SimLab Composer What's New




A brief summary with regards to the new updates that have been made in SimLab Composer 10 :


  • SIMLAB COMPOSER

    1. General
      • Updated GUI and simplified workflows. (NEW)

        • Grabbable VR Sequence
      • WebGL Starter is now included with Composer 10. (NEW)

        • Grabbable VR Sequence

      • CAD Converter is now included with Composer-10. (NEW)

        • Grabbable VR Sequence

      • Cloud sharing. (NEW)

        • Grabbable VR Sequence

      • New export parameters such as units and optimize for VR.
      • The ability to deactivate the license on the machine.
      • USDZ importer. (NEW)
      • Added animation to USDZ exporter.
      • Flex object import/Export (fbx, gltf, usdz). (NEW)

        • Grabbable VR Sequence

      • New SimLab Account Capabilities (Cloud sharing, libraries and licensing).
    2. Scene Building
      • Filter for objects tree. (NEW)

        • Grabbable VR Sequence
      • The ability to change the properties of multiple lights together.
      • New easy way to create Annotations and Paths.
      • Scene protection (the ability to create protected *.sim files).
      • New pop-up libraries for both HDR and IES that enable users to select items directly.
      • New shortcuts in the scene states library.
      • Global transform dragger.
    3. VR
      • Adding the Training Builder to the VR edition.
      • Adding search for variables in the Training Builder.
      • VRPackage files preserve training builder diagrams.
    4. Render
      • Adding the ability to pause rendering.

        • Grabbable VR Sequence
      • Major enhancements on the renderer speed.
    5. Automation Workbench
      • Python Scripting. (NEW)
      • Support Python Scripting in Visual Scripting as the default scripting engine.
    6. Animation
      • Completely new design for the sequence library.
      • Preview/play sequences in Composer.

        • Grabbable VR Sequence
      • Find affected objects in Scene.
      • Apply Sequences back into the animation Time-line.
      • Attach Sequences with Objects.
      • Blend Sequences.
      • Grouping and ungrouping keyframes.
      • Flex object animation.
    7. 3D PDF
      • More useful PDF Settings Dialog.

        • Grabbable VR Sequence

  • SIMLAB FREE VR VIEWER

    1. Completely New UI. (NEW)

      • Grabbable VR Sequence
    2. Completely new platform to view and share VR experiences.

      • Grabbable VR Sequence

    3. Cloud Sharing. (NEW)
    4. Contacts and groups management. (NEW)
    5. Messaging system. (NEW)
    6. Pairing of mobile devices. (NEW)
    7. Share with specific people.
    8. Notification system. (NEW)
    9. Flex body support in viewer. (NEW)


A brief summary with regards to the new updates that have been made in SimLab Composer 9.2 :


  • SIMLAB COMPOSER

    1. Scene Building
      • 3MF Exporter
      • USDZ Exporter
      • Draco support for GLTF
      • Fast copy
      • Material pie quick access menu.
      • Objects quick access menu.

        Grabbable VR Sequence

      • Enabled copying of objects' actions (including Animation Sequences).
    2. VR WORKBENCH
      • Grass Generator.

        Grabbable VR Sequence

      • New 3D Sound Node.
      • Spark and shower effects.

        Grabbable VR Sequence

      • Training builder: Point-to.
      • Export VR Catalog Item
      • Enhanced VR effects tools.
    3. Render
      • Automatic hide/show Area Lights.
    4. Automation Workbench

  • SIMLAB FREE VR VIEWER

    1. Enhanced walking in VR Mode via keyboard or Controller.
    2. Enhanced rotate-dragger.
    3. Video Actions/Response
    4. Enabled fly mode in VR
    5. Improved visualization in VR Viewer

  • SimLab Mobile VR/AR Viewer

    1. Support for multi-actions
    2. Support playing video right from inside scenes
    3. Support Oculus Go. (NEW)


A brief summary with regards to the new updates that have been made in SimLab Composer 9.1 :


  • SIMLAB COMPOSER

    1. Scene Building
      • VRPackage Importer
      • VRPackage Exporter
      • Self-extracted EXE Exporter
      • Replace and Align Models
      • Tree Transparency
      • Rename Objects on Double Click
      • Apply Camera on Double Click.
    2. HTML/WebGL
      • Sun Environment
      • HDR Environment
      • Full Screen Mode
    3. VR WORKBENCH
    4. Render
      • Two New Render Images Sizes, 2560x1440 and 3840x2160
    5. Automation Workbench

