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3D Part Download Stats: Record Year for Manufacturer CAD Delivery

3d part download stats: record year for manufacturers

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


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 twelfth 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 2018, engineers and designers worldwide downloaded 297,111,618 CAD models from over 500 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.


Start tracking your own 3D part download stats, and turn those downloads into qualified sales leads.


3d part download record for 2018, manufacturer CAD models downloaded

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. Over 16.1 million engineers download free 3D CAD products from PARTcommunity-hosted manufacturer catalogs. In just the last seven years, users downloaded over one billion 3D product models from manufacturers on PARTcommunity.

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.


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 100 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 500 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. For the first time in March 2018, users downloaded more than 25.9 million 3D CAD models, a new monthly record. This was then topped in October with a sensational 28.5 million downloads.

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 2019!


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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.

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