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Using Microsoft's .NET, SolidWorks 3D PartStream.NET Enables Manufacturers to Publish 3D Content to Online Catalogs and E-Commerce

Emhart Teknologies and Enerpac let customers quickly and easily find parts that fit into their specific product designs (November 29, 2001)
Emhart Teknologies and Enerpac are using SolidWorks Corp.'s 3D PartStream.NET to make it fast and easy for their customers to "design in" (check compatibility and subsequently purchase) their products through 3D-powered catalogs, SolidWorks announced today. 3D PartStream.NET lets customers easily view and download three-dimensional computer-aided design models and 2D drawings of Enerpac's hydraulic products and Emhart's specialty fasteners from online catalogs to see if those parts fit exactly into their product assembly designs. Using 3D PartStream.NET eliminates the cost and time customers have traditionally spent recreating their products "from scratch" while increasing the chance that customers will incorporate their parts into product designs.

3D PartStream.NET helps component manufacturers like Emhart and Enerpac effectively communicate product features and specifications by allowing customers 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 from print catalogs. This process allows Emhart and Enerpac to establish a competitive edge while increasing customer productivity and loyalty.


Emhart tightens up its customers' product searches Emhart is a division of Black & Decker that manufactures fastening and assembly solutions for global industry. To create its online catalog, the company partnered with i-MARK, a SolidWorks partner that has tightly integrated 3D PartStream.NET into its product configuration and discovery technology. Using this solution, Emhart allows its customers to determine exactly which fasteners fit into their product designs. For example, an auto manufacturer can visit Emhart's Virtual Innovation Center and search through thousands of different products in a matter of minutes.

3D PartStream.NET lets those customers preview 3D models of each fastener to determine if it will fit into their final design. It then allows users to download the 3D CAD model directly into their final product design. The previous technology Emhart used to display its parts forced customers to download each design to determine whether it actually fit into their products.

With support for all major CAD systems, 3D PartStream.NET ensures that Emhart's customers have access to reliable 3D CAD models and 2D drawings regardless of what CAD application they are using. This means an Emhart customer using a different CAD system from that of Emhart can still ensure that a specific fastener used hundreds of thousands of times when building a 300-seat airplane actually fits into the plane's design before production begins.

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