Tech Soft 3D and aPriori announce HOOPS Licensing Agreement

25 Mar, 2008

Agreement will allow aPriori to extend parts-costing capabilities.

Tech Soft 3D, a provider of core graphics components to the engineering software industry, announced that aPriori has licensed Tech Soft 3D's flagship HOOPS for use in the aPriori Product Cost Management software platform. With HOOPS, aPriori will extend its capabilities for automatically costing parts and assemblies by allowing users to view, select, and control product cost drivers directly in the interactive 3D model display.

"aPriori's real-time product cost assessments are helping leading manufacturing and product companies drive significant costs out of their products prior to production," said Eric Hiller, founder and chief technology officer at aPriori. "Through our partnership with Tech Soft 3D, aPriori is extending its next-generation costing solution with powerful graphical capabilities that provide users with an interactive view of the parts and assemblies being costed."

Ron Fritz, managing partner for Tech Soft 3D, added, "aPriori demonstrates that use of 3D is indeed spreading rapidly into all areas of the manufacturing process, in this case into enterprise cost management. We enjoy seeing innovative solutions that use HOOPS as their graphics platform and look forward to helping aPriori develop and deliver a successful application."

HOOPS is a set of extensible, high-level components that reportedly simplifies the design, development, and maintenance of high-performance, interactive 2D/3D applications. HOOPS components provide the technology building blocks for developers to create custom, high-performance applications capable of driving OpenGL and Direct3D. Developers can extend and customize the HOOPS framework via its underlying set of libraries. Rather than attempting to reinvent the vast functionality already encapsulated within the HOOPS product set, developers can focus their development efforts on their true value-add and build better software faster.

Tech Soft 3D provides building block technologies and related services. The company reports that HOOPS technology has been incorporated into more than 175 commercial software applications, including many of the leaders in CAD/CAM and CAE software, such asCOADE, Autodesk, SolidWorks, Dassault Systemes, Siemens PLM, PTC, IronCAD and others. In addition to the flagship HOOPS technology, the company also resells components such as the Autodesk RealDWG Toolkit, Adobe PDF Libraries, Parasolid Modeling Kernel from Siemens PLM, and Spatial 3D InterOp translation.

The aPriori Enterprise Cost Management software platform is designed to improve the financial results of discrete manufacturing and product companies by enabling them to actively control cost of goods sold with real-time, predictive, and precise product cost assessments.