Discover the new frontier of XReality collaboration at Digitalrealities.com

Digitalrealities.com is now live!

Launched specifically for our Digital Realities product suite supporting the latest immersive XR technologies (Augmented, Mixed and Virtual Reality).

Learn how to use your 3D CAD and PLM assets in the latest data and device agnostic task-focused experiences for Design, Manufacturing and Production, as well as the complementing and innovative Visualization Pipeline technology.

The Visualization Pipeline is a server based technology that rapidly processes and delivers CAD and PLM assets to both Theorem’s Experiences, or your own Experiences and Applications, optimised and output for consumption by a range of applications – 3D Engines, Photorealistic Rendering, Styling and Lightweight viewers.

Our Digital Realities suite enables engineering and manufacturing companies to leverage and work with existing 3D CAD and PLM assets at full scale in a 3D spatial context (spatial computing), helping to improve processes, and reduce the cognitive gap that exists between the real and digital worlds.

Our AR, MR and VR experiences are available for a wide range of low cost, portable devices – tablets, smartphones and Head Mounted Displays (HMD’s). And because they are data and device agnostic, you can use the same data across all devices.

Having data and device neutrality will protect your CAD and PLM investments even as technologies and devices develop and change.

Our Digital Realities product suite for XR is bringing a new dimension to traditional collaboration methods.

To support the launch of digitalrealities.com Theorem Solutions have commissioned a White Paper that is available to download “The Next Frontier of Collaboration”.

To download the white paper, please visit: https://www.digitalrealities.com/xr-the-cognitive-gap

Visit www.digitalrealities.com and start your Augmented, Mixed or Virtual Reality journey!

Theorem are taking part in ProSTEP iViP and AFNeT’s STEP AP242 Day in Toulouse

ProSTEP iViP and AFNeT associations are hosting a STEP AP242 day on October 17th, 2018 at the Airbus facility in Toulouse, and we will be presenting our current capabilities to support the STEP AP242 standard and accessing the data within our Digital Realities solutions.

We have long been active members of PDES Inc and the ProSTEP iViP Association helping lead the development of STEP technology.

The event is targeting Automotive, Aerospace and Defense OEMs and suppliers, as well as PLM editors and integrators, and will focus on how to enforce the use of ISO 10303:242 and STEP standard series for an end to end 3D MBD and PLM metadata exchange to reduce collaboration cost and lead time.

Our Digital Realities product range is a suite of client/server based applications that streamline the delivery and interactive manipulation of engineering CAD and PLM data, including STEP data, on AR, MR and VR devices.

There are four pre-built, task specific Experiences available out of the box –

  • Visualization
  • Design Review
  • Production Layout
  • Production Build

Each experience allows you to optimise and utilize your STEP data using the Digital Realities – Server which can then be quickly and easily streamed to a wide range of devices for Augmented, Mixed and Virtual Reality, such as MR and VR headsets, Smart Glasses, Tablets and Smartphones.

Our experiences are currently available on the following devices:

  • Augmented Reality (AR) – Windows 10, iOS and Android Tablets and Smartphones
  • Mixed Reality (MR) – Microsoft HoloLens
  • Virtual Reality (VR) – HTC Vive and Oculus Rift

To complement our Digital Realities experiences we have also launched our Visualization Pipeline technology, which is a server based technology that rapidly processes CAD data into a wide variety of formats for use in 3D Engines – Unity and Unreal, Photorealistic Rendering or AR/MR/VR tools, applications and with lightweight viewers.

Engineering and Manufacturing businesses are increasingly looking into the benefits of using AR, MR and VR to improve processes and collaboration, cut costs and make access to data easier.

Integrating these innovative technologies into existing workflows opens up new ways of working, and modernises current processes, futureproofing them as technology evolves, and ultimately saves organisations time and money in the long run.

For more information visit www.theorem.com

Theorem to launch latest range of AR, MR and VR Experiences at AWE Europe 2018

We are excited to be exhibiting at AWE Europe for the first time in 2018 – we will be on stand #109 in the Sponsors Pavilion at the MOC Exhibition Center in Munich on 18th/19th October to launch and demonstrate our newest innovations in visualization and server based technology.

We will be launching our ‘Digital Realities’ range of Engineering and Manufacturing based Experiences that utilise existing CAD and PLM assets in the latest Augmented, Mixed and Virtual Reality devices. In addition we will also be launching the ‘Visualization Pipeline’ server technology.

Our Digital Realities product range is a suite of client/server based applications that streamline the delivery and interactive manipulation of engineering CAD and PLM data on AR, MR and VR devices.

There are four pre-built, task specific Experiences available out of the box- Visualization, Design Review, Production Layout and Production Build-with each experience allowing you to load CAD and PLM design data and quickly go to work on a wide range of devices such as MR and VR headsets, Smart Glasses, Tablets and Smartphones.

Demonstrations of the experiences will be available at stand #109 on the following devices:

  • Augmented Reality (AR) – Windows 10, iOS and Android Tablets and Smartphones
  • Mixed Reality (MR) – Microsoft HoloLens
  • Virtual Reality (VR) – HTC Vive and Oculus Rift

To complement our Digital Realities experiences we are also launching our Visualization Pipeline technology, which is a server based technology that rapidly processes CAD data into a wide variety of formats for use in 3D Engines – Unity and Unreal, Photorealistic Rendering or AR/MR/VR tools, applications and with lightweight viewers.

Engineering and Manufacturing businesses are increasingly looking into the benefits of using AR, MR and VR to improve processes and collaboration, cut costs and make access to data easier. The Visualization Pipeline is helping to make that possible with a single application.

