ESS Focuses on Innovation Rather Than Data Translation with HOOPS Exchange

Press Release ( - BEND, Ore. - Nov 18, 2020 - Tech Soft 3D, the leading provider of engineering software development toolkits, today announces that HOOPS Exchange is a foundational element of alsim MERGE, the simulation pre-production application from Engineering Software Steyr GmbH (ESS), an Austrian software company dedicated to solving complex industrial problems for customers who span the automotive, oil & gas, energy & environment, and processing industries. Amongst its solution suite, alsim MERGE is the product that handles pre-processing of CAD models for further simulation.

“Our main focus is simulation,” said Vishal Nair, CTO of ESS. “We produce cutting-edge hybrid computational fluid dynamics (CFD) and computational structural dynamics (CSD) software and are specialists in automating the pre-processing step of meshing. MERGE is the starting point for all our simulations, where the input is a CAD model. Historically, we could only support STL and a handful of other formats. HOOPS Exchange has enabled us to support more than 30 CAD file formats and divert in-house development resources to other more innovative tasks.” 

A Technical Evaluation Leads to a New Approach

Partnering with Tech Soft 3D and utilizing HOOPS Exchange – the leading CAD translation software development kit – has helped ESS significantly expand the input-output capabilities of alsim MERGE. HOOPS Exchange is now playing a foundational role in alsim MERGE, freeing up time that ESS would otherwise have to devote to data translation. In addition, by using HOOPS Exchange, ESS has cut the time spent on in-house development of CAD input-output code libraries down to zero.  This extra bandwidth has allowed ESS to focus its resources on making MERGE and other products more feature-rich, addressing complex industrial problems, rather than building out CAD interfaces.

“When evaluating solutions, we quickly discovered several things that set Tech Soft 3D apart from the rest,” said Nair. “First, the number of CAD formats that HOOPS Exchange could support was very comprehensive, including CATIA, NX, SolidWorks, and others. Second, the Tech Soft 3D development team was very prompt in upgrading their kits to the latest versions of a given CAD format. And third, the level of support provided by Tech Soft 3D’s people throughout the entire evaluation process was very high – noticeably so. All of these factors made our decision to partner with Tech Soft 3D much easier.”

What’s unique about MERGE is the automation of the pre-processing. MERGE can take a full model with thousands of parts, and with the click of a button, turn it into a model that is ready for CFD simulation in about 10 minutes. If you tried to do that same task manually, it would take days.

Nair concluded, “Partnering with Tech Soft 3D and taking advantage of toolkits like HOOPS Exchange is one of the ways that we, as an organization, can stay aligned to our strengths and on track towards achieving our goal of coming up with innovative solutions for the challenges our customers face.”

Read the full case study for ESS here.

About HOOPS Exchange
HOOPS Exchange delivers complete, cost-effective and accurate 3D CAD data access to multiple file formats faster than any other solution. Companies such as Aras, 3D Systems, Siemens, Stratasys, Actify, New River Kinematics, DP Technology, Shapr3D, CD-adapco and many more rely on HOOPS Exchange’s underlying technology to give their desktop, mobile, cloud and enterprise applications a competitive edge. Developers interested in exploring the capabilities of the HOOPS Exchange API can download a demo, or build a prototype by requesting a free 60-day evaluation.


About Tech Soft 3D

Tech Soft 3D is the leading global provider of development tools that help software teams deliver successful applications. Established in 1996 and headquartered in Bend, Oregon, Tech Soft 3D also has offices in California, France, England and Japan. The company’s toolkit products power nearly 500 unique applications running on hundreds of millions of computers worldwide. For more information, visit


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