3DViewStation VR Edition

Virtual Reality (VR) solution to inspect and analyze large models

In combination with an HMD (Head Mounted Device), 3DViewStation VR-Edition is the inexpensive replacement to your Cave or Powerwall. The 3DViewStation VR Edition lets you virtually immerse yourself into your 3D models using VR glasses supported by SteamVR or Windows Mixed Reality. Head mounted device options are the: HTC Vive, Lenovo Explorer or HP Mixed Reality glasses. By using Kisters’ own renderer, this can be done in seconds, even with complex models like: vehicles, machines, airplanes, ships or buildings. Models can be displayed in real size or scaled to fit into the available space. You can move yourself within the objects or teleport ("beam") to a new position. Objects that were selected can be hidden or moved. For example, an entire vehicle can be lifted so that it can be inspected from the underside.  Or you can select individual objects to dismantle an assembly. It is also possible to create cuts by defining a cut plane with one of the controllers and then moving it. However, almost all measuring functions (lengths, diameters, etc.) known from the desktop and WebViewer versions and even analysis functions such as wall thickness and draft angle analysis are available. You can additionally prepare assemblies e.g. with the 3DViewStation Desktop version and then switch from view to view in the VR edition.

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3DViewStation VR Edition at a glance

3DViewStation VR Edition general

  • No lead times - CAD data can be loaded directly without preparation
  • High performance
  • World class: VR session with millions of components, loaded in seconds
  • Visual navigation
  • Photorealistic rendering with materials
  • PMIs (MBD, MBE)
  • Views
  • Standard & advanced analyses
  • almost every function available in the desktop version can be used
  • Integration capability - start VR session directly from the leading application thanks to APIs
  • Voice control possible
  • Direct data exchange with desktop and WebViewer versions

Possible applications

  • Replacement for Powerwall or Cave
  • Virtual inspection
  • Virtual safeguards, e.g. checking installation and removal processes
  • Use in sales and marketing: virtual presentation of complex products such as vehicles, machines, plants, airplanes, ships, buildings, which can hardly or not at all be transported due to their size, variety or immobility, in the sales process or at trade fairs
  • Use in all PLM processes
  • Use in product configurators: Change options in real time
  • Use in quality assurance: Render QA results on 3D geometries

You’re probably familiar with problems other VR solutions can present:

You want to inspect an assembly in a VR session. But now you have to convert the data in a complex way. It takes time. However, since your VR application can only process a maximum of 20,000 parts, or 150,000 if you're lucky, you'll need to simplify the data, either removing parts or rendering them more roughly.  And every time after the CAD data has changed a little bit, the whole effort for you comes back.

You would like to load an assembly from a PLM system into a VR session, check it, add annotations if necessary (how do you do that without a keyboard?) and then save the results back into the PLM system, in order to have them processed further via the usual workflows. Can you do this with your current VR application?

The solution for you is: 3DViewStation VR-Edition

Firstly, you can load CAD data into a VR session without any lead time. For example, a 125,000 parts assembly loads in 1 second, a ship with 10 million parts in 15 seconds - without any simplification or reduction. On the other hand, the 3DViewStation VR-Edition has a programming interface that allows integration e.g. into PLM systems. Voice Control can be used to translate voice commands into 3DViewStation API commands. This makes it very easy to add annotations, switch between views and take snapshots to store them in the PLM system. The views can be stored separately from the geometry, so that they can be reused after a change in geometry. Especially efficient is the possible use of the 3DViewStation Desktop or WebViewer version in the now downstream review processes.

7 reasons why you should use the Kisters 3DViewStation VR-Edition

  • The 3DViewStation VR-Edition does not require any lead time to load the CAD data
  • The 3DViewStation VR-Edition is extremely fast
  • The 3DViewStation VR-Edition also works with extremely large assemblies, such as ships with 10 million components
  • The 3DViewStation VR-Edition offers a rich set of functionality that users recognize from the desktop and WebViewer versions
  • The 3DViewStation VR Edition comes with an API that allows quick and easy integration into e.g. PLM systems or configurators
  • The 3DViewStation VR edition allows mixed PLM workflows that also use the desktop and WebViewer versions
  • The 3DViewStation VR-Edition can be controlled by voice, e.g. to add text annotations

The following are project examples from our 3DViewStation VR-Edition customers:

One of our automotive OEMs is using the 3DViewStation VR edition for virtual inspection of their manufacturing facilities, which consists of a factory floor with assembly lines, robots and vehicles.


A plant manufacturer of particle accelerators uses the 3DViewStation VR edition for the virtual inspection of partial components of the plant, which consists of 200 million parts in total. CAD near analysis functions are used within the VR session.


A manufacturer of passenger ships uses the 3DViewStation VR-Edition for virtual inspection of blocks and zones, but also of the entire ship, which consists of about 10 million components.


A manufacturer of offshore plants uses the 3DViewStation VR-Edition integrated into his PLM system. During the inspection, the feature recognition of 3DViewStation is used for pipelines and comments are attached to objects via speech as text annotations. Snapshots stored in the PLM system form the basis for further workflows.