iQ3Connect Product Release v2023.5

With the release of iQ3Connect v2023.5, creating XR content has never been simpler. Whether for 3D product reviews or XR training authoring, our one-click, automated 3D model-to-XR processing is now extensible and customizable, enabling our customers to incorporate their own formats and libraries. Moreover, users can now leverage their XR assets to seamlessly capture 360 images of the virtual environment for walkthroughs and training. v2023.5 also introduces an optional lobby/waiting room feature to improve meeting security and participant management. Below are some additional details on these revolutionary updates.


  • Extensible and Customizable CAD-to-XR Processing – We have created an SDK to enable 3rd parties to create and add their own 3D CAD processing to the iQ3Connect platform. The SDK provides our customers with valuable tools to incorporate their own proprietary formats or other commercially available libraries that are not supported in the production release of iQ3Connect. The SDK provides access to customize not only the model geometry but also  the metadata and model tree visible within iQ3Connect workspaces, improving integration to PLM and support for various business processes. The SDK is provided with example projects and documentation to enable rapid development.

  • Virtual 360 Image Capture – Users can save 360 images from within the iQ3Connect workspace centered at a user’s position. The 360 images are available as assets in the iQ3Connect Hub for reuse in various XR experiences such as interactive virtual walkthroughs, tours, and training. The 360 images provide for a lightweight XR experience, which has traditionally required physical hardware (ex. cameras and scanners) and access to facilities and equipment to create. With Virtual 360 Image Capture, these XR experiences can now be created using your digital twin data, eliminating repeat travel and site visits.

  • Workspace Lobby for Added Security and Participant Management – All multi-user workspaces and classrooms can now be optionally set up with a lobby/waiting room. This provides an additional layer of meeting security and management. When the lobby option is enabled, participants must first join the lobby with no access to other participants or 3D models. The Host of the workspace can admit/deny participants into the workspace and can even remove them back to the lobby (or out of the meeting entirely). This optional lobby capability can be turned on/off during the workspace creation process with the default on/off status and company branding/text customizable from the workspace settings.

Feature Spotlight: Rapid Immersive Training Creation

Check out this simple immersive training on the basic components of a centrifugal pump. It was created in under 2 hours from the original CAD data. This training is accessible from any AR, VR, PC, tablet, or mobile device.

For easy access to the Centrifugal Pump Training on a mobile device, scan the QR Code below. 


iQ3Connect Receives Seed Investment from NOVA Prime Fund

WOBURN, Mass.Oct. 31, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — iQ3Connect, a provider of a web-based immersive training and collaboration platform, today announced a seed round of funding through the NOVA Prime Fund, a venture capital fund created by global innovator LG Electronics.

iQ3Connect provides a web-based solution that empowers individuals, teams and enterprises to create, deploy, collaborate and learn with immersive and interactive 3D content on any VR, AR, PC or mobile device. Transforming immersive 3D into a scalable tool for enterprises, iQ3Connect offers a Training and Experience Platform that enables companies to rapidly create and deploy interactive virtual training and an Immersive Collaboration Platform, which provides a multi-user virtual workspace for companies. iQ3Connect also offers a host of services, from training and experience creation to hosting and management.

The NOVA Prime Fund is focused on investing in mission-driven companies innovating in sustainable energy, digital health, and industries of the future. LG NOVA, LG Electronics’ North America Innovation Center, serves as a contributing source to the NOVA Prime Fund for investments as a part of its Mission for the Future program, an initiative to build the future through cross-industry collaboration between startups and LG. As part of this investment, Jinhwan An from the LG NOVA team will join the iQ3Connect board of directors.

“The NOVA Prime Fund is committed to accelerating innovation for good to build a better future for people,” said Ali Diallo, Managing Partner at NOVA Prime Fund. “This strategic investment will help iQ3Connect advance their mission to help companies use their 3D platform and the metaverse to sustainably train the workforce of the future.”

“We share LG’s vision for the future,” said Ali Merchant, CEO of iQ3Connect. “Through our technology, our customers are advancing innovation at scale to make their organizations more efficient, sustainable, and competitive. Thanks to NOVA Prime Fund and their investment, even more organizations will be able to take advantage of the opportunity our 3D immersive platform offers.”

