Hi all, DipTrace has about 3500 3d models in it's current (2014) download file to cover almost any situation, but actually FINDING the model you want to assign to your part is a pretty frustrating task with such cryptic names and no quick preview.
So, I fixed that for you.
I generated a preview image of every 3d model (using view3dscene
and a LOT of playing aroun dto get good lighting and view positioning to work for the majority of models), went through and classified each model (which took many many hours), put those in EXIF tags, and then I wrote a simple interface to search and browse the models.
So you can for example search for "Capacitor / Electrolytic" with "Through Hole" mounting and "100mil", just like I'm doing in this screenshot.
Simply get the zip file using the below torrent, unzip it, and open the index.html file in it, no web-server needed, works totally locally.Get Torrent Here: http://sparks.gogo.co.nz/diptrace_models_browser_2016.torrent
Only tested in Chrome, but other browsers should probably work too. You could also use your favourite photo organising software if you wanted, because all the categories are stored in the EXIF tags.
The contrib folder has some of the scripts I wrote to process the files and the lighting/viewpoints which had to be added to get good previews.
I used digiKam and exiftool to do the EXIF tagging.
There will be incorrect classifications, a lot was done by eye, and a few packages I didn't recognise entirely.