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3D-Seek

"3D-Seek is a new kind of search engine that lets users find items in an online catalog without knowing the items' names, part numbers, or keywords. All the user needs is a freehand sketch. The 3D-Seek catalog currently contains more than 6,000 parts and continues to grow as suppliers manually upload their files or as the system's i-crawler Web spider discovers parts online." C&EN April 3, 2006 [Digital Briefs] p.42

(Randy: Of note is that it doesn't appear to work in Firefox, including in Safe Mode. I received a response from someone at Imaginestics, who advised that "We haven't tested our portal in Firefox yet. In case the i-Canvas ActiveX installation was not successful, you can download the ActiveX setup file directly from, http://www.3d-seek.com/3DSeek/i-Canvas_setup.exe.")

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