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Key Considerations for the Successful Implementation of a DriveWorks Visual Product Configurator

In our recent blog, we shared DriveWorks Implementation Partner HiTechs guidance on how to make sure your DriveWorks 3D is optimized for best performance.

HiTechs experience in implementing DriveWorks in many different scenarios has highlighted the importance of thorough and effective implementation planning.

In this blog, we take a look at their key considerations when implementing a visual product configurator with DriveWorks.

Ensuring the inputs/requirements

Start with a review of the project requirements including user interface requirements, data structure, and all output documents required.

Understanding manufacturing constraints

Consider the capabilities and rules related to the manufacturing process.

Process/Working Methodology

Gather requirements to understand the various types of products that will be configured, all of the available configuration options and the costs of each selection.

Organize Project Structure

Determine whether to create a single project or multiple projects and establish the necessary links, based on the intended use of the configurator.

User Interface

Create user-friendly forms and layouts, add UI, set up the UI flow, and create supportive macros to ensure a smooth and intuitive user experience.

3D Preview Integration

Integrating 3D previews involves creating .Drive3D files from SOLIDWORKS models, building a 3D preview document, and importing files for dynamic updates.

SOLIDWORKS速 Models and Drawings

Set up the design automation for SOLIDWORKS速 Models and Drawings.

Automate Document Generation

Set up the automatic generation of documents such as Bill of Materials (BOM), purchase orders and quotes, and link to the correct data sources.

Third-Party ERP and Data Storage Integration

This integration facilitates smooth data exchange between the configurator and other systems, ensuring centralized storage and accessibility of relevant information.

Testing and Debugging

Evaluate the configurator’s performance across different product types and configurations. Gathering feedback and correcting where necessary ensures optimum configurator performance.

Deployment

Install and configure the configurator to ensure full functionality and readiness for use and create user documentation.

Maintenance and Updates

Regular maintenance and software updates will help to keep the visual product configurator up-to-date and optimize its functionality.

Best Practice for Implementing DriveWorks

Read the full article from HiTech for more information on their suggested key considerations for the planning, design and development of a DriveWorks visual product configurator.