Founded in 2017, iQ3Connect is already deployed in numerous Global 2000 companies. As an example, a world leader in semiconductor and display manufacturing equipment is using iQ3Connect for customer support, manufacturing technician training, and knowledge transfer between different locations. They have trainers/SMEs creating and using multi-user virtual classrooms for training at scale.

One of the world’s largest oilfield services companies is scaling iQ3Connect for remote meetings for design and manufacturing teams and on-site construction planning, as well as operations and safety training for employees. Additionally, the Yokogawa Bridge Corporation, one of Japan’s top five fabricators and erectors of steel structures for bridges and buildings, uses a full-scale 3D bridge model with the iQ3Connect Platform to enable structure and design reviews in immersive 3D.

“We believe in the power of immersive technology to reshape the training industry, and iQ3Connect is at the forefront of this revolution,” said Ella Hood, Managing Director of Cherrystone Angel Group, an early investor in iQ3Connect. “Their web-based platform is versatile, scalable and addresses critical pain points in corporate training and team collaboration. As businesses worldwide prioritize upskilling their workforce, iQ3Connect’s Training and Experience Platform is poised for widespread adoption, presenting an immense growth opportunity.”

About NOVA Prime Fund
NOVA Prime Fund is a venture capital fund with a target of more than $100M and an objective of investing in private companies focused on clean energy, digital health, immersive AI, and industries of the future. The Fund will invest in high-growth technology companies and seek to accelerate them in collaboration with LG NOVA. Aligned on innovating for a better life, NOVA Prime Fund’s portfolio companies will be predominantly sourced from the Mission for the Future corporate acceleration program, led by LG NOVA, LG Electronics North America Center of Innovation. NOVA Prime Fund will focus on investing in mission-driven companies working towards solutions for a sustainable future for people and the planet.

About iQ3Connect
iQ3Connect provides a web-based solution empowering individuals, teams, and enterprises to create, deploy, collaborate, and learn with immersive and interactive 3D content on any VR, AR, PC, or mobile device. iQ3Connect is on a mission to transform immersive 3D into a scalable and pervasive communication tool for enterprises to save time, reduce cost, and achieve sustainable operations.

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September 2023 Updates

iQ3Connect Product Release v2023.4

Create, deploy, and experience VR training (or AR training) with even greater simplicity with the release of iQ3Connect v2023.4. With this release, we have expanded the supported file types that can be used in a VR/AR training to include Point Clouds, whether used independently or in conjunction with CAD formats such as SolidWorks, NX, Creo, CATIA, STEP, GLB, OBJ, FBX, among many others. We’ve also dramatically reduced the time it takes to create 3D object animations and have greatly improved the usability of these immersive trainings (as well as the usability of the instant 3D collaborative workspaces) for mobile devices. Below are some additional details on these revolutionary updates.

  • XR Training and Experiences – Create 3D Object Animations in Seconds – We’ve drastically simplified the ability to animate 3D objects for virtual training and experience creation, reducing the time to author animations, such as for assembly or maintenance training, by over 90%. Visually set the object’s start and end positions, define an animation duration, and you’re done. More complex animations can be built up sequentially using this method, or, for our advanced users, by using our animation scripting.

  • XR Training and Experiences – Point Clouds – Now you can include Point Cloud data when creating XR Training and Experiences. Our proprietary rendering engine ensures points cloud, even with billions of points, can be visualized on any device. No need to simplify the data sets or reduce the number of points. Seamlessly showcase and explore point cloud models over the web, or combine point cloud data with 3D CAD for a blended experience. 

  • Mobile Device Usability – The unique size and capabilities of mobile devices have often prevented immersive experiences from being widely adopted within an organization. Many XR experiences need to be explicitly built for mobile, or more often, don’t support mobile devices. While iQ3Connect’s device-agnostic, web-based XR platform has always supported mobile devices, usability has not been optimal at times. However, with improvements in our mobile UI and underlying engine, mobile device usability has been dramatically improved. They can now be used seamlessly (whether in normal 2D mode or AR mode) in any web browser-based iQ3Connect Workspace, Training, or Experience.

Feature Spotlight: XR Training and Experiences – Point Clouds

Check out this iQ3Connect Immersive Experience of the Thorco Cloud Shipwreck. Underwater LiDAR scanning was used to capture the point cloud model of the Thorco Cloud. 2D plans were overlaid on the wreck data to provide as-built information, and a CAD model of a submersible was used to help visualize options and accessibility for a marine salvage operation to extract the fuel from the vessel. 

