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BREAKING: Sunglass.io Blast Out of Beta, Snags ‘GitHub for 3D Design’ Title

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The 3D cloud collab fire keeps burnin’ hotter and today’s news is sure to stoke the flames. Sunglass.io started out as a simple way to share models online and was one of the first to bring in a WebGL-based, plugin-free approach to sharing CAD Data. They had a basic annotation tool at the time and a hint at an app ecosystem. After bagging 1.7 million in funding they introduced support for 45 3D file formats, VoIP support, cloud rendering and a public beta. Today, they’re breaking out of beta and deep into project collaboration with the claim of a “GitHub-like solution” for seamless collaboration and project management. Here’s a look.


Sunglass Introduces Project Management

The image above is what you may see while the new site rolls out. Sunglass wants to be the go to place for all things 3D+collaboration, even to the extent of adding plugin into the most common 3D software and combining cloud services such as rendering and simulation. They’ve added support for all the popular formats and plugins for SolidWorks, Inventor and Sketchup, with CATIA, Rhino and Processing plugins coming. We’ll have an update posted here after we give the system a go. Here are the new features.

  • Version browser – seamlessly browse through multiple revisions in a visual environment
  • Deeply integrated plugins – edit and sync 3D files in real-time with full integrity between the desktop and cloud
  • Share spaces – selectively control access to individual parts of a larger project
  • Collaborative assembly – work with others on constructing the same design concurrently
  • Rich media annotations – beyond text comments, users can now pin images, PDFs, videos and hyperlinks as notes on 3D models

Press Release / Click to expand

Sunglass Launches Web-Based Platform Out of Beta, Effectively Creating a ‘GitHub for 3D Design’
3D collaboration startup Sunglass delivers version history, seamless social collaboration and project management for engineers and product designers

SAN FRANCISCO – (October 4, 2012) – Today Sunglass, the easiest way to collaborate, manage and showcase 3D designs in the cloud, launches out of beta with a major product update that establishes the company as the first to bring to market a GitHub-like solution to seamlessly collaborate and manage projects across computer-aided design environments.

This release brings unparalleled efficiency to the massive global market of industrial engineers, mechanical engineers and product designers who use CAD tools in their daily workflow.

What’s New:

  • Version browser – seamlessly browse through multiple revisions in a visual environment
  • Deeply integrated plugins – edit and sync 3D files in real-time with full integrity between the desktop and cloud
  • Share spaces – selectively control access to individual parts of a larger project
  • Collaborative assembly – work with others on constructing the same design concurrently
  • Rich media annotations – beyond text comments, users can now pin images, PDFs, videos and hyperlinks as notes on 3D models

“One of the most frustrating aspects of the design process has been a lack of an efficient communication layer,” said Sunglass co-founder Kaustuv DeBiswas. “This release of Sunglass addresses that issue, and we are thrilled to provide designers a compelling solution that can reduce their design cycle time, and effectively improve production and quality.”

Sunglass plugins to SolidWorks, Autodesk Inventor and SketchUp – with CATIA, Rhino and Processing coming soon – deeply integrate to these desktop tools for synchronous and instantaneous collaboration. Users can seamlessly push and pull models from CAD software to Sunglass as they make changes, to stream edits in real-time while carrying on live discussions with clients and collaborators in the browser. For the first time, users can work on assemblies simultaneously and share projects on a part-by-part basis, to keep certain layers of complex designs private.

This update brings Sunglass much closer to the current workflows of professionals using enterprise grade design tools. The back-end architecture supporting loss-less data (solids, breps, nurbs, tessellated) and assembly-part mapping, along with version history, makes Sunglass the pioneer in delivering a serious cloud-based environment for designers. Now designers can track and manage changes throughout the creation process in a way that was never previously possible —making it simple and visual to work through edits with collaborators and discuss options with clients.

For example, a San Francisco based design team building a bike on SolidWorks can share a select part, such as the bike frame, with a manufacturer in Hong Kong as an interactive 3D model. The manufacturer and designer can have a complete conversation around the model, and as the manufacturer provides visual notes and feedback, the designer can make these changes in his SolidWorks environment and sync the changes instantly in full file integrity back to the cloud.

Similarly, a project manager working with a global team can use Sunglass to receive instant updates from the design team leading up to a presentation.

Start designing together: http://www.sunglass.io

Developers interested in building plugins for the Sunglass platform can find out more here: http://api.sunglass.io

About Sunglass:
Sunglass is a cloud-based environment that enables designers to collaboratively build the innovative products, structures and cities of the future. Democratizing 3D design, Sunglass gives any designers the ability to turn today’s ideas into tomorrow’s realities. Founded in May 2011, Sunglass is based out of San Francisco.

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About Josh Mings

Josh is co-founder of EvD Media. He engineers and designs, is the Marketing Manager for Luxion, is a CSWP certified for SolidWorks training and support and excels at falling awkwardly. He is editor of SolidSmack.com and co-host of EngineerVsDesigner.com, a weekly podcast about design, engineering and what makes it all happen.

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