Printed circuit board (PCB) connector manufacturer Samtec, Inc. is using SolidWorks 3D PartStream.NET service to reduce purchasing decision times from days to minutes, SolidWorks announced. 3D PartStream.NET provides Samtec with easy access to computer-aided design (CAD) models of parts that customers can download into their designs to see how they will fit and operate in products such as computers, telecommunications equipment, test and diagnostic equipment, medical devices, etc.
Cisco Systems, Inc., Palm, Inc., Hewlett-Packard Company, and many others use Samtec connectors in their products. These technology giants operate in highly competitive markets where first-mover advantage is crucial, which means they need immediate access to searchable catalogs containing parts in the configurations they require. Samtec’s 3D PartStream.NET-powered catalog allows customers to quickly find a CAD file of the part they need and download it in the format of their choice so they can ensure the part will work properly in their design. Responding quickly to customer requests and manufacturing and delivering customized products in as little as one day is why industry analysts have repeatedly ranked Samtec number one for its service.
Prior to deploying 3D PartStream.NET, some of Samtec’s engineers and customer service representatives worked full time manually filling customer requests for CAD models of customized connectors, a process that typically took a week. With 3D PartStream.NET, Samtec can offer more than 200 different product lines in millions of different configurations online, so engineers can find the right part in minutes and concentrate on developing new-finished goods. Samtec’s connectors are also featured on SolidWorks 3D ContentCentralSM (www.3dcontentcentral.com), SolidWorks’ free online directory of downloadable 3D CAD parts that helps engineers reduce design time and bring products to market faster.