In January of 2014, our founders were at a small trade show in Livonia, Michigan, showing off some of their company’s latest 3D-based mobile applications. At one point, a local product designer walked up and asked why he couldn’t review his CAD designs with his clients on a tablet. That seemingly simple question planted the seed that ultimately resulted in the creation of ONU. The original idea was to provide an easy way for product manufacturers to display their products on any mobile device in 3D.
Sounds easy enough, right? Manufacturers design products in CAD, meaning they are already in 3D, so just drag and drop and you’re done! We don’t need to bore you with the technical details, but let’s just say it’s not nearly as easy as it sounds. There are many different CAD formats, and they don’t easily translate to something that can be displayed on a mobile device, let alone in a web browser, virtual reality headset, or augmented reality glasses.
Since 2014, ONU’s mission has been to develop technology to streamline 3D asset creation pipelines. Constantly automating processes that have previously been manual, we help scale 3D asset creation, thus making it efficient and affordable. The result is the first and only cloud-based, end-to-end, 3D asset management platform available on the market today.