VizSeek finds 2D and 3D drawings

Old rusty parts and tools are now searchable.

Well, this is really interesting. Say you need a replacement part or a tool to some mechanical or technical stuff, but have no idea what the thing is called, who made it and how to find a new one. Luckily there is an app for that, too.

The app is VizSeek. VizSeek visual search software, created by Imaginestics, finds photos, 2D and 3D technical drawings using a photograph. It is still the only software on the market with this capability.

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“There are some good systems out there for finding photos with photos,” said Imaginestics CEO Jamie Tan, who received his Ph.D. in Physics from MIT. “Those are fine if you are shopping for high-heeled shoes using a picture. But the problem is, there are tens of millions of industrial parts in the field that have never been photographed. You can’t use visual search if there is nothing to search for. That’s why we crafted VizSeek to also find the engineering drawings for these parts,” he said.

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The VizSeek software allows manufacturers and distributors to create a secure, searchable database of their photos, prints, drawings, and models. End users and customer service staff can then locate these using a smart phone app or even a hand-sketch. For desktop use, they can use the drag-and-drop feature.

“VizSeek works on the development side as well to eliminate duplicated work,” said Tan. “Sometimes engineers need to find a 2D drawing or 3D model, and rather than spend hours trying to find it by name, they can simply upload a photo or sketch of the part. VizSeek will use the shape to find the print in the database, or at least narrow the search so they can find the closest match in a few seconds,” he said.

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