  • SIMLAB FREE VR VIEWER

    1. VR Measurement mode ( measuring distance in VR environment)

      • Grabbable VR Sequence

    2. VR Web Browser
    3. VR Catalogs

      • Grabbable VR Sequence

    4. Video Actions/Response
    5. VR Notes (Drawing or Marking, Voice Recording, Typing-> VR Keyboard)
    6. New Viewer Menu
    7. (Enhancement) New Loading and Importing in the Viewer:
      • Normal Scene Loading.
      • Importing Model to an Existing Scene.
      • New SimLab Actions for Loading and Importing.
    8. New GUI for Desktop and VR in the Viewer
    9. Material Editor in the Viewer.
    10. Environment Editor in the Viewer.


A brief summary with regards to the new updates that have been made in SimLab Composer 9 :


  • SIMLAB COMPOSER

    1. Scene Building
      • Search by name
    2. Animation
      • Animation Auto Ease options (Auto Ease Out, Auto Ease In, and Auto Ease).

        Grabbable VR Sequence

      • New Animation Time-line tools: Capture keyframe for object, Go to previous/next keyframe, and Select all keyframes on Animation Time-line.
      • (Enhancement) Better layout for Animation Time-line tools.
    3. HTML/WebGL
      • Added support for SimLab 360s Grid Technology.

        Grabbable VR Sequence

      • Added support for Light Baking (Light Baking is similar to Texture Baking but it gives the user the ability to change material of objects).
      • Added support for sun light
      • Added support for shadow from sun, which can be enabled or disabled by the user.
      • Added support for Visualized Scene Options (lists).
      • (Enhancement) Better appearance for materials
      • (Enhancement) Better navigation: Smoother camera navigation with mouse movement in spin mode.
      • (Enhancement) Better looking message boxes.
      • (Enhancement) Camera transition among Scene States
    4. 3D PDF
      • Added support for Visualized Scene Options (lists).
    5. VR
      • SimLab 360s Grid Technology for SimLab FREE VR Viewer, SimLab FREE AR/VR Mobile Viewer, and HTML/WebGL: load and move among 360 degree images.
      • Make Video: View video clips in SimLab FREE VR Viewer and SimLab FREE AR/VR Mobile Viewer.

        Grabbable VR Sequence

      • Event-Response System: SimLabs Event-Response System used for endless possibilities in your VR experiences, which also includes location-based triggers.

        Grabbable VR Sequence

      • VR Training: A state-machine-based system used for endless possibilities in your VR experiences, which also includes location-based triggers.

        Grabbable VR Sequence

    6. Render
      • Render Animation using SimLab FREE VR Viewer: New rendering mode using the VR Viewer

        • Grabbable VR Sequence


  • SIMLAB FREE VR VIEWER

    1. Added support for SimLab 360s Grid Technology.
    2. Scene Building Mode: Dedicated mode where you can move, rotate, scale, copy, delete, and hide/show objects.

        • Grabbable VR Sequence

    3. (Enhancement) Improved two hands interaction with VR scene elements in VR mode.
    4. (Enhancement) Improved grabbing (grabbing with two hands) in VR mode.
    5. (Enhancement) Improved VR navigation (fixed old issues and added rotation) in VR mode.
    6. (Enhancement) Improved Scene Modes activation for Large Navigation, Lists, and Scene Building.
      • Circular menu for switching among modes.
      • Activation of List mode shows all list pins existing in scene.
    7. Users can now have two FREE private catalogs (up to 60 package)
    8. Users have the ability to edit or delete their own packages.

  • SIMLAB FREE MOBILE AR/VR VIEWER

    1. Added support for SimLab 360s Grid Technology.
    2. (Enhancement) View any 360 degree view (Panorama) images rendered by SimLab Composer or any third party application.

        • Grabbable VR Sequence


A brief summary with regards to the new updates that have been made in SimLab Composer 8.2 :


  • New added features

    1. VR Workbench
      • Grabbable VR Sequence:
        • Have more control over your animation sequences and animate them forward and backward interactively.

