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Geometric Search without Leaving the PLM

PLMs are meant to provide data security, management and access, but access is compromised by the limitations of keyword based search.  With text-based search, any attribute error or synonym makes designs invisible. 

 

Embedding geometric search in the PLM provides the comprehensiveness of shape-based search with the convenience of of continuing to work within the PLM environment.    

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With the CADseek plug-in for Windchill, any design's information page has a CADseek Search Tab which automatically displays the top items in the CAD database which have the highest geometric similarity. 

The CADseek tab displays the top five search results, including thumbnail images, the CADseek similarity score (geometry and size), size ratio value, and the name of the source dataset. 

 

Links on the tab allow the user to:  

•    launch CADseek Polaris for advanced search, as well as model inspection and compare tools,

•    open a search result’s own page in Windchill, which will in turn have a CADseek Search Tab. 

    

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The CADseek tab displays the top five search results, including thumbnail images, the CADseek similarity score (geometry and size), size ratio value, and the name of the source dataset. 

 

Links on the tab allow the user to:  

•    launch CADseek Polaris for advanced search, as well as model inspection and compare tools,

•    open a search result’s own page in Windchill, which will in turn have a CADseek Search Tab. 

This new capability fosters part reuse as well as enabling other geometric search use cases based on accessing the data of similar models, such as cost estimation, supplier selection, supplier cost validation, access to test data, manufacturing plans, etc.