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Global engineering community software updated

05 March 2008

SolidWorks has unveiled the 3D ContentCentral 2008 software service, the latest update of its online community that allows engineers to download and share content globally, helping them to save time and design more innovative products.

3D ContentCentral is free to registered engineers and designers who use it to share design information across geographies, sharing 3D models and 2D drawings with other design teams, regardless of their CAD system. Key enhancements in 3D ContentCentral 2008 include:

- Support for more content types, including parts/assemblies for almost all CAD tools, as well as 2D blocks, SolidWorks software macros, and library features;

- Community features, including content search, user ratings, and tools to request content from the community all give engineers more information about content creators;

- Personalisation features, such as “My3DCC”, enabling users to create their own area of the site to help focus on their particular needs;

- Improved content upload tools that let engineers upload content by simply dragging and dropping.

3D ContentCentral’s network of designers continues to grow, with more than 360,000 registered users around the world. The site averages more than one million model views and downloads combined per month. In the past six months, the site has logged more than 16 million page views and 600,000 3D model or 2D drawing downloads.

“I use SolidWorks macros to automate CAD processes,” said Colin Fitzpatrick, mechanical designer at avionics product supplier Securaplane Technologies. “3D ContentCentral 2008 has become more of a one-stop shop for me - a place where I can find and configure the components I need, the pre-built macros to save time, and the partners/suppliers to streamline and improve development.”

Engineers can streamline product development with 3D ContentCentral by finding and configuring the part they need from online catalogues in seconds. They can then check precise form and fit by downloading the model or drawing directly into their designs, ensuring the parts they’re buying work with their design. 3D catalogues save product designers valuable design time they would otherwise spend searching through paper catalogues or talking on the phone with the supplier’s sales support staff to find and configure a supplier component.

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