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Reid Supply Company offers a 3D CAD viewer of industrial products drawings in its CAD library to help users see their parts before downloading them.
To access the viewer, visitors to the company’s website navigate to the item level view of the product in which they are interested. They then can choose to view or download any available image. The company says more than 90 percent of its cataloged industrial parts have CAD drawings available.
The company’s CAD drawings are used in 3D and 2D modeling of industrial products, free-standing structures, and complicated working systems and workflow processes. Structural drafting, and structural design and analysis all can be done through real-to-life CAD drawings, the company says.
The drawings also offer document management and product lifecycle management. The CAD library functions as a well-maintained record of the design process and changes to work orders, the company says. As a product moves from concept to prototype to finished product, a CAD library documents vital specifications. When users need to reuse or reissue old design elements, they can be called forward again.