IRONCAD Version 10 Uses HOOPS Technology to Deliver Enhanced Graphical Performance

ATLANTA, GA. And Berkeley, CA. December 5, 2007 – IronCAD, LLC and Tech Soft 3D today announced IRONCAD version 10 has integrated HOOPS technology to provide IRONCAD users with enhanced graphical performance and new collaboration alternatives.

HOOPS technology is a fundamental change to IRONCAD’s graphical capabilities. By implementing Tech Soft 3D’s HOOPS development kit, IRONCAD now takes better advantage of a computer’s available resources through technology like Direct3D. This also means IRONCAD users will continue to receive ongoing advances in visualization as Tech Soft 3D enhances the HOOPS framework.

Enhanced graphical performance for large assemblies is made possible by HOOPS. Among these enhancements is a new level of detail setting allowing for more fluid model selection and rotation even with high-feature-count assemblies. This ability is one of many enhancements to dynamic rendering and selection provided by integrating HOOPS technology, offering IRONCAD users a more efficient design environment.

IRONCAD users also benefit from new capabilities like Quick Visual Loading and 3D PDF support made possible by HOOPS’ technology. Visually loading the model quickly allows an engineer to manipulate their model (adjusting its view and zoom level) while additional information necessary for editing geometry loads in the background. With 3D PDF export, IRONCAD users now have access to new collaboration capabilities using Adobe’s standardized PDF format, which include markup capabilities. IRONCAD’s existing IronWeb publishing with HOOPS’ ActiveX viewer is also available as an alternative, or complimentary, collaboration tool.

“Our customers will benefit greatly from the increased performance and capabilities HOOPS allows us to provide in IRONCAD,” said Cary O’Connor, Director of Marketing at IronCAD, “This integration allows IronCAD developers to focus on enhancing IRONCAD’s core capabilities, while developers at Tech Soft 3D work to deliver improvements to graphical performance and visualization,” he continued.

Ron Fritz, Tech Soft 3D’s Managing Partner, added to O’Connor’s statement. “With HOOPS, IRONCAD was able to achieve a 10x performance gain over it’s previous in-scene rendering engine. We’re glad to hear that the new capabilities HOOPS provides have been well received within the IRONCAD user community and that the IRONCAD R&D team was able to smoothly make the transition to HOOPS. Tech Soft 3D is looking forward to helping them achieve even more success with HOOPS in the future”, he said.

IronCAD version 10 is now available for purchase through IronCAD, LLC’s reseller network. For more information, visit

About IronCAD
Based in Atlanta, GA, IronCAD is a leading provider of 3D Design Productivity Solutions that deliver the highest levels of customer satisfaction and productivity. Solutions that can be used either standalone or as complimentary collaboration solutions of a broader PLM initiative. Its flagship product IronCAD has won many industry awards for its innovative technology and leads the industry in its ease of use and design productivity. IronCAD products are being used successfully by thousands of customers worldwide. For more information on IronCAD, call 1-800-339-7304 or visit

Tech Soft 3D
Tech Soft 3D (TS3D) provides premier customer driven development tools, consulting and support services enabling its partners to rapidly deliver world-class technical software. TS3D develops software components that dramatically simplify the design, development and extension of high performance applications. The company maintains corporate headquarters in Berkeley, California and can be reached through

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