In the past months, CADENAS GmbH has completely renewed the visual search engine for 3D CAD, CAE & BIM models and extended it with numerous innovative functions. As an improved platform, will thus replace the previous 3D CAD & BIM download portal in the course of the year.

The highlights of for engineers, designers and planners

The Augsburg-based software manufacturer has incorporated numerous ideas into the development of the new version of The range of functions has been expanded to provide even better support for the design and planning process with the intelligent 3D CAD, CAE & BIM models, so-called digital twins. The user interface has also been completely revised to offer engineers, designers, planners and architects an outstanding user experience.

  • Filter Search: Narrow down results with just a few clicks

Search results can now be narrowed down precisely with numerous filters. Just like users are used to on websites of large online retailers such as Amazon.

  • 3D Grid Search

Starting from a basic shape of the required component, the search results can be narrowed down step by step. The parameters can be adjusted directly in the 3D preview until the part matches the desired model.

  • 2D Sketch Search in combination with Color Search

If the 2D sketch search returns too many search results, one can narrow down the number of results with a subsequent color search.

  • 3D Shape Search

By uploading an existing geometry, the available manufacturer catalogs can be searched for geometrically similar standard and purchased parts.

  • 3D preview with numerous additional functions

The 3D preview of is a valuable tool with numerous features: Changes to the dimensions can be made directly on the component and sections can be added for better evaluation as well as additionally required values can be determined with the measurement function.

  • Coming soon – Direct CAD integrations is integrated directly into the user interface of numerous CAD systems such as PTC Creo Parametric, Onshape, Autodesk Inventor, Autodesk AutoCAD, Siemens NX, Siemens Solid Edge, Siemens Capital or Dassault Systèmes SOLIDWORKS. CAD users can find the 3D CAD & BIM models of all manufacturer catalogs directly in the CAD system without any detours.

The highlights of for component manufacturers

The 3D visual search engine serves as a one-stop shop for millions of engineers, planners and architects worldwide who are looking for manufacturer-verified 3D CAD & BIM models. Therefore, the platform is the place-to-be for component manufacturers in the fields of mechanical engineering, tooling, plant engineering, electronics, industrial automation and architecture who want to reach their target group 100% and offer a top service. “We have also developed exciting features for component manufacturers whose catalog is published on,” says Jürgen Heimbach, CEO of CADENAS GmbH. “With the new version of, product catalogs generate even more attention in the search results.” – The visual search engine for 3D CAD, CAE & BIM models is the technical search engine for engineers, architects and designers, providing a quick and easy way to find, configure and download manufacturer-verified 3D CAD, CAE or BIM planning & engineering data free of charge. Seven different search methods enable users to search millions of 3D CAD, CAE and BIM models from almost 5000 manufacturer catalogs. has thus changed the way engineers, designers, planners and architects find and use components for their designs.

While search results of conventional search engines are often too general for engineering, offers engineers, architects and planners only content from well-known manufacturers relevant for design. With just one login (similar to Amazon), they gain access to product catalogs for mechanical engineering, toolmaking, plant engineering, electronics, industrial automation and architecture.