Introducing HOOPS Luminate: Tech Soft 3D’s New Advanced 3D Rendering Tool for Engineers

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Additive manufacturing software company Tech Soft 3D has unveiled its new graphics software development kit (SDK), called HOOPS Luminate, aimed at providing photo-realistic and advanced real-time rendering capabilities.

HOOPS Luminate presents developers with controls for rendering, tools for image quality, and access to a collection of realistic materials, amalgamating these under one toolkit provider. Fitted with an adjustable rendering pipeline, this SDK caters for different rendering types and amalgamates rasterization and ray-tracing technologies.

Developers have the ability to exchange data for both real-time and ray-tracing renderings through a singular C++ API, unifying them at the same time in the same view using its hybrid rendering mode. It’s compatible with Windows, macOS, and Linux, and it features a multi-threaded Unicode engine.

“We are extremely thrilled about presenting HOOPS Luminate to our associates and the wider engineering sector as the speed, quality, and realism of the renderings produced with this SDK are on the cutting edge,” stated Marco Salino, Product Manager for HOOPS Luminate. “With a robust connection to HOOPS Visualize, developers obtain the best of all worlds – an engineering-specific graphics engine with the potential to generate stunning photo-realistic renderings, introducing a new level of reality to their applications.”

HOOPS Luminate provides developers with photo-realistic and advanced real-time rendering for engineering applications in digital construction, product development, and interior design. Photo via Tech Soft 3D.

HOOPS Luminate provides developers with photo-realistic and advanced real-time rendering for engineering applications in digital construction, product development, and interior design. Photo via Tech Soft 3D.

Elevated engineering graphics with seamless integration

Integration with HOOPS Visualize enhances engineering graphics capabilities, enabling developers to achieve visual results in applications. HOOPS Luminate will serve as a key component of the integrated HOOPS SDK suite, meeting the need for high-quality, physically accurate rendering, and empowering the next generation of engineering software applications. The integrated HOOPS SDKs facilitate easy CAD data import using HOOPS Exchange, rendering with HOOPS Visualize and HOOPS Luminate, enabling engineering applications with top-tier rendering.

HOOPS Luminate excels in both rasterized and ray-traced rendering, achieving high-quality images interactively through proprietary data organization algorithms and hybrid rendering technology, says the company. The extensive HOOPS Luminate Materials Library features customizable realistic materials based on physical parameters, spanning categories like stones, wood floorings, concrete, fabrics, metals, jewelry, and more.

Moreover, realistic simulations of complex light interactions, such as reflections, refractions, soft shadows, caustics, and ambient occlusion, are possible with the rendering technologies. These technologies utilize high-level techniques like global illumination. HOOPS Luminate, built on Redway3D’s REDsdk that Tech Soft 3D acquired in 2022, reinforces the firm’s standing in the engineering software industry as a rendering solution provider.

Patrice Tiberi, Deputy General Manager of Product and Strategy at TopSolid, declares that TopSolid’s users can examine 3D models in a realistic virtual setting using HOOPS Luminate’s advanced rendering features. This allows them to swiftly authenticate and showcase their designs in an engaging manner.

In the past, Tech Soft 3D acquired Ceetron AS with the objective to merge Ceetron‘s specialized visualization and simulation Software Development Kits (SDKs) into Tech Soft’s Computer-Aided Engineering (CAE) product range. This was done to augment programmer support for the development and analysis applications, thereby widening its customer base in the manufacturing, building, and construction industries.

Surge in software solutions

New software developments in the sector have been picking up pace lately. For instance, 3D printing software company Castor introduced a software feature translating 2D drawings into simulated 3D views, improving efficiency in transitioning to 3D printing. Automated geometric analysis facilitates swift decision-making, considering material properties, cost-effectiveness, and digital supply chain benefits.

This accelerates part selection for 3D printing, significantly reducing time-to-market. CASTOR’s software autonomously extracts manufacturing details from 2D drawing PDFs, offering recommendations and financial analyses, expediting informed decision-making for engineers.

Moreover, Dassault Systèmes launched SOLIDWORKS 2024, the new version of its 3D design and engineering software. Addressing user demands for enhanced efficiency and collaboration in product development, a key feature allows users to store SOLIDWORKS data in a previous release, fostering seamless collaboration with those using older versions.

Other noteworthy features include the Collinear Dimension Command, addressing concerns related to dimension text overcrowding, and Cloud Services integration for streamlined data management and collaboration. SOLIDWORKS 2024 enhances efficiency and communication across disciplines, focusing on design intent and collaboration.

Engineering software developer nTop, launched nTop 4, a software update targeting challenges in additive manufacturing (AM). The update features Field Optimization, a generative design technology streamlining AM design complexity.

In addition, Implicit Interop eliminates data exchange bottlenecks, ensuring seamless data transfer. nTop Automate improves design automation, now with Linux support for cost-effective cloud computing. nTop Accelerate offers personalized training and workshops, maximizing its impact.

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