Augmented, Mixed and Virtual Reality is everywhere at the moment and is making its way from the recreational gaming world into the commercial enterprise world. Integrating these innovative technologies into existing engineering and manufacturing workflows opens up new ways of working, and modernises current processes, futureproofing them as technology evolves, and ultimately saves organisations time and money in the long run.

If you are not attending AWE EU 2018 but would like more information on Theorem’s Digital Realities experiences visit www.theorem.com

Theorem’s Augmented, Mixed and Virtual Reality Experiences to be showcased at GPDIS 2018

Our participation for the 5th consecutive year at the Global Product Data Interoperability Summit 2018 taking place in Phoenix, Arizona 17th -20th September 2018 underscores our commitment to providing first-class interoperability solutions for the worldwide aerospace industry.

You’ll find us this year on stand #29, where we will be demonstrating our latest visualization innovation that utilises existing CAD and PLM assets in Augmented, Mixed and Virtual Reality devices – known as Digital Realities.

Digital Realities is an out of the box, data and device agnostic, task focused application delivering engineering and manufacturing experiences to the latest digital technologies for:

  • Visualization
  • Design Reviews
  • Manufacturing Build
  • Factory Layout

Engineering and Manufacturing businesses are increasingly looking into the benefits of using AR, MR and VR to improve processes and collaboration, cut costs and make access to data easier. Digital Realities is helping to make that possible with a single application.

Our Principal Technical Consultant Trevor Leeson will be giving a presentation on ‘The Challenges of Working with Digital Twins’, which will discuss how to exploit your existing CAD & PLM assets within the emerging world of Augmented Reality, and the use of digital twin technology for design review, service & maintenance and manufacturing activities.

The experiences utilise existing CAD and PLM data assets from CATIA 3DEXPERIENCE, CATIA V5, CREO, Inventor, JT, NX, SolidWorks and STEP and can also merge data from ERP, MES, CRM and proprietary databases which adds further value to the experience.

By making these low cost devices accessible, and democratising the use of AR, MR and VR technology, Theorem’s Experiences are opening up an entirely new way to interact with Engineering and Manufacturing data up and down the supply chain.

The Digital Realities App currently supports the following devices:

  • Augmented Reality (AR) – Windows 10, iOS and Android Tablets and Smartphones
  • Mixed Reality (MR) – Microsoft HoloLens
  • Virtual Reality (VR) – HTC Vive and Oculus Rift

Stop by stand #29 and try out the experiences on the devices for yourself.

We will also be available to offer expert advice on our range of 3D PDF document publishing solutions, CAD Visualisation solutions and STEP translators which all offer significant benefits to aerospace OEMs and supply chain networks.

For more information visit www.theorem.com

Theorem will be showcasing experiences for Augmented, Mixed and Virtual Reality at PTC LiveWorx 2018

We will be at this year’s PTC LiveWorx in Boston, USA, from 17th– 20th June 2018.

As a long standing PTC solution partner, the team from Theorem will be there on stand #319 to showcase our latest PLM productivity enhancing solutions for the Creo and Creo View user.

Our widely used Data Exchange and Supply Chain Collaboration solutions for Creo and Creo View are complimented by our 3D PDF publishing and Visualization tools that all support MBD for downstream processes.

You can now also utilize those same CAD and PLM assets in the latest Augmented (AR), Mixed (MR) and Virtual (VR) Reality devices with our data and device agnostic Visualization Experience Application – part of our ‘Digital Realities’ product suite.

Our Publish 3D – 3D PDF suite enables you to publish your Creo data to interactive 3D PDF documents that can be shared internally and externally throughout your supply chain.

Whereas our Multi-CAD plugin allows you to insert Creo files into your CATIA session, and work on them, whilst maintaining associativity in CATIA back to the original Creo formats.

If you need your CAD assets in a lightweight data format, then our Visualize 3D product suite focuses specifically on the direct translation of 3D CAD data from mechanical CAD systems for the purpose of Visualization.

All of which can be reused and optimised for ‘Digital Realities’. At stand #319 you will be able to ‘experience’ our recently released Visualization Experience Application, which currently runs on the following devices:

  • Augmented Reality (AR) – Windows 10, Android and iOS Tablets and Phones
  • Mixed Reality (MR) – Microsoft HoloLens
  • Virtual Reality (VR) – HTC Vive and Oculus Rift

We will also be holding a ‘Starting your AR, MR and VR Journey’ session in which we will be discussing how engineering and manufacturing organisations can implement Augmented, Mixed and Virtual Reality technologies into their workflows.

The experience utilises existing CAD and PLM data assets and can also merge data from ERP, MES, CRM and proprietary databases, adding further value to the Digital Realities application which is opening up an entirely new way to interact with Engineering and Manufacturing data up and down the supply chain, in all areas, including: Design, Manufacturing, Assembly, Training, Service and Digital Twin.

We recently hosted a webinar on the topic which is available to view upon registration:

http://www.theorem.com/Digital-Realities/pr-starting-the-ar-mr-vr-journey.htm

The challenge is deciding which technology is best for you and how do you start your journey?

For more information visit www.theorem.com

Theorem are teaming up with AREA at AR and VR World 2018

At 2018’s AR and VR World on 12th– 14th June (as part of TechXLR8 and London Tech Week), we will be joining forces with AREA at the ExCel, London, to showcase our latest Visualization Experience app for Augmented, Mixed and Virtual Reality.

We have recently released our Visualization Experience app to utilize CAD and PLM data assets in Augmented, Mixed and Virtual reality as part of our Digital Realities product portfolio.

We currently provide experiences for:

  • Augmented Reality: Android, Windows 10 and iOS based devices
  • Mixed Reality: Microsoft HoloLens
  • Virtual Reality: HTC Vive and Oculus Rift

These experiences can also merge data from other databases: ERP, MES and CRM along with proprietary databases to further add value to Digital Realities.

