Thomas Register Announces Support for Autodesk's Manufacturing Design Solutions

National Manufacturing Week 2003

Thomas Register's Website Offers Users Access to Online Library of Manufacturing-Specific 3D Models

CHICAGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--March 3, 2003-- Thomas Register(R), the world's most comprehensive supply-chain purchasing information resource, today announced that its site supports all of Autodesk's(R) manufacturing design solutions, including Autodesk Inventor(R) software, an award winning 3D mechanical design solution.

Thomas Register now supports native Autodesk Inventor part and assembly formats, providing Autodesk Inventor software users with simplified access to's complete database of manufacturing-specific 3D solid models from over 280 companies. Native support for Autodesk Inventor software file format saves customers the time and inconvenience associated with converting CAD vendor-neutral file format into Inventor native file format. Models with bill of material information can be easily downloaded in native Autodesk Inventor software file format or integrated through a one-click insert option.

"We are committed to providing Autodesk Inventor software users with quick and convenient access to our extensive database of CAD content," said Peter Mooney, CAD development manager for Thomas Register.

" is an exciting new resource for Autodesk's customers," said Barrett Kamille, solutions development manager for the Manufacturing Solutions Division at Autodesk. "Access to 3D digital content from a central source is an important tool that can help our customers increase their productivity throughout their entire manufacturing product development process." users can also access instant price and availability information for select parts via an RFQ link included next to relevant drawings and models. Additional functionality includes defined drawing layer mapping settings, the ability to switch between 2D/3D views for select parts, the option to zip/compress files before downloading them and the ability to disable drawing previews prior to downloading.

About ( is an online resource provided by the publishers of Thomas Register(R), the pioneer of buying guides for every industry category for more than 100 years., the leading online industry source for CAD drawings allows engineers, designers and architects to download and generate hundreds of millions of CAD drawings based on user specifications. The site includes three extensive libraries of CAD drawings and product information on mechanical and electrical parts (PartSpec), plant-design components (PlantSpec) and building products (CADBlocks). Additionally, provides complete product specifications and technical drawings that can be easily inserted into all major CAD systems in a time-saving and error-reducing online or CD-ROM format.

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