Process Optimization Extended Handling of 3D CAD Data Thanks to Augmented Reality

Editor: Nicole Kareta

MB CAD and Holo-Light have announced a new sales partnership: The independent SOLIDWORKS reseller MB CAD from Bruckmühl, Germany, now offers its customers Augmented Reality solutions from Holo-Light. Designers and engineers will benefit from an extended handling of 3D CAD data.

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Typical areas of application for AR solutions include mechanical and plant engineering, the automotive and process industries, and medical technology.
Typical areas of application for AR solutions include mechanical and plant engineering, the automotive and process industries, and medical technology.
(Source: Simon Toplak/Holo-Light)

The Augmented Reality company Holo-Light and the SOLIDWORKS partner MB CAD are entering a sales partnership in the German-speaking CAD area. The focus will be on the Augmented Reality Engineering Space “ARES”. The AR software enables designers and engineers to visualize and manipulate 3D CAD data as holograms in a real environment and to collaboratively edit them in a virtual session. In addition, Holo-Light´s Stylus XR, a high-precision AR input device in the form of a pen, complements MB CAD’s CAD software solution portfolio. Individual training courses support an efficient implementation of AR and help employees to be even more productive and motivated. Typical areas of application for AR solutions include mechanical and plant engineering, the automotive and process industries, and medical technology. MB CAD advises more than 1,500 customers throughout Germany on all areas of application and uses of SOLIDWORKS.

“The development of Augmented Reality is rapid. We have to deal with it now in order to continue to be innovative on the CAD market in the future,” said Peter Aicher, Managing Director of MB CAD. “The AR Software ARES is an impressive addition to SOLIDWORKS and the 3DEXPERIENCE platform. It closes the gap between virtual planning on 2D screens and reality. We can support our customers even better in their planning and development work through the extended handling of CAD data in Augmented Reality”.

“In MB CAD we have found an experienced sales partner who has been active for over 25 years as a reseller and consultant for all aspects of 3D CAD and SOLIDWORKS”, commented Florian Haspinger, Co-Founder and CEO of Holo-Light. With about 35 employees, the partner has exactly the right size to meet the technical requirements but also to be able to act pragmatically at any time. Haspinger sees Holo-Light’s AR solutions as particularly attractive for MB CAD’s customer base: “ARES is an engineering software that can be used immediately. The application is simply installed on a mobile AR device like the HoloLens 2. With ARES, production plants can be better planned, prototypes can be realized faster and, above all, more economically. Concept evaluations can be made up to 15 months earlier, easily overlooked design errors can be detected early, and on site it can be checked whether planning and reality correspond. The appropriate Augmented Reality software allows the direct user to experience the added value of the technology in his everyday work, Haspinger concluded.

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