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Due to increasing product design complexities and the ever-expanding variety of product parts, the amount of information that designers must catalog has exploded. Accordingly, capable CAD tools to help designers create engineering artifacts are now pervasive. The volume of such engineering artifacts generated has increased exponentially and enterprises spend huge resources to organize and archive them into repositories. In these large design repositories, traditional text-based searches prove unwieldy and impractical, and are thus insufficient for individuals seeking 3D content. The paper explains that while traditional text-based searches are impractical for users seeking 3D content in large repositories, existing 3D search systems present search results in a 1D list, which is hard to search. A new interaction paradigm lets users navigate results in 2D and 3D spaces and easily find 3D models that are similar overall or in a single orientation.
Date of Publication: July-Aug. 2007