It's done via the shape matching technology of 3DSeek.com. In this context, the input can range from a freehand drawing or sketch, to a shape uploaded as a 2D or a 3D model. In fact, the
website provides four different options: Search by Doodling, Search by Tracing, Search by using a 3D model and Search by using a 2D Drawing. Moreover, 3DSeek even presents four tutorials to illustrate each query option.
"Text as a primary search source has significant barriers, such as context, user bias and language. Scouring the millions of irrelevant search results wastes valuable time, leading to frustrations and often duplication of effort. With 3DSeek.com the ability to communicate what you need through a picture or drawing is literally worth a thousand words," said Nainesh Rathod, CEO of Imaginestics. "Visualization is truly a universal language."
"The ability to find a part by doodling the shape is simply amazing," said Chris Shipley, executive producer of DEMOfall. "Through the shape search engine, 3DSeek.com solves a fundamental problem for buyers trying to locate parts globally. The volume of global e-commerce today represents a huge opportunity for a company whose solution can make the task of accurately finding suppliers across geographical and language boundaries effortless."
3DSeek, an unique shape search engine, is created by Imaginestics, LLC and is designed to locate products, parts and manufacturers.
"3D-Seek.com offers a supplier a unique platform to market its products to potential buyers. It is free for use for both part/product manufacturers and the search user. Suppliers can upload their parts, catalogs, pictures or identify their manufacturing capabilities in their own secure area under 3D-Seek.com's Supplier Center," revealed Imaginestics in a press release.