2,563 designers and engineers answered the TraceParts survey aimed at understanding their expectations of industrial parts suppliers

26-01-2021 Krunoslav Rašić

This survey also measures engineers’ and designers’ satisfaction with the TraceParts platform.

Saint-Romain, France, January 26, 2021 – TraceParts, a world-leading supplier of digital content for engineering, has announced the publication of the results of a large global survey carried out in October and November 2020 on its CAD content platform in five different languages (English, French, German, Spanish and Italian).

Ever since its CAD content platform was launched in 2001, TraceParts has consistently carried out surveys to assess the level of satisfaction among designers and engineers in a bid to deliver the best response to their needs. In 2016, TraceParts began summarizing and publishing its findings in an e-book for all professionals involved in digital marketing for industry.

Key figures of this survey

  • 90% of the parts downloaded end up being purchased.

According to the survey, the design professionals who use TraceParts to look up and download CAD models of parts claim that they end up buying those parts.

  • 92% of engineers and designers would rather work with suppliers who provide CAD models of their products.

The respondents save time with their design projects when the CAD model of the required part is available. The risk of a design error is considerably reduced when designers do not need to model a product from scratch.

In addition, over half the respondents (54%) claim that they are ready to look elsewhere if their current supplier does not offer CAD models of its parts. This is a fairly new trend that did not come to light in the previous surveys carried out by TraceParts.

  • 76% of the engineers and designers interviewed claim that they have identified at least one new supplier on the TraceParts platform.

Over 1,000 industrial parts suppliers currently publish the CAD models of their products through TraceParts, meaning that the TraceParts.com platform is a key source of technical content for design professionals, since it offers over 120 million 2D drawings and 3D files that can be downloaded for free.

Entitled “Interactions between designers and parts suppliers”, the e-book can be downloaded for free from the following page: 

About TraceParts

TraceParts is one of the world’s leading CAD-content platforms for Engineering, Industrial Equipment and Machine Design, totaling 4.2 million registered members from 1.2 million companies actively sourcing product information and technical data from over 195 different countries.

As part of the Trace Group founded in 1990, TraceParts brings highly targeted marketing exposure to more than 800 customers of all sizes and from all industries, via powerful cloud-based API and SaaS applications such as CAD part libraries, product catalogs and configurators.

TraceParts’ comprehensive Digital Marketing Services help part manufacturers and distributors, 3D printing & rapid-prototyping suppliers, CAD/CAM/CAE/ECAD software and computer hardware vendors promote their products and services and generate highly qualified sales leads.

Available free-of-charge to millions of Engineers & Designers worldwide, the TraceParts CAD-content platform provides access to over 1,100 supplier-certified product catalogs and billions of 2D drawings & 3D CAD models and product datasheets that perfectly match the digitalization needs of Design, Purchasing, Manufacturing and Maintenance processes & operations, in virtually any industrial sector.


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