As we mentioned in the previous article, the B2B industry is evolving, and one of the main innovations is precisely the establishment of 3D parts catalogs in the market. We already explained the benefits of the 3D format, so now we will shift our focus to what are the differences between a 2D and a 3D catalog and why you should choose Components Engine.
Comparing 2D and 3D: which one to choose?
The 3D interactive parts catalog is not the ultimate answer to all of a company’s problems; indeed, the 2D catalog is often the most suitable solution for certain situations. But what are the main differences between these 2 formats?
Certainly, one of the greatest advantages of adopting a 3D parts catalog is that you no longer have to produce exploded drawings via CAD, a major stumbling block of 2D.
However, it must be admitted that the exploded view makes it easier to understand the product in detail, since each of its components is displayed (Read our article about which images are optimal for a parts catalog). In addition, the 2D parts catalog is easier to use, especially for those who are not insiders.
Other positive aspects of the 3D parts catalog:
- It improves product display: each 3D representation can be zoomed, moved, and rotated to be viewed from any angle;
- It helps increase customer retention: that is, a company’s ability to build lasting relationships with customers;
- It allows maintenance technicians to easily identify spare parts needed to repair the product and get information on how they should be installed.
Why should you choose Components Engine for your parts catalog?
Components Engine has a solution for your every need. In fact, our software allows you to create parts catalogs in various formats: PDF, 2D and 3D.
Specifically, 3D parts catalogs created with Components Engine are simple, intuitive, and interactive: you can find the product by serial number, search for the spare part using the part number and description, and add items to your shopping cart in just a few simple steps.
In addition, the 3D parts catalogs created with Components Engine can be viewed with any browser and from any mobile device via the web. By the way, did you know that all interactive parts catalogs created with Components Engine can be linked to your business information systems? To find out how, read our article on Connectors!