New Shape Search Engine Boosts Design Productivity

The capability to index and search on every single part in a company’s inventory can bring multi-million benefits for companies.

New Shape search engine boosts design productivity
Image: Eureka

We are all used to the concept of search engines. If you live your life online, you probably use a search engine dozens, if not hundreds, of times a day to search using a word or phrase or perhaps an image. But what if you wanted to search for a shape?

Eureka, a European publicly funded, intergovernmental network come up with an innovative shape search engine that works on shapes rather than textual input. Propelled available this year, this huge information application is as of now helping fashioners and producers diminish costs and get the opportunity to showcase speedier.

Searching for a 3D shape is a complex problem. But for designers and manufacturers, it is a significant issue. This world’s first shape search engine for the web can act as 3DPartFinder.

Alain Coulombe, President and CEO of Canadian company 3DSemantix, one of two partners in the 3D SEARCH BIG DATA project said, “3DPartFinder is a shape-based search engine: like ‘Google’ but using a real 3D model as input.”

“The innovation responded to a need from manufacturers and designers to be able to search for standard parts when developing new products.”

This new search engine is capable of searching more than 100 million unique 3D models in less than seven seconds including the 3D display of the results. This capability has been implemented successfully in the TraceParts CAD portal where users around the world can launch a search from a 3D model of any part displayed in the portal.

TraceParts is a supplier of digital engineering 3D content and delivers progressive business software solutions through the TracePartsOnline.net portal available to CAD users around the world.

Alain said, “The EUREKA project was really important for us. It gave us a true competitive advantage and enabled us to act really quickly.”

“It brought mutual benefits for both companies involved.”