Free CAD file viewer adds dynamic sections, measurements, and calculations
Moscow, Russia: May 27 2019 – C3D Labs, the developer of highly-regarded 3D software development toolkits, announced today that it has released C3D Viewer 2019, an update to its free application for viewing 3D CAD models. The viewer handles standard CAD (computer-aided design) formats, such as JT, STEP, X_T and X_B, SAT, IGES, STL, and VRML, and its own C3D format. Ð¡3D Viewer 2019 incorporates some of the geometric modeling, data conversion, and model visualization functions found in C3D Modeler, C3D Converter, and C3D Vision – all components of its C3D Toolkit.
Figure 1. C3D Viewer 2019
The model viewer, first released by C3D Labs in 2017, gives users full control over displaying 3D models, such as navigating and orientating models, setting standard views, changing perspective projections, and adjusting levels of detail. It also plays back animations at varying speeds. This made C3D Viewer useful to both CAD and non-CAD users who access 3D CAD models.
In its update for 2019, C3D Labs extends the capabilities of C3D Viewer by delivering the following advanced, high-performance tools:
New! Dynamic Section Tool
The new dynamic section tool lets users view and analyze internal parts of 3D models through sections made with one or more planes. Through the use of OpenGL, 3D Viewer gives results quicker than CAD systems, which typically create sections by modifying the topology of solids.
Figure 2. Dynamic Section Tool
New! Measurement and Calculation Tools
C3D Viewer 2019 now measures the most important aspects of geometric models: angles, distances between objects, edge lengths, surface areas, and so on. The resulting linear, diametrical, and angular dimensions are displayed clearly in the model window. The viewer also calculates masses, volumes, surface areas, centers of mass, and moments of inertia.
Figure 3. Measurement and Calculation Tools
Price and Availability
C3D Viewer 2019 is free, and is available for downloading as of today from https://c3dlabs.com/en/products/viewer/.
C3D Viewer Enterprise 2019 is for software developers and is also shipping now. It generates lightweight representations of CAD data and is designed to be embedded in PDM (product data management), PLM (product lifecycle management), and ECM (enterprise content management) systems. Pricing available upon request.
About C3D Labs
C3D Labs specializes in the technology-intensive market of software components. The company was founded in 2012 by ASCON Group, a well-known CAD and PLM developer in Russia. Development of the C3D kernel was begun in 1995.
C3D Labs today provides the C3D Toolkit to engineering software for constructing and editing precise 3D models. As a tool for software developers, C3D Toolkit is the only package to incorporate all four modules critical to CAD: 2D/3D modeling, 2D/3D constraint solving, 3D visualization, and file conversion.
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