Digital twin and games technology – Integration of CADENAS manufacturer catalogs into Game4Automation

Access to millions of 3D CAD models as a basis for virtual commissioning in mechanical engineering

Integration of CADENAS manufacturer catalogs into Game4Automation

Game4Automation, of the German in2Sight GmbH, as of now offers engineers and designers access to millions of 3D CAD models from over 500 parts catalogs. The original data of the manufacturers is based on the eCATALOGsolutions technology by CADENAS and can be integrated directly into Game4Automation as a free development framework for visualization, virtual commissioning, virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) in automated environments. The framework Game4Automation for engineering is based on the commercial games development environment Unity and offers the necessary possibilities to bring the digital twin to life in Unity. As usual in games, this allows a very powerful visualization in a photorealistic quality even with large systems.

3D CAD models available with just a few clicks

With the integration of the CADENAS plugin "parts4cad" into Game4Automation, users no longer have to surf the Internet for hours to find the parts needed for their virtual commissioning. Thanks to the plugin, the desired 3D components can be individually configured easily and integrated directly with just a few clicks.

"Our close cooperation with Game4Automation aims also at mutually developing digital twins for a new virtual commissioning and simulation software based on Unity," confirms Jürgen Heimbach, CEO of CADENAS. "The new solution will build on AutomationML and in a further step on FMI / FMU behaviour models."

"The integration of parts4cad of CADENAS into Game4Automation enables engineering companies to easily create visualizations and simulations in Unity based on the CADENAS parts library. The FMU behavior models can then also be used for virtual commissioning, without having to set up and maintain one's own library. This is a huge time-saver for our users," adds Dr. Thomas Strigl, CEO of in2Sight.

The CADENAS plugin parts4cad for Unity is available at:

More information about Game4Automation at:

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