How to Get Started with VR as CAD designer

IMPORT AND EXPORT Up To 25+ File Formats

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SimLab VR Platform Virtual reality (VR) revolutionizes Computer-Aided Design (CAD), offering a transformative approach to visualizing 3D models. CAD professionals, tasked with translating designs into reality, find VR to be a powerful ally.

Through VR's immersive lens, users gain unprecedented access to their designs, enhancing the creative process and providing a unique spatial understanding. Integrating VR into CAD workflows brings numerous advantages, from design reviews and sales strategies to training and educational presentations. This guide explores how CAD designers can leverage VR to bridge the gap between the digital and physical worlds for a more engaging and dynamic creative journey.

CAD to VR in 5 min Simple Steps To Follow

  • Import your 3D model into VR Studio. VR studio supports the import of over 25+ different file formats.
  • Choose from a library of over 20 pre-built environments or import your own. Enhance your design with inter activity, including product variations, animations, labels, special effects, sounds, presentations, videos, annotations, and more.
  • Upload your VR experiences to the cloud, allowing others to access them from their PCs, phones, or VR glasses. Local viewing options are also available for CAD users.



Seamlessly integrate SimLab VR Experiences with Oculus Quest. Pair with your SimLab account for easy access to immersive VR content directly on the Quest, facilitating untethered experiences. Users can view, share, and collaborate on VR creations, enhancing accessibility and collaborative potential for both individual exploration and group work.

SimLab VR Viewer with macOS


SimLab VR Viewer with WIN

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SimLab VR Viewer with VIVE


SimLab VR Viewer with oculus

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Mixed Reality

Mixed Reality

SimLab VR Viewer with oculus

Oculus Quest

SimLab VR Viewer with IOS


SimLab VR Viewer with Android


Pico VR

Pico VR


Utilize our free VR Viewer app, compatible with all devices, to play VR experiences created with VR Studio.

  •   Play locally on your PC or Mac using VR glasses for large files.
  •   Share online by uploading to your account, allowing others to view for free via VR Viewer.
  •   Easily invite multiple participants for collaborative viewing, with a simple app installation process for newcomers.



VR eliminates the need to create physical models, offering designers a high-fidelity, real-life representation of their designs. This not only reduces costs but also significantly accelerates the design process.


By using VR, CAD designers enhance the sales process by immersing clients in product experiences, instilling confidence, and overcoming barriers to purchase.
VR is particularly effective for showcasing large items, streamlining the sales experience, and leading to higher close rates. The online dimension adds extra convenience to product presentations.


VR is a highly effective training tool, enabling users to interact with equipment and CAD designs in a real-world environment. Designers can incorporate interactive elements, allowing users to simulate tasks like operating machinery, assembling, and disassembling equipment, creating training experiences that closely mirror real-life scenarios.


Immersive experiences lead to better information retention. CAD users can educate others by providing them with the opportunity to explore and interact with 3D models. This dynamic approach is not only educational but also engaging, enhancing the learning process.


Highly customizable and feature-rich outputs in minimal steps

Grabbable Sequences

Allows users to rotate and resize CAD models for a better visual understanding in VR

Give your 3d models a better appearance with SimLab's pre-built textures and materials

Scene States

Visualize 3D models with different material and color variations through interactive panel buttons

Add animations to objects, play and control them inside VR

Product Animation

Bring CAD models to life by creating animations for moving parts

Run your VR experiences on PC, or any major VR Headset like HTC and Oculus headsets


Easily add text to explain different parts of your design.

Add models with flex animations and make them interactive inside the VR experience

CAD Attributes

Showcase material, object names, and BIM information in your VR experience.

Make objects clickable and interactive by connecting them with different types of actions

Add Multimedia

Incorporate PDFs, videos, or PowerPoint presentations to enhance your product showcases.

Add 3D visual effects to the experience like fire and water, control their behavior and look

Clippable Plane

Reveal the internal anatomy of your models by sliding a plane across them.

Share your models with others and synchronize models between different devices

Sound Effects and Music

Enhance presentations with audio elements.

Adding Human Guides to the Experience will surely encourage and improve the viewer's performance

Ready-Made Environments

Choose from a variety of stunning prebuilt environments with lighting to showcase your models.

Make your scene ready to run on low-end devices by reducing the number of objects and materials

Material Library

Access a rich library of materials to change the appearance of your 3D CAD models.


Is a powerful and intuitive software that empowers you to create stunning VR experiences with ease. Whether you're looking to develop immersive product demonstrations, engaging training sessions, or interactive assembly/disassembly simulations for CAD models, VR Studio has you covered.



Is a versatile, cross-platform application designed to run and distribute SimLab VR experiences effortlessly. This free application enables users to share their VR creations seamlessly with a broader audience. Whether you've crafted immersive product demonstrations, educational content, or engaging gaming experiences using VR Studio, VR Viewer ensures accessibility across different devices.

Watch Tutorials and Start

If you're working with a complex CAD model featuring a well-organized tree structure, our tutorial is designed to empower you. This tutorial demonstrate show to efficiently search for objects, allowing you to perform actions like showing, hiding, isolating, highlighting, and grabbing them in the viewer.

This tutorial in VR Studio focuses on managing attributes and using them to create interactive VR experiences. It covers accessing assets, loading a 3D environment, and working with attributes from CAD models.

A comprehensive 2-hour tutorial covering the essential features for utilizing VR with CAD models. Learn to create product demonstrations, conduct training, and master assembly/disassembly of various CAD models and objects. Get all the tools you need to become a VR pro in just 2 hours.

Use Cases For CAD in SimLab VR

 Creating Product Demonstrations

In the field of mechanical CAD, one can effectively create product demonstrations in virtual reality (VR) by utilizing SimLab Soft.

Tesla VR

Kitchen VR Collaboration


Mechanical Product

 Assembly instructions

Using VR Studio you can create assembly instructions helping carpenters or end users to assemble the furniture, giving users 3D view of models makes it easier for them to understand the steps.

 VR based training

Few clicks to turn any 3D CAD model into an interactive VR Virtual environment where designers and clients can walk into the same space

Medical Device

Overcoming the intricacy of medical equipment should not hinder the delivery of excellent patient care.


Trainees are able to examine and study 3D mechanical designs. Through the VR training feature, trainers are able to build mechanical training sessions and interact with 3D mechanical designs.

Join Us

In conclusion, our e-book is your guide to unlocking SimLab's VR software suite potential, from 3D modeling in SimLab Composer to VR creation in VR Studio and distribution via VR Viewer. Whether for training, education, demos, or entertainment, SimLab empowers you to bring creative visions to life. Join our community, explore, create, and innovate in the virtual reality world. Also, join our Discord community to connect with CAD creators, ask questions, and share insights for learning and networking. We look forward to seeing you there!