Kubotek3D and Cadenas have announced a partnership to provide KeyCreator users access to 3D and 2D component geometry from 3Dfindit, a technical search engine powered by Cadenas.
From the new function built into KeyCreator Pro, the data for millions of parts, from thousands of manufacturer catalogs, is available for download directly into an active KeyCreator session.
Cadenas says that designers spend approximately 27 per cent of their time searching for product information, and that it developed the 3Dfindit search engine to significantly reduce search times and to increase efficiency in engineering.
By incorporating accurate models of components from up-to-date catalogs directly into designs, KeyCreator aims to help users save hours and avoid potential mistakes over drawing the components manually.
“KeyCreator users will appreciate the flexibility afforded by the 3Dfindit.com integration,” Kubotek3D CTO Ram Eswaran. “This integration will be a productivity boost for many KeyCreator users who will also appreciate the flexibility afforded by the simple implementation.”
Downloaded component data is opened into a new CKD file to allow users to insert it directly into designs and save into a library as needed. Insertion could be as a simple copy of geometry onto a layer or as multiple linked part references to reduce assembly size. The user can quickly re-define the insertion origin point and orientation during the insertion/copy step using standard KeyCreator capabilities.
The direct opening of a CKD file can also aid updating file paths or copying files from the browser’s download folder.
“With 3Dfindit.com inside KeyCreator, engineers gain intuitive search methods such as 3D Shape Search, Sketch Search, Color Search or Topology Search, making it easier to find the exact part they are looking for,” explains Cadenas CEO Jürgen Heimbach, adding that search functions are tailor-made to suit the needs of CAD users and therefore saves valuable time by enabling engineers to find and deploy approved parts instead of recreating them manually.
“3Dfindit.com ensures that users of KeyCreator can concentrate on developing innovative products instead of manually entering and verifying metadata,” Heimbach concludes.