October 1, 2005
By DE Editors
Imaginestics, LLC,(West Lafayette, IN) a provider of design reuse management solutionsfor discrete manufacturing, has released 3D-Config, an interactiveweb-enabled 3D product configurator that allows manufacturers to have a3D powered online catalog.
The 3D-Config portal was jointly developed by imaginestics and SRAPvt., Ltd. of Bangalore, India, and was designed for suppliers ofdiscrete components. 3D-Config creates the catalog based on 3D modelsand uses a rules engine to let a customer or sales representativecustomize the design by adjusting design parameters via an easy-to-usemenu structure.
3D-Config allows customers to view and download the 3D model in theirpreferred CAD format to check for fit directly in their own designs.The supplier providing the configurable product catalog can also electto set up an interface to e-commerce, allowing customers to get a quoteand purchase the custom-configured product directly from the website.
3D-Config also works hand-in-hand with the recent Beta release of3DSeek, the world’s first online 3D shape search engine. When a searchresult points to a supplier that uses 3D-Config, 3DSeek provides anenhanced link directly to the part, allowing the customer to customizeparameters through the 3D-Config configuration tool.
Recent studies have shown that nearly 80 percent of buyers who downloadand incorporate a 3D model from the Internet ultimately purchase fromthat same supplier. This creates a significant competitive advantagefor the supplier. In the event that the supplier does not have existing3D models of its products, imaginestics and SRA provide a service tocreate the 3D models from the supplier’s existing 2D drawings and/orpaper catalogs. For more information, visit imaginestics.com.