          Grabbable VR Sequence

      • VR Options Visualization:
        • Visualize scene options (scene states and animation sequences) by displaying them as entities in 3D world for easier and practical VR experiences.

          Grabbable VR Sequence

    2. File Formats (3D supported formats)
      • DWG 2018 support
      • Sketchup 2018 support
      • SolidWorks 2018
      • GoZ support
    3. Renderer
      • ISPC Renderer (macOS): Rendering on Mac up to four time faster than before (Check renderer page).
      • Diffuse texture for ThinSSS.
        • A Quick animation showing texture support for thin SSS material in SimLab Composer.


    4. SimLab AR/VR Viewer
    5. SimLab Mobile VR Viewer
      • AR
        • This quick introduction shows the AR (augmented reality capabilities) or SimLab VR Viewer. Those capabilities allow the user to experiment placement of the 3D model in the real environment,
          (Check mobile vr viewer page)

          Grabbable VR Sequence


  • Enhancements:

    1. Animation

    2. Edit Uploaded Package
      • The user can now edit or delete packages already uploaded to the public showroom catalog, supported changes include package image, title, publisher and its description (Check Showroom page).


  • Bug fixes:

    1. Various bugs fixes.


A brief summary with regards to the new updates that have been made in SimLab Composer 8.1 :


  • New added features

    1. 360 images:
      • Render panoramic images for social media, websites, and mobile devices , check out 360 Images page.

        Grabbable VR Sequence

      • VR Workbench:
        • Clipping Plane: Also known as Section Plane in VR, it can be static, animated, grabbable, and turned on/off dynamically.

          Grabbable VR Sequence

        • Teleportation Points:
          • Use Teleportation Points to navigate large scenes fastly by activating the X-ray view in SimLab VR/Desktop Viewer.

            Grabbable VR Sequence

        • Light/Shadow Baking:
          • New technology that stores lighting and shadow information with objects separately and away from their materials. It means that user can change the material itself and/or modify its properties even change its texture without the need to re-bake it again and again.
        • SimLab VR/Desktop Viewer on Mac:
          • You can now enjoy the greatness of SimLab VR/Desktop on Mac (macOS greater or equal to 10.12).
    2. 3D PDF:
      • New highlighting option to distinguish 3D objects that are associated with actions.
      • New option for stopping animation on scene navigation.
    3. WebGL/HTML:
      • Highlighted 3D objects containing actions.
      • Animation stops on camera movement.
    4. Render:
      • Region Rendering

          Grabbable VR Sequence

        • Check complex parts of the scene and see how they look like early in the rendering process.
        • Using a small area of the scene to determine the needed SPP for the scene
        • Focusing rendering power in small areas that need more rendering to finish the process fast.
      • Roughness Map:
        • It allows the user to set an image based distribution of roughness for metal and plastic materials instead of a single value applied to whole material.

          Grabbable VR Sequence

      • Alpha Channel Emitter:
        • Alpha areas of textures will turn transparent if used on an emitter.

          Grabbable VR Sequence

      • SimLab HDR Creation:
        • HDR is one of the preferred methods to light a 3D scene for rendering.
          SimLab Composer makes it easy to generate HDR images, with the freedom of distributing them as any other rendered image created using SimLab Composer
          Check out HDR page.

          Grabbable VR Sequence

      • Pass Light:
        • New option for all material types that prevent corresponding objects from casting shadows.


A brief summary with regards to the new updates that have been made in SimLab Composer 8 :