Our data and device agnostic Visualization Experience is the perfect app to help you start to answer the ‘ifs’, the ‘whys’ and the ‘buts’ associated with deploying these new technologies within day to day engineering and manufacturing.

The challenge is deciding which technology is best for you and how do you start your journey?

Our aim is to get you thinking about the impact that these new technologies can have on your organisation. How using proof of concept for each device type will help to define uses cases and buy-in based on established business processes, whilst leveraging existing CAD and PLM assets. Most importantly, why you should remain device agnostic in an ever evolving digital realm.

We recently hosted a webinar on the topic which is available to view upon registration:

http://www.theorem.com/Digital-Realities/pr-starting-the-ar-mr-vr-journey.htm

Our Visualization Experience app must be ‘experienced’ in order to realise its potential, and you will be able to have hands-on demonstrations at the Theorem stand within the AREA pavilion.

By putting these low cost devices into the hands of everybody, and democratising the use of AR, MR and VR, Theorem’s Visualization Experiences are opening up an entirely new way to interact with Engineering and Manufacturing data up and down the supply chain, in all areas, including: Design, Manufacturing, Assembly, Training, Service and Digital Twin.

For more information visit www.theorem.com

Start your Augmented, Mixed and Virtual Reality journey with Theorem at UKIEF 2018

We will be exhibiting at the UK Intelligent Engineering Forum on 25th April 2018.

Held at the Advanced Manufacturing Technology Centre (AMTC) in Coventry, UKIEF is an opportunity for us to showcase our Digital Realities product portfolio to some of the UK’s leading engineering organisations.

We have recently released our Visualization Experience app to utilize CAD and PLM data assets in Augmented, Mixed and Virtual Reality.

We currently provide experiences for:

  • Augmented Reality: Android, Windows 10 and iOS based devices
  • Mixed Reality: Microsoft HoloLens
  • Virtual Reality: HTC Vive and Oculus Rift

These experiences utilise existing CAD and PLM data assets, and can also merge data from other databases such as ERP, MES and CRM, along with proprietary databases to further add value to Digital Realities.

We will also be running a ‘Starting your AR, MR and VR journey’ workshop where visitors to UKIEF will be able to participate in practical demonstrations with these devices so that they can experience, and interact with, the full capabilities of these technologies.

Our aim is to get you thinking about the impact that these new technologies can have on your organisation. How using proof of concept for each device type will help to define uses cases and buy-in based on established business processes, whilst leveraging existing CAD and PLM assets. Most importantly, why you should remain device agnostic in an ever evolving digital realm.

We recently hosted a webinar on the topic which is available to view upon registration:

http://www.theorem.com/Digital-Realities/pr-starting-the-ar-mr-vr-journey.htm

By putting these low cost devices into the hands of everybody, and democratising the use of AR, MR and VR, Theorem’s Visualization Experiences are opening up an entirely new way to interact with Engineering and Manufacturing data up and down the supply chain, in all areas, including: Design, Manufacturing, Assembly, Training, Service and Digital Twin.

Our Visualization Experience app must be ‘experienced’ in order to realise its potential, and you will be able to have hands-on demonstrations at the Theorem stand. Information on our Publish 3D – 3D PDF, Visualize 3D, Multi-CAD and CADverter products and solutions will also be available.

For more information visit www.theorem.com

Start your AR, MR, VR journey with Theorem Solutions at ProSTEP iViP Symposium 2018

The ProSTEP iViP Symposium is being held in Munich, Germany on 18-19th April 2018 and the Theorem team will be on stand #12, demonstrating our range of productivity enhancing solutions that enable users to get the most out of their CAD and PLM data.

Our widely used Data Exchange and Supply Chain Collaboration solutions for 3D EXPERIENCE, CATIA V5, Creo, JT and NX are complimented by our 3D PDF publishing and Visualization tools that all support MBD for downstream processes.

You can now also utilize those same CAD and PLM assets in the latest Augmented (AR), Mixed (MR) and Virtual (VR) Reality devices with our data and device agnostic Visualization Experience Application – part of our ‘Digital Realities’ product suite.

Our Publish 3D – 3D PDF suite enables you to publish your 3D CAD and visualization data to interactive 3D PDF document that can be shared internally and externally throughout your supply chain.

Whereas our Multi-CAD plugin allows you to insert JT, NX and Creo files into your CATIA session, and work on them, whilst maintaining associativity in CATIA back to the original JT, NX and Creo formats.

If you need your CAD assets in a lightweight data format such as 3DXML, JT or Creo View, then our Visualize 3D product suite focuses specifically on the direct translation of 3D CAD data from mechanical CAD systems for the purpose of Visualization.

All of which can be reused and optimised for ‘Digital Realities’. The Visualization Experience currently runs on the following devices:

  • Augmented Reality (AR) – Windows 10, Android and iOS Tablets and Phones
  • Mixed Reality (MR) – Microsoft HoloLens
  • Virtual Reality (VR) – HTC Vive and Oculus Rift

If you haven’t yet started thinking about which technology or device is right for your CAD and PLM assets, then the Visualization Experience is the perfect app to help you start to answer the ‘ifs’, the ‘whys’ and the ‘buts’ associated with deploying these new technologies within day to day Engineering and Manufacturing.

The challenge is deciding which technology is best for you and how do you start your journey?

We recently hosted a webinar on the topic which is available to view upon registration:

http://www.theorem.com/Digital-Realities/pr-starting-the-ar-mr-vr-journey.htm

The experience utilises existing CAD and PLM data assets and can also merge data from ERP, MES, CRM and proprietary databases, adding further value to the Digital Realities application which is opening up an entirely new way to interact with Engineering and Manufacturing data up and down the supply chain, in all areas, including: Design, Manufacturing, Assembly, Training, Service and Digital Twin.

