Green light for – The visual search engine of the next dimension for 3D manufacturer components

New CADENAS platform opens innovative search functions for engineers to find and download millions of 3D CAD & BIM models from manufacturer catalogs available worldwide

Augsburg, Germany, 15 July 2019. If one is looking for information, search engines are often the first point of contact nowadays. When looking for a desired component, engineers and planners quickly reach the limits of conventional search engines, the results of which are usually too general and do not lead to the desired goal. The reason is obvious: Popular search engines are not focused on the technical sector.

CADENAS has now developed a visual search engine of the next dimension: With, engineers, purchasers and architects can find millions of 3D CAD & BIM models from hundreds of manufacturer catalogs available worldwide, including architecture, engineering, electrical engineering and electronic products, then download and use for their design. The search results consist of the digital product data of components that are made available by the manufacturers for engineering, design and planning. Many catalogs offer more than 150 different native and neutral CAD formats such as Autodesk Revit, Nemetschek ALLPLAN, ArchiCAD, Autodesk Inventor, NX, Solid Edge, PTC Creo Parametric, AutoCAD, CATIA or SOLIDWORKS.

Unique search functions enable smart finding instead of searching

Engineers & architects spend 27% of their time searching for information., the search engine for digital component data, was developed to significantly reduce search times and to increase efficiency in engineering and building planning. With intelligent functions that go far beyond the mere full-text search, is the indispensable platform for architects, planners, engineers and designers.

The following search functions are available to users:

  • Parametric Text Search
    High-performance full-text searches that offer proposals and corrections and logical operators (e.g.: allowing D < 12)

  • 3D Shape Search
    Finding geometrically similar parts based on a reference component

  • 2D Sketch Search
    Receiving suitable results by sketching a simple 2D drawing

  • 2D Photo Search
    Finding similar components by uploading a component photo

  • Color Search
    Filtering components within the parts library based on the color

  • Feature / Topology Search (coming soon)
    Finding components that have the same properties and dimensions

  • Search by Category like DIN / ISO / eClass (coming soon)
    Filtering components according to certain categories

  • Class 2.0 Search / Reverse Search (coming soon)
    Find a match to an existing component in the components library

The visual search machine for digital component data is available at:


CADENAS is a leading software developer in the areas of Strategic Parts Management and parts reduction (PARTsolutions), as well as Electronic Product Catalogs (eCATALOGsolutions). With its customized software solutions, the company acts as a link between the component manufacturers with their products and the purchasers.

With its 380 employees at 17 international subsidiaries, the name CADENAS (Spanish: process chains) has been standing for success, creativity, support and process optimization since 1992.

More information can be found on our homepage at:

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