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Unity Partners with PiXYZ Software to unlock CAD data for real-time development

, March 6, 2018

Together, Unity and PiXYZ deliver a solution that makes creating real-time interactive and virtual experiences based on CAD data faster and easier than ever before.

Unity today is used across many industries beyond gaming, including aerospace, architecture, automotive, construction, gambling, transportation, manufacturing, medical, and more. The benefits of using real-time in these industries include accelerating innovation through better design collaboration, developing VR and AR training to improve training outcomes, and creating immersive experiences that increase engagement and drive higher sales.

Industry professionals are increasingly seeing the value of bringing real-time into their workflows, recognizing its potential to completely transform the way products and experiences are conceived and built. Despite the fact that forward-thinking individuals in these industries have made great strides to bring real-time into their creation processes, they have encountered persistent challenges, particularly when it comes to preparing or importing large CAD assemblies for real-time development.

That’s why Unity and PiXYZ software have joined forces to provide large enterprises and individual professionals alike with best-in-class solutions to easily import and optimize CAD data for creating real-time experiences in Unity.

“PiXYZ was founded by CAD professionals, for CAD professionals, with the goal of addressing the difficult challenges presented by working with large-scale CAD assemblies,” said Stéphane Imbert, Chairman, and Founder of PiXYZ Software. “Unity’s real-time development platform is widely recognized as the best real-time workflow for customers who use CAD and want to build high-quality experiences. Our strategic partnership with Unity will allow us to better serve our mutual customers together – today, and in the future – by delivering the best, most responsive, and most painless solution on the market.”

Best-in-class CAD data prep and import

With PiXYZ, we’re bringing you a way to work with large scale CAD assemblies in Unity, whether you are an enterprise managing large volumes of data, or an individual professional developing projects in Unity. Let’s take a look at how PiXYZ’s products fit these different needs.

One thing all PiXYZ products share is a high performance core that combines fast processing speed, the ability to handle massive assemblies, and the ability to use data from virtually any common design system. Whether you’re working with a complete automotive powertrain assembly in NX, a large architectural curtain wall in CATIA, or manufacturing equipment in Inventor, Unity with PiXYZ has you covered.

PiXYZ Plugin adds a menu option in the Unity editor that allows you to directly import CAD models into your project. The Plugin provides a set of dialog controls to scale, orient, repair (stitch), and tessellate your CAD model, and includes options to map UVs, control how design hierarchy is imported, and generate LODs. In addition, the Plugin has a secret superpower – the ability to directly import CAD data into a Windows runtime! Using the Plugin, you can publish a runtime executable from your project, and the end user can trigger the import of new CAD data. This is especially valuable when working with constantly-changing CAD data, providing immediate update without the need to rebuild a project or create asset bundles.

PiXYZ Review and Review Premium provide an alternative to interacting with CAD data without the need to build a project at all. With Review, you can quickly open a native CAD file and interact with it using intuitive methods such as dynamic cutting planes, assembly exploding, interactive 3D measurement, and access to PMI (Product Manufacturing Information) data. Review also enables remote collaboration among multiple participants using different device types in different locations. With Review Premium, you can also use VR and AR devices for immersive collaboration.

PiXYZ Review provides real-time interactive collaboration for designers and engineers everywhere.

PiXYZ Studio and Studio Editor provide powerful and customizable CAD import and data preparation for the desktop. These products provide additional controls beyond those available in the Plugin, and add tools for model simplification, hidden geometry removal, fixing flipped normals, and interactive modification. With Studio Editor, you can create Python scripts that allow powerful automated processing based upon geometry characteristics or design metadata.

With PiXYZ Studio you can quickly prepare your product design data for creating real-time experiences.

PiXYZ Studio can prepare manufacturing CAD data for real-time experience and exploration.

