Siemens PLM Parasolid team introduces the Complementary Toolkit Provider Initiative (CTPI)
Today’s developers of 3D geometric related software applications have many choices of software development components and/or toolkits to help jumpstart their development. Usage of these component technologies allows developers to focus on their unique value-add development activities by avoiding work on difficult to duplicate technology and integrations. The Siemens PLM Parasolid team has a long history of working with third party technology providers. A good example is the HOOPS/Parasolid Bridge available for the HOOPS 3D Framework from Tech Soft 3D. Another example is the integration between Parasolid and Siemens PLM Software’s own D-Cubed Collision Detection Manager.
With the introduction of the Complementary Toolkit Provider Initiative (CTPI), Siemens PLM is reaching out to popular toolkit providers whose technology complements the Parasolid geometry kernel. Available toolkits our customers are using, or may consider, support a number of key development areas: CAM/CNC, CAE Meshing, Graphics/Rendering, Data Translation and more. A key aspect of the program is to provide CTPI members with a complimentary copy of the Parasolid development toolkit with the agreement that they build a standard integration (bridge) to Parasolid that our mutual customers can utilize, thus avoiding “reinventing the wheel” to integrate the two technologies. The resulting integration is distributed by the CTPI member only to mutual customers at no charge (customer must be a valid Parasolid licensee to qualify).
Since the last edition of the PLM Components newsletter new software developers to join the CTPI and license Parasolid to develop a software bridge include:
- MachineWorks, UK, for their CNC Simulation and Verification Toolkit software
- Lightwork Design, UK, for their advanced rendering toolkit
- Visual Kinematics, USA, for their VisTools/Mesh, VglTools and VdmTools toolkits for the CAE industry
- Redway3D, France, for their Redsdk visualisation and rendering toolkit
These companies join ModuleWorks (supplier of a high quality CAM component), Tech Soft 3D (makers of the HOOPS graphical toolkit), and Simmetrix (developer of the GeomSim CAE simulation components) as companies providing direct integrations to Parasolid. Look for more announcements related to new members of the CTPI in the near future.