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SolidWorks and SAQQARA Team to Provide 3D Online Catalogs

SolidWorks' 3D PartStream.NET and SAQQARA's Commerce Suite solutions combine to enable manufacturers to build online catalogs featuring 3D solid models (August 06, 2001)
SolidWorks Corporation is partnering with SAQQARA Systems, Inc., to enable manufacturers to integrate configurable three-dimensional (3D) product images into their online catalogs. Combining SAQQARA's Commerce Suite with SolidWorks' 3D PartStream.NET allows manufacturers to display products in a more visually compelling manner. By allowing customers to download CAD models from an online catalog and incorporate the models into a design, buyers can easily evaluate products and ensure an exact fit. The result is manufacturers' products are specified into designs, and buyers can be confident of their design and component selections.

3D PartStream.NET facilitates design communication and e-commerce transactions between manufacturers and their customers by allowing companies to view products from all angles and configure these models based on their specific requirements. It then lets customers download the model in a wide variety of formats for use in their own design documents, significantly reducing the time-consuming and often error-prone process of buying parts and components.

SAQQARA's Commerce Suite is a catalog management and B2B storefront application that allows suppliers to efficiently identify product detail and manage product information. With Commerce Suite, design engineers can quickly and easily browse up-to-date product information and specifications and narrow their product selection from thousands of choices to a single product configuration via SAQQARA's patented Step Search technology.

"Combining Commerce Suite and 3D PartStream.NET provides an added dimension to online catalogs. Flat Web pages become a visually dynamic, interactive product display environment. This combined technology provides manufacturers with an easy way to build online catalogs that increase their products' exposure and accelerate their customers' product searches," said David Spenhoff, vice president of marketing for SAQQARA Systems. "The end result is buying confidence and improved customer satisfaction."

Jim Giebutowski, director of content publishing for SolidWorks Corporation, explained, "Manufacturers understand that hunting for parts can be an excruciatingly cumbersome process of tracking down the exact specifications at the right price from the right vendor. By integrating 3D PartStream.NET into SAQQARA's Commerce Suite solution, we're giving manufacturers the ability to quickly build a complete, Web-based product catalog that allows customers to easily find a product and ensure that it meets all of their requirements." Axemble, a reseller of both SolidWorks software and SAQQARA products, realizes first-hand the advantage in a SolidWorks/SAQQARA combined solution. "This partnership is a natural progression in helping industrial organizations enter the B2B market by enabling them to create electronic 3D catalogs online," stated Christian Donzel and Laurent Fiard, co-presidents of Axemble, France.

SAQQARA is the leading provider of end-to-end product content software and services for business-to-business (B2B) e-commerce. With the SAQQARA family of solutions for product content transformation, management and exchange (TME), B2B suppliers can deliver rich product content over the Internet and buyers can quickly and easily find, compare and select the products that best meet their requirements. SAQQARA solutions have been selected by leading companies including 3M, Aeroquip, Agilent, GE and Philips Semiconductors to power their e-commerce initiatives. SAQQARA is a privately held corporation with headquarters in San Jose, California and European operations based in Paris, France. For further information about the company and its products, visit or call 408-325-8200 or toll free 877-964-0100.

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