Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Announcing SimLab VR framework

VR is revolutionizing model navigation, assembly instructions, selling products, serious training and much more.

SimLab Soft team evaluated existing VR technology hardware and software, and based on that we decided to build SimLab VR framework, because we believed we can provide something great for users, something that saves money, and extends user’s reach in marketing, while taking advantage of the many years we invested in the development of SimLab Composer.

Believing that we can provide a unique solution was the beginning of SimLab VR framework.

SimLab VR framework should work for you.
  • No matter what CAD application you are importing your model from
  • No matter what experience you want to create for your users
  • No matter how small is your budget to start utilizing VR
Why should I use SimLab VR framework?
  • When building the framework, our focus was on ease of use, so even a user new to 3D, should be able to create an amazing VR experience.
  • SimLab VR framework from day one will support a large number of 3D formats.
  • SimLab VR framework is a complete solution that covers the process of preparing, adding interaction, adding animation, viewing, and distributing VR models.
  • Component based design, SimLab VR framework is delivered as a set of components that are designed to work together without forcing this on you, it is easy to pick the components you need to make it match your perfect workflow.
  • SimLab VR framework will be available in two editions lite edition which will be free, giving you the functionality to share VR models with others, and the professional version that gives users the ability to add animation, and advanced user interaction to the model, which will be affordable even for individuals and small companies.
  • Built on top of SimLab Composer to benefit from the technologies that were developed, optimized, and stabilized over many years.
  • Open communication, we decided to share the development plans of this project to allow users to share requests and to be able to plan accordingly

What hardware do I need for SimLab VR?

For VR you need a good machine with new Video card, good processing power and memory. To get the most of this Technology preview you need to have HTC vive.

If you do not have that, do not worry, you can use the desktop viewer that will provide you with great interaction on the desktop and which you will be able to share with customers who do not have the HTC vive.

This desktop viewer also can be used as a great tool to speed up the process of adding interactive capabilities to 3D models.

Components of SimLab VR framework

1- SimLab VR Viewer
This is the viewer that is used to interact with the VR model, the viewer can be run in two modes,  
2- SimLab VR Showroom
Showroom was created to make it easy to share models with users, and to build showroom catalogs, soon showroom will add optional network capacities to facilitate delivering models to stores and end users.

3- SimLab Composer

With 10 years in development, SimLab Composer is the best tool to import and to add VR interaction capabilities to 3D models, the new VR workbench includes a collection of the tools needed to bring your 3D model to life.
Preview of SimLab VR framework
The following video shows a preview of what to expect in SimLab VR framework

What is next?
Next week we will start sharing the first technical preview of SimLab VR framework, in this preview, we will give users access to SimLab VR showroom, and the new VR viewer.
When ready, the technical preview will be available in the following link.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Announcing SimLab Composer Light

The team of SimLab Soft is very pleased to make top quality, real time rendering functionality available for more users by releasing SimLab Composer light.

SimLab Composer light is a new edition of SimLab Composer that can be used to create top quality rendered images. SimLab Composer light can be used commercially.

Great functionality is included in SimLab Composer Light:
  • The user can create rendered images up to full HD 
  • Has access to a large selection of top quality rendering material 
  • Ability to save/load 3D scenes 
  • Access to the advanced material and geometry management in SimLab Composer 
The user gets all this automatically without even contacting SimLab Soft to get a license.

Students and educators can contact SimLab Soft to get a free 2 years educational license for SimLab Composer Pro or Mechanical from the following link.

The success of SimLab Composer light depends on you, let us hear about the great work you were able to accomplish with SimLab Composer light.

SimLab Composer on Windows and Mac cab be downloaded from the following link

Check the following tutorial to see how you can utilize SimLab Composer Light

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Increasing 3D scene realism by adding wires

Technology is moving forward to make more and more of our activities wireless, but the problem is that we are not there yet.

Wires and wire planning is an important aspect of our world. That is why we added a new wire creation capability in SimLab Composer, the process is very simple:
1- Create the wire path
2- Select if you want to control tangent at start and at end
3- Select the cross section of the wire to be created

This process allows you do add wires to existing models without the need to revert to a full 3D design application.

A quick tutorial showing the process of creating 3D wires SimLab Composer is available below.

Are you ready for testing? Get your 21 days free trial of SimLab Composer from the following link.

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Happy holidays

December just started and we are getting closer to the end of 2016, we hope that you all had a great year, and we hope that 2017 will be better for everyone.

We are thankful for all users and partners who helped us to make this a great year for SimLab Soft, and we promise to work hard to surprise you with great things in 2017.

We just started our end of year offers to make it even easier to get access to SimLab Composer and SimLab plugins, please find below our offers, details are available here

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Adding support for SketchUp 2017

SimLab Soft updated all SketchUp plugins to support SketchUp 2017.

For a full list of 3D plugins supporting SketchUp 2017, please check the following link

Thursday, November 10, 2016

SimLab Composer 7.2.3

A new minor version of SimLab Composer is now available.

This new version (SimLab Composer 7.2.3) adds:
  • Support to SketchUp 2017, and SolidWorks 2017
  • Adds simplified chinese one of the options for viewing the interface of SimLab Composer. 
  • makes it easy to experiment with real time rendering capabilities of SimLab Composer even before getting a trial license. 
The new version is ready for download from the following link

Sunday, October 16, 2016

3D measurements for Architectural models

Recently mechanical design community started the move from creating 2D drafts to adding measurements to 3D models, this not only saved cost needed to create and maintain 2D drafts, it made it easier to communicate the data, where the user can simply view dimensions and rotate the model to make sure she/he understands the relative position of the dimension in the 3D space.

At SimLab Soft, we thought that this can be of value to architects as well to communicate with end users of their models, so we added new tools to create annotations, linear, and angler measurements. Those measurements can be easily shared with end users as 3D PDF files.

The following quick tutorial shows this new feature in SimLab Composer 7.2.