Concurrent Engineering (CE) considers a product design and manufacturing simultaneously. The CE research has led to the product information integration. However, the current CE research focuses on smooth of the product information flow rather than a user-friendly searching process for users to obtain product information quickly. A new data retrieval system for product design and manufacturing is proposed in this paper. The system not only provides an integrated product database, but also uses Virtual Reality (VR) and Web technologies for easing navigation in product data and for accelerating access to useful information. The effective collaboration in a product design and manufacturing can be achieved through the proposed information searching method. Examples are presented in the discussion.

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