PiXYZ Pipeline and Connect enable you to move your process into the datacenter. Pipeline provides all the power of Studio, with the ability to run automated batch processes on your on-premise servers or private cloud instances. If you need to process large volumes of data, you can add additional servers to scale to the capacity you need. With PiXYZ Connect, you can harness the power of multiple Pipeline servers to provide CAD import and data prep as a private web service within your company’s security perimeter.

An end-to-end solution to enable your success

We also recognize that you need more than just industry-leading products. You also need support, training, and the ability to scale your development efforts dynamically. Unity already provides value to customers with a range of enterprise support offerings, and we’re extending that to further meet the needs of enterprise customers in industries beyond gaming by offering the Unity Industry Bundle, a customizable combination of PiXYZ products, support, and training, built on the foundation of Unity.

We offer custom training as well as new training offerings focused on the needs of industry professionals. Unity also offers assistance to help your developers use Unity to its full potential. And, when you need to scale up your development efforts, you can look to the massive community of Unity developers – more than a million active developers per month – to find talent to accelerate your projects.

Accelerating innovation and the creation of high-impact experiences

The potential applications for real-time are seemingly endless, and with the ease of working with CAD that PiXYZ and Unity unlock, developers can create experiences for over 25 different platforms including all leading virtual reality, augmented reality, PC and mobile devices. In particular, companies and developers in these industries are seeing immense value in using real-time for product design and visualization, training applications, and customer-facing interactive or immersive experiences.

Virtual Design Review – Accelerate Innovation

Unity’s real-time development platform and AR/VR capabilities can help you create better designs faster and more efficiently. Designers and engineers can collaborate on common ground with a shared, at-scale visualization of the product where the impact of design changes across different departments and disciplines can easily be visualized. Virtual design review can even be extended to include suppliers and business partners.

Training – Transfer Knowledge

VR and AR experiences help deliver training in a true-to-life experience that engages learners through a high-fidelity, realistic setting, resulting in improved training outcomes. With virtual and augmented reality training, you can train workers to operate a factory that is not yet built, or train people on the operation of dangerous equipment without risking physical safety, significantly reducing the risk of an accident happening on the job.

Marketing and Sales – Deliver High-Impact Experiences

Unity allows you to create real-time, interactive, and immersive customer experiences that help drive higher customer engagement and investment in the product, ultimately driving more sales. With PiXYZ, product design data can also be leveraged directly to create an online configurator, or a VR experience that allows customers to experience a product in true-to-life fidelity.

Questions? Interested in learning more?

If you would like to know more about the Unity Industry Bundle or how Unity and PiXYZ can help you accelerate innovation, deliver high-impact experiences, or transform your business, our dedicated team of experts are standing by and ready to answer your questions!

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  1. I work on a programming team in an office of about 70 CAD modelers that use Autodesk products and we create custom tools and solutions to help our teams workflow. Would I be able to say import an Autodesk Revit model into Unity now with this solution? Previously imports do not include any of the materials and the like, just end up with a large grey model in Unity, not fun. Using Maya as a step between works better but is annoying. Having the ability to dump out of Revit into Unity is something I could probably sell my boss on.

    1. Right now PiXYZ supports IFC and ACIS but not yet Revit – but you can export from Revit to one of those formats. Revit support is on the roadmap and we’d like to talk with you about getting you into a beta evaluation with that capability. Please click on the “Talk to a Unity Expert” button and in your message make sure you say you want to be connected with Ed Martin. I’ll take care of you from there!

  2. Hello!

    I would like to hear more information on when/how do we get our hands on this. We work with customer cad models and we want to try this pipeline as it seems to be promising.

    1. Hi Jussi, please click the “Talk to a Unity Expert” link above and we’ll get in touch with you about providing access to a license you can try. PiXYZ supports most major CAD formats so I think you’ll find it meets your needs.

  3. 软件支持的是线性模型还是多边形模型?

    1. PiXYZ support both B-Rep / NURBS data and polygonal model formats. If you are interested in knowing whether a specific format is supported, please let me know in the comment below.

