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Spatial Introduces Development Platform for Cloud-based and Desktop Applications

By DE Editors

Spatial Corp. has announced the Beta availability of RADF R3.0, a 3D development platform for desktop and cloud-based applications, and Convergence Geometric Modeler (CGM), a 3D geometric modeler used in Dassault Systèmes’ V5 and V6 products. RADF is a Web-enabled development platform, enabling the use of a single code base for both desktop and web-based applications. The platform reduces development complexities by providing an application framework and integrated components in an extensible architecture. CGM offers 3D modeling capabilities for application developers with an end-user need for native V5 compatibility.

"We are very excited to be able to offer Dassault Systèmes technology to our 3rd-party development community. By leveraging the engineering talent within Dassault Systèmes, we are able to expand our portfolio of software components, while maintaining focus on Spatial developed technology and advancing our application development platform to support cloud-based applications. Today, developers need more than individual software components. They need integrated technology and a way to deliver products when and where their customers need them," says Keith Mountain, Spatial CEO. "We are also pleased to have CGM as the first of many V6 technologies we will offer our customers."

Most engineering and manufacturing applications use a range of software components for functions such as 3D modeling, CAD translation and visualization. While 3D components offer time-to-market advantages, one development challenge is to ensure integration between the various components, and to leverage the latest technologies for delivery of both desktop and web-based applications. RADF R3.0 provides a foundation for desktop and cloud-based application distribution, lowering the cost of deployment, reducing development complexities, and ensuring higher software reliability with lower cost of support.

Rapid Application Development Framework (RADF) R3.0 is an integrated development platform for the development of Windows-based desktop and web-based applications. Application code written for the desktop client is reusable in the web client—enabling prototype workflows in the desktop scripting engine to be published for use by web clients. The platform greatly simplifies the development and delivery of applications at the desktop or in the cloud.

RADF R3.0 includes:

  • RADF Core: a development platform that integrates 3D software components while enabling custom application workflows in an extensible .NET framework.
    RADF Desktop: an application starter kit with 3D model views; tabbed docking of viewports; WPF GUI elements and Ribbon Toolbars; 3D view controls; high performance rendering; and a plug-in architecture.
  • RADF Web: a client-server infrastructure that enables interactive high-performance browser clients to drive server-based 3D engineering applications. Custom modeling operations and business logic written for the RADF Desktop client are reusable in the web client.

CGM is a componentized version of the geometric kernel used in Dassault Systèmes’ V5 and V6 products. The component offers geometry robustness with blending, Booleans, surfacing, and native interoperability with CATIA V5, according to the company. V5 interoperability helps ensure model integrity and geometry fidelity across applications. CGM also brings an architecture that integrates wire, surface and solid modeling functionality for history-based or direct modeling applications.

CGM key capabilities include:

  • Boundary Representation (B-rep) Modeling: the standard modeling paradigm for design, manufacturing and engineering applications
  • Multi-Dimensional Modeling: a toolset to define and manipulate solid, surface and wire geometry
  • History Based Modeling: a design structure that tracks model changes and supports relationships between entities
  • Model Construction: a set of functionality to create and edit wire, solid and sheet bodies
  • Free-form Model Design: a design option with advanced surfacing functionality
  • Faceting: a function for generating a polygonal representation of the 3D model

For more information, visit Spatial Corp.

Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.

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