Happy World Standards Day! Use Your 3D CAD Standards


A day to celebrate all those who help standardize throughout the world.

Many consider the second Monday in October to be an important day, it’s the “Day of Remembrance” of Christopher Columbus – aka Columbus Day. What many don’t know is Columbus Day 2013 falls on the 14th of October which so happens to also be “World Standards Day.”

This coincidence seems slightly ironic, since “Columbus” is such a “standard” name for cities, states and countries around the world. There are 22 such places named for good’ ole Chris.

What is ‘World Standards Day?’

World Standards Day is celebrated internationally each year on 14 October.  The day honors the efforts of the thousands of experts who develop voluntary standards within standards development organizations such as the American National Standards Institute (ANSI)American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), National Aerospace Standard (AIA / NAS), United States Military Standards or MIL-SPEC, International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), International Organization for Standardization (ISO), International Telecommunication Union (ITU), Deutsche Institute for Standards (DIN), Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF).

Check out the CADENAS PARTsolutions Industry Standard Catalogs featuring 3D CAD Standards

The aim of World Standards Day is to raise awareness among regulators, industry and consumers as to the importance of standardization to the global economy.

Pretty awesome huh? Essentially, today we are honoring those who come up with all of the methodologies to create standardized parts and components. These intrepid number-crunchers make it possible for us to enjoy all of the mass produced products with interchangeable parts. See how your company can win with 3D CAD standards.

Digital Standards Featured in the CADENAS PARTsolutions Catalog

  • American National Standards Institute (ANSI)
  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
  • National Aerospace Standard (AIA / NAS)
  • United States Military Standards or (MIL SPEC)
  • Deutsche Institute for Standards (DIN)

The new AIA NAS fasteners are available in native formats for most major cad systems, including Dassault Systèmes CATIA®, Siemens NX®, PTC Creo®, SolidWorks®, Autodesk Inventor® and Siemens Solid Edge®, among many others.

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What are 3D CAD Standards?

3D CAD standards are digital representations of the parts, pieces and components engineers use to design nearly every product today. Standards can be fasteners, lightbulbs, bearings, gears, electrical components, and much more. Without these “standards” designers would not only design the main product they are working on but they would have to design every screw, switch and lightbulb. Without standards, GM would reinvent the wheel every time they designed a new car or truck.

Use Standards. Don’t reinvent the wheel.

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Adam Beck

Director of Marketing at CADENAS PARTsolutions | A Marketing graduate from the Miami University, Farmer School of Business in Oxford Ohio, Adam has years of experience in marketing and design for a variety of industries.