Vectorworks Expands Designers’ Opportunities in the Metaverse
Vectorworks has released an integrated Omniverse Connector, providing Windows users a direct connection to the NVIDIA Omniverse platform for building and operating metaverse applications.
The new plug-in connects Vectorworks 3D models straight to Omniverse via the Universal Scene Description (USD) framework, eliminating steps for the import/export process, saving designers valuable time and streamlining collaborative processes. Designers can now freely and infinitely iterate on design concepts in real time using high-fidelity models that can be instantly shared with one click, according to the company.
“The Omniverse Connector opens the door to a new realm of possibilities for our users,” said Dr. Biplab Sarkar, the company’s chief executive officer. “Designers can access the metaverse to work with colleagues, consultants, and clients in new and exciting ways, fostering the potential for groundbreaking, limitless designs. We’re excited to see the bright future this new feature sparks for designers and our software.”
“The industrial metaverse delivers immense opportunities for everyone, including the many design professionals using Vectorworks,” added Richard Kerris, vice president of the Omniverse development ecosystem at NVIDIA. “The Vectorworks Omniverse Connector presents vast possibilities for these creatives, enabling cutting-edge ways to visualize, simulate, and share projects while accelerating 3D workflows and empowering collaboration.”
The plug-in also provides Vectorworks users with new options for viewing and publishing their designs, offering support for various workflows. Users can now launch the Omniverse USD Presenter (formerly Omniverse View) application and send their Vectorworks models in a single step. Additionally, users can publish models to an Omniverse project on a Nucleus Server or export a single USD file as a standalone prop that can be added as an asset in an Omniverse project.
When publishing, users can define geometric detail affecting 3D curved geometry, organize scenes by Vectorworks layers or based on applied textures, and include metadata in exports. Plus, checkpoint comments allow collaborators to easily track changes and send additional information with project files as they are revised and updated.
The Vectorworks Omniverse Connector is included in Vectorworks 2023 Service Pack 4. This Service Pack is a downloadable update for all U.S. English-based versions of Vectorworks 2023, including Vectorworks Architect, Landmark, Spotlight, Fundamentals, Braceworks, and ConnectCAD.
Interested parties can explore the opportunities this technology provides with a 7-day free trial of the company’s Design Suite.