08/27/2021  #Release  

3DViewStation v2021.1 Release

We have released 3DViewStation version v2021.1 with a series of enhancements, described below. Please also review our recent BLOG preview entries for details. The new 3DViewStation versions are available for download .

Import 3D:

  • Catia V5-6 R2021
  • Creo 8
  • FBX: all versions, faster
  • Inventor 2022
  • JT 10.5
  • NX 1953, 1980
  • Parasolid 33, 33.1
  • Rhino3D 7

Export 3D:

  • GLTF 2.0
  • FBX: binary 7.5

Import 2D:

  • Catia V5-6R2021 (R31)
  • Creo 8
  • NX 1953, 1957, 1961, 1965, 1969, 1973

Functions & Features:

  • Selection mode: Face
  • Measurement:
    • Cumulated area 
    • Distance point to face
  • Transform: Boundary conditions: X, Y and Z axis added
  • 3D-Markups: 
    • Multiple references to curves and faces
    • Variables and attributes can be used
    • References for dimensionings of surfaces and edges
  • Offset lines are now removable
  • Change the color of faces: Add vertex colors
  • Optional prompt to save when closing a scene

WebViewer, VisShare:

  • Ad hoc session sharing with multiple users


  • Different controller models can be displayed
  • VR menu settings will be saved


  • VSXML: XSD for validation
  • XML-API:
    • New method for writing custom log messages
    • Reference to part NodeIds and CustomIds added in VSXML
    • Camera Zoom/Pan limits
    • OpenFile extended: Load from URL

More at https://viewer.kisters.de/help/productfamily/en/3dvs_versioninfo_intro.php

06/24/2021  #webviewer   #explainer   #share   #online   #realtime  

Realtime Online Collaboration using WebViewer: session sharing

We do now allow sharing a 3DViewStation WebViewer session with one or several other users. This is possible from within WebViewer running independently or integrated in any leading system like Kisters VisShare. The session manager can invite other persons to the session, who will be spectators in the beginning. Mouse control can be handed over to any participant, allowing to leverage the full set of 3DViewStation WebViewer functionality. Works on PCs, Tablets, and Smartphones.
The following video explains the problems to be solved and our solution.


Sharing a WebViewer session with several users

05/11/2021  #Importer   #exporter  

Supported file format news - V2021.0.95

There has been an update for several file format importers with 3DViewStation V2021.0.95:

Import 3D:

  • JT 10.5 
  • NX - Unigraphics 1953
  • Parasolid 33
  • Rhino3D 7

Export 3D:

  • GL Transmission Format 2.0 

Import 2D:

  • CATIA V5-6R2021 (R31)
  • NX: 1953, 1957 and 1961

New 3DVS format V17. 3DVS files exported with this version are not compatible with pre-2021 versions of 3DViewStation

See also complete list of supported file formats.

03/03/2021  #Minecraft   #Gaming   #Game   #Spielen   #NBT  

For gamers: create Minecraft NBT files from native 3D CAD models

You or your kids use Minecraft and want to add your own objects and you have access to any CAD models you want to share with them? Then simply load them into 3DViewStation and save them in Minecraft NBT file format. We also support NBT reading, so you can check the exported files before using them further with Minecraft. A nice solution for gaming / gamers.

Here are a few examples. The race car still has all the details and was originally a 600 MB Creo assembly. It took only seconds to create a Minecraft NBT from it:

02/26/2021  #3DViewStation Desktop   #VR   #Release  

3DViewStation v2021.0 Release

We have released 3DViewStation version v2021.0 with a series of enhancements, described below. Please also review our recent BLOG preview entries for details. The new 3DViewStation Desktop & VR-Edition versions are available for download . WebViewer version and VisShare will follow soon...

