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How do I use the PARTcommunity?
anthony_knight Member Posts: 6 ✭
Beginner here, just trying to figure out how to use the PARTcommunity to insert parts from catalogs. I cannot figure it out.
Can someone help please?
anthony_knight Member Posts: 6 ✭OK I figured it out, I had the same problem as this person: https://forum.onshape.com/discussion/14341/add-application-no-where-to-be-foundFixed by reloading the window with "Command + Shift + R" (Mac), clearing the cacheNow Add application... appears correctly:
The good news? The same models can be accessed from: https://b2b.partcommunity.com/3d-cad-models/
The bad news? This does add a couple additional steps for them.
We hope to have PARTcommunity back up at some point. In the meantime, you can also explore other apps from the same category, such as TraceParts.
I found the object in the library, I pressed "insert into Onshape" and that's it, I cannot see the object in my document. Pressing the insert button again makes information appear that I have already added to the Onshape.
Am I doing something wrong, or there are some issues with importing from PartCommunity app?
Indeed next day it was working.
Regarding 3Dfindit, I found it before, in Aaron's post above, but at that time a different domain had been posted. After redirection, I wasn't sure it was legit. Also, the registration gives a mixed impression. It requires providing a lot of personal data (incl phone number) and on top of that appears to register a business account (business email, company name, job position, info about a company - all those are mandatory). Hence mixed feelings.
I'm writing it just to make you know that some might feel confused.
I'm not sure about all that, I just use my partscommunity login.
I'm back after a few months, 3dfindit generally works. But some models don't enable "Import to CAD" button while other works fine. I haven't found criteria that drive this behavior.
For example, search for Fan KL 50 to see if it is importable. Not for me.
Is there any option to filter unavailable models out?
I looked into that fan, I assume it is from Elmeko? This is one of those companies that doesn't provide 3D files through 3dfindit even though their products are listed. If you open 3dfindit in a browser tab instead of within onshape and find the part then click on the cad button you will get a message and a redirect to the manufacturer's website where you can find a step file. You would need to download and then import. Confusing and crazy? yes! I don't understand why 3dfindit allows such, but it is the way it is!!!
Strangely, Unlike you, I have neither pink download button nor "CAD" one (see below). Now sure why.
Yeah. I'm not against having such models in the repo. But it should be either visible at the first glance or a way to filter them out. In my browser, neither one feature is available.
Just to clarify, you will need to open 3dfindit in a browser to get the pink CAD Button. The lower download button doesn't work in this situation.
You can somewhat filter the results using file types. The files you were looking at are what is called a 3D crawled (vendor link)
Again one of the more confusing sides of what I find to be an overall great platform.