-For More tutorials and information you can visit VR User page-


  • New added features

    1. Concerning VR (Virtual Reality) :
      • A new workbench, dedicated for Virtual Reality (VR), has been added to SimLab Composer as the sixth workbench.
        SimLab Composer comes with special viewer developed to let users live and experience rich and interactive environments in two navigation modes; SimLab Composer gives the ability to export and navigate created VR projects in a special-purpose viewer in Desktop(i.e. game-like controls using keyboard and mouse) mode and in VR mode using modern VR peripherals.
        As another part of SimLab VR framework for users, VR Showroom is an application that presents a professional way to store, manage, exhibit, share your VR scenes and projects with others.
        Create fire from various presets and control its color and smoke for stunning visual effects in your VR scenes and projects.
        Create smoke from various presents and control its color for stunning visual effects in your VR scenes and projects.
        Enable and disable fog and control its color, density and start distance in your VR scenes and projects.
        Make realistic water surface and configure its color, depth, and speed in your scenes and projects.
        Make dockable objects and interact with them in your scenes and projects.
        Make grabbable objects and grab them in your scene and project.
        Pick a starting location where you desire to start from in your scene and project.
        Utilize Animation Sequences in your scenes and projects.
        Enrich your VR experience and add sound effects to everything (supported audio file format extensions are: .mp3, .wav, and .ogg).
        Utilize our beloved Scene States even in your VR scenes and projects.
        Build up and manage the sequence of how to disassemble and assemble simple and complex objects.
    2. Concerning 3D PDF :
      • Attach any number of any file format with your 3D PDF files exported from SimLab Composer.
        Browse and select any 2D PDF or 3D PDF file document and set it as the Fill Mode for your 3D PDF exported using SimLab Template Designer.
        Utilize and employ Animation Sequences in your exported 3D PDF files; either by assigning them to any 3D object via SimLab Composer or to 2D elements of your templates via SimLab Template Designer.
        Utilize and employ sound effects in your exported 3D PDF files; either by assigning them to any 3D object via SimLab Composer or to 2D elements of your templates via SimLab Template Designer.
    3. Concerning WebGL / HTML:
      • Utilize and employ animation sequences in your exported WebGL/HTML files; either by assigning them to any 3D object via SimLab Composer or to 2D elements of your templates via SimLab Template Designer.
        Utilize and employ animation sequences in your exported WebGL/HTML files; either by assigning them to any 3D object via SimLab Composer or to 2D elements of your templates via SimLab Template Designer.

  • Enhancements:

    1. New GUI Theme :
      • A more beautiful theme for SimLab Composer’s GUI affecting its appearance (light and dark styles) on Microsoft Windows and Mac.


A brief summary with regards to the new updates that have been made in SimLab Composer 7.2 :


  • Auto Alignment : Which is a new Alignment mode in SimLab Composer that makes building a 3D scense very fast, and a more fun task
  • Adding external fences: Auto aligment makes it easy to add fences in SimLab Composer 7.2
  • Wire creation : It allows the user to improve the realism of the scene without reverting to a design application.
  • New measurement capability : This capability allows the creation of Linear, Radial, Angler measurements, and Annotations. Linking this capability with advanced scene states, allows the user to communicate 3D designs with dimensions in 3D PDF files..
  • Extrude : New basic design capability to add to the 3D scenes used in SimLab Composer.
  • Sweep a long a path :ability of adding quick elements or do special modeling based on the assembly scene without the need to switch between SimLab Composer and the design application.
  • Boolean operations (union, difference and intersection) : using new tools in adding a simple room environment and in adding a door or window to the room that was created.
  • Adding new JS for SimLab Composer automation : Adding new JS for SimLab Composer automation, to automate the process of picking 3D PDF templates, and defining the scene state type .
  • Updated FBX exporter : Tested with Unity and Unreal engine to facilitate exporting 3D CAD files to be used in VR applications.
  • Adding support to SolidWorks 2017,SketchUp 2017 .
  • SimLab Composer is now available in simplified Chinese .


A brief summary with regards to the new updates that have been made in SimLab Composer 7.1 :


  • New added features:
    • Detachable menus for faster workflow and less number of clicks.
  • Enhancements:
    • The Real-time Renderer has been enhanced to be faster up to 4 times (applicable only on Microsoft Windows and requires Intel CPU of the 4th generation or later).


A brief summary with regards to the new updates that have been made in SimLab Composer 7 :


  • New added features:
    • Top quality 3D object library.
    • Mesh decimation.
    • Composite path creation (used in animation and simulation).
    • Sun and shadow study.
    • Billboard support in 3D PDF and WebGL.
    • New point to curve joint in simulation.
    • Joint Limits in simulation.
  • Enhancements:
    • New user interface for optimized workflow.
    • Optimized WebGL for faster download and better navigation experience.
  • Bug fixes:
    • Various bugs fixes.


