Autodesk Configurator 360 (http://configurator360.autodesk.com) offers users the capability to upload their designs to a hosted service, and with minimal effort have the capability to publish online catalogues of their designs in a few easy steps.
This is something most companies with a ‘configure to order’ requirement have been striving to achieve, but until now have had to rely on spending substantial time and expenditure to achieve.
What is it?
This technology is based upon Inventor ETO Server and gives organisations a very easy way to generate and utilise configurable online catalogues of their own designs. Security, Branding and deliverable file formats are some of the flexible ways the interface can be customised to suit with only a minimum amount of knowledge required.
How does it work?
With this service, users of Autodesk Inventor can create an intelligent models (either as a skeletal model or iLogic based design) and then by packaging the dataset together as a zip file (if an assembly with drawing) it can then be uploaded to the site.
Using an administrator interface by just specifying the top level design and how it is controlled, the model is ready for service.
Upon upload, Configurator360 looks at the primary model specified plus the key parameters, these parameters are then automatically used to define the configuration window which can subsequantly be edited or filtered to suit.
The configuration is then given a unique reference, which can then be implemented into a customer’s own website or if utilising the catalogue function as an embedded / framed page.
The 3D model viewer window relies on Microsoft’s Silverlight, so the only thing that needs to be done on the client end is to allow the display of 3D graphics.
Various options to customise the deliverable and display are available within Configurator360.
- You can override the parameter names, display order and specification of limits.
- Specify your own branding
- Control what downloadable formats will be
- These include:-
- 2D / 3D DWF
- Various image formats
- These include:-
- Viewing Control
- Will the configuration be available as part of a Catalog
- Control Access rights
- Will the data be publically available
- Will the configuration only be accessible by specific users
- Request for Quote contacts and form details.
- This is NOT a live link to a pricing database but a form and set of contacts a user can submit a form to for quotation purposes.
So if this is of interest why not give it a go for yourself. To access the service go to http://configurator360.autodesk.com and sign up for a 90 day trial just by logging in with your Autodesk ID. Be sure to read the Getting Started document first.
Also take a look a some Youtube videos here.