iSEEK Corp. announced Monday ShapeID, a new shape code which is extremely condensed that it can fit within the small format of Quick Read (QR) codes or embedded technologies such as Radio Frequency Identification (RFID). The compact shape code retains high precision to differentiate even minor differences in shape.
ShapeID is extractable from all native CAD (Computer Aided Design) file formats, their derivatives such as STL, JT, and CGR formats as well as standard formats such as STEP and IGES. ShapeID was designed specifically to extend the QR code functionality for the manufacturing and service part sectors.
ShapeID goes past simple part number identification to capture the three-dimensional geometry of the part including topology and dimensions. Scanning a QR code with ShapeID embedded triggers a shape search for identifying the part, while simultaneously identifying identical and similar designs despite the different part numbers.
RFID is a prerequisite for the Internet of Things (IoT). An RFID tag with ShapeID embedded allows the processing system application to instantaneously perform a search for the identification of identical and highly similar service parts across different suppliers; different part numbers; multiple geographical locations; global time zones; and various language differences.
iSEEK products encode the overall shape of parts and assemblies for classification, analysis and search in large and distributed databases. ShapeID complements the suite of products offered by iSEEK, including CADseek Polaris, CADseek Analytics and CADseek Mobile.
CADseek Polaris encodes a CAD model (or point cloud from a laser scan) to search CAD databases for designs that are most similar to the target shape. CADseek Analytics is tailored to analyze product lines in big data environments to identify unnecessary duplication and determine pockets for standardization. CADseek Mobile enables using a photograph of a part to search CAD databases for identical or similar products.