Import 3D:

  • 3MF
  • Solidworks 2021

Import 2D:

  • Solid Edge 2021
  • UG NX: NX 1938, NX 1942, NX 1946

Export 2D:

  • export all views incl. preview images to PDF

Functions & Features:

  • visualization: support for textures
    • supported file formats:
    • import: OBJ, FBX, GLB/GLTF, DAE, U3D, 3DVS, 3MF
    • export: 3DS, 3DVS
  • draft angle analysis: new option to show undercuts
  • section:
    • filled by geometry color
    • new method:
      create section plane perpendicular to selected edge
      section plane orientation follows contour of the edge
  • measurement: calculate minimum distance between several selections of solids
  • measurements using points: snapping of end or center of lines or edges
  • PMI: select all PMI attached to the selected geometry
  • BOM:
    • Extend BOM table by attributes
    • generate callout ID by attribute
  • assign attributes to markups
  • create intersection point of 2 edges
  • Offset lines can now remember transformation path
  • position camera perpendicular to surface
  • show current mouse coordinate in the status bar
  • VR only:
    • 2 new fly modes
    • improved teleport marker
    • reposition camera in fix steps
  • WebViewer only: share session between several users

More at https://viewer.kisters.de/help/productfamily/en/3dvs_versioninfo_intro.php


Preview v2021: automatically add user defined attributes to markups

Depending on import settings, Kisters 3DViewStation also reads attributes from  native CAD files. These attributes were added by the designer, using the CAD system. Using our APIs you can also add custom attributes, which might be read from any leading system, like a PLM or ERP, or from any file. For certain  projects we also developed plugins for 3DViewStation, which allow to add, change or remove attributes. Reading and merging attributes from several files can be helpful in cases, where attributes might come from several systems and a direct integration with each of the system might result in too high efforts.
Similar to CAD, customers want to be able to see the persons name, who created a markup and i.e. the date. That's why we now allow to automatically add attributes to markups. Customers can create presets containing definitions about the attributes. Variables we provide are name, date and time.

Find here some impressions:


Preview v2021: using attributes with BOM and ballooning

3DViewStation has a BOM function, which allows to generate a BOM from a 3D CAD model displayed. This works with any file format such as Catia, NX, Creo, Inventor, Solidworks, JT, STEP and so on. The BOM can be copied to the clipboard or exported as a file. But the BOM is also used in our TechDoc (technical documentation) option. Here you can generate callout IDs and manually or automatically generate the corresponding callouts, often called balloons.

There are a few news with 3DViewStation v2021 :
First, you can now add attributes as columns to your BOM table and you can re-order the coumns. Sometimes it is sufficient to just use the attributes as reference. But now you can also use attributes instead of the traditional callout IDs. Like with classic balloons the IDs can be auto generated and auto positioned. You might not want to use the default circle, but a different shape instead, like the underline in our example.


Preview v2021: PMI selection by feature

Today we find more and more MBD (model based definition) initiatives, replacing traditional 2D drawings with 3D annotated models through all workflows.

How can 3DViewStation help?

First of all 3DViewStation supports PMI (product manufacturing information) reading from many sources, like Catia, NX, Creo, JT, STEP. There are also technical data packages out (TDP), which might be a ZIP consisting of many files. Some of them might be 2D-PDFs whith a JT attached to them. 3DViewStation allows to open both at the same time, the 2D-PDF plus the attached JT.
It also allows to creat own 3D annotations or markups on top of it and save them again i.e. into 3DVS, JT, STEP (AP242), 3D-PDF or 2D-PDF or as images.

Here, one important capability is our search function, which also works for PMIs. Another is the different ways to select objects: we allow you to select a PMI and then highlight the associated feature. What's new in 3DViewStation v2021 is the reverse: we show all PMIs that belong to the selected feature. We call this the reverse selection. Also new is the ability to then isolate the feature plus associated PMIs.

Find here a few impressions related to PMI by feature selection:


02/17/2021  #distance   #measurement   #groups   #solids  

Preview v2021: distance measurement of groups of solids

Kisters 3DViewStation has many measurement functions. One of it calculates the minimum distance between a solid and another object like a face, another calculates the distance between two solids. Computations using solids might be very resource and time consuming. That means, that it is a real challenge to calculate the minimum distance of  a group of thousands of solids against another group also consisting of thousands of solids. This might be the case with plants, buildings, ships or aircrafts. For the new version of 3DViewStation we introduced an extremely fast solids to solids distance calculation. We offer two options to either just calculate the distances in between all selected solids or, as second option, all selected against all unselected.

Here are some results. The example consists of about 20.000 parts. The result "steel" construction against the rest has just taken a fraction of a second to show up: