KISTERS 3DViewStation - intelligent viewing with high savings potential

Sports car manufacturer uses viewer solution and reduces costs of CAD licenses

Sacramento, CA – April 21st, 2021 – Many companies use expensive CAD licenses outside the construction department, from quotation calculation and documentation to QA and marketing. For all users without a CAD background, this means time-consuming training in a complex software, high acquisition plus maintenance fees, and occupied CAD licenses during its usage. An intelligent viewer solution can take over all these department-specific tasks easily, cost-effectively and is as fully adept as the CAD system.

This savings potential was recognized by a well-known sports car manufacturer, who decided in favor of KISTERS 3DViewStation after benchmarking leading viewing solutions. "With more than 180 functions and the ability to load a complete vehicle within 5 seconds, the optimal candidate for replacing numerous CAD licenses has been found," said the project manager. "The departments are perfectly supported in their work and problem areas are identified at an early stage, completely without physical prototypes." Several locations and departments have since been working successfully with the KISTERS 3DViewStation. Due to the cost efficiency- combined with the time savings and error prevention-the company plans to equip additional teams and employees in the future.

“Another target of the project was to integrate the 3DViewStation smoothly into an in-house PLM system,” said Jim Eardly, U.S. Sales Director for Kisters. “The effective combination of viewer and PLM provides the automotive manufacturer with additional flexibility in development and production processes, as increasing vehicle complexity is accompanied by a multitude of variants and configurations. Here, KISTERS 3DViewStation enables models with thousands of individual parts to be visualized quickly and effortlessly-with a free choice of clients. This is ideal for all users who have to work with larger assemblies, such as employees in sales, manufacturing or quality assurance. They all benefit from fast viewing of native and neutral CAD data, 2D drawings, images and office documents-not just NX and JT.

The 3DViewStation is available as a desktop, web or mobile application, as well as a VR application. Eardly noted that teams from various development departments at the sports car manufacturer use the VR edition not only as a visual component for photorealistic rendering, but also as an analysis tool. “For example, the operator uses the controller to lift a sports car to inspect it from the underside and disassemble assemblies,” he said. “Accessibility, ergonomics and size ratios can thus be experienced live. The 3DViewStation VR edition lets users experience 3D data in virtual spaces with new opportunities for collaboration-especially now during the pandemic.”

With the KISTERS 3DViewStation, it is possible to reduce the number of expensive CAD licenses to a minimum. Without high training effort and much lower cost, more and more employees can be integrated into the product workflow. This leads to more efficiency, time savings and error prevention.

Known for its modern user-interface, high performance viewing, advanced analysis and integration capabilities into leading systems, 3DViewStation ships with current and mature importers for a broad range of 3D and 2D formats including i.e. Catia, NX, Creo, SolidWorks, SolidEdge, Inventor, Revit, JT, 3D-PDF, STEP, DWG, DXF, DWF, MS Office and many more.

The latest developments of 3DViewStation can be reviewed in more detail at: https://www.3dviewstation.com/blog.html.

According to Eardly, KISTERS 3DViewStation is continuously enhanced in response to customer needs and requirements. It is available as Desktop, VR-Edition and HTML5 WebViewer product-versions plus the online collaboration tool VisShare. All product flavors are intended to be used together with a PLM, ERP or other management system product configuration or service and spare part applications, providing all necessary APIs. For cloud, portal and web-solutions, there is an HTML5-based WebViewer solution available, which does not require client installation. All file formats can be used in combination with the intelligent navigation and hyperlinking features to address the needs of complex integration scenarios.

About the company

25 years success in the market with superior visualization solutions from desktop to mobile has proven KISTERS to be one of the top players in the visualization industry. Clients ranging from small firms to well-known multinationals, 3DViewStation's easy-to-use interface is suitable for all user groups and 100% customizable to each individual’s specific requirements. More than 3,000 customers and over 200,000 installations worldwide. In addition, KISTERS offers expert advice and support in concept development based on client requirements.