SolidWorks has introduced its 3D ContentCentral® 2008 software service, the latest update of the company’s on-line community that allows engineers to download and share content globally so they can save time and design more innovative products. The 3D ContentCentral site is free to registered engineers and designers who use it to share design information in the form of 3D models and 2D drawings with other design teams using any CAD system.
Key enhancements in 3D ContentCentral 2008 include support for more types of content, including parts and assemblies for almost all CAD tools; community features designed to give engineers more information about content creators; personalization features, such as My3DCC, that enable users to create their own area of the site to help focus on their particular needs; and improved content upload tools.
3D ContentCentral’s network of designers is growing, with more than 360,000 registered users around the world. The site averages more than a million model views and downloads per month. In the past six months, the site has logged more than 16 million page views and 600,000 3D model or 2D drawing downloads.
Engineers can streamline product development with 3D ContentCentral by finding and configuring the part they need from on-line catalogues in seconds. They can then check precise form and fit by downloading the model or drawing directly into their designs, ensuring that the parts they are buying work with their design.
The 3D-enabled catalogues available through the service showcase everything from sensors to large motors. All 3D components can be accessed conveniently at no charge.
“Getting at the right resources is essential to success in the world of product design,” says Austin O’Malley, SolidWorks’ chief technology officer. “3D ContentCentral 2008 gives the design community global access to usable, accurate content that they need to design better products. It also fuels the information sharing that lets companies of any size effectively compete in their markets, both locally and abroad.”