KISTERS 3DViewStation: Companies replace CAD licenses with 3D viewers to help moderate costs

Maximizing CAD data effectiveness with 3D viewer capabilities increases efficiency company-wide

Sacramento, CA – February 16, 2023 – High energy prices and steadily rising inflation are forcing companies throughout the U.S. to find ways to cut costs in the near term, including taking a close look at internal workflows. One such focus of late is on CAD data, with companies now carefully scrutinizing the requirements for working with CAD data, as well as exploring the future potential in downstream departments. The KISTERS 3DViewStation offers more than 180 functions at moderate prices, tailored exactly to the needs of each employee. An increasing number of companies in wide range of disciplines are recognizing the benefits of such a solution and are reducing their CAD workstations in favor of an efficient 3D viewer. This allows all employees to access product information in the company and contribute to increasing competitiveness with product know-how in any situation.  

Since its launch more than 10 years ago, KISTERS 3DViewStation has developed into a world-renowned viewer that is used extensively by OEM manufacturers and supplier alike. According to Jim Eardly, U.S. Sales Director for KISTERS, the idea that dealing with CAD data is limited to design only has long since changed.” Many companies use a 3D viewer in their day-to-day business in order to sustainably improve internal processes,” he said. “Sales and work preparation benefit from the professional analysis of component properties. The volume, weight, critical undercuts or the bounding box of an object are used for reliable quotation calculation and raw material calculation. The automatic comparison of different data statuses is helpful when a new, significantly modified data set is supplied with the order and is much more complex in terms of production technology than was previously planned and quoted. An added advantage is that the data does not even have to come from the same CAD system, he explained. According to Eardly, production planning is made much easier with precise dimensioning, redlining, markups, and exploded views for assembly instructions, helping each individual worker to assemble complex products without errors. At the end of the production chain, quality assurance is supported by matching scanned point clouds of the finished part and the original data set, eliminating the need to ship defective products. “Even marketing uses professional 3D visualizations to present products in all conceivable variants, on all stationary and portable devices,” he noted “With consulting support and suitable programming interfaces, the embedding of 3DViewStation in a product configurator succeeds without any problems. Eardly said users are always surprised to learn how many features a modern 3D viewer offers at a fraction of the cost of a CAD system. “The high-performance level of 3DViewStation is reflected in the numerous analysis options with their impressive performance,” he said. “You don't need to be an expert to do this – anyone is able to access the information they need intuitively and independently without training.”

The 3DViewStation from KISTERS can be a cost-saving alternative to existing CAD systems when high-quality visualization and analysis of 3D data are the focus. To be truly successful and economical, all departments must mesh like cogs and have access to key product information. Highly qualified designers and engineers are significantly relieved by the integration of the subsequent departments. Those who use these synergies effectively save time, money and benefit from satisfied customers. The 3DViewStation team is continuously working on expanding the functions and helping with successful integration into the leading system.

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 Catia, NX, Creo, SolidWorks, SolidEdge, Inventor, Revit, JT, 3D-PDF, STEP, DWG, DXF, DWF, MS Office and many more.

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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

With more than 25 years of success in the market as a provider of superior visualization solutions from desktop to mobile, KISTERS has become one of the top players in the visualization industry. The company’s clients range from small firms to well-known multinationals, comprising more than 3,000 customers and over 200,000 installations worldwide. The 3DViewStation's easy-to-use interface is suitable for all user groups and 100% customizable to everyone’s specific requirements. In addition, KISTERS offers expert advice and support in concept development based on client requirements.