CADEX Ltd., Nizhny Novgorod, Russia, has launched a free-to-use beta version of its CAD Exchanger Cloud, a private or public service designed to accelerate collaborative CAD design processes. The tool is said to enable multiple users to view 3D models, explore product structure, annotate designs, share 3D files with project members (including those who do not have any CAD software installed), and convert CAD designs to a convenient file format for offline work.
After signing up for the beta service, users of CAD Exchanger Cloud in private mode can selectively give access to certain people, with adjustable access levels for each participant. By default, access is given for file viewing only, with the option to allow downloading, annotating and re-distribution.
In public mode, users will have the option to share CAD files publicly using a targeted URL, to direct users to view the model. According to CADEX, this option has been designed with freelance designers and students in mind, enabling the easy showcasing of design portfolios. Users will also have the option to embed a 3D CAD model viewer on any web-page.
The beta tool supports most commonly used CAD file formats, including STEP, IGES, ACIS, Parasolid, JT, Rhino, STL, OBJ, X3D and VRML, and CADEX stated that more are expected to be added shortly. During the beta period, users may upload files up to a maximum size of 50MB.
The original line-up of CADEX’s CAD Exchanger applications is available in for Windows, MacOS, and Linux, as well as a mobile app for Android. It is also available as SDK for software developers aiming to build their own engineering applications.
According to its developers, CAD Exchanger is used by more than 6000 engineers from over fifty-five countries a month. Customers are said to include Altium, General Electric, JVC, Fujitsu, OMRON, Nokia, Stanley Black&Decker, SENER and more.