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Imagine shopping for a wedding dress online. As you go through the 3D catalog, you find three dresses you like: the waistline of this dress, the neckline of that dress and the fabric of another. The catalog is interactive so you can see what the dress you want looks like with the alternate fabric, preferred neckline and different waistline. Making alterations online and keying in your credit card number, you order the very dress you've created, which will be manufactured according to your specifications.
Maybe tomorrow Today, however, 3D PartStream.NET augments design communication between manufacturers and their customers by allowing companies to view products from all angles, integrate dynamic CAD models of their products and configure, and view, translate and download these models based on their specific requirements.
Alden Products of Brockton, Massachusetts offers it's customers an interactive 3D online catalog. Alden manufactures connectors, cable assemblies, and termination devices used in a massive array of electronic equipment, from computer components to heart defibrillators. For example, a medical products manufacturer can configure and view 3D solid models of Alden connectors and visualize how the latter will fit their defibrillator designs.
Alden used SolidWorks' 3D PartStream.NET and i-Mark's Web-based catalog technology for its interactive, online catalog. The software significantly reduces the tedious and time-consuming process of buying parts and components. Manufacturers can use the program to upload designs using a variety of CAD applications, conduct batch uploads, and add new product configurations with ease.