Halfway between the Chinese factories and Silicon Valley tech giants, right in the heart of London’s emerging tech scene, is a startup that aims to revolutionize both manufacturing and internet search.
3D Industri.es (3DI) commercializes advanced 3D search technology, creating applications based on its geometric shape-based 3D search engine. Its first product, 3Dpartsource.com, a visual component-sourcing platform for industry, has the potential to disrupt the age-old sourcing process for parts in the manufacturing supply chain.
Conventionally, when a user types words into a typical text-based search engine (e.g., Google), a list of possible associated links appear based on the keywords used. In manufacturing, there is not always a universal naming and numbering system and so part sourcing on the web can often be like searching for the proverbial needle in a haystack. 3D search transforms this experience.
3DI connects buyers and suppliers of industrial components through its 3D search engine. With 3DI, an industrial designer looking to source components can upload a 3D design into the 3D search engine which immediately returns a list of matching suppliers worldwide. The 3D printing boom, among other trends, is leading to an explosion in the demand and supply of 3D models and data on the web.