Informative Graphics Corporation (IGC) has released its free ModelPress 3D Publisher and Viewer, a system that is designed to simplify the distribution of 3D CAD models.
In use, the The ModelPress Publisher compresses models by 70 – 98% into IGC’s ISF format that is readable by the ModelPress Viewer. The ModelPress Viewer reads the published ISF model file and allows it to be visualised and measured, but not copied or modified.
The Viewer comes as a desktop application that can be embedded in a Web page or other desktop applications.
Because the Viewer does not require access to the Web or a network once the model is loaded, CAD models can be viewed from the desktop or local network, and can be distributed outside a firewall via the Web to online trading exchanges, customers, vendors, suppliers and manufacturing bidders.
Unlike 3D streaming technology, ModelPress scales without having to add or maintain multiple application servers.
ModelPress is a free (no fee) product. Only embedding or distributing ModelPress Viewer in any fee-based product/service requires a royalty license from IGC. Support for ModelPress is offered to IGC’s customers and OEM partners via a fee-based contract.
Currently, the ModelPress Publisher supports Autodesk Inventor 3D, SolidWorks parts and assemblies, SolidEdge parts and assemblies, IGES, STL, VRML, 3D AutoCAD (non-ACIS) and 3DS.