New 3D part download record for manufacturers: Nearly 300 million CAD models delivered within one year.

New 3D part download record for manufacturers: Over 405 million CAD models delivered within one year.


(Updated Jan. 9, 2020)

Component manufacturers who use eCATALOGsolutions electronic product catalogs by CADENAS have watched their users and download numbers grow for more than a decade. Together, they broke the 3D part download record for the thirteenth consecutive year.

The number of 3D CAD model downloads from PARTcommunity continues to soar, providing more leads and sales to manufacturers as it climbs.

In 2019, engineers and designers worldwide downloaded over 405 million CAD models from over 800 PARTcommunity manufacturer catalogs – more than ever before! Thanks to this continued success, the 3D CAD model download portal expands its position as a leader among the download portals for intelligent engineering data.


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PARTcommunity Downloads 2006-2019

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More than 1 billion CAD downloads within the past 7 years

With over a decade of success and growth, the 3D part download portal is an established platform for manufacturers and designers worldwide. In just the past five years, the number of CAD downloads from our client catalogs increased by over 168%.

Over 16.1 million engineers download free 3D CAD products from PARTcommunity-hosted manufacturer catalogs. Prior to 2019, users downloaded over one billion 3D product models from manufacturers on PARTcommunity.

Why do these numbers continue to climb?

CEO of CADENAS GmbH, Jürgen Heimbach, explains the success:

Major changes are currently taking place in the design area. Digital twins are playing an increasingly important role. We are working continuously with component manufacturers to enrich 3D CAD engineering data with all important information so that it can be used for the virtual commissioning of machines and systems.

Jürgen Heimbach, CEO at CADENAS GmbH

From large manufacturers to family-run companies, businesses rely on CADENAS PARTsolutions to support and update their product catalogs on 90 vertical online marketplaces, portals and social communities like Autodesk, DraftSigh and SolidEdge. The continued growth affirms CADENAS PARTsolutions’ commitment providing the best product and services to its clients and their customers through constant optimization, product extensions and outstanding innovations year after year.

The success of the 500+ manufacturer catalogs on PARTcommunity stems from that commitment.

Each manufacturer’s catalog supports built-in product metadata. This turns each 3D part download into “supercharged content assests” or “sales enablers” for manufacturers. Since 82% of downloaded CAD models leading to a product purchase, manufacturers and customers reap the value of the download portal.

3d part download – the Future of Part Search Technology for Engineers and Manufacturers

In 2019, CADENAS launched, a visual search engine for manufacturer components. This technology reflects the changing industry and how engineers and planners search for parts.

In addition, the way engineers, designers, planners and architects obtain suitable components for their product developments and planning has also changed. We at CADENAS have taken this as an opportunity to turn the previous tried-and-tested search for manufacturer components upside down.

Conventional search engines usually deliver results that are far too general and not target-oriented, without any technical or architectural reference. With our newly developed visual search engine for manufacturer components, we have taken a big step into a new dimension in 2019.

We see as a kind of lighthouse, which combines the multitude of different component manufacturers with their CAD engineering data and finds the most suitable components across all of them.

Jürgen Heimbach, CEO at CADENAS GmbH

Component manufacturers can use to efficiently market their products worldwide by making their 3D engineering data potentially available to over 24 million engineers and architects. With, manufacturers get their products directly into the CAD & BIM designs of engineers and architects as well as into the respective parts lists and then receive orders from the purchasing department. Studies show that around 87% of downloaded CAD components later lead to real products sold.

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A Daily Tool for Engineers and Designers Worldwide

Engineers and designers worldwide can download 3D CAD components from well-known manufacturers around the clock and import them into their respective CAD systems in over 150 genuine native formats, including Inventor and Revit by Autodesk, Solid Edge and NX by Siemens PLM Software, SOLIDWORKS by Dassault Systèmes etc.

The entire content of more than 800 CAD manufacturer-authorized product catalogs is available to them. Moreover, the download portal provides extensive intelligent search functions such as 2D sketch search or the Geometric Similarity Search GEOsearch.

The key to the download portal’s success: never sitting still. Constant optimizations, extensions and outstanding innovations make the basis for the continuing trend of intelligent CAD model downloads of the CADENAS portal.

The 3D part download portal has been in operation since 1998 and registers over 20 million part downloads each month.

Additionally, the corresponding mobile CAD app for manufacturers has been downloaded nearly 900,000 times since its launch.

The 3D CAD download portal PARTcommunity can be found at:

CADENAS PARTsolutions thanks all users of the 3D CAD model download portal PARTcommunity as well as the manufacturers for the successful cooperation in the creating of high-quality engineering data. We wish you all a successful 2020!


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Adam Beck

Director of Marketing at CADENAS PARTsolutions | A graduate of the Richard Farmer School of Business Marketing at Miami University in Oxford Ohio, Adam has years of experience in marketing and design for a variety of industries. He enjoys many outlets for creativity including working on custom cars and guitars. He’s also a fan of Formula1 racing and the Cincinnati Bengals. Adam currently lives in Ohio with his wife Stephanie, daughter Nora and son Otto.