Handy Tool for Off-The-Shelf Parts in Your Design

By burhop

BooksBack in my day (as my kids have started calling anything that predates them), finding motors, connectors, pumps,  springs or any other part I might buy off the shelf to use in my design was a lot of work.  I had to go to the library and look though huge catalogs of vendors. There would usually be a picture although it might not match my particular model plus a few specs like connector size or wattage. Once you found a possible solution, you would then have to contact the vendor or supplier for more detailed information.

Today, the world is much easier thanks to an online catalog of parts from Cadenas.The Solid Edge community forum now has a link to Cadenas’ Solid Edge Part community. You can also access these catalogs form the link on the Solid Edge start screen.ScreenHunter_334 Aug. 12 09.25.jpg

What makes this so much better is that you are not only provided with specs and a pretty picture, you can download a Solid Edge part of the device you are looking for.  This is valuable for checking interference, connections, creating renderings of your final design, or doing mechanism or FEA simulations.

You don’t even have to download the part to a directory then go find it.  Cadenas can install a plugin on your browser that lets you load the part directly into Solid Edge from the portal.

The Cadenas catalogs do not contain every part from every possible supplier although the Cadenas catalog is growing every day.  It is worth a quick tour of the site to see if the off-the-self parts you need in your design are in the catalog.  Here is your limo:

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Also check to the right side on many of the Solid Edge community forum pages.You will find a link under the “Solid Edge Blogs and Links” heading.

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