Okino Ships Revised .3dm ‘Rhinoceros/OpenNURBS v5’ Import/Export Converters for its PolyTrans line of Software Products.
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Okino Ships Revised .3dm ‘Rhinoceros/OpenNURBS v5’ Import/Export Converters for its PolyTrans line of Software Products.

Toronto, Canada – March 7th, 2011 – Ten years after releasing their first Rhino/OpenNURBS .3dm file format support, Okino Computer Graphics announced today that it is now shipping its rewritten, revised and optimized import/export converters compatible with McNeel’s Rhinoceros v5.

Now into its 23rd year of development, Okino’s PolyTrans|CAD is one of the most complex, robust and widely used products within the 3D graphics market, allowing cross conversion between all major MCAD, DCC/Animation and VisSim 3D file formats + programs. Okino’s revised .3dm import/export converters work within the stand-alone PolyTrans & NuGraf products, PolyTrans-for-3dsMax, PolyTrans-for-Maya, PolyTrans-for-Softimage and within many third party products such as: 3DCreate (by Visual Components), Cinema-4D and its “Engineering Bundle” (by Maxon Computer), EON Reality, NGRAIN military training products, Pytha (by CATS Software), Quest-3D (by Act-3D), VirTools (“4DC” .nmo pipeline by Realicon) and others.

The newly released .3dm converters provide exacting support for the following core aspects of the .3dm file format: full cloning of Rhino’s recursive instancing of block definitions + its nuances during import (conversion of instancing is one of the hardest aspects of professional 3D file format conversion), recursive layer recreation, trimmed NURBS surfaces, NURBS curves (single, composite and multi-segment), polyline curves, mesh geometry (with vertex normals, vertex uv texture coordinates and vertex colors), import of child render meshes of Breps, 3D point clouds, import of 2D vector text annotations, viewport cameras, ambient/spot/point/directional light sources, materials and diffuse+bump+environment texture maps.

“This is an important release for our Okino software users who connect to Rhino through our .3dm conversion pipeline,” said Robert Lansdale, president and CEO of Okino Computer Graphics, Inc. “14 years ago we began working with McNeel & Associates to create one of the first, if not the first, external conversion systems for their Rhino v1 software, using the little known and esoteric NURBS capabilities of the Wavefront OBJ format. In January 2001 we released our native  Rhino .3dm import and export converters for Rhino v2, which have been revised with each new subsequent release of Rhino. With our new v5 release, complex Rhino files with recursive ‘block’ usage, alpha-textured objects and full scene attributes can flow out to our popular export formats such as SketchUp, U3D (for 3D PDF), Collada, FBX, OpenFlight, 3ds Max, Maya, Lightwave, C4D, etc. with proper retention of the original Rhino scene data. In the reverse direction, Okino has been the main provider of all main CAD + DCC formats for the last 3 decades, and can move data ranging from SolidWorks to Collada into Rhino in a robust + error free manner.”

Major Benefits  to Rhino Users

·    3D users implicitly assume that the free 3D converters which come bundled with their modeling or animation systems are complete and error free. This is typically not the case. Okino spends several years developing & refining each of its main conversion file formats, resulting in robust, fully supported and error free implementations. 

·    Import from these packages and formats into Rhino .3dm format (click to jump to Okino WEB page): Autodesk Softimage and dotXSI, ACIS SAT, Autodesk Inventor, BVH/Acclaim, CATIA v4 & v5, Cinema-4D, Collada, DirectX, DXF/DWG, DWF-3D (AutoCAD, Navisworks, Revit), ESRI, FACT, FBX, HOOPS, IGES, JT, Lightwave, OpenFlight, Parasolid, PDB, PLY, Pro/Engineer (using an embedded copy of PTC’s Pro/Engineer), Solid Edge, SolidWorks, SketchUp, STEP, STL, U3D, Wavefront OBJ, VRML, X3D, XGL and others.

·    Export from Rhino .3dm files to these packages and formats (click to jump to Okino WEB page): Autodesk Softimage and dotXSI, BVH/Acclaim, Cinema-4D, Collada, DirectX, DXF/DWG, DWF-3D, FACT, FBX, HOOPS, JT, Lightwave, NGRAIN 3KO, OpenFlight, OpenGL C code, PLY, RIB, SketchUp,  STL, SW3D, U3D, Wavefront OBJ, VET, VRML, XAML, X3D, XGL and others.

·    Other file formats supported through third-party plug-ins, http://www.okino.com/third_party_plugin_modules.htm.

·    Native Rhino .3dm support within 3ds Max and Maya using Okino’s PolyTrans-for-3ds-Max and PolyTrans-for-Maya plug-in systems. These have been the defacto, professional conversions systems for 3ds Max & Maya since 1995.

·    Export Rhino .3dm to all main WEB streaming and downstream viewing formats: Collada, DirectX, DWF-3D, JT OpenHSF, U3D (3D PDF), Viewpoint VET, VRML, XAML, X3D and XGL.

·    Import parts, assemblies, hierarchy and materials directly from a running copy or native file of Autodesk Inventor, Solid Edge or Solid Works into Rhino. Unique!

·    Strong ties to the visual simulation (VisSim) community with proven OpenFlight, VRML 1.0+2.0 and X3D support.

·    Okino provides free, quick and highly educated support for its software direct from its development team.

·    The hidden magic in the conversion process is Okino’s unique and proprietary CAD optimization processor, integrated into each of our CAD importers. This processor is by far the most complex aspect of our entire 3D CAD conversion software pipeline. Turn it on and it’ll wrangle large and unwieldy CAD assemblies into refined datasets.

·    Most importantly, Okino does not use reverse engineered CAD modules as is done by others, but rather licenses, utilizes and/or accesses the industry standard CAD geometry engines from Autodesk (Inventor), Dassault Systemes (CATIA), PTC (Pro/E), Solid Edge, SolidWorks, Spatial (ACIS solids engine), UGS/Siemens (JT Open toolkit) and others.

Applicable WEB pages

The following are pertinent pages on the Okino WEB site relating to this press release:

http://www.okino.com/conv/imp_on.htm        = Rhino/OpenNURBS .3dm import module overview
http://www.okino.com/conv/exp_on.htm        = Rhino/OpenNURBS .3dm export module overview
http://www.okino.com/nrs/nrs.htm            = Okino NuGraf home page
http://www.okino.com/conv/conv.htm        = Okino PolyTrans home page
http://www.okino.com/conv/filefrmt.htm        = Supported file formats
http://www.okino.com/conv/filefrmt_cad.htm    = Okino’s CAD compatibility chart
http://www.okino.com/conv/users.htm        = List of notable users
http://www.okino.com/testimon.htm            = Customer testimonials and product reviews
http://www.okino.com/new/brochures/index.htm    = A selection of our monthly full page advertisements
http://www.okino.com/press/releases.htm    = Recent Okino press releases

About Okino Computer Graphics

Okino Computer Graphics can best be understood as two distinct sub-companies: one which specializes in the CAD market, CAD products and CAD users, and one which specializes in the animation/DCC/VisSim markets. We excel at providing the industry standard converters to an extensive user base for these distinct, yet often overlapping, markets. If you are new to Okino and our software then please take a moment to review http://www.okino.com/conv/users.htm which enumerates what has made our software's usage so wide spread throughout the 3D industry.

With development starting January 28th 1988, Okino Computer Graphics, Inc. (Toronto, Canada) is an industry leader and pioneer in the development and deployment of 3D data re-purposing software that allows professional 3D software users to intelligently and accurately convert/view/render/modify 3D data and assets between most major CAD, DCC and VisSim software packages. Okino software is used the world over by all major Fortune 1000 companies, 21 of the top defense contractors, the top 17 automotive manufacturers, and tens of thousands of production studios, 3D content creation, game development, CAD, engineering and product design companies. For more information about Okino, please visit http://www.okino.com.

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