For more information visit www.theorem.com

Theorem Solutions to demonstrate Augmented (AR), Mixed (MR) and Virtual Reality (VR) App at Develop3D Live 2018

We are back at Develop3D Live this year and are excited to be exhibiting as a Gold sponsor. You can find us at stand #54/55 in the Mead Gallery.

Taking place on 20th March 2018 at Warwick Arts Centre, Warwick University, Develop3D Live is the perfect opportunity for us to demonstrate our latest Multi-Device Visualization Experience Application for:

  • Augmented Reality– Windows 10 and Android tablets and phones
  • Mixed Reality– Microsoft HoloLens
  • Virtual Reality– HTC Vive and Oculus Rift

Our Principal Technical Consultant Trevor Leeson will be speaking (10.50am in the Oculus Theatre) about how to start your Augmented, Mixed and Virtual Reality journey in Engineering and Manufacturing.

We’ve been helping engineering and manufacturing companies to leverage the value of their CAD and PLM data assets and processes for over 25 years and have recently released a data and device agnostic Visualization Experience application to utilize those data assets for Augmented, Mixed and Virtual reality devices – part of our Digital Realities product portfolio.

The Visualization Experience is a single application built from the ground up using a gaming graphics engine to produce stunning graphical representations of your data, which is a real game changer compared to the world of traditional CAD graphics and visualization.

By being data and device agnostic, the application allows you to use the same data, in the same visualization application, on ALL of the different low-cost devices. The application can be downloaded and installed on each device in minutes.

These low-cost devices are bringing an entirely new dimension to the way you can interact with your Engineering and Manufacturing data, democratising the use of AR, MR and VR and complementing the use of Caves and Powerwall’s by putting the technology in the hands of everybody.

Our Visualization Experience must be ‘experienced’ in order to realise the potential, and you will be able to have hands-on demonstrations on stand #54/55. Information on our Publish 3D – 3D PDF, Visualize 3D, Multi-CAD and CADverter products and solutions will also be available.

For more information please visit http://www.theorem.com

Using Augmented or Mixed Reality enables you to visualize a ‘Digital Twin’

Augmented and Mixed Reality have a lot of traction in the Internet of Things (IoT) as key tools to support the Digital twin process, which Industry 4.0 is espousing and sees big benefits in.

One element of the digital-twin concept is already present in 3D models created by CAD.

CAD is an accurate digital representation that can be used to ensure different parts fit together both statically and dynamically. Manufacturing simulations can determine whether virtual designs can actually be built using the machines available.

Our Visualization Experience app for Augmented and Mixed Reality enables users to create a digital twin using their existing CAD and PLM assets. This allows users to view an exact digital representation of a product which can be viewed, and worked with, from any location.

“Out of the box, the Theorem Visualization Experience server architecture is built to link to other databases, and that link is essential in the support of IoT and the Digital Twin.” Observes Stuart Thurlby, our CEO.

The digital twin can be overlaid on real-time data feeds from sensors in a physical operating asset which know the exact state and condition of an operating-asset (product), no matter where it is in the world.

“By better understanding your physical systems digitally, you can start combining and orchestrating all the digital twins of your operations to improve global performance and create new value and new business models,” explains Stuart “A digitalized product lifecycle can be enabled across a company’s entire value chain, creating what is referred to as the Digital Thread.”

Areas where the Digital Twin can be used include:

Build: Operators leverage a digital replica to speed up the assembly process, combined with intelligence, to provide unprecedented knowledge and insights when problems occur.

Operate: Operators leverage a digital replica to capture history, combined with operating intelligence, to provide insights which predict performance.

Monitor: Digital twins offer past data, KPIs (present data), and insights (future data) about an asset or system, from design and build to operation and maintenance.

To carry out these processes requires visualisation of the digital twin of a product or machine. To do that means it has to be displayed in an augmented or mixed reality device and overlaid on top of the physical product or machine.

To learn more, watch these short videos

Augmented Reality- http://www.theorem.com/Augmented-Reality/Augmented-Reality.htm

Mixed Reality- http://www.theorem.com/Mixed-Reality/Mixed-Reality.htm

For additional information visit www.theorem.com

 

Theorem’s latest 3D PDF Publisher includes a HTML5 output

We are pleased to announce the release the latest version of our 3D PDF document publisher, which is part of the Publish 3D suite of products.

Our Publish 3D offers 3D PDF publishing for engineering and manufacturing organisations that design with 3DEXPERIENCE, CATIA V5, Creo, or NX, or want to extend the use of their JT data to create interactive 3D PDF documentation. This latest release also enables data to be output in HTML5.

Our Publish 3D suite of products is powered by Adobe’s® native 3D PDF publishing technology toolkit, which is also used in Adobe Acrobat® and Adobe Reader®.

Able to work directly from within a CAD design session, or in standalone mode, the 3D PDF publisher supports the creation of documentation into the 3D PDF format, combining 3D design data representations with full Product Manufacturing Information (PMI). Using 3D PDF during the manufacturing process removes the requirement for costly 2D drawings to be output from the CAD source data.

The IP of the native CAD data is protected in the 3D PDF format but data can still be exchanged. Passwords can be set on the documents so that only certain people can access the data.

Publish 3D is a fully integrated solution that supports Model Based Definition (MBD) processes for downstream data re-use. The solution offers enhanced functionality, which enables the design author to pass on information such as PMI, Geometry, Assembly Structure, Metadata, and Visualization attributes directly to other departments within an organisation – without the need for drawings to be produced.

The use of 3D PDF means that anybody with access to Adobe Reader can consume, view and mark up 3D data, eliminating the need to install specialist viewing software. What 3D does is remove ambiguity when reviewing product data and improve communication. Within an organisation, 3D PDF extends the use of CAD data into downstream processes.

