Find CAD Models Faster with PARTsolutions Search Tools

At CADENAS PARTsolutions, we help engineers find CAD models faster so they can focus on value-added-design

We enable productivity by using two main search functions, attribute search, and 3D shape search. Engineers can easily find CAD data inside their internal database of parts or search PARTsolutions library of trillions of part configurations.

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Find CAD Models Faster with PARTsolutions Search Tools

At CADENAS PARTsolutions, we help engineers find CAD models faster so they can focus on value-added-design

We enable productivity by using two main search functions, attribute search, and 3D shape search. Engineers can easily find CAD data inside their internal database of parts or search PARTsolutions library of trillions of part configurations.

Learn How to Find Parts Faster

CADENAS PARTsolutions offers a 3D shape search tool called “GEOsearch” to enable engineers to find CAD data faster. Our software is designed with the engineering process in mind.

Users can find parts in their internal databases or from trillions of part configurations using search functions that are integrated directly in their CAD software.

3D shape search coupled with attribute search functions allows engineers to search for 3D geometry AND file names, descriptions, metadata, or even data from multiple business systems like ERP systems.

With GEOsearch, users can either start a 3D shape search with a source model or start a 3D shape search without a source model. You can read an overview of the types of search functions in the tabs below and click “Learn more…” to jump to the relevant section of the page.

 

Search 3D Geometry Without a Source Model

If an engineer performs an attribute search for a ‘bearing,’ he may need to narrow the results to find a CAD model that will work.

To narrow search results, users can combine several topology search attributes with the text search to narrow the search results for bearings.

For example, an engineer can search for a bearing with a shaft size of 20mm, four 8mm mounting holes, a part depth of 47mm, and a width of 87mm using topology search. He will find only bearings with all the parameters from his search, as in the example image below.

The image below shows the topology search window with hole and size fields filled out:

The image shows the narrowed results of the combined text search for ‘bearing’ and the topology search filter:

The engineer needed a bearing with a shaft size of 20mm, four 8mm mounting holes, a part depth of 47mm, and a width of 87mm.

The image below shows a 3D preview of the bearing from the search results above with the topology search attributes the engineer used highlighted in orange:

The parameters in a topology search can be one specific sum or can be set to find parts greater than or less than a number. It can also be used to find parts containing geometric attributes within a range of parameters used in a topology search.

i.e. hole size =30mm-40mm or hole size >=30mm.

Users can also find parts using an image containing a part. They simply mark up an image containing the part, and the sketch search tool automatically finds CAD models with a similar profile. Image search works great with a photo from a napkin sketch of a part profile.

Search 3D Geometry Using a Source Model

Here are six use case examples for similarity search using a source model.

PARTsolutions attribute search functions allow users to find CAD models or filter search results based on metadata associated with the CAD model. The metadata can be embedded in the model or from an external source like associated ERP data.

With attribute search, users can quickly locate the part they need from the part descriptions, part number, or class. Users can also filter by entering material, price, location, availability, or any other textual metadata.

Description Search

PARTsolutions attribute search functions allow users to find CAD models or filter search results based on metadata associated with the CAD model. The metadata can be embedded in the model or from an external source like associated ERP data.

With attribute search, users can quickly locate the part they need from the part descriptions, part number, or class. Users can also filter by entering material, price, location, availability, or any other textual metadata.

Variables Search

Through a combination of search filters, users can search for a part description AND variables embedded in the part metadata. In the example, a user searched for an Oil Free Slide Plate that is 30mm in length by 30mm in width with a depth of 5.5mm.

Part Number Search

PARTsolutions users can search for CAD models using a supplier part number, an internal part number, or an ERP number.

Material & Finish Search

Filtering a search by part material or finish is easy. Simply enter a part description and material or finish, and PARTsolutions will narrow results that have the material or finish in the metadata embedded in the model or from associated ERP data.

Manufacturer Search

Finding CAD models from specific manufactures is as simple as putting the manufacturer name in the search bar.

Price Search

Parts with ERP data, like pricing and availability, can be exposed in search results or searched for by a user of PARTsolutions.

For example, a user can perform a text search for a NAS setscrew and add a variable price search value of $0.38 to filter search results. The search will combine the text for the NAS set screw and filter it to show only results with a price of $0.38.

Variables can be entered by a user to search for parts that are equal to, greater than, less than, and variables within a range of numbers.