We are happy to inform you about some CAD Configurator improvements that we were able to implement recently.
1. We realized that not everyone is interested in seeing the preview of the parts and would like to go directly to download. (Especially since preview generation and part download speeds averaged about 30 seconds each).
As a result, we added an additional feature to the configurator. Instead of one “Generate” button that would first take you to the preview of the part and then allow you to download it, we now have two buttons: “3D Preview” and “Download”. This allows you to go directly to download without seeing the preview first.
1. In order to improve the speed of the Misumi configurator, we decided to install dedicated servers, so we do not have to compete with other companies, who’s catalogs are served by Part Solutions.
The servers are installed and went online this week. This change resulted in very significant latency improvements. The typical download and preview speeds are now in a 10 second range.
One of other issues we heard about was that the files are now in a ZIP form. We have not addressed it yet, but we discovered that you can eliminate a few steps if you use some of the more common ZIP programs like Winzip or Winrar. Instead of saving the file and extracting it later to a directory of your choice, you can just choose to open it and drag and drop the content to your cad system window. Please, remember that if the downloaded file is a macro, you should close all parts and assemblies first.
We will continue to work on improvements in many areas and we’ll let you know about them as soon as they are implemented.