Once you’ve reviewed the features in 3dtagz Author, tried some demo models and translated a CAD model or two of your own, the next step is to make your first demonstration presentations in 3dtagz. We’ve found the best way to proceed is:
- Clearly define your goals
- Keep it simple
- Storyboard before you start authoring
- Author your sequences one by one
- Configure your Virtual Mockup System
Define Your Goals
There are many uses for a 3dtagz Virtual Mockup. Do you need better assembly sequence communication? Do you need a delivery center issue checklist? Do you need virtual parts identification for your dealers? Clearly define your goals upfront for your first set of presentations. It’s probably best to narrow your goals to one use case for your first set of presentations.
Hints for Keeping it Simple
Some of the questions to answer next:
- What sequences do I want to show?
- When do I really need to show part motion (transformation)?
- When do I really need 3d tagging?
- When do I really need extras like explode and section analysis?
3dtagz Author allows you to save many different scene changes in each step. Saving the right set of geometry at the right viewpoint is the easiest and most effective. Only utilize the additional 3dtagz scene changes that are necessary to tell your story.
Storyboard Your Presentations
Once you have a general idea of the set of presentations you need, plan them out before you jump into 3dtagz Author. You essentially produce your own, custom, 3d CGI movie with each new 3dtagz Author presentation. Starting with a storyboard on paper, can be a tremendous help in getting to the endpoint quickly and with the best deliverable.
Determine the hierarchy of your presentation set. You have models, which are individual banners on the Open page, and Animation Sequences, which are individual elements in a list on each 3d page, and then steps in each sequence. Think about how the end-user will view the presentations. Maybe, each model banner is a different product. Maybe, each model banner is a job station on the factory floor. You can segment or combine models in your 3d CAD system before your translate to 3dtagz to produce the result you choose for the model banners.
Then, decide what your different Animation Sequences will be. Are they factory floor jobs? Inspection procedures? Maintenance procedures? The key is, subdivide at the actual Animation Sequence level so that there are as few steps as practical within the sequences. This makes it easier to author and easier to use.
Author Your Sequences
Once you have your models defined and translated, you can load each one by one and begin authoring sequences. The Model Browser is key to selecting which geometry is visible by using the view control (eye icon). Make sure in the Performance Settings you have ghost display turned off first. One thing to note is, if you want any geometry to “stick” in a sequence step save, all nodes (assemblies/parts) above it and below it must be turned to visible.
Primarily use Model Browser visibility and viewpoint selection to define each step in a sequence. You can also select items in the 3d view and use the Hide function from the Selection Context menu. Add Transformation, 3d Tagging and other state changes, if necessary. Use the plus button to define a step, when you are ready. Build out each sequence to match your storyboard. You can always go back and improve upon any set of your sequences later by deleting steps, adding new steps or using drag and drop editing.
Configure Your Virtual Mockup System
You are probably currently just evaluating a single copy of 3dtagz Author at your company. If so, you can request multiple trial versions for different users, if you feel it is necessary to properly demonstrate your complete Virtual Mockup System deliverable scenario. For example, several design and manufacturing engineers with PCs authoring presentations and an iPad for each person on the factory floor. A separate evaluation form needs to be filled out for each user with a different email address. You can start with a scaled-down pilot, but obtain enough trial copies to demonstrate effectively. Share your presentations to these other email accounts in Open Access. Even though all evaluation copies will be of 3dtagz Author, it usually makes more sense for the pure consumers of the presentations to receive 3dtagz Reader after the trial periods expire. Note: all trial periods will expire concurrently based upon the initial evaluation copy.
Purchasing Multiple 3dtagz Products
We make it easy to purchase 3dtagz products in our online store. If you have a purchase agent that is handling the transaction, they can load several products in their cart to correspond to your Virtual Mockup System design and purchase all at once. Indicate the distribution of user emails to product in the Additional Information – Order notes box at the bottom of the Checkout screen. Any models that exist in the matching email accounts from the evaluation period will remain in the purchased account.
Free Support Available
We’re ready to help you plan your scenario, define sequences with you and setup a pilot demonstration. Or, just get you unstuck with a helpful hint.