iSEEKGlobal is an instantaneous contract manufacturing/supplier qualifying and cost estimation cloud platform. iSEEKGlobal Is powered by CADseek’s fully automated shape coding, shape classification, and shape search algorithms created by the iSEEK Corporation, Iowa, USA.
iSEEKGlobal is not itself a manufacturer. Instead, all manufacturing requests coming into the iSEEKGlobal service are directed to the contract manufacturers and suppliers indexed in the service.
The process of identifying a pool of qualified contract manufacturers/suppliers for a production request is fully automated by matching the CADseek shape signature for the product to be made against the index of CADseek shape signatures for the contract manufacturers in the iSEEKGlobal CADseek shape search index.
The matching takes place without requesting the sharing of CAD files by either the supply chain manager or designer searching for a manufacturer, nor by the contract manufacturer or supplier.
iSEEKGlobal provides two downloadable applications, iEstimate and iBid, to download and install inside the customers' own networks. iEstimate locally processes an stl file(s) for the designs that need to be manufactured or outsourced. The geometry is analyzed, and a shape signature is extracted. The shape signature is 40KB in magnitude irrespective of the size or complexity of the CAD model and it cannot be inverted back to the CAD geometry it was generated from. As a result, the intellectual property of the user searching for a qualified manufacturer is protected. iEstimate ranks the contract manufacturing matches based on the CADseek shape search similarity score.
Similarly, iBid locally processes stl files on the contract manufacturer’s computer, making the parts they have made in the past searchable by potential customers. The fully automated CADseek shape search does not need CAD models, or images, or any other form of viewable to match the 40KB shape signatures.
iSEEKGlobal charges a fixed monthly subscription fee for the download of the two applications iEstimate and iBid. Unlike currently existing web-based quotation systems, iSEEKGlobal is not a transaction-based revenue system. iSEEKGlobal does not charge the contract manufacturer a percentage of the contract manufacturing order they are allocated.