NKK Switches has expanded its online 3-D CAD switch library and configurator for a range of NKK product lines. NKK’s 3-D models benefit design engineers, allowing them to quickly download and integrate complex models into their designs at no charge. In addition, design productivity is enhanced since engineers no longer need to redraw standard parts.
NKK Switches has been working with PARTsolutions, a provider of digital parts management technology and services, for the past year to create 3-D CAD models for the majority of the company’s switches, including the programmable OLED switches and displays. Nearly 90% of the company’s pushbuttons, toggle switches, rocker switches, tactiles, slides, rotaries, keylocks, tilt, surface mount and SmartSwitch product lines are available as 3-D models in the catalog. CAD files for remaining products will be made available upon request.
The 3-D CAD models are available in a variety of popular CAD file formats including Catia, I-DEAS, Inventor, Pro/Engineer, SolidWorks and Unigraphics, as well as universal file formats such as STEP, IGES, SAT and others.
Representing millions of viewable configurations, the catalog allows current and prospective customers to graphically configure components with the sizes, features and colors they need. Once configured, the online library creates native CAD data — including the accurate NKK Switches part number — which is downloaded by the developer. New switches from NKK will be added to the library as they are introduced to market.
The PARTsolutions’ 3-D CAD library may be accessed on the NKK Web site (www.nkkswitches.com) as well as various online market places including the Autodesk Supplier Content Center, Machine Design Magazine CAD library and others.