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Do's and Don'ts of Publishing Online Parts Catalogs (Cadalyst Daily Archive)

31 Oct, 2006 By: Sara Ferris

Offering downloadable 3D CAD files for product designers is a smart business move, but it's not necessarily easy.


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3D publishing is the term Cadalyst uses broadly to cover methods of repurposing a 3D model for downstream uses. Basically, once you've created a model, what can you do with it? Daratech coined the acronym MVP to refer to digital mock-up, visualization and 3D publishing, but that makes me think baseball, not modeling -- and besides, the CAD world has TMA (too many acronyms) already.p>

One fast-growing but fairly low-profile aspect of 3D publishing is online parts catalogs that include 3D CAD model downloads for manufactured goods. A number of developers offer technology for parts makers to use in creating and maintaining such catalogs. These digital catalogs save design engineers time: Rather than redrawing individual components, you can just download them right into your CAD model. The manufacturers' products are thus locked and loaded into the design, and buyers can order them later.  Read more >>

 

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About the Author: Sara Ferris


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