planetsoftware, a SOLIDWORKS reseller in Austria, contacted AMC Bridge with a request for development of a tool that would add support for the visualization of SOLIDWORKS models in Navisworks. This functionality was available at some point but has been discontinued after Navisworks’s acquisition. However, the demand for this functionality still exists among some of the SOLIDWORKS users who have Navisworks ingrained in their workflow.
After a careful evaluation of this request, AMC Bridge not only developed the tool that enabled visualization of the geometry of SOLIDWORKS parts and assemblies in Navisworks, but also improved the filter layer to bring the lighting characteristics, which could be present in SOLIDWORKS models, into Navisworks, which was an enhancement compare to the older discontinued version.
The add-in, implemented as a Navisworks file loader by means of NWCreate API using C++ wrapper, can handle SOLIDWORKS parts and assemblies.
planetsoftware also needed licensing capabilities for this application, which AMC Bridge developed using Quick License Manager (QLM), with multiple levels of coverage from a 30-days evaluation license to a permanent license bound to the end-user hardware.
AMC Bridge provided planetsoftware with a fully functional product that enabled the company to meet the demand of their customers, and even exceed their expectations with additional capabilities of the new SOLIDWORKS-to-Navisworks software bridge.
planetsoftware didn’t have the internal development resources available at the time, so outsourcing this project to AMC Bridge enabled planetsoftware to undertake this development without further delay and produce a top‐quality tool.