CONCORD, Mass. & PARIS, August 4, 2009— Dassault Systèmes (DS) (Euronext Paris: #13065, DSY.PA), the world leader in 3D and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions, today announced that 3D models hosted on the 3DVIA.com library, including those created using the company’s free 3DVIA Shape modeling application, will now be automatically converted to both Dassault Systèmes’ 3DXML format and the COLLADA open 3D format (.dae format) created by the Khronos Group. The addition of COLLADA support further connects the 3DVIA product lineup to the wide range of digital content creation (DCC) software and applications that also support the .dae format.
3DVIA.com is an online community where over 110,000 registered 3D artists, application developers and enthusiasts from around the world interact with one another, learn from 3D experts and exchange their own 3D creations online through the 3DVIA interactive viewer. 3DVIA already supports the uploading and sharing of 3D models in many popular file formats, including: .3dxml, .3ds, .obj, .kmz, .iges and .step. To support the COLLADA announcement, the site has converted all existing 15,000 public models over to the .dae format and will automatically convert and store any new models published to the public warehouse in both formats.
"Khronos warmly welcomes Dassault Systèmes' adoption of COLLADA to foster the widely accessible exchange of 3D models on 3DVIA.com. Use of COLLADA will not only enable a vibrant modeling community across diverse markets, it will protect designers' investment in assets as their design flow evolves over the years," said Neil Trevett, president of the Khronos Group and vice president of NVIDIA.
“Our goal is to make it extremely easy for a broad community to leverage 3D as a communication medium—empowering all kinds of people to create and share professional quality, 3D experiences,” said Lynne Wilson, CEO of Dassault Systèmes’ 3DVIA brand. “Having both 3DXML and COLLADA uniquely positions 3DVIA.com to collect, showcase and share the wide array of 3D content created by the both the CAD and DCC communities.”
Attendees of this year’s SIGGRAPH event can visit the 3DVIA booth #3009 where 3DVIA will demonstrate its complete product line, including the new COLLADA support. 3DVIA will also publish a live video stream of its SIGGRAPH demonstrations through both www.3DVIA.com and www.3DVIA.tv.
3DVIA is Dassault Systèmes' brand for lifelike 3D product experiences. 3DVIA extends 3D to new users, businesses and consumers in order to create new communities with 3D as the common language. With its open web services-based architecture, it enables high-performance distribution of 3D content. 3DVIA also delivers authoring products that revolutionize 3D product publishing and the 3DVIA Virtools platform for developing interactive, real-time applications. For more information about 3DVIA, go to: www.3dvia.com.