It begins with a user filling out the on-line form. The minimum required information is your name, email and company along with the component manufacturer’s name and the part number. The reason for requiring the manufacturer’s name and part number are obvious. The reason we need your information will be explained below.
When the form is submitted, an email is sent to Free Model Foundry. When I receive the email, I first check to see if we already have a model of that part or an equivalent. If we do I respond to the requestor suggesting he try the existing model. If not, I check the manufacturer’s website to see if they have already published a model. Usually, they have not.
Assuming no model is found anywhere, I send an email to someone at the manufacturer. This is where it gets tricky. (more…)