For easy access to the Thorco Cloud Immersive Experience on a mobile device, scan the QR Code below. 

July Newsletter

Latest Updates from iQ3Connect

iQ3Connect Product Release v2023.3

iQ3Connect is reducing barriers to immersive collaboration and training for a global audience with its release of version 2023.3. The introduction of automatic language localization will allow users from anywhere in the world to seamlessly collaborate, train, and learn in their preferred language, while our simplified VR model creation and new lightweight XR workspaces will allow anyone to rapidly and easily use XR experiences for their everyday work, on any AR, VR, PC, or mobile device. Finally, we have streamlined the process for authoring virtual build sequences and assembly training with new virtual object tracking capabilities. Additional details on the major enhancements in 2023.3 can be found below: 

  • Automatic Language Localization– Reduce language barriers to facilitate collaboration and/or training with a global audience. iQ3Connect can now automatically detect a user’s language preference and will translate the iQ3Connect interface into the appropriate language. Each user in the Workspace, for example, will be able to see the VR Menu in their preferred language. 
  • Virtual Object Tracking for Training and Retrofit Operations – iQ3Connect has simplified the process of tracking object positions and distances in a virtual environment. Leverage this new capability to easily create virtual build and assembly training, automatically detecting when a trainee has properly assembled a component and can move to the next step and/or providing real-time feedback on errors. This capability can also be used to track clearances in real-time during virtual retrofit operations.
  • Simplified VR Model Creation– To further expand on capabilities added in 2023.2, which allowed users to easily create VR models by combining or segmenting models visually and/or by leveraging the model tree, we have added the ability to generate these new VR models while the user is in VR. Multiple models from different sources in the workspace can be combined into one integrated VR model or a subassembly can be easily isolated and saved as its own independent VR-ready model.
  • Instant, Lightweight XR Workspaces – Instantly view and interact with 3D models on any VR, AR, PC, or mobile device in our new lightweight XR workspace. These lightweight workspaces are designed to support rapid single user activities in iQ3Connect for quickly building immersive training modules and XR experiences and/or viewing and interacting with 3D models.

Feature Spotlight: Automatic Language Localization

Seamlessly collaborate and train with colleagues, partners, suppliers, etc. from anywhere in the world. iQ3Connect 2023.3 introduces new functionality that automatically detects a user’s language preference in the browser and translates the iQ3Connect interface into that language. By enabling users to use iQ3Connect in their native language, you can eliminate time spent on translation and interface interpretation, paving the way to more effective immersive training and collaboration and leading to enhanced productivity on a global scale.

A user in Japan has joined an iQ3Connect workspace with colleagues from the United States, this user’s menu is automatically translated to Japanese based on their browser’s language preference.

June Newsletter

Latest Updates from iQ3Connect

iQ3Connect Product Release v2023.2

With the release of 2023.2, iQ3Connect has introduced a new level of precision and control to object manipulation and interaction within a web-based virtual environment. These enhancements drastically reduce the time needed to create 3D scenes and make feasible additional use cases such as on-the-fly virtual builds and layouts. Some of the major enhancements are listed below. 

  • Precision Movement and Alignment – Gives users precise control over object movement, rotation, and alignment within the virtual space and with respect to other objects. Easily snap objects together with the proper alignment or a defined offset. 
  • Model Configuration – Save time and effort by combining, reducing and/or segmenting models and objects directly within the iQ3Connect Workspace. This latest enhancement reduces the back and forth between the XR environment and CAD or model editing tools (such as Blender) when needing to reorganize and reconfigure the 3D models from single or multiple data formats.
  • Point Cloud Measurement – Measurements of point clouds have been optimized to capture fast accurate measurements regardless of the point cloud density and size.

Feature Spotlight: Precision Movement and Alignment

Creating immersive scenes and conducting virtual builds, assembly, and layouts has never been easier. iQ3Connect 2023.2 introduces new functionality that gives users precise control over object movement, rotation, and alignment within the virtual space and with respect to other objects. Our customers have been using this functionality to virtually build cable rack configurations on-the-fly and for creating virtual assembly training. See this latest feature in action in this 2 minute video.

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