Tech Soft 3D and Comet Solutions Announce HOOPS Licensing Agreement

BERKELEY, CA and ALBUQUERQUE, NM -- (MARKET WIRE) -- Mar 05, 2008 -- Tech Soft 3D (TS3D), the leading provider of core graphics components to the engineering software industry, and Comet Solutions, an innovative software firm with a mission to change how simulation is used in the product development process, announce a license agreement whereby Comet will utilize TS3D's HOOPS component as their core graphics engine.

The technical team at Comet chose HOOPS as their graphics foundation of their product so that they could focus on their breakthrough approach to simulation while also ensuring that their display capabilities were at least as powerful as any other popular CAE package. Use of HOOPS also enabled the Comet team to speed application development, getting their acclaimed initial release to market faster than would otherwise have been possible.

Malcolm Panthaki, Comet's CTO and Founder, commented, "HOOPS is the recognized leader for graphics in the CAD and CAE industries with an easy-to-use API which saved us significant time and effort. The Comet software got a huge boost by using HOOPS and that has allowed our engineers to focus on developing solutions that truly add value to the marketplace. HOOPS plays an invaluable role in our application."

"Comet is an innovative company who offers revolutionary software technology allowing engineering principles to drive a concurrent product development process. It's always gratifying to know that HOOPS can help companies like Comet create new and interesting applications that will have a positive impact on the product development process," added Ron Fritz, TS3D's Managing Partner.


HOOPS is a set of extensible, high-level components that dramatically 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 both OpenGL and/or Direct3D. Developers work from a high level to extend and customize the HOOPS framework, taking advantage of the power of the underlying set of libraries. Rather than attempting to re-invent 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.

About Structural Simulation

Comet/Structural Dynamics enables you to simulate the performance of structures and mechanisms -- both static and dynamic -- using MBD codes in concert with finite element analysis. Comet/Structural Dynamics enables you to work with your choice of CAD and CAE applications from multiple vendors -- without translations and without having to build and maintain subroutines and linkages to pass data back and forth between systems. These tedious, time-consuming, and error-prone activities are eliminated with Comet/StructuralDynamics. You'll work with a single model in a single environment.

About Comet Solutions, Inc.

Comet Solutions, Inc. provides a full line of software applications which enable manufacturers to implement a knowledge-driven engineering process where reusable Simulation Templates bring insight from simulation much earlier in the product design process. With Comet, the dependency on CAD is eliminated and companies significantly improve their ability to benefit from simulation results during early stages of conceptual engineering and feasibility studies. Comet software delivers the industry's first Single Project Environment that powers a streamlined workflow while allowing engineers to use existing CAD/CAE/PLM tools. With Comet, companies are now exploiting the full potential of these tools and exploring more design alternatives, enabling the rapid development and delivery of more innovative, higher quality, and cost-effective products.

About Tech Soft 3D

Tech Soft 3D (TS3D) provides building block technologies and related services, enabling their ISV customers to rapidly develop world-class technical software. The company's flagship HOOPS technology has been incorporated into over 175 commercial software applications, including many of the leaders in CAD/CAM and CAE software including COADE, Autodesk, SolidWorks, Dassault Systemes, Siemens PLM, PTC, IronCAD and many others. In addition to the flagship HOOPS technology, the company also resells premium components such as the Autodesk RealDWG Toolkit, Adobe PDF Libraries, Parasolid Modeling Kernel from Siemens PLM, and Spatial 3D InterOp translation.

HOOPS is a registered trademark. Other brand and product names are trademarks of their respective owners. © 2008 Tech Soft 3D

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