KISTERS offers professional 3D CAD viewers for easy and efficient visualization of 3D CAD models, office documents, scans, and drawings. Select from enterprise viewers (Catia Viewer, NX Viewer, JT Viewer). In addition 2D viewers are beneficial for MS Office (DOCX viewer, XLSX viewer), technical drawings (DWG viewer, DGN viewer), and image file formats (TIFF viewer, JPEG viewer).

In addition to the client-based 3DViewStation Desktop the HTML5 web-based solution 3D ViewStation WebViewersupports Catia, Creo/ProE, NX, SolidWorks, SolidEdge, Inventor, JT, STEP, IGES and other file formats. Easily integrate it into any web solution, product configuration solutions, service applications, cloud solutions, and portals to access a large number of useful functions.

Discover the best fitting solution for 3D visualization, document sharing, analysis, technical documentation, and publishing. Leverage our expertise for your success. Customized 3D CAD viewing software optimizes re-utilization of existing designs or models within the value chain.

More than 3,000 customers with more than 150,000 installations make KISTERS a sought-after partner for visualization solutions, professional competence, and best-in-class customer support.

3DViewStation comes in 9 language versions. Licensing: workstation-based or floating (optional).

3DViewStation Features and Functionality

Intuitive User Interface

Engineers and designers rank the intuitive UI as one of the best. The modern UI and ribbon framework provide great convenience, especially when handling extremely large assemblies and enhanced analyses. Users can define shortcut keys and add a quick access toolbar.

Innovative Analytical Tools

Beyond measurement and slicing, access a 3D comparison function and true MultiCAD digital mockup (DMU) processes.

Automation and Integration API

Manage geometries on the tile system or via proprietary systems such as ERP, PLM or other data management systems. A complete programming interface automates and integrates components and assemblies. Load and position geometries. Compare or manipulate storage locations. Query the position and attitude of parts or forwarding of events to a guiding application.

  • 64-bit and 32-bit
  • Reliable CAD importer incl. PMI
  • Object filtering
  • Bill of material
  • Import & substitution
  • 3D compare
  • 2D compare
  • 3D annotation
  • 2D annotation
  • 3D markups
  • 2D markups
  • Coloring
  • Visual navigation
  • Hyperlinking
  • 3DConnexion 3D mouse support
  • very fast
  • MultiCAD
  • 3D Measurements
  • 2D Measurements
  • 3D Dimensioning
  • 2D Dimensioning
  • Sectioning
  • Slide
  • Rotate
  • Explode
  • Image export
  • Info “at-your fingertips”, hyperlinks of 3D-objects and many more

3DViewStation Benefits

High user comfort - state of the art UI

Intuitive handling is one of the basic principles of 3DViewStation. That’s why we designed the new UI along the lines of Office 2010, adding some intuitive ribbons.

High performance - your time is money

You need to be able to complete your tasks in a continuous flow, which is why we have ensured that the import interfaces with the various CAD systems function as quickly as possible. And now that 3DViewStation is available in a 64-bit version as well, all previous storage limits have gone out the window. Step on the gas pedal and utilize our internal data format whenever you need maximum performance!

70% of all users...

… look for an intuitive, easy to use application to load 3D CAD data quickly, and for options to measure, slice, and compare components and assemblies quickly and easily. We have done our best to ensure that your work with 3DViewStation is a real pleasure.

Technical documentation and collaboration

Technology editors are always on the lookout for intuitive solutions to map and display products in various states. They need to hide or show parts, color parts, and create exploded views.

Using the 3DViewStation you simply export the result as an image and integrate it into your work or assembly instruction.

If you prefer communicating your data in 3D, then you will love the export capabilities of 3DViewStation to STEP or 3D PDF.

3DViewStation Products

3D ViewStation Desktop

The Powerful 3D Viewer

3DViewStation is a powerful 3D viewer for engineers and designers, designed for 3D viewing, 3D CAD analysis, technical documentation and 3D publishing.