As an ISO standard, the lightweight 3D PDF is ideal for collaboration and maintaining the original 3D geometry and product information; additional information such as spreadsheets, hyperlinks, AVIs etc. can also be attached to the 3D PDF document.

3D PDF is a great way of leveraging CAD and PLM assets. It reduces costs and time to manufacture, improves quality by eliminating potential errors due to transcription and interpretation of drawing data, it safeguards intellectual property and it can also save on expensive CAD licenses.

For more information visit: http://www.theorem.com/3dpdf/3dpdf-pds.htm

Who will win the Augmented, Mixed and Virtual Reality Device Race?

Our recently launched Visualization Experience app for use on Augmented, Mixed and Virtual Reality devices (forming part of their Digital Realities product family) has been specifically designed and developed from the ground up to be device agnostic. Whether it is a holographic display, tablet, or a VR device, the same application will run on any.

When considering Augmented, Mixed and Virtual Reality, all three technologies have their unique features and benefits.

The type of ‘reality’ (i.e. Virtual, Augmented or Mixed) ultimately dictates the types of devices that will be available to you. These technologies and devices have not been developed with Engineering and Manufacturing in mind and the underlying software is not based upon CAD or PLM technologies.

Nobody really knows who is going to win the device race. Which are the best devices? Which are the devices that over time will win out? It’s too early to know and it will be a few years before it settles down. We don’t believe that there will be a single winner. In addition, the different technologies deliver different experiences which means that there is not a ‘one size fits all’.

The graphics and the devices are coming from a very different group of companies. They are coming from the gaming and social media industries, from Apple, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Sony, and Samsung etc.

“What we’ve seen in the past 12 months is that new devices are appearing all the time, and we know that before this year is out, there will be additional devices on the market,” observes Stuart Thurlby, CEO of Theorem, “These new devices are significantly cheaper than VR Caves and Power walls, and this low price point is democratising the technologies and making them accessible to a larger audience.”

In addition, for our Visualization Experience, the data you prepare is created once and it can be used on any of the devices. It doesn’t need to be created specifically for Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality or Mixed Reality.

“One of the things that Theorem recognise is that each device has different capabilities and capacities, and so some devices require the data to be optimised more than others.” Stuart explains “We have ensured that data and device neutrality is there, which will protect your initial investments even as the technologies and devices develop and change.”

To learn more, watch this short overview video http://www.theorem.com/Digital-Realities/Digital-Realities.htm

Defining the technology: What’s the difference between using Augmented, Mixed or Virtual Reality devices to visualize CAD and PLM data?

With the release of our Multi-Device Visualization Experience for Augmented, Mixed and Virtual Reality devices, it is important to understand how we define these new technologies in order to know which device or devices could best suit your requirements.

Defining the technologies may not be as straightforward as you would think. Although there is a common train of thought as to what constitutes these new technologies, people have different interpretations of the technology, and use different terminology.

We take the following stance when defining Augmented, Mixed and Virtual Reality technologies.

Augmented Reality is the ability to see digital data, but to visualize it inside of the ‘real’ world using a tablet, smartphone or head mounted display. It is not immersive like VR, you are in the real world and can see everything around you, but with digital content overlaid. The digital data is effectively floating in the environment that you’re physically residing in.

AR is an overlay of digital content on the real world. Using a tablet or smartphone, the camera shows the real world, as it normally would, and then using a marker as a point of focus, the digital content appears on the screen, on top of the real world, creating a Digital Twin. The digital data can be text, 3D graphics, sound and video, in any combination.

Mixed Reality in many ways is very similar to Augmented Reality, in that it’s a headset where you are seeing the digital data in your existing environment. It combines the real world and digital text, 3D graphics, sound and video. Like Augmented Reality, Mixed Reality enables you to see your physical environment and digital content at the same time.

The difference comes down to the type of data you’re displaying, and in the case of Mixed Reality, we define that as holographic data.

With MR headsets, the digital content appears in front of you and, using hand gestures and voice control, the headset allows you to manipulate and interact with the data as if it were a real object, you walk around it and look inside. The digital objects appear to be there as if they are the actual physical objects.

Virtual Reality is pretty well understood and has been around a long time. It’s a fully immersive environment, where everything you see – the scene and any other information- is digital. You cannot see or interact with the real world at all.

Virtual Reality is a 100% virtual, immersive and digital experience. VR headsets cover the user’s field of vision, effectively cutting off the real world around them and making them feel as though they are actually inside the scene being displayed.

For more information visit http://www.theorem.com/Digital-Realities

What are Digital Realities?

Digital Realities is the brand name for our newest suite of products developed for visualizing and leveraging CAD and PLM data assets in the latest low-cost Augmented, Mixed and Virtual Reality devices.

These innovative technologies are helping to democratize access to visualization data, enabling engineers to take advantage of what was once the preserve of the specialist.

We provide a Visualization Experience for all three technologies – it is data and device agnostic, so you only need to prepare your data once, but then you can use it across devices. Whether it’s Augmented, Mixed or Virtual Reality you want to use your CAD or PLM assets in, we provide that experience.

“Theorem have been helping major engineering and manufacturing users leverage the value of their CAD and PLM assets for over 25 years”, explains Stuart Thurlby, our CEO. “In 2015 we decided to look at these new low cost devices and we soon realized that the technology was really about democratising the visualization of engineering and manufacturing data. Visualization is something we’ve been involved in since the 1990’s with our work around Virtual Reality data.”

“It was the logical move forward for us from a technology perspective because we have a long and deep understanding of the market, and a proven track record of working with Engineering and Manufacturing data using our core robust technologies”, Stuart continues.  “We are in a good position to create the ultimate interactive user experiences utilising existing CAD and PLM data assets from CATIA 3DEXPERIENCE, CATIA V5, CREO, Inventor, JT, NX, SolidWorks and STEP formats”.

