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Scientific instrumentation manufacturer FMB Oxford is using 3D search provided by Shapespace to successfully find previous part designs so they can be reused by its CAD/CAM designers.

FMB Oxford manufactures and supplies instrumentation to the scientific community, specialising in products for synchrotron industry.

FMB implemented Shapespace enterprise 3D shape search technology. All users need to know is the basic shape of the part they are looking for, the part size, or the text attribute, and Shapespace will instantly find any similar parts, regardless of the size of the CAD model database it is searching.

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Key benefits of the application

  • FMB Oxford claimed that using Shapespace reduced the number of parts that have to be designed by about five per cent — providing a saving on new part introductions
  • Shapespace has been integrated with FMB’s incumbent business systems
  • Hundreds of search results are presented collectively on screen in a 3D visual format for easy identification and comparison
  • Shapespace can find part design information stored anywhere on the network, regardless of whether the name or part number is known, as well as locating information that has not been correctly classified
  • The software is claimed to be easy to use and intuitive

ShapeSpace 3D search technology helps enterprises to quickly find CAD files held in Product Data Management (PDM) and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) systems, improving efficiency and productivity.

By using the common denominator of shape, duplicate or near-duplicate, parts can be quantified, irrespective of the CAD system. This avoids naming convention issues, and regional variances that inhibit and frustrate searches. 

Using ShapeSpace software PLM managers and design managers are able to rationalise existing parts libraries by de-duplicating or data cleansing the file vault/s and achieve process efficiences and cost benefits. 3D files can be categorised and managed more efficiently. 

ProcessFlows is the UK distributor for ShapeSpace Ltd. Since 1987 ProcessFlows has helped more than 2,000 organisations reduce costs, improve productivity and comply with regulatory requirements by automating business processes. ProcessFlows combine best-of-breed technology with its unique experience to provide customers with flexible solutions that grow with the business and provide a fast return on investment.

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