Created by potrace 1.16, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2019

Shape Based Search

SBS is a shape-based search technology which provides a unique and highly productive solution to the data proliferation problems found among major manufacturers today.

Using our powerful shape similarity algorithm, SBS enables manufacturers to reduce part proliferation and save operating costs. This goal is achieved by locating and cleaning proliferated parts, aggregating part data to make easy vendor and sourcing decisions, organizing data, and encouraging engineering data re-use.

Shape-based search is nameless. Spelling, language, and file naming rules are not required. The technology of SBS is simply the most ubiquitous, accurate, and intuitive search key for product data. SBS will enhance your product development process by enabling part and product similarity analysis throughout the company.


       It’s faster to just design a new part rather than search for the part.


  • A new part takes many, many more hours past the original design time PLUS proliferation of parts and database.


SBS can enhance your entire product development process:

  • New Product Development
  • Classification and Part Standardization
  • Part Proliferation/Data Cleaning
  • Sourcing and Supply Chain Management

SBS capabilities include:

  • Identifying duplicate and similar parts.
  • Organizing and classifying part data into useful catalogues.
  • Providing powerful and intuitive shape search capabilities.
  • Analysing and reporting on the data to enable effective decision making.
  • Integration to external attribute-based systems for additional filtering and consolidation of data in a single, similarity-based system.

Industry Insights

CIMdata – 3D Geometric Search

Many new products are designed using the 3D models of existing products as a starting point; reusing and adapting pre-existing parts. The emerging technology of 3D geometric search fits into a company’s process best when the designer needs more than a text search to find a needed model.

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Aberdeen – The Design Reuse Benchmark Report

Design reuse. The idea is simple. Take past designs and repurpose them into new ones. The benefit? Starting with an already completed design allows engineers to avoid starting from scratch.

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Featured Publication

The Parts Standardization and Management Committee: Reduce Program Costs Through Parts Management

The goal of parts management is to improve the operational readiness and reduce life-cycle costs by promoting the use of common, widely available, reliable parts and processes.

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eBook: The Power Of Shape

The Power Of Shape: Challenges and Solutions for Engineering & Manufacturing Part Data Management

Part Proliferation of Designs and Inventories is a significant challenge. This free eBook explains the shape-based search solution.

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SBS! Brochure

SBS! – Shape-Based Search System

SBS! is a shape-based search technology which provides a unique and highly productive solution to the data proliferation problems found amongst major manufacturers today.

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