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Cloud-Based Platform to Support Creation and Publication of Interactive 3D Technical Content

Zea, developers of the Zea Engine, has announced the beta launch of its cloud-based 3D platform enabling manufacturers to work efficiently with distributed after-sales teams who need secure access to 3D models to create their deliverables.

“We developed this new platform with the vision to democratize 3D for equipment documentation,” said Michael Smith, CEO at Zea. “The process to create, publish, and maintain technical content hasn’t changed much in the 20 years since I first entered the technical field and is one of the most inefficient I’ve encountered in my career. We’re on a mission to change that.” 

With Zea, new manufacturers can streamline and differentiate their technical content. In contrast, established ones extend industry 4.0 investments to benefit teams outside of engineering, like after-sales.  

Illustrations Hub, the first of several hubs in development, enables content creators to author interactive 3D technical illustrations on the web. Zea’s platform is for teams like technical publications, spare part catalogs, and technical training, which benefit from accessing the 3D models but are separate from engineering teams. 

Providing high-quality product documentation and an enhanced after-sale experience is a clear differentiator for equipment manufacturers and a key driver to continuous growth. Zea’s Illustrations Hub is a next-generation tool to create, publish and update interactive 3D technical illustrations for equipment documentation. “We are excited to open the beta version of the platform to the public. The response thus far has been overwhelming, to say the least,” said Michael Smith, CEO of Zea. “We can’t wait to make the platform Generally Available this spring.”

Primary features of the beta version include:

  • Unlimited users, organizations, workspaces, and projects.
  • Collaborate with remote teams.
  • Support over 20 3D CAD file formats, including SolidWorks, Inventor, Creo, NX, and SolidEdge.
  • Illustration version history.
  • Single-source 3D models across all technical illustrations.
  • 3D CAD stays within the organization; never have to email a 3D CAD file to a service provider.

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