Thomas Industrial Network announced the availability of a Direct Insert Driver for NX software, Siemens PLM Software’s computer-aided design, manufacturing and engineering analysis platform.

This tool provides NX users with access to models from Thomas’ 2D/3D WebCAD clients and inserts 3D CAD data and related information into NX.

ThomasNet’s 2D/3D WebCAD Publishing Technology enables component suppliers to publish their product information in a file format that is compatible with all major CAD systems. Design engineers find parts and products online to specify into their designs and download models and drawings directly.

Models include front-to-back, top-to-bottom and side-to-side views, with dimensional information to help engineers ensure that the parts will fit correctly.

“This technology gives NX users access to Thomas’ broad ranges of 3D CAD models for use in designs,” said Bill Boswell, senior director of partner strategy for Siemens PLM Software.