Here’s a piece of news that should resonate for engineers looking at better ways to collaborate and share components: SolidWorks Corp. released the 2008 version of its 3D ContentCentral software service stocked with new features that let engineers download and share content globally.
3D ContentCentral, which is free to registered engineers and designers who use it, lets users share 3D models and 2D drawings with other design teams, regardless of their CAD system. Key enhancements in the 2008 release include:
– Support for more content types, including parts/assemblies for almost all CAD tools, 2D blocks and SolidWorks software macros;
– New community features such as content search, user ratings and tools for requesting content from the community;
– Personalization features allowing users to create areas of their own on the site;
– Improved uploading tools for posting content by dragging and dropping.
3D ContentCentral also offers 3D-enabled catalogs, showcasing everything from sensors to large motors. Engineers can find and configure the part they need from an online catalog and then check the precise form and fit by downloading the model directly into their designs.