CAD Content from ThomasNet9 Jun, 2010 By: Robert Green
CAD Manager's Toolbox: The Thomas Register has made its way online, and the venerable publication has more to offer than its print predecessor.
If you've been in the engineering world long enough to remember when information was delivered on paper, chances are you remember the Thomas Register — a huge tome that contained almost anything you'd ever want to purchase.
Well, everything is online now — including the Thomas Register, in the form of ThomasNet.com. But it's better than before, because now you can get free CAD data while you shop!
By using the CAD Drawings links (either the Search link at the top of the screen, or the Browse link at the bottom), you can find companies that provide free CAD content you can download.
Once you've found the particular type of content you're looking for, you'll see a screen with CAD thumbnails, vendor information, and links to equipment data. At present the content you'll find is more industrial than, say, BIM (building information modeling)-related, but Thomas is making efforts to move toward more BIM content in the near future.
Of course, you may not find everything you're looking for, but this repository is one of the better content libraries I've seen to date. With Thomas's name recognition and its goal to include more BIM content, I think ThomasNet may well become a great resource for CAD managers in the near future. ThomasNet.com is worth a look.
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