Our products deliver experiences to these new devices, which enable CAD and PLM assets to be visualized in new ways. They allow that data to be combined with data from other systems; such as CRM, ERP, MES and legacy systems to add further value. The combined data can then be visualized and manipulated in the Visualization Experience App.

Out of the box, Digital Realities can be used to address a wide range of use cases in Engineering and Manufacturing. It delivers product and process improvements, reducing cost and accelerating time to market.

In addition, the Visualization Experience can be built upon to create your specific experience for any use case including Design, Manufacturing Build, Inspection, Service, Training, Sales and Marketing.

To learn more, watch our short introductory video- http://www.theorem.com/Digital-Realities/Digital-Realities.htm

Theorem’s Augmented, Mixed and Virtual Reality Multi-Device Visualization Experience to be showcased at GPDIS 2017

We will be attending the Global Product Data Interoperability Summit 2017 taking place in Phoenix, Arizona 18th -21st September 2017. Our participation underscores our commitment to providing first-class interoperability solutions for the worldwide aerospace industry.

The Theorem team will be on stand #20, demonstrating our latest Multi-Device Visualization Experience Application for:

  • Augmented Reality (AR) – Windows 10 and Android Tablets and Smartphones
  • Mixed Reality (MR) – Microsoft HoloLens
  • Virtual Reality (VR) – HTC Vive and Oculus Rift

The Multi-Device application is a single application built from the ground up to produce stunning graphical representations of your CAD and PLM data, which is a real game changer to the world of traditional CAD graphics and visualization.

The experience utilises existing CAD and PLM data assets from CATIA 3DEXPERIENCE, CATIA V5, CREO, Inventor, JT, NX, SolidWorks and STEP and can also merge data from ERP, MES, CRM and proprietary databases which adds further value to the Digital Realities application.

Using Theorem’s ‘Optimisation and Experience Servers’, your data only needs to be optimised and prepared for use once. It then delivers the same Visualization Experience across all supported platforms helping to save money on data preparation, training and support. This allows you to use the same data, in the same visualization application, on ALL of the different devices. The application can be downloaded and installed on each device in minutes.

By making these low cost devices accessible, and democratising the use of AR, MR and VR technology, our Visualization Experiences are opening up an entirely new way to interact with Engineering and Manufacturing data up and down the supply chain by utilising existing CAD and PLM assets in all areas, including: Design, Manufacturing, Assembly, Training, Service, Showroom, Sales and Marketing, IoT and Digital Twin.

We will also be available to offer expert advice on our range of 3D PDF document publishing solutions, CAD Visualisation solutions and STEP translators which all offer significant benefits to aerospace OEMs and supply chain networks.

For more information visit www.theorem.com

Using Theorem’s 3D PDF solution to share CAD data benefits Manufacturing and Tooling departments

Our latest version of our Publish 3D-3D PDF solution continues to provide an easy to use, low cost solution which enables the integration of departments, customers and suppliers into the product lifecycle process.

When the product lifecycle is at the manufacturing stages, it is essential that staff have all the necessary pieces of information that are required to put in place the manufacturing processes needed for production.

Most of this information will be passed down from the design engineers, who will have designed the product using a CAD system. But the manufacturing engineers need more than just the design visual, they need the rest of the product information, such as dimensions and materials etc. and unless they know how to use a CAD system, they may have difficulty in accessing and understanding it. Sharing data in its native digital form requires specialist resource and training. The more traditional paper route can equally be as problematic. Both routes can be expensive and time consuming and often require input from Engineering to make sense of the data.

Our Publish 3D – 3D PDF suite of products addresses these issues using Adobe’s standard PDF Reader, which is already in use in most organisations globally.

With the introduction of our Publish 3D – 3D PDF into any organisation, the processes of sharing design data are instantly enhanced and simplified, helping to improve communication and reduce any ambiguity based around product design data.

What is Publish 3D?

Publish 3D is a software application that enables the publishing of 3D CAD data directly from within the design application, alongside any associated metadata, into a fully interactive 3D PDF document. It is a fully integrated solution supporting Model Based Definition (MBD) processes, and 3D annotations and dimensions (PMI), for downstream data re-use.

This solution offers enhanced functionality enabling the design author to pass information including PMI, Geometry, Assembly Structure, Metadata, and Visualization attributes directly to the manufacturing department – without the need for a single drawing to be produced.

By creating a 3D PDF document, engineers can pass on CAD data to anyone within manufacturing or tooling who has access to Adobe reader, and they can in turn mark-up, interrogate and annotate the 3D CAD data as per their requirement and then create process plans and works instructions containing the 3D content.

Features of a 3D PDF

Using the Adobe toolbar you are able to:

  • Explode views
  • Show attribute information
  • Manipulate 3D data using zoom, pan and rotate
  • View product structure tree and hide/show different items within that structure
  • Include attachments so that a complete technical data package can be created
  • Manually mark-up and annotation
  • Cross section parts
  • Change the graphics for the 3D data using Model Rendering
  • Change lighting, background colour, text colour etc.
  • Control of the 3D geometry content using tessellated representations.

A number of widgets, such as carousels, tables, check boxes and drop down lists are also available.

Why use 3DPDF’s and Publish 3D in Manufacturing?

Working directly from within a CAD design session, Publish 3D supports the creation of documentation into the 3D PDF format, combining interactive 3D design data representations with full Product Manufacturing Information (PMI). 3D PDF documents can be used during the manufacturing process, removing the requirement for 2D drawings to be output from the CAD source data.

