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nPower Software announces Power Solids 2.0 and Power Translators 2.0 with 3ds Max 6.0 Support

San Diego, January 7, 2004 - nPower Software announces release 2.0 of Power Solids and Power Translators for 3ds Max / Viz.  Power Solids 2.0 supports the new version 6.0 of 3ds Max, but it doesn't stop there.  The revolutionary Power Solids 1.0 was chosen by Digital Production magazine as one of the top 15 plug-ins for 3ds max in its initial release, and now with version 2.0 Power Solids is revolutionizing 3D modeling.  Power Solids 2.0 is so fast, so easy, so reliable, so powerful that it is just plain fun to use.  Power Solids is being called a "must-have" plug-in by many of the beta testers.  

According to Power Translators 1.0 customers, it is the best translation product on the market.  Power Translators 2.0 adds additional powerful tools for cleaning up and viewing imported models.  The combination of Power Translators 2.0 and 3ds max make a tremendous design visualization environment unmatched by anything else on the market. 

Power Solids introduces a state of the art precise CAD geometric modeling kernel into 3ds Max.  It performs dynamic tessellation at render time to generate the most precise and efficient representation.  Power Solids and Power Translators data is very well suited for export back to CAD systems through our STEP, IGES, SAT, Rhino data translation.  Power Solids and Power Translators are powered by SMLib, a powerful NURBS based solids modeling kernel from IntegrityWare.  

New in Power Solids 2.0
Power Solids 2.0 contains the following exciting new features:

  • Dynamic Editing
  • Meshing Improvements
  • More Intuitive UI for 3ds Max Users
  • New Filleting Tool with Variable Radius Filleting and Beautiful Organic Fillets (G1, G2, G3 continuity)
  • New Shelling/Offset Command
  • Snapping to Brep Edges/Vertices/Faces
  • New EditableBrep Object
  • Assembly Object
  • New Creation Objects
  • Quick Help

Dynamic Editing
Power Solids makes 3D modeling fun with features like dynamic editing operations.  You can manipulate BREP objects dynamically like a 3D sculptor, and watch the Booleans, fillets, and other geometry being performed right before your eyes.  Interactively sculpt your model, for instance, by moving Boolean operands dynamically, while viewing the result in real time.

Meshing Improvements
Power Solids 2.0 has a much faster mesh generation algorithm. It is able to produce extremely fine meshes very quickly. This release also has "QUAD Meshing" to produce nicely formed quads suitable for subdivision algorithms.

Improved UI
New shelling and filleting commands greatly simplify the process of selecting and filleting individual edges / faces.  Power Solids also now provides a set of icons, snapping to BREP objects, dynamic sub-object editing, and other "3ds Max friendly" user interface improvements.  Power Solids looks and feels like it was part of the original 3ds Max product.

New Filleting Tool
Filleting of individual edges and faces is easy with the new stand alone filleting tool.  Fillets are previewed in the graphics window to facilitate the process of setting and modifying fillets.  The filleting tool also handles variable radius fillets and G1, G2, G3 continuity fillets.  An example can be seen in the opposite column.  

Snapping to BREPs
Power Solids now supports snapping to its BREP objects.  You can snap to edges, faces, vertices, edge midpoint and end points, greatly facilitating associative construction techniques.

Editable Brep Object
Like the Max Editable Mesh and Editable Poly commands, the Editable Brep command allows the user to easily manipulate sub-objects of the BREP.  In addition, you can sew together faces, flip face normals, and other editing options.

New Creation Objects
The new swung primitive allows users to revolve profiles around a non-circular path, making it easy to create extremely complex objects within a single command.  The pipe primitive allows you to easily generate pipe shapes along a path.  The new planar primitive supports planar surfaces.

Quick Help
Now new users can begin having fun faster because quick reference help is just a click away.  In addition to the regular help files, we've added context based quick help to the Power Solids dialogs.

New in Power Translators 2.0
Power Translators 2.0 contains the following exciting new features:

  • Assembly Support
  • Imports Large Files Much Faster
  • Batch Import with Mesh Generation
  • New EditableBrep Object
  • Manual Sewing of Import Data
  • Manual Cleanup of Surface and Face Normals
  • Normalize a Group of Face Normal Vectors

How to Get Power Solids 2.0 for 3ds Max / Viz
Turbo charge your 3ds Max  with Power Solids, and unleash the power of your creativity.  Power Solids 2.0 sells for $495.  Power Translators 2.0 also sells for $495.  Power Solids is available for purchase at the nPower Software on-line store (, and through various resellers throughout the world.  A free 30 day evaluation copy can be downloaded from the nPower Software web site at .

Power Solids 2.0 Customer Quotes
Joel Fazzi: "What can I say?...It is incredible, you're making us look good out here in the 3d world with minimal effort; I love the new stuff!, there is nothing I can't throw at this that it can't handle...PowerSolids isn't just a "Must Have" plug-in; it is revolutionary!  ...You just can't put a price on quality."

Paul Sherstobitoff: "V2 is looking great!  Fillet tool really rocks!  Just tried the!...very nice. So smooth you can almost not see the break in surfaces using a reflection map. Great job."

Steve Howden: "It rocks - I mean it's great."

Mark Ryan: "Power Solids rocks. I used it yesterday to throw together a simple model (just the metal end of a cloth measuring tape) in about two minutes that would have taken maybe half an hour without Power Solids. It's so much easier to visualize in solids."

Power Translators Customer Quotes
Aksel Karcher: "I couldn't do what I do without the plug-in. I am using Power Translators to import and render client's IGES data. I did not find any other product that could do it."

Mark Synder: "When I think back on this job, I'm not sure I could have rendered so many files in the time required any other way. The models rendered so smoothly and quickly. It really was a pleasure to work with."  (See Mark's KIA Sedona model on the opposite column of this page.)

Peter Neceda: "I would like to congratulate you on a beautiful tool for importing."

About nPower Software
nPower Software LLC is a company founded by IntegrityWare, Inc. ( employees to market the technology developed by IntegrityWare over the past 7 years into the end-user graphics plug-in market.

nPower Software Contact
David Gill, VP of Product Development

Structural model of famed Japanese Zero, modeled by Akihiko Tarutani using Power Solids.  View high resolution image


Variable radius fillets applied to 3D text using Power Solids 2.0 (generated by Paul Sherstobitoff).  View high resolution image.


Fillet examples (using new G1, G2, G3 fillets) generated by Paul Sherstobitoff.  View high resolution image


Close up of PlayStation 2 model built by Edwin Eekelaers using Power Solids 2.0.  View high resolution image.


Model generated by Paul Sherstobitoff exclusively using Power Solids 2.0.  View high resolution image.


Animated GIF of rotary engine modeled with Power Solids by Akihiko Tarutani

KIA Sedona model imported using Power Translators, and grill generated using Power Solids (by Mark Snyder).  View high resolution image