A brief summary with regards to the new updates that have been made in SimLab Composer 6.1 :


  • New added features:
    • New Hard Points (for interactive transformation for existing objects in scene)
    • Texture coordinate generation
    • Exported animation to FBX
    • JT importer/exporter
    • New Material library
  • Enhancements:
    • Usability
    • 3D PDF supports larger texture files (for texture baking and sharing)
  • Bug fixes:
    • Better tuning for the bump property of materials when exported to WebGL
    • Various bugs fixed


A brief summary with regards to the new updates that have been made in SimLab Composer 6 :


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New Texture Baking Workbench

Push your shared 3Ds to the next level

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New Expo Workbench

Special place for displaying your 3Ds

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Interactive Simulation

Bring your mechanicals to life

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Sharing Resources

Box and unbox packages from other users of SimLab Composer

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Billboard

Another great add-on for your scenes

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Movie Texture

Create animated materials

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Better Usability

Screen utilization is better than ever

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New Powerful Joints

Simulation supports more joint types

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A brief summary with regards to the new updates that have been made in SimLab Composer 2015 SP1 :


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New Simulation workbench

For engineers and designers

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New Interior Renderer

Real time/Top quality, for internal scenes

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Portal Lights

Fast rendering for lights through portals

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IES Lights

Realistic IES Lights

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Walkthrough

Bringing 3D scenes to life

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Updated 3D PDF

Support material and hide/show animations

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3D PDF in iOS/Android

View 3D PDF from SimLab Composer on iPhone/iPad and Android

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Updated CAD Viewer

New Interface, New Actions, New Viewer

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Updated WebGL

Supports Animation, and Actions

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A brief summary with regards to the new updates that have been made in SimLab Composer 2015 :


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New SimLab Composer Interface

Select workbench to work on

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New Material Editor

View 3D models on the go

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Precise Draggers

Great textured materials

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Simpified Object Tree

Show the interior beauty of 3D models

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Dynamic-Linking

Fly through 3D models in SimLab Composer

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New Preset Libraries

New dock widget unleashes the power of RT rendering

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Apply Image Effects

Place the sun using an interactive dragger

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New Scripting Module

Place the sun using an interactive dragger

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Voxelization

Place the sun using an interactive dragger

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A brief summary with regards to the new updates that have been made in SimLab Composer 2014 SP1 & SP2 :


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New Dark Interface Option

Greater experience using SimLab Composer

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CAD Viewer on iPad / iPhone / Android

View 3D models on the go

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SimLab RT Renderer New Features

Great textured materials

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Cutting by a section plane

Show the interior beauty of 3D models

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Space Navigator Now Supported

Fly through 3D models in SimLab Composer

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Render Settings Redesigned

New dock widget unleashes the power of RT rendering

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Dragger to set sun orientation

Place the sun using an interactive dragger

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A brief summary with regards to the new updates that have been made in SimLab Composer 2014 :


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On Mac 64bit

SimLab Composer is now supported on Windows 64, 32 and on Mac 64bit.


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RT Renderer

Top quality rendered images, for interior and exterior scenes FAST, and so much more.


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Advanced Scene States

Scene states can now include specific models’ properties, and the user can now choose to apply scene states to selected geometry instead of the whole scene.


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Behavior / Actions Support

The user can select an action or multiple actions to be applied upon clicking a 3D model, or templates elements.


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Interactive 3D PDF

SimLab dictionary to automatically replace templates’ text/images, and exporting objects dimensions, attributes, and user info to 3D PDF.


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Animation

Animation Hide/Show animation support, circular path animation, and behavior action support to Stop and Play animation.


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Full HTML/WebGL support

Reflection maps applied to 3D models are exported to HTML, giving them more realistic look.


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Isolate mode

For complex scenes, the user can select a 3D model and click Isolate.


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Improved Importers/ Exporters

Many new CAD importers/exporters have been added, and existing one have been updated.


A brief summary with regards to the new updates that have been made in SimLab Composer 2013 SP1 :


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Object Alignment

Complete assembly inside SimLab Composer.


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Distribute Rendering

Utilize all available computers in rendering animations with large number of key frames.


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3D PDF Printing

Define DPI value, improve the resolution of the created templates, and the result is high quality printable 3D PDF files.


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DWG/DXF Export

SimLab Composer is capable of exporting 3D models as DWG and DXF files readable by AutoCAD and many other 3D applications.


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3D PDF Material Library

Rich and interactive 3D PDF material library. Just drag and drop materials to give a more realistic appearance to 3D models.


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In Japanese and Korean

Japanese and Korean users can now enjoy using SimLab Composer in their native languages.