CadFaster Launches MyCadbox for Fast, Cloud-Based 3D Model Sharing5 Mar, 2013 By: Nancy Spurling Johnson
Now available as a public beta test in PC and iPad versions, the tool supports viewing, coviewing, and markup of STEP files — with DWG support coming soon.
CadFaster this week announced public beta availability of MyCadbox, described as “Dropbox for CAD files” for users in the manufacturing field. The cloud-based collaboration tool is designed to simplify sharing, viewing and coviewing, markup, and tracking of 3D models on mobile devices and desktops.
“Our clients told us that CAD models take too long to open and they are difficult to share for collaboration,” said Janne Hietanen, CTO, CadFaster. “MyCadbox optimization has reduced [file] opening time to a fraction of conventional tools’ opening time.” Indeed, the company reports that a 100-MB STEP file can open in four to five seconds using MyCadbox.
MyCadbox grew out of the CadFaster|QuickStep 2010 product, a professional 3D STEP file viewer. CadFaster wanted to take functionality “to the next level,” said Tuomas Holma, vice-president of sales and marketing. So the company launched development of MyCadbox to combine the features of QuickStep; CadFaster|Collaborate, its flagship product for real-time, interactive model reviews; and cloud-based functionality and mobile accessibility. “It’s similar to technology we’ve had in Collaborate, but brought into an online environment,” Holma said.
MyCadbox doesn’t aim to replace Quick Step, Holma clarified, but “50% to 60% of Quick Step users will see benefits and upgrade, we hope.”
CadFaster’s MyCadbox, a tool for online 3D file sharing and review, is
now available as a public beta trial.
Using MyCadbox is as simple as accessing your online dashboard and clicking on a file name to see a model preview as well as all discussions and markups associated with that model. You can create views, mark them up, and share files with others via an e-mail invitation that provides immediate access. “It’s a new way of sharing CAD models,” said Holma.
Complex 3D models display quickly and clearly when accessed via the
An overview of MyCadbox features is provided in this video.
Availability and Pricing
The public beta release of MyCadbox supports STEP format and is available immediately for download and user feedback.
- Basic version (free) is designed for sharing as many as 10 models at a time via PC or iPad.
- Pro version ($9.99) increases cloud sharing capacity to 100 models, speeds file opening via a prioritized processing queue, and includes professional support.
The MyCadbox iPad app is also available now in Apple's iTunes store. “Without any additional steps, you have access to all the same files that you have in your box and can access from your PC,” Holma explained. “This might be one of the very first apps that can open very large CAD files on the iPad.”
Later releases will add support for other file formats, Holma said, and a team version will be launched as well. “In about a month, we hope to offer DWG support and make it commercial.”
In regard to other development, Holma added, “We are considering bringing the AEC apps [for Autodesk Revit and Bentley MicroStation] to this platform, but right now it’s just manufacturing.” The company hasn’t determined if it will develop versions for other tablet platforms — that will depend on what users request, he said.
About the Author: Nancy Spurling Johnson
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