Viewing Technologies for Computer-Aided Design Models
This report provides information about technologies for viewing computer-aided design (CAD) models. CAD model viewers are tools that allow engineers and other users to view CAD models from distributed locations, often using lightweight viewing applications or standard Web browsers.
The report describes factors to consider when choosing a viewing technology, as well as popular CAD model file formats that viewing technologies can import. Also provided is a sampling of commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) products currently available for viewing CAD models; descriptive information for each product, such as basic product functionality, purchase price, computer platform support, file format support; and a related World Wide Web Universal Resource Locator.