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September 15, 2021 – Nextech AR Solutions Corp, a provider of augmented reality (AR) experience technologies and services, announced the launch of its new CAD to POLY conversion solution to automatically transform 3D CAD designs into optimized 3D meshes ready for CGI that suitable for 3D and AR applications.
Commenting on the technology, Nextech CEO Evan Gappelberg said, “Most modern products ever built have been made from benchmark CAD models. Think about it, that represents billions of products around the world, and Nextech has invented an easy way to turn them into 3D models. Instead of using 2D images to create 3D models, we now have the ability to go straight to the source, where the products are actually designed by engineers (CAD files) and turn them into perfect 3D models, to large scale. Our new CAD to POLY solution is based on technology that will prove to be the holy grail of scaling 3D content.
Currently, CAD (short for “computer aided design“) is a function of product engineering. Industrial designers, working for product manufacturers, use CAD software (eg, AutoCAD, SolidWorks, etc.) to design many products of the modern world. To use these CAD files for commercial purposes, the CAD file must be converted to a 3D model which is a digital replica of the physical product.
POLY, on the other hand, refers to a file format (PLY) used to store three-dimensional data from polygonal modeling, which is an approach to model objects by representing or approximating their surfaces using polygonal meshes. .
To learn more about the CAD to POLY conversion, you can consult the blog post on the subject.
Commenting on some of the issues associated with exporting meshes natively from CAD data, Nima Sarshar, CTO of Nextech AR, said, “Nextech has addressed all of these issues by redesigning the process of converting CAD files to 3D meshes from zero. Rather than relying on native CAD conversion, we created CAD conversion technology from scratch, creating new techniques rooted in computational geometry, computer vision, and physics. When given a CAD file, we can now create lightweight, fully textured 3D models to scale. which can be used for real-time AR and 3D visualization.
As a result, the company has also filed a provisional patent covering the conversion of CAD files to 3D models, which it claims will provide features such as improved scalability associated with 3D models for e-commerce, as well as photo creation. realistic, fully textured. 3D models from raw CAD models and reference images.
Nextech said that it is now integrating the technology into its services and that the managed solution is readily offered and available, with some of Nextech’s customers already using the service. Additionally, Nextech believes the technology will provide the company with a leading edge in the CAD market, which will ultimately help expand its augmented reality business beyond e-commerce. Nextech added that it sees SaaS as an essential element in the advancement of all of its augmented reality solutions. The company’s CAD to POLY solution will therefore be offered in SaaS in 2022.
For more information on Nextech AR and its augmented reality solutions, please visit the company website website.
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