If you think of 3D as a universal communications language, Dassault Systèmes has a new lightweight data sharing tool that can help everyone from design engineers to marketers search, navigate and collaborate using 3D CAD data.
The idea behind the new 3DLive platform is to bring intellectual property to life in a single immersive interface where everyone across an enterprise (and outside, including customers and suppliers) can search, navigate and collaborate on product data to optimize decision making.
“It's a way for non-engineering users and sometimes non-technical users to access detailed design data without a CAD workstation, but more importantly, without any knowledge of the design,” says John Squire, vice president of marketing for ENOVIA, a division and product brand from Dassault.
Key to 3DLive is its revolutionary “lazy susan” user interface, which provides users of all levels with an easy-to-navigate way to drill into very complex products and levels of detail to get what they're looking for. Other technologies, like visualization tools, give users the ability to visualize CAD models, but much of the detail (geometry and meta data) is left out, so it doesn't provide individuals with all the information they need, Squire says.
In addition, most lightweight CAD sharing tools offer a static representation of the model or component at a particular juncture, which can be problematic once the model is changed. 3DLive is a Web-based application, so it is connected “live” to the 3D data stored in Dassault's PDM or PLM systems. The software's search capabilities are also enhanced because searches are not limited by text — users can specify a search for something “within a half millimeter of a particular part” and retrieve the models they need.