Traditionally, Digital Mockups (DMUs) have been used during the design process to better communicate the product design phases to all involved. With 3dtagz, this can easily include:
- Design Managers
- Design Partners
- Design Support Personnel
Some of these may be 3d CAD users, but some may not be. 3dtagz provides each a separate password-protected environment. A 3dtagz Product Design Review can be accessed from anywhere in the world on any device.
Large Model Reviews
This Tutorial example will be of an ~11,000 part Product Design Review. Future Tutorials will deal with Spatial Segmentation for larger models, Factory Floor Layouts and End-Use Environment reviews. This example model can be very challenging to load and interact with quickly even in a desktop CAD system. Because of the streamlined data structures in 3dtagz, this model loads fairly quickly in 3dtagz. During navigation, the model may strobe or drop parts, depending on the platform and Settings used, but it is still generally pleasing to interact with. Platforms with smaller memory may experience the loss in some functions, such as full Model Browser display. 3dtagz is automatically adjusting for the model size and the platform used.
Setting-Up for the Design Reviews
Within the company, it’s generally advisable to have one person, the process “owner”, responsible for delivering a particular set of the design review models. Of course, there needs to be a backup plan when this person is absent.
In NotePad, or something similar, create a distribution list of the email addresses of all individuals who require access to the design review models. Each email address needs to be separated by a comma and a space. Update the distribution list when necessary. Each person needs a separate 3dtagz account for each email address.
When the product model is ready to review, at each design phase, translate it into 3dtagz. Use Info & Rename to clearly label the model for the end-users. A date-time stamp is automatically applied in Info. Use Access, switch to Individuals, copy/paste in the distribution list and Submit. The design model is automatically shared worldwide.
Now that your entire distribution list of individuals has easy access to the current phase of your design, they can each review whenever it is convenient. People often catch up on email from home, now they can review your designs at home as well, or at work in different time zones or really anytime. It will be amazing how much your designs can improve with this much review. Everyone essentially has a 3d video game of your design that they will want to access. You’ll have to organize how to structure all the feedback you’ll get, rather than struggle for responses only to find errors at the last minute. Designs will be better and can proceed faster with this crowd-sourcing review process.
Others with 3dtagz Author can provide studies or issues sequences for you to review. Individuals without 3dtagz Author, can always use their devices’ screenshot, picture markup and annotation capabilities to provide feedback.
Frequently, you’ll want to do formal, scheduled reviews. This is a chance for management to review the project and provide any decisions/direction required. Beforehand, it’s a good idea to setup up a “flight-path” through and around your geometry, so that you can cover all aspects you want to cover. These are easy to save as an Animation Sequence. You can also apply other 3dtagz functions in the sequences such as geometry hiding, sectioning, tagging, etc. It’s good to use the same saved “flight-paths” or sequences for each formal review so that the participants can better understand how your design is progressing. Use Animation Actions Export/Import sequence to enable this.
You can use tele-conferencing software to host your reviews. It is also a good idea to share your “flight-path” sequences prior to the meetings so that others can follow along in 3dtagz as well. Because of the large amount of geometry processing that takes place in 3dtagz, your screen will be constantly changing pixels at a very fast frame rate as you move the geometry. Most tele-conference software will not be able to keep up with the screen changes and tend to strobe and lag behind. Pause from time-to time, to allow the tele-conference display to catch up.
You can record issues quickly during the meeting using 3d tagging. In Animation Actions, use “Save as forward sequence” to create a new Sequence separate from your “flight-path” to record the tags. Use the tag comment to briefly define the issue and assign responsibility. Distribute this Issues file after the meeting so that individuals can work them. Review the Issues file prior to the next meeting and show progress during the meeting.
Configure Your 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 Product Design Review scenario. 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. 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.