The TraceParts online CAD platform is celebrating its 15th anniversary

TraceParts is organizing a photo competition to celebrate the fifteenth anniversary of the launch of its online CAD platform.

Saint-Romain, France, June 2, 2016 - TraceParts, one of the world's leading providers of 3D digital content, is celebrating the fifteenth anniversary of the launch of its online CAD platform. A subsidiary of the Trace Group created in 1989, TraceParts started its activity by distributing DVDs containing the 3D content of a few manufacturers. At that time, the DVDs were sent by post to design offices. Today, almost 600 industrial-part suppliers have chosen the TraceParts online platform to publish their catalogs and make them available to design engineers.

In 2001, TraceParts launched its first web platform for downloading CAD files, enabling the company to expand its publishing network around the whole world. The past fifteen years have been marked by constant growth and innovation; in 2016, the platform had 2.5 million designers registered on the site.

Françoise PFISTER, Managing Director of SIAM RINGSPANN, shares her experience of working with TraceParts since the launch of the first online platform:
“SIAM - RINGSPANN has always appreciated the responsiveness and dynamism of the TraceParts team. Working in close collaboration with their technical department, we first published the 3D plans of our freewheels, then quickly added all our standard parts: our industrial brakes, cone clamping elements, torque limiters, and couplings. We share TraceParts objective in that we want to publish the plans of our parts with as many Design Offices as possible in order to foster contact and discussion with the end users of our technical solutions. Today, TraceParts’ has created a genuine community of experts which extends all over the world. This contributes to the development of new projects and business for SIAM - RINGSPANN.”

To celebrate the fifteenth anniversary of its online CAD platform, RS Components is partnering with TraceParts in the launch of a photo competition which will take place from 1 June to 29 June 2016. The competition involves taking a photo which includes TraceParts’ special anniversary logo. 

To take part in the competition:

  • Participants must send in a photograph which includes the 15th anniversary logo of the platform. Participants can take a picture of themselves or other people and settings with the 15th anniversary logo of the TraceParts platform,

  • Participants have until 22 June 2016 to send their photos by email to the following address: Email Contact.

The best photos will be published on the TraceParts Facebook page. The winning photo will be the one that obtains the most “Likes” by 29 June 2016. The lucky winner will receive a GoPro Hero4 camera!

About TraceParts

TraceParts is one of the world's leading providers of 3D digital content for engineering. As part of the Trace Group founded in 1989, the company provides powerful web-based solutions, such as CAD part libraries, electronic catalogs and product configurators. TraceParts also provides digital marketing services to help part manufacturers, software publishers and computer hardware vendors promote their products and services and generate high-quality B2B sales leads.

The portal is available free-of-charge to millions of CAD users worldwide. It provides access to hundreds of supplier catalogs and more than 100 million CAD models and product data-sheets that are suited to design, purchasing, manufacturing and maintenance processes.

About RS Components

RS Components and Allied Electronics are the trading brands of Electrocomponents plc, the global distributor for engineers. With operations in 32 countries, we offer more than 500,000 products through the internet, catalogues and at trade counters to over one million customers, shipping around 44,000 parcels a day. Our products, sourced from 2,500 leading suppliers, include electronic components, electrical, automation and control, and test and measurement equipment, and engineering tools and consumables.

Electrocomponents is listed on the London Stock Exchange and in the last financial year ended 31 March 2015 had revenues of £1.27bn.

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