Users in the area of distribution & marketing, design, updating, operations scheduling, manufacturing, documentation, spare parts management, etc. will be able to reliably, efficiently and economically handle their visualization and DMU processes. 3DViewStation is a high-performance 3D viewer supporting the file formats Catia V5, Catia V4, NX, CreoElements/Pro-Engineer, SolidWorks, Inventor, SolidEdge, Parasolid and neutral formats like STEP, 3D-PDF, and JT. The system includes important analysis functions such as measurement, dimensioning, a 3D comparison function and true MultiCAD DMU, i.e. simultaneous loading and analysis of data from different CAD Systems, without conversion.

3D ViewStation ActiveX

Viewing Power for your PLM-system

The 3DViewStation AX is an ActiveX-component based on our 3DViewStation, designed specifically for the requirements of our customers.

3DViewStation on the one hand provides a native 3D-CAD-viewer as a system component, and on the other, a 3D viewer with all capabilities you will ever need for visual navigation.

3D View Station WebViewer

Viewing Power for your Browser

3DViewStation WebViewer is a WebGL version based on our 3DViewStation technology.

The 3DViewStation Web-Viewer is a high performance browser version CAD Viewer, which will allow you to access your 3D CAD data anytime and anywhere and with any WebGL-capable device from PC to smartphone.  A WebGL-supported browser is all you need – no installation necessary.

Automation Server

KISTERS Automation Server

KISTERS Automation Server (KAS) is a very flexible and scalable server-based solution for the automated processing of 3D data, complex 2D and 3D documents, and automated drawing comparisons.

In addition to integrations of the KISTERS Automation Server in any leading systems, like PDM systems or SAP via a web service (SOA), KISTERS also offers a client for end users, which allows ad hoc use of many of the Kisters Automation Server functions, including conversions of native CAD assemblies into 3D PDF, or the comparison of 2 versions of a drawing. The end user client uses the same server and ensures that enterprise guidelines regarding standardized document creation are complied with.

3DViewStation Typical Use Cases

Design Engineering and CAD Data Collaboration

  • Engineering Change Request
  • Data Exchange
  • Digital Mock up
  • Design Engineering Reviews

Technical Documentation and Collaboration

  • Service Manuals
  • Training Manuals
  • Part Catalogs
  • Long Term Archiving

Sales and Marketing

  • Quoting
  • Media brochures
  • Procurement
  • Suppliers and Customers

3DViewStation Formats and Technical Specs

System Requirements


  • MIN.CPU 1.3 GHz
  • Windows XP, Windows 7+
  • 512 MB RAM
  • 200 MB Hard Drive
  • Screen 1024 x 768
  • 3D graphics adapter

Current CAD exporters / importers

Read (excerpt):
Catia V5+V4
CreoElements (Pro-Engineer)
Write (excerpt):

3D ViewStation Datasheet

Complete List of KISTERS File Formats



    As part of offering and providing customizable and personalized services, in some instances Essig PLM uses a feature known as a cookie, a small data file that’s saved on your hard drive. Cookies cannot retrieve personal information from your computer. To participate in certain activities and to obtain certain services offered on this web site and by Essig PLM and its affiliates, you may be asked to provide varying amounts of personal information. Some information is mandatory while other information is discretionary.


    Essig PLM and its affiliates are committed to the principles inherent in the GDPR and particularly to the concepts of privacy by design, the right to be forgotten, consent and a risk-based approach. In addition we aim to ensure transparency with regard to the use of data and that any processing is fair, transparent and necessary for a specific purpose.  Essig and its affiliates strive to ensure data is accurate, kept up to date and removed when no longer necessary and securely stored.

    GDPR Compliance Statement

    Technology or business issues may require that this Privacy Policy be modified from time to time. Accordingly, Essig PLM reserves the right to change the policy as necessary. Any changes made in Essig PLM’s Privacy Policy will be reflected here. Please check this page periodically for updates.


    Technology or business issues may require that this Privacy Policy be modified from time to time. Accordingly, Essig PLM reserves the right to change the policy as necessary. Any changes made in Essig PLM’s Privacy Policy will be reflected here. Please check this page periodically for updates.


    If you have any questions about this web site or the Essig PLM Privacy Policy, please contact us at info@essigplm.com.

    Essig PLM
    1 Tara Blvd, Suite 104
    Nashua, NH 03062
    Phone: (978) 203-5150