Steps to implement 3D Configurator
Create the 3D Mesh for each product
What is a 3D Mesh?
The actual representation for a product on a web-site or in catalogues is done using one or more PICTURES, shoot from different angles (isometric, front, side etc). We transform the pictures in a 3D representation using a 3D project created in different ways. The 3D mesh is composed by the exterior surface of the product. This mesh can be splited in one or more parts, and each part could be changed or configured in the next phase, this is mean it could change some of them parameters, like colour, texture, material, size etc.
How to obtain a 3D Mesh?
Option 1: The product is drawing in a CAD/CAM software. Examples: Rhinoceros, Matrix, Counter Sketch, Sketch Up, 3D Studio Max, AutoCad, Catia, Pro Engineering, Inventor etc. If you already use this tools, you’re lucky; this is the easiest way to implement the 3D Configurator for all your products, because it could be exported some specific files which describe in the smallest detail the product in 3D and also can generate some options to be imported in the 3D Configurator.
Option 2: 3D Scan. They are more scanner technologies on the market but no one is perfect. Generaly, a 3D scan create a 3D Mesh which need some corrections. A 3D specialist will know how to manage this problem. This technology reduce costs because generate the basic mesh and the time to obtain the optimal 3D mesh is shor
Option 3: a combination between CAD/CAM and 3D scan. This option is recommended when products are “hybrid”, they are composed from drawing parts in CAD/CAM and manul parts which need to be created in 3D.
Option 4: 3D mesh could be generated for each product by Configurators 3D, using the PARAMETRIZED CONFFIGURATOR. The products are created using mathematical alghoritms, each product being generated using rules and technological criteria.
Integration with your web-site or on-line shop. They are many options, in function of the technology used. Contact us for details.
3D Mesh import in 3D Configurator and the synchronisation with the options available on the web interface
Introducing options and restrictions. Restrictions could be technological (you can block the options which are difficult or to expansive to be produced), design (you will establish which combinations of options are not recommended or generated ugly products), materials (some materials could not be compatible) etc
Importing or introducing price for each options. Price range works using formulas and can be defined for each option, material, manufacturing difficulty, promotion etc
Settings for administrative interface: users and administrative tools, introduce options for own shops, for your distributors or for end clients
Configurate links between Configurators 3D and your ERP, MRP, CRM etc.