  4. We currently have a project which requires us to import CAD models at real time from a server in to a shared VR Experience. We are currently using our own implementation but it’s limited and still in development. Is this something that PiXYZ could handle? I would love to try a demo.

    1. Hi Mark, this sounds like a good fit for PiXYZ. Please click on the “Talk to a Unity Expert” button above and we’ll be in touch about demo licenses!

    2. Yes it can!Much faster and it can handle more!

  5. Customessaywriting

    March 11, 2018 at 10:29 am Reply

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  6. RahulOfTheRamanEffect

    March 8, 2018 at 10:01 am Reply

    This is fantastic and something I really need in a project that I am currently working on. My current workflow uses Autodesk Fusion 360 for IGES files, Simplygon for optimizing the meshes, Blender for further tweaks and material adjustments and finally Unity on which my app is built. The Unity Industry Bundle could really bring me a productivity boost.

    I’ve already contacted the Unity Expert about the bundle, but while I wait for a reply, could you provide a hint on when the bundle will be available, how much it is going to cost and if there are any restrictions of use in its license?

    1. Hi Rahul, that’s great to hear! Based on your description, I think PiXYZ could be a great solution for you. PiXYZ has great capabilities for reading both parts and assemblies for all major CAD applications, and could save you a lot of steps (and time). The next version of PiXYZ is launching very soon, and we’ll get you a trial license of the product so you can try it out and see if it’s a great fit for your workflow. If it is, then we can provide you with an Industry Bundle – or if you already have a copy of Unity, a license of the right PiXYZ product for your needs. You should hear from the Unity Expert soon – we’ve had a large volume of inquiries, so it may take a couple of days to hear back. Feel free to connect with me on LinkedIn if you’d like to chat some more, and I can follow up directly.

  7. Yes please. Sounds very nice! Hope we will see .stp support!

  8. Oh, I actually missed the “super power” thing when I posted my last comment. Now it gets interesting!

    Can that import function automatically have a polygon count ceiling for its tesselation set by script?

    1. Hi, eobet – today the Plugin provides the ability to tesselate using presets, with the option of specifying an accuracy level. The ability to specify a triangle count is in PiXYZ’s roadmap and we look forward to sharing more news on that.

  9. So judging by the date this is announced, it is in direct resonse to Unreal Engine Studio for Enterprise, and their Datasmith CAD translation service? This seems like a hurried after-though in comparison, though… time will tell.

    (We actually quite succesfully translate CAD data to Unity for VR already using 3D Studio Max, but we have begun to investigate Unreal as well due to several reasons, Datasmith being one of them.)

  10. That is some awesome news ! looking forward to see the support of CAD data in Unity !!

  11. Great, much awaited feature and also suggest to please support DICOM format for healthcare devices imaging – Thank you

    1. Thanks for the feedback, this is a great place for you to post features that are important to you. We’re listening to all of our customers.

  12. Nice!

    1. Hi Cascho, glad to hear you’re interested! Click on the “Talk to a Unity Expert” and we’ll be in touch with more details. PiXYZ has been in the market for a year already, so it’s a proven solution.

      1. Yes, because one year makes a solution “proven”.

        After having taken care of their child for the first year, most parents are considered “proven” even though they haven’t done much but parenting yet. Likewise, new software with lofty promises should be considered mature and battle-tested merely for existing.

        Are you people serious?

        1. To be fair your analogy is completely wrong. If you want to compare it properly you’d need to say: “X amounts of parents have been using product Y for 1 year and it’s been great”. Now is it a proven solution? It depends of how big X is right?

        2. Hello,
          I’m Geoffrey from PiXYZ Software. If I may add some details, our team members are experts and engineers issued from large automotive companies, software editors, research, 3D content creation, and VR industry. We crafted our software from more than 10 years of experience optimizing 3D models for complex and numerous industrial use cases. You can have a look at our main customers on our web site: