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Dear all, 

SOLIDWORKS Sell 2.12.1 went live on August 1st. 

 

This is a magical release! First off, it added close to 50 new High Dynamic Range (HDR) scenes as shown below.

Users now have a much wider selection of high-quality backgrounds to polish up 3D configurators and create compelling presentations.

 

Then the API Playground has been much better organized to help new users test, learn and deploy API calls.

Even better, now simply press the “GET CODE” button and you get the basic code to integrate 3D configurators to your own websites.

 

 

To top it off, the SOLIDWORKS Sell sample page has been polished up to add a new demo with the OMAX Waterjet.

Just in case you didn’t notice, the tile thumbnails are now 3D interactive like magic. Have great fun!

 

 

 

 

Enjoy!

-Oboe

Dear all, 

I am glad to share that the SOLIDWORKS Sell 2.12.0 release went live on July 23rd. 

 

This release features a major enhancement to improve online speed for products with a large number of identical geometries. For example, multiple spokes on bicycle wheels, waterjets in a spa tub, beams on a roof, or shelves on a bookshelf. 

 

 

These identical geometries will not consume the same amount of time to load going forward. Instead, the new algorithm loads the first instance and then reuses it at other locations intelligently to reduce the memory consumption, speed up online responses and cut rendering time. The repetitive instances can be either separate parts or identical geometry pieces within one part. 

 

Obviously, the specific improvements depend on the actual geometry repetitiveness of a product. On certain examples, the loading time can be cut in half. Furthermore, the display frame rate doubles to reach smoother 3D presentations. 

 

To benefit from this enhancement along with other quality improvements, please upgrade your SOLIDWORKS Sell Publisher to V4 or above. 

 

Enjoy! 

-Oboe

Oboe Wu

Web AR System Requirements

Posted by Oboe Wu Jul 17, 2019

Dear all,

SOLIDWORKS Sell Web AR capabