Holo-light is one of the leaders in the XR market, specializing in the development of AR/VR solutions for various industries. Founded in 2015 and headquartered in Munich, Germany, the company has been at the forefront of creating immersive and interactive experiences that enhance productivity, collaboration, and visualization in fields such as engineering, manufacturing, healthcare, and the gas & oil industries.
Augmented reality (AR) has emerged as a game-changing technology, allowing engineers to visualize and interact with 3D models in real-time. However, the challenge lies in efficiently converting and displaying complex CAD models in AR environments.
Many companies have their own formats in which they store the information, and those specializing in XR, like Holo-light, are always looking for the easiest, fastest, and the most reliable way to bring a CAD file into an immersive experience. Every software writes the information differently, thus, supporting all formats that customers need creates a massive overhead.
The main challenge was to provide customers with the opportunity to easily bring CAD files into immersive experiences without going through conversion, simplification, and polygon reduction processes that are usually costly and time-consuming. This may seem easy, but in reality, if you are familiar with XR devices, you probably know that their computational power is very limited. Holo-light started creating their own importers because, as the company entered new markets and worked with disparate industries, they demanded more importers to develop and maintain release after release.
Holo-light is currently using a long list of CAD formats: SolidEdge, NX, JT, SOLIDWORKS, CATIA, as well as FBX, OBJ, JLTF, STEP, and STL. Later, they also started supporting Autodesk formats like Autodesk Inventor. Moreover, in every release, Holo-light engages with CAD Exchanger to add new formats based on customers' requests.
The AR 3S' visualization engine is Unity3D, so integrating it with CAD Exchanger was not a problem because CAD Exchanger already came with the library fully compatible with Unity. The integration focused on the user experience, enabling users to select and write files and angle assemblies properly. Holo-light benefits from the continuous updates released by CAD Exchanger, aligning the software with their clients' requirements as closely as possible.