Using 3D PDF allows a more thorough understanding of the product due to different views being available for interrogation, along with dimensional, tolerance, and surface finish information. Additional information can be attached to the 3D PDF document (such as spreadsheets, hyperlinks, AVI’s etc.). You can then use the 3D image embedded and any additional data, such as quantities, and cost information, and lists of raw materials, to create a MBOM, which can be shared throughout the organisation and the supply chain.

And in Tooling?

With key dimension and tolerance information displayed alongside a variety of different view options, the 3D image embedded in the document and any additional data can be used in the creation of tool design and any other technical documents you may need to produce, which can then be shared easily as a compressed file via email.

How can this benefit Manufacturing/Tooling?

The benefit of this new technology is in its simplicity of deployment and ease of use, removing barriers to integrate with the manufacturing/tooling departments. The IP of the native CAD data is also protected in the 3D PDF format but data can still be exchanged. Passwords can also be set on the documents so that only certain people of your choosing can access the data.  With everyone in manufacturing or tooling needing 3D data to support and drive their processes then having 3D content in documents is key for strategic advantage in an increasingly competitive market, and leads to reduced lead times, fewer mistakes and better products.

3D PDF is a great way of leveraging CAD and PLM assets, and a simple and cost effective way of sharing those assets with others.

To learn more about 3D PDF watch our short ‘What is 3D PDF’ video…

http://www.theorem.com/3dpdf/what-is-a-3d-pdf.htm

For more information visit www.theorem.com

Theorem’s 3D PDF solutions enhance the sharing of Engineering and Design data

With the introduction of our Publish 3D – 3D PDF into any organisation, the processes of sharing engineering design data are instantly enhanced and simplified, helping to improve communication and reduce any ambiguity based around product design data.

The ability to share 3D product design data with non CAD users internally and externally can be problematic for engineers. Sharing data in its native digital form requires specialist resource and training. The more traditional paper route can be equally as problematic. Both routes can be expensive and time consuming and often require input from Engineering to make sense of the data for next steps within the process.

As almost every department within an organisation will need to discuss a product’s design with engineering at some point along the process; the question is how this can be done more efficiently and utilising existing resource?

Our Publish 3D – 3D PDF suite of products addresses these issues using Adobe’s standard PDF Reader, which is already in use in most organisations globally.

What is Publish 3D – 3D PDF?

Publish 3D – 3D PDF is a software application that enables the publishing of 3D CAD data directly from within the native design applications, alongside any associated metadata, into the interactive 3D PDF document format.

It is a fully integrated solution supporting Model Based Definition (MBD) processes, and 3D annotations and dimensions (PMI), for downstream data re-use.

By creating a 3D PDF document, design engineers can pass on CAD data to anyone within the organisation who has access to Adobe reader, and they can in turn mark-up, interrogate and annotate the 3D CAD data as per their requirement and then pass it back to the designer for consideration.

Features of a 3D PDF

Using the Adobe toolbar you are able to:

  • Explode views
  • Show attribute information
  • Manipulate 3D data using zoom, pan and rotate
  • View product structure tree and hide/show different items within that structure
  • Include attachments so that a complete technical data package can be created
  • Manually mark-up and annotation
  • Cross section parts
  • Change the graphics for the 3D data using Model Rendering
  • Change lighting, background colour, text colour etc.
  • Control the 3D geometry content using tessellated representations.

A 3D PDF can also contain saved views showing design data in specific orientations or specific components of the design highlighted whilst other components are hidden to help speed up the process of finding what’s required. A number of widgets, such as carousels, tables, check boxes and drop down lists are also available to aid the process.

Why use 3D PDF’s and Publish 3D?

Using Publish 3D to create 3D PDF documentation can help in the design process by allowing a more thorough understanding of the 3D technical content of the product for staff who do not have CAD access. By using design data to create engineering change requests, request for quotations, and engineering change notice documents to share with engineering colleagues, this speeds up the overall process.

Any additional information can also be attached to the 3D PDF document (such as spreadsheets, hyperlinks, AVI’s etc.). You can then use the 3D image embedded in the document and any additional data when showcasing design concepts so that a full overview of the product can be seen, not just the visual element of it . This can then be shared throughout the organisation, especially with the engineering department, and the supply chain.

The IP of the native CAD data is also protected in the 3D PDF format but data can still be exchanged. Passwords can be set on the documents so that only certain people of your choosing can access the data.

3D PDF is a great way of leveraging CAD and PLM assets. When the CAD data has been produced by engineers, the 3DPDF is a simple and cost effective way of sharing that data with others.

How can this benefit Design?

Product designers have a close working relationship with other engineers as they create the initial design concept/brief which would then be shared with engineering colleagues who need to review and asses the design and provide their own input and feedback. Using 3D PDF makes this quick and easy, so speeding up the whole design cycle.

The benefit of this technology is its simplicity of deployment and ease of use, removing barriers to integrate departments, customers and suppliers into the product lifecycle process. With everyone in the organisation and supply chain contributing to the design process, this offers a gain of strategic advantage in an increasingly competitive market and leads to reduced lead times, fewer mistakes and better products.

To learn more about 3D PDF watch our short ‘What is 3D PDF’ video…

http://www.theorem.com/3dpdf/what-is-a-3d-pdf.htm

For more information visit www.theorem.comwww.theorem.com

Theorem are hosting a ‘Digital Realities in Engineering and Manufacturing Seminar’ at the MTC

On Wednesday 7th June 2017, Theorem Solutions will be holding two half day seminars (AM and PM), at the Manufacturing Technology Centre – MTC in Coventry to demonstrate how Virtual (VR), Augmented (AR) and Mixed (MR) Reality can be used in the engineering and manufacturing sector to improve processes, and remove time and costs from your business.

Our recently released Digital Realities product suite enables you to visualize your engineering data and exploit your CAD and PLM assets to the full by using the latest Virtual, Augmented and Mixed Reality technologies.

