I have been investigating different 3D/geometry/shape/model searching software to be able more accurately and quickly search our database. I am finding that there are several companies that claim to do this and would like to hear peoples experience and opinions are.
|#||Software Name||Company Name|
|3||ModelSearch||??? (not sure since I only see VARs selling it)|
|5||Shape Indexer via ModelCheck||PTC (though very basic, barely supported, and seemingly never updated)|
Did you ever see CADENAS PARTsolutions?
partsolutions.com (US domain)
We are a geometry search tool and parts management system that integrates with Creo and Windchill directly.
If you are going to Liveworx 2019, come by our booth, we are there every year and have a great partnership with PTC.
We did some extensive testing at a previous company with Bingo. It seemed to be pretty good, and identified a large number of duplicate or near duplicate models we had in our system. It did take a while to 'build' the index it used to search, but as I recall we did that over a weekend, or perhaps overnight. It integrated with CREO just fine and with Windchill. I did like how it would show you a group of models and the percentages of similarity between them. For example ABC.par and XYZ.par may be named differently but have 93% of the geometry the same. You could then evaluate a group of models to see if you could purge some unneeded ones (which was our goal).
In the end the company did not move forward with it, but I thought it would have been very valuable to clean up a lot of data that was in poor shape.
Lawrence and I work at the same company and we were both involved in the software selection group. We decided on ModelSearch (MoS) from Techsoft. We looked at Bingo among the others he listed.
One of the reasons we choose MoS was because it was the most integrated add-on to both Creo and Windchill at the time.
Lawrence can give you a more detailed response.
How's it going with ModelSearch? Still happy with it? Any thing you wish you would have know before implementing?
Don't know if you read it, but they wrote up a review over here:
Yes, we are still happy with it. They are very open to suggestions to develop their software. That is all one can hope for, right?
@LawrenceS has been off due to a newborn so I don't know when he would be able to answer.
Generally we are happy with it.
MoS has been very helpful and fairly responsive to suggestions however there are still some negatives:
This doesn't mean that we are not happy with the software, but I am trying to give a straightforward reply to your question. We have found the software very helpful. I may think of something else, but this is just off the top of my head.