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TraceParts offers intelligent and integrated software solutions for implementing the data creation process

The big plus for your customers is that not only do they get true-to-scale CAD models, but they also receive a great deal of additional design-related information.



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    Parametric data



    Parametric data creation saves time

    One model to suit every size

    Save time

    The similarities within a family of parts have been made much more efficient thanks to designing one model to suit every size. The major benefit from this approach is that once data have been created they can be flexibly adapted.


    This means that there is just one model designed for each family of components. Using predefined parameters from this template, other components can then be created automatically to any size and configuration you want.




    An upshot of this:

    • you save a lot of time creating data
    • you get true-to-scale CAD models of your components
    • you can manage both flexible adaptations and complex configurations within a family of components


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    Underlying product logic

    Intelligent system for greater flexibility

    Parameters and how they relate to each other are occasionally highly complex:



    • Designations
    • Sizes
    • Classifications
    • Dependencies and relations of parts
    • Handling
    • Different, size-dependent attachment parts


    This variety of parameters needs to be taken into consideration during the data creation process.
    You are best equipped with TraceParts to do this, as the options for creating configurations and part-specific features offered by TraceParts technology are unlimited. It was specifically with this in mind that TraceParts developed the PartsXML structure. This type of description is used to establish the relationship between data and geometry.


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    In addition, the TraceParts data format is multi-CAD compatible, which means that it can be imported into virtually any CAD system currently available on the market.

    Example of parametric data creation as applied to a ball bearing

    The components in a ball bearing family have an identical shape. The only differences are in their shaft and external diameters, as well as their width. Using these three parameters, it is possible to create any size of bearing in this family using just one model. The relevant data are listed in a table.If you want to create one particular size you apply the relevant line in the table.


    Furthermore, the product configuration is saved in this structure. This allows you then generally to create complex configurations as well.

    You can access master data from various applications (CD, Internet, configurators). When selecting the component, CAD users are guided through the selection process using specified criteria. This ensures that a real, existing part is actually selected. This makes the design and order processes considerably more efficient for CAD users.


    TraceParts technology is intensively standardized on the very open XML (Extensible Markup Language) format, making your CAD data really independent from any software application (e-catalog, product configuration, CAD Library, …).


    Your investment with TraceParts data creation technology is safe and secured!

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    Integrating product information

    Integrating product-relevant information
    More extra information in the design process

    Apart from providing CAD users with a CAD model, you can also use TraceParts to supply them with additional product information.

    Technical documents, data tables or product descriptions, which are already available in the paper-based catalog or have been published on your website, can be seamlessly integrated into the selection process in TraceParts.


    Starting with the selection of the component, the designer receives immediately all the information required to carry out his design process.


    Here are just some examples of this information:

    • Product descriptions
    • Installation instructions
    • Product-specific links to your website
    • Every kind of technical document for product selection, mounting instructions, maintenance

    TraceParts technology ensures data reusability and a standard presentation format for all information displayed via the TraceParts interface. This means that CAD users no longer need to spend hours trying to obtain additional information from other sources.


    This improves the level of service, as well as saving time and money in the design process.

    The whole data creation process can be carried out using ccDesigner®. This is a Windows-based solution that brings all the required modules together in an seamless and integrated development environment. ccDesigner® is used by our professional data creation team to produce the best quality data.
    There is also a retail version of ccDesigner® available for companies that would like to create their own data in-house.
    The data created using this software are totally compatible with TraceParts and can be seamlessly integrated with TraceParts publishing media (TracePartsOnline.net, My TraceParts and TraceParts Enterprise).
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    Native CAD format

    Unlimited CAD compatibility

    Catalogs powered by TraceParts exclusive technology offer multi-CAD compatible models that can be integrated into most of the CAD systems available in the world.


    For more than 20 years, TraceParts has been partnering directly with all the leading CAD vendors.
    This ensures compatibility with the latest versions and closer relationships with their R&D and Marketing Teams.


    TraceParts is for instance the first and still only CATIA CAA V5 Software Partner of Dassault Systèmes in the field of Parts Libraries (more information about this partnership can be found on http://www.3ds.com)


    TraceParts has direct and long term partnerships with all the leading CAD & PLM vendors:

    CAD vendors
    More details about TraceParts partnerships with CAD & PLM vendors are available in our Partners’ section.




We chose TraceParts as our standard hardware solution due to the ease of use of the user interface & TraceParts’ willingness to customize their solution to our CAD & PDM design environment. It allows our Engineers to select Military, Industry and Commercial Off the shelf Aerospace approved hardware rapidly & to concentrate on adding value to our company’s products.

Kevin O’Brien, Specifications & Standard Parts Manager at Northrop-Grumman