There will be a morning session (9.30am-11.30am) and an afternoon session (1.30pm-3.30pm).

The sessions will include:

  • Tea, coffee and biscuits during registration AM 9:30, PM 1:30
  • Background to the Digital Reality marketplace and how the new low cost technologies are positively impacting where visualization can be used in the future.
  • Positioning of the various types of device
  • The choices of visualization available to you, so that you can match the right technology to your business process
  • The potential use cases where you can apply the technology
  • Demonstrations and the opportunity for you to experience the technology
  • Virtual Reality – HTC Vive
  • Mixed Reality – Microsoft HoloLens
  • Augmented Reality – Hand held devices

Our Visualization Experience app is a single application for use on multiple devices. It is built using the latest graphics technologies, producing stunning graphical representations of Engineering and Manufacturing data, which is a real game changer to the world of traditional CAD graphics and visualization.

The experience utilises existing CAD and PLM data assets from CATIA 3DEXPERIENCE, CATIA V5, CREO, Inventor, JT, NX, SolidWorks and STEP and can also merge data from other databases such as ERP, MES and CRM, along with proprietary databases, to further add value to the Digital Realities application.

Being Multi-Device, the application allows you to use the same data, in the same visualization application, on ALL of the different devices.

By putting the technology in the hands of everybody, these low-cost devices are bringing an entirely new dimension to the way you can interact with your Engineering and Manufacturing data.

As a result of over 25 years of experience, Theorem has a proven track record of working with Engineering and Manufacturing data, enabling us to optimise and re-purpose existing CAD and PLM assets for use with these new low cost technologies.

If you would like to attend the Theorem Digital Realities Seminar please click on the following link to register and choose your preferred session.

http://www.theorem.com/Digital-Realities/Digital-Realities-Event-01.htm

For more information visit www.theorem.com

Theorem will be at PTC LiveWorx 2017 with their new Digital Realities Visualization Experience App

Theorem Solutions will be attending this year’s PTC LiveWorx in Boston, USA, from 22nd – 25th May 2017.

As a long standing PTC solution partner, the team from Theorem will be there to showcase our latest PLM productivity enhancing solutions for the Creo and CreoView user, including our recently released ‘Multi-Device’ Visualization Experience Application for low-cost Augmented, Mixed and Virtual Reality devices, part of our Digital Realities product family.

The Multi-Device application currently supports the following devices allowing you to engage with your Creo data like never before.

  • Augmented Reality (AR) – Windows 10 and Android Tablets and Phones
  • Mixed Reality (MR) – Microsoft HoloLens
  • Virtual Reality (VR) – HTC Vive and Oculus Rift

Our Multi-Device application is a single application built from the ground up using the Unity graphics engine, producing stunning graphical representations of your data, which is a real game changer to the world of traditional CAD graphics and visualization.

Being Multi-Device, the application allows you to use the same Creo data, in the same visualization application, on ALL of the different low-cost devices.

Your Creo data only needs to be optimised and prepared for use once using Theorem’s ‘Optimisation and Experience Servers’ which then deliver the same Visualization Experience across all supported platforms helping to save money on data preparation, training and support.

These low-cost devices are complementing the use of Caves and Powerwall’s by putting the technology in the hands of everybody, democratising the use of AR, MR and VR, and bringing an entirely new dimension to the way you can interact with your Engineering and Manufacturing data.

A free trial of the Visualization Experience application is now available to download from the Microsoft App store for the Microsoft HoloLens, Mixed Reality device. The app allows users to visualize and experience Engineering and Manufacturing design data in a mixed reality environment that combines the ‘real-world’ with high quality holographic representations. This will be available to experience at our booth.

We will also be available to offer expert advice for Creo users on how best to work with CATIA, NX and JT data using our world class Publish 3D-3D PDF, CADverter, Multi-CAD and Visualize 3D products.

For more information visit www.theorem.com

Experience Theorem’s ‘Multi-Device’ Visualization Experiences App at VR World 2017

The Theorem team will be at VR World (stand C25) in London, UK, on 16th and 17th May 2017 to demonstrate our latest Multi-Device Visualization Experience Application for:

  • Augmented Reality (AR) – Windows 10 and Android Tablets and Phones
  • Mixed Reality (MR) – Microsoft HoloLens
  • Virtual Reality (VR) – HTC Vive and Oculus Rift

The Multi-Device application is a single application which is built using the Unity graphics engine, producing stunning graphical representations of Engineering and Manufacturing data, which is a real game changer to the world of traditional CAD graphics and visualization.

The experience utilises existing CAD and PLM data assets from CATIA 3DEXPERIENCE, CATIA V5, CREO, Inventor, JT, NX, SolidWorks and STEP and can also merge data from other databases such as ERP, MES and CRM, along with proprietary databases, to further add value to the Digital Realities application.

Being Multi-Device, the application allows you to use the same data, in the same visualization application, on ALL of the different low-cost devices. The application can be downloaded and installed on each device in minutes.

Data only needs to be optimised and prepared for use once using our ‘Optimisation and Experience Servers’, which then delivers the same Visualization Experience across all supported platforms, helping to save money on data preparation, training and support.

By putting the technology in the hands of everybody, these low-cost devices are bringing an entirely new dimension to the way you can interact with your Engineering and Manufacturing data.

A free trial of the Visualization Experience application is now available to download from the Microsoft App store for the Microsoft HoloLens, Mixed Reality device. The app allows users to visualize and experience Engineering and Manufacturing design data in a mixed reality environment that combines the ‘real-world’ with high quality holographic representations. This will be available to experience at our booth.

Our Sales Director, David Shackleton, will also be taking part in a panel discussion regarding ‘How is Construction going Digital’ in the Innovation Theatre.

For more information  visit www.theorem.com