How HOOPS SDKs Work for Building PLM Applications

Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions are quite literally the glue that holds manufacturing production systems together, providing a digital thread from start to finish and optimizing processes for the end-user.

At Tech Soft 3D, we’re not experts in building PLM applications, but we do know a thing or two about the component technology that leading applications are built upon and how SDKs can provide necessary core functionality that allows development teams to focus on their expertise and bring their solutions to market faster. Here are some ways that HOOPS can be part of building PLM solutions:

The HOOPS Exchange SDK provides a CAD data import and export library, delivering access to over 30 CAD file formats through a single interface. Whether it’s CATIA, SOLIDWORKS, Inventor, Solid Edge, NX, STEP, or STL, HOOPS Exchange delivers dependable access to essential 3D CAD data including BREP, metadata, PMI, and GD&T, supporting a variety of PLM and PDM workflows like assembly management, revision control, configuration management, and BOM generation.

Engineering-specific HOOPS graphics SDKs, HOOPS Visualize and HOOPS Communicator allow users to display and interact with 3D CAD data in all major web browsers, mobile devices, and desktops. HOOPS Visualize provides high-quality rendering on desktop or mobile applications while HOOPS Communicator is a fully customizable SDK for high-performance, web-based visualization of 3D graphics. With support for navigating complex assemblies, interrogating data with built-in explode and cutting plane tools, as well as markup and redlining, HOOPS graphics libraries empower development teams to quickly add powerful 3D viewing to their PLM applications.

The HOOPS Publish SDK provides the tools to quickly generate interactive reports, including 3D models and dynamic parts lists and tables for further interrogation and collaboration. Furthermore, HOOPS Publish enables CAD data to be published to standards like JT or STEP AP 242 for increased interoperability. Need to share files in the browser? HOOPS Publish also allows users to create standalone HTML files with embedded 3D data.

For more information view the full blog here: HOOPS SDKs for Building Leading PLM Applications | Tech Soft 3D

If you’re working on a PLM solution, we’d love to hear more about what you’re working on and what HOOPS features you’re most excited about.