DETROIT, MI, Mar 1, 2018 – Detroit-based startup ONU announced the general availability of ONU 3DLite, the first and only cloud-based 3D visual platform designed to seamlessly convert and optimize CAD files. With ONU 3DLite, engineers, designers, and digital content creators can use CAD files to create all the visual content they need for use on 3D Web, AR, VR or mobile-based platforms.
“Manufacturers design products in CAD, but those files don’t easily translate to visuals that can be displayed on a mobile device, let alone in a Web browser, virtual reality headset, or augmented reality glasses,” said Sam Sesti, president of ONU. “ONU 3DLite changes that. Our easy to use tools automate processes that were previously manual, and significantly streamlines 3D asset creation. Native CAD files can be turned into low poly FBX files in just minutes. In addition to making asset creation really easy, it’s also very affordable. We’re excited to share ONU 3DLite with the world.”
When content designers load native CAD data onto the cloud-based ONU 3DLite platform, it is automatically converted to a high-quality polygonal mesh in minutes, with up to 100x density reduction. Users can work with most major CAD formats, and ONU’s proprietary algorithms tessellate CAD files as they convert them. In addition, identical parts are automatically instanced to further reduce geometry. The platform’s level of detail adjustor and defeature detector tools allow content designers to precisely reduce additional density while instantly viewing the impact on asset quality. All part numbers and hierarchies are retained, so they can be referenced in the creators’ 3D experiences and integrated into other backend systems. The files can then be easily exported to FBX format for use in tools like Blender, Maya, 3DS Max, Modo, ZBrush, Keyshot, Unity and Unreal.
According to James Vandenabeele, senior application developer at sleep technology company Reverie, ONU 3DLite has made it easier and more efficient to convert and optimize existing CAD models into forms ready for use in VR and AR. “With ONU we can crank the detail way up and pull out an FBX with a million polygons that we can really zoom in on and get great quality, or we can turn around and dial it back and get a 20,000 polygon model that I can throw into a VR experience and get 90 frames a second without a problem,” said Vandenabeele.
“The secret to creating 3D assets for real-time rendering is finding the right balance between visual quality, density and development cost,” said Sesti. “Finding the ideal balance is precisely where ONU 3DLite excels. Whether for AR, VR, web or mobile environments, digital content creators can build the perfect asset with an incredible 99% reduction in asset creation time.”
To learn about how on 3DLite has helped Reverie, watch this video here.
Learn more about ONU 3DLite or sign up for a free trial by visiting https://onu1.com/3dlite/.
ONU provides technology to streamline 3D asset creation pipelines, automating processes that have previously been manual. The result is the first and only cloud-based, end-to-end, 3D asset management platform available on the market today.
Learn more at https://onu1.com.