Visualize & analyze large 3D CAD models faster: KISTERS 3DViewStation V2016


Aachen, 2016/02/10: KISTERS has announced the release 2016 of the 3DViewStation Desktop version. The KISTERS 3DViewStation Desktop is known for its modern user-interface, high performance 3D-viewing, advanced analysis and Digital MockUp (DMU). 3DViewStation ships with current and mature CAD-importers for a broad range of formats including i.e. Catia, NX, Creo, SolidWorks, SolidEdge, JT, 3D-PDF and STEP plus an extensive set of functional tools to view, analyze and communicate 3D-data as i.e. STEP, JT or 3D-PDF.

Although KISTERS 3DViewStation Desktop has been very fast already before, the focus of the developments of 3DViewStation Desktop V2016 has been set to optimize further the handling of extremely large assemblies and enhancements of the analysis functions.

The graphics kernel, which is a KISTERS development, has been optimized again to cut down load times by 50% in 3DVS file format and to reduce memory usage by 60%-70%. Also the file size of 3DVS files has been reduced by 20%-30%.

As an example, a complete truck, being more than 3 GB of JT pure tessellation file will be reduced to 450 MB in 3DVS file format and will load in 10 seconds on an i5 notebook computer, using less than 500 MB memory. Handling and analysis of this model is working fluently.

There have also been other enhancements:

  • file format support has been updated, now including SolidEdge ST8, SolidWorks 2016, STEP AP 242 XML.
  • Font substitution has been added for DXF, DWG and DGN
  • Coordinate system and angle dimensions now show previews before finishing them
  • 3DViewStation Desktop now uses the new XML-API internally.
  • It is now possible to share floating licenses between 3DViewStation Desktop and 3DViewStation WebViewer.

The new features of 3DViewStation can be reviewed in more detail at

The KISTERS 3DViewStation is developed by very closely following customer requirements; it is available as Desktop, ActiveX and HTML5 WebViewer product-versions. All product flavors are intended to be used together with a PLM-, ERP- or other management system like product configuration or service & spare part applications, providing all necessary APIs. For cloud, portal and web-solutions there is a HTML5-based WebViewer solution available, which does not require any client installation at all. All file formats can be used in combination with the intelligent navigation- and hyperlinking features to address needs of complex integration scenarios.

KISTERS is a worldwide growing IT-company which has been founded in 1963 as an engineering agency. Its 500+ employees develop resource management systems for energy, water and air, and information systems for the area of environment protection and safety. Professional competence and operational experience with more than 3000 customers and more than 150.000 installed licenses make KISTERS an internationally sought-after partner for software solutions.

One core focus of the IT-solution department is the development and sales of visualization solutions for CAD-data and documents including ECM and PLM integrations. To satisfy the various market requirements KISTERS offers own developments of visualization tools. Customers appreciate 20+ year experience in this area.

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