Leafing through bulky catalogs, recreating existing models, and reconfiguring supplier-manufactured components has become a distant memory for many SOLIDWORKS® users with the launch of 3D ContentCentral, a free online directory of downloadable 3D part models from leading component manufacturers.
By visiting www.3dcontentcentral.com or selecting 3D Content Central from the Tools menu in SOLIDWORKS, you can browse this directory, find the right component for incorporation in your designs, and download the corresponding supplier-certified 3D CAD model directly into SOLIDWORKS. Powered by 3D PartStream.NET®, an industry-proven solution that enables component manufacturers to build online 3D-powered catalogs, 3D Content Central helps SOLIDWORKS users shorten design cycles and more accurately evaluate how a supplier’s components will function in your designs.
Manufacturers striving for efficiencies often include supplier-manufactured components as part of their product designs. This is especially true for manufacturers of material handling/packaging equipment, assembly line systems, machinery, and medical devices.
Traditionally, sourcing supplier-manufactured components has required users to search through paper catalogs, interpret 2D drawings and/or technical specifications, and recreate component models, wasting valuable hours of design time and increasing the potential for errors.
Download a SOLIDWORKS model created by the manufacturer
By using 3D Content Central, you can quickly identify the desired component and download an actual SOLIDWORKS model created by the manufacturer. This capability not only saves a significant amount of time but also ensures that the supplier-certified CAD models match the actual components.
Whether you need to incorporate bearings, specialized tooling, pneumatics, or power transmission systems into your designs, you can find the right components from the world’s leading suppliers using 3D Content Central – suppliers such as:
- Bimba Manufacturing Company
- Boston Gear
- DE-STA-CO Industries
- Jergens Inc.
- Nook Industries Inc
- SMC Corporation of America
- Warner Electric