3D Design and Validation for CTO Products (eBook)

By Matthew
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Customizing products to customer requirements helps manufacturers differentiate and drive higher margins. Creating variants of a single, global product to meet local needs and preferences helps them get to market fast on a global scale. But offering multiple product variants in either of these scenarios creates a tremendous amount of complexity. This complexity results in overburdened engineers, slow quote response times, and costly mistakes. What if companies could take advantage of configured products without having to invest so much time and effort in designing custom-engineered orders?  Or put so much time and energy into creating a quote with a reasonable level of confidence? Or suffer from errors?

As discussed in the new eBook from Tech-Clarity‘s founder and President, Jim Brown, 3D Design and Validation for Configure-to-Order, there are ways to make life easier at order time.  The eBook shares best practices uncovered by Tech-Clarity’s research and practical experiences from GE Power’s Jeff Erno. The answer is to shift as much design and validation as possible “left,” or earlier in the product development process. This helps resolve a lot of the headaches that happen when quotes or orders require engineering effort to estimate costs, create designs, and prepare manufacturing documentation.

CTO-imageThe eBook discusses the value of a configure-to-order (CTO) approach. While there are many products that have to be produced using engineer-to-order (ETO) techniques, and many more that have some elements of ETO, companies that can move the bulk of the workload earlier in the process can create an advantage by responding more rapidly to customers. They also give themselves better insight into costs so they can develop more accurate, confident quotes.

CTO comes with its own complications, of course. One approach that companies use to configure products to order, for example, is creating multiple CAD assemblies in advance. Unfortunately, this is very time-consuming and makes incorporating changes a nightmare. Instead, companies can design across configurations using an approach called the “150% BOM” or “max case” design. This includes all possible combinations in a single CAD model. With the right ability to filter based on configuration options, this can help companies reduce design and validation complexity without having to create a library full of assemblies. Our research also suggests that using a modular design approach leads to better results, and makes this “shift left” easier.

CTO-J-BrownIn addition to designing in a configured context, there are other things manufacturers can do to reduce time and effort when it matters most – when the customer is waiting. Our research shows that rules-based design, design automation, and configurators help manufacturers achieve better financial performance. As the eBook concludes, “Using the right processes and 3D configuration technology, manufacturers can improve efficiency, streamline order processes, reduce errors, and develop accurate quotes much more quickly.”

CTO-J-ErnoManufacturers of “to order” products should investigate the ability to shift design left and leverage automation to streamline quotes, orders, and manufacturing.  While not all products are CTO candidates, and many will have “specials” that require engineering at order time, a shift left can result valuable quote and order performance improvements.

Read the eBook, 3D Design and Validation for Configure-to-Order to find out more about how manufacturers can leverage best practices and technology to improve CTO results.

The Chrysalis Amphitheater: Transforming AEC Through Collaboration

By Akio
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In nature, “chrysalis” refers to the metallic-gold shell that encases a butterfly’s metamorphosis.

Like its namesake, the Chrysalis Amphitheater in Merriweather Park, Maryland is making a bold transformation.

The futuristic band shell, designed by Marc Fornes of THEVERYMANY, features a dual-curved steel and aluminum shell over a concrete base.

From curved tubes to custom shingles, the project is a wide-ranging, geometric display made up of many unique panel-types.

Conceptual skin model from the architect MARC FORNES/THEVERYMANY

(Conceptual model by architect MARC FORNES/THEVERYMANY.)


The manufacturer of this form is A. Zahner Company, an internationally acclaimed engineering and fabrication company based in Kansas City.

Earlier this year, we sat down to discuss the new Chrysalis Amphitheater with Shannon Cole, Senior Project Engineer at Zahner, who is responsible for transforming an artist’s design into a realized form.

“We’ve been using CATIA for modeling in some form or another for over a decade. The 3DEXPERIENCE platform brings CATIA to the next level,” says Cole. “What we love about the 3DEXPERIENCE platform is the way that it adds other functionality available to us through ENOVIA Project Management, to improve our ability to collaborate all the way through the supply chain.”

The company, along with the entire Chrysalis project team, has brought the amphitheater project to life in a virtual world.

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Using collaborative modeling tools they were able to make decisions and have a big impact on schedule and budget.

To manage the complex geometries and ensure everything fits together in the field, the shell has been developed from the ground up in a 3D environment.

The Chrysalis will be the first major project for Zahner engineers to run on Dassault Systèmes’ 3DEXPERIENCE platform.

Having used the company’s CATIA software for many years, the 3DEXPERIENCE platform brings multiple software packages together on a cloud-based system, increasing visibility for stakeholders, and empowering collaboration between teams.

Close up view of secondary fins used for geometry definition

(Close up view of secondary fins used for geometry definition.)


According to Cole, digital projects once constrained fabricators, since those tools were imagined with the architect in mind.

Zahner structural steel model and secondary fins

(Structural steel model and secondary fins.)


Coordinating Throughout

Cole notes that the Chrysalis project presents a challenge in that, even though Zahner is contracted by the owner, the subcontractor must coordinate closely with the project’s general contractor who is performing the site work and laying the concrete pad.

“Coordination between us will be critical,” Cole says. “It’s important to show them how we envision this being erected.”

For example, through a tab in the 3DEXPERIENCE dashboard, Zahner has been able to easily coordinate concrete embed locations with the general contractor.

“This way we get high level of agreement from the general contractor that, yes, that’s the concrete slab they’re going to build, and we can ask for base plates to be in those locations,” Cole says.

3DPlay Widget, showing concrete base model, being used to to resolve clashes between requested concrete curbs and steel base plate locations

(3DPlay Widget, here showing a concrete base model, resolves clashes between requested concrete curbs and steel plate locations.)


Improving Collaboration

“We’re giving access to the owner and architect to let them know where we are and how things are moving forward because design is a tricky process — it’s not always linear and straightforward. Decisions that seem relatively small can have big impact so transparency helps people see why you’re agonizing over, for example, a single clip and why it’s important to you,” Cole says.

Dashboard created for project stakeholders; Images show an in-process skin test

(Dashboard created for project stakeholders; Images show a skin test in process.)


For example, as the façade team explores how the shingled skin appearance will be achieved and how it might look in its finished state, Zahner is able to post photos on the dashboard to demonstrate what they’re aiming to achieve.

That helps bring new team members up to speed, and makes the owner a more integrated part of the team.

Transforming the Process

Between the Chrysalis’ limited reliance on 2D drawings and its high level of transparency, the project demonstrates the transformation taking place in the AEC industry.

“The interconnectivity across disciplines — upstream and down, from design through fabrication, installation and analysis — is huge for our industry,” Cole says.

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This collaborative virtual design not only helps to engage all AEC team members, giving them all a high stake in the finished project, but it takes full advantage of all of the knowledge available from the full team throughout the life of the project.


Related Resources

Façade Design for Fabrication Industry Solution Experience

WHITEPAPER: Technical Changes Brought by BIM to Façade Design

Spotlight on Zahner: Improving AEC Efficiency Through Façade Design Integration


This post was originally published on Navigate the Future, the Dassault Systèmes North America blog.

Great design is everything… and not enough   

By Alyssa
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Imagine the disappointment. Your design is innovative and beautiful. Your product is as useful as it is intuitive. A perfect marriage of form and function.

You did absolutely everything right.  And yet, your customers keep leaving you. Why?

To put it simply, your customers leave because they can. Easily. Today’s markets are transparent, production is global, competition is fierce and consumers are powerful. With comparative price, availability and performance information available online 24/7, companies can easily discover and copy one another’s innovations, and rapidly bring alternatives to market. And customers can easily survey all options and switch allegiance at will.

How can companies combat this? When a customer becomes engrossed in a compelling experience, rather than simply purchasing and using a product, a true relationship can be formed and a bond of loyalty created.  This is the reason “customer experience” has become a top priority for CEOs.

So, how do companies create these experiences?  In a new 3-page paper, “Design in the Age of Experience,” Dassault Systemes explores the current design environment and how companies employing a traditional strategy of competing on price or features or even just design find themselves struggling to sustain the game of one-upmanship and manage customer churn.

How can a company transform itself to thrive in the Age of Experience?  We invite you to discover this answer now!

You can also check out here to see more about discussions held at our recent event, Design in the Age of Experience, that took place last month in Milan, bringing together ~400 attendees from different industries and from around the globe.

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