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CAD MODEL METADATA

CAD Model Metadata helps Industrial Suppliers achieve the Design Win. When CAD models are downloaded into a new Engineering CAD design it is critical that the CAD model filename includes the part number and Supplier’s name.

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Why does your company need CAD Model Metadata?

Why does your company need CAD Model Metadata?

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How to deliver quality CAD Model Metadata

How to deliver quality CAD Model Metadata

Why does your company need CAD Model Metadata?

CAD designs include many part numbers that are comprised of manufactured and purchased parts. Once the CAD design is complete the purchased and manufactured parts are reflected in the BOM. Downstream from engineering are several enterprise software solutions that manage and master the manufacturing of the engineering product. ERP, PLM, and PDM are the key software solutions that accept BOMs form Engineering departments. Engineering built CAD models and the BOMs are sent downstream to ERP, PLM, or PDM. From there a company’s sourcing and purchasing department will place orders for given Supplier’s part that was specified in the BOM. Having a Supplier’s part number called out on the BOM gives the purchasing department what they need to place the order for prototypes and full scale manufacturing.

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How to deliver quality CAD Model Metadata?

Quality CAD model metatdata begins with a properly named CAD model. For example, CAD models that are available for download on Grainger.com utilize a naming convention that includes Grainger and part number. Note that many CAD systems only support CAD filenames in lowercase. Here are a few examples of how Grainger specified their CAD model filenames:

  • STEP CAD model filename = grainger-6l062.stp
  • Solidworks CAD model filename = grainger-6l062.sldprt
  • CREO CAD model filename = grainger-6l062.prt
  • AutoCAD CAD model filename = grainger-6l062.dxf

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