I am always looking for 3D models to download for my machine builds. Every time I purchase a component from a supplier I ask if there is 3D available. I am finding that as time goes on, it's getting easier to do this directly from the OEM's of the world. Trace parts has been a location that I've been directed to a great many times. I never seem to find what I'm looking for at Trace parts. Is anyone else having the same luck as I am -or- am I just not spending enough time looking for what I need?
Trace parts is a good site but you can not edit there models to your design unless they are the right sizes that you DL......
I do not know of another site like GrabCAD that you can put a request in for a model and someone will model it for you. Again you can DL the models from GrabCAD and edit them to your sizes. GrabCAD wins hands down time after time over every other CAD site on the net....
Hi James & Williams,
I'm afraid it's hard to compare www.TracePartsOnline.net and GrabCAD since TraceParts is offering 100+ million part numbers from suppliers' certified 3D contents while GrabCAD is focusing on user content. Both sites are complementary depending on what you're looking for.
In case you cannot find a supplier's 3D catalog on www.TracePartsOnline.net, go to our "Vote for 3D" http://www.tracepartsonline.net/content.aspx?vote3d=1&class=TRACE page.
Hope this helps clarifying the difference :-)
I'm not trying to compare Trace Parts to Grab Cad. The question I have: What is the general consensus with other engineers on the success rate of finding what your looking for on Trace Parts. Based on your answer I've learned of a feedback option on Trace Parts which is very helpful. I will look into this and see if I have better luck with my finding the models that I want. Thanks.
The big difference between the models you find on GrabCAD and those you find on TraceParts is that the TraceParts models are certified by the manufacturer. After all they know and understand their products better than any of us. So my recommendation would be to contact the supplier and ask them for a model.