VR for CAD is entry-level VR for CAD software designed to make it quick and easy for engineers and designers to view, investigate and annotate their CAD models using PC-based HMDs or 3D screens.

VR4CAD is a low-cost (under 1.200 €) VR viewer based upon the industry-leading Visionary Render software from Virtalis. VR4CAD directly reads the 3D CAD file to quickly import and build a VR scene for viewing in low-cost PC-based HMDs such as the Oculus Rift™ or HTC Vive™ or on a zSpace™ or other 3D screen.

Unlike games engines that require considerable know-how to make a VR experience, VR4CAD adopts a plug-and-play approach, instantly recognising which VR viewing device you have installed and presenting you with a start window that directly reads the 3D CAD file.

Like its high-end sibling, Visionary Render, VR4CAD speedily transforms CAD models into full 3D VR ready to go. Users can save viewpoints, annotations and snapshots, and VR4CAD boasts ambient occlusion and shadowing.

VR4CAD supports an impressive list of CAD packages and formats, including:

  • CreoView
  • Solidworks
  • Autodesk Inventor
  • FBX
  • Collada
  • Unigraphics NX
  • CATIA V5
  • Open JT
  • STEP format

As well as the financial benefits of using advanced visualisation and VR, with strong returns on investment, one of the principal benefits is to enhance understanding and communication between stakeholders.

In a Virtalis virtual world, designers speak the same language as manufacturers and trainers, sales and marketing teams can work alongside buyers and focus groups, while lecturers are able to demonstrate complex ideas to their students in 3D.

People using VIRTALIS tools and techniques have generated proven tangible and intangible benefits whilst reducing risk – we have many excellent case studies and reference sites which illustrate this.



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