Here’s a quandry. How many supplier-certified parts and assemblies do you need to make your 3D viewing experience via the web worth it? What if you could not only view those models, but integrate them into your design, right in the browser? That’s the next step has taken, teaming up with CADENAS parts management supplier to deliver the 3d part files to your Sunglass project environment. announced the partnership and launched the Library today that touts over 400 manufacturers and their many parts.


Sunglass 3D Part Library

The site allows you to search for parts from the library page without being logged in, but with their last update where they integrated project pages with the collaboration platform, they’ve allowed for the parts to be searched from within a project and added to the project stage. The 1,000,000+ parts are accessible from the sidebar, where users can browse or search for components by name or part number. Images below show both the supplier list when the library is first opened from the sidebar within a project and the information you see when a part is selected. The configuration options vary depending by manufacturer and can be selected prior to (but not after) inserting. If you’re wondering, yes, the models can also be downloaded. An .stl version of the file is available with each part and version.


This is a great implementation that will truly be useful when stock parts need to be inserted into a model for collaboration. It’s slightly separated from the modeling process, but certainly provides a preview to the direction of the platform that continues to implement functionality you need throughout the design process. With that, we’d like to see Sunglass fine-tune the user interface, make it a little easier to work with the models in the environment, as well as develop some geometry editing ability as well.


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Sunglass Partners with CAD Part Solutions Provider, CADENAS, to Bring Over 1 Million 3D Manufacturing Parts to the Cloud for Faster Design Production

Launching the first-ever cloud-based parts library, Sunglass gives users instant access to parts from 400 top-tier suppliers including SMC and Bosch

SAN FRANCISCO – (May 24, 2013) – Today Sunglass, the easiest way to collaborate, manage and showcase 3D designs in the cloud, is launching the Sunglass Parts Library, an application on its Web-based platform which will give engineers access to over one million 3D manufacturing parts that can be dragged and dropped directly into web projects. This library is made possible through an exclusive partnership with CADENAS, a leading software developer for Strategic Parts Management and provider of electronic computer-aided design (CAD) catalogs.

This is the world’s first interactive application with the ability to integrate an enterprise-grade manufacturing library directly into the 3D design environment. Through its partnership with CADENAS, Sunglass will now supply users with instant access to top-quality parts from over 400 top component manufacturers including ABB, Buhler, Eaton, FlexLink, HBM, IDEC, Mädler, Bosch Rexroth, Schneider Electric, Schunk, SMC, Toshiba, Würth, Yamaha and Yokogawa. Parts span categories such as automotive, hydraulics, automation, plant design, electrical engineering and more.

Selecting and integrating manufacturing parts into designs has until now been a tedious process that involved ordering the catalog from the supplier and having it shipped in a CD format to then be loaded onto the desktop, completely separate from the actual CAD environment. With this launch, Sunglass makes this a more seamless, intuitive selection experience that works within the existing design workflow. Now a designer in need of a motor to finish a product can easily pull it directly from the Sunglass Parts Library while staying within their design workspace in Sunglass. This will save designers a tremendous amount of time, and ultimately enable products to ship faster.

“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to transform our extensive catalog of CAD parts into the first ever interactive parts library application on the web,” said CADENAS CEO Jürgen Heimbach. “Sunglass provides the ideal platform for millions of engineers from 199 countries who work with our suppliers, and we truly believe that the parts library app will exponentially increase the rate at which designs are physically produced.”

“Our partnership with CADENAS has enabled us to build on the Sunglass platform and create a rich design tool that will help designers working collaboratively across the globe to speed up production,” said Sunglass co-founder and CEO Kaustuv DeBiswas. “This is an extremely powerful application with the potential to change the way the $4 trillion manufacturing industry works, and generate new businesses online.”


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