snapping, Improved markups for Radius and diameter measurements, enhanced PMI interactions and many more. It is most useful for Business domains such as Manufacturing, Inspection, Aerospace, Military, etc. where precision in product specification plays an important role.

3D Model comparison system

Understanding the need for side by side comparison for certain 3D models, we set out to develop a comparison tool which would allow greater flexibility in viewing and correlation to users. Using HOOPS communicator, we built a functionality which would allow side by side comparison of 3D Models. That’s not all; the tool also allows an Overlay view (overlap) of two models for easier comparison.

Comparing two models which are not properly aligned or oriented is challenging and thus, our team developed a mechanism where users can do Plane Alignment of 2 models or realign the models as per their needs. Last but not the least, we enabled Distance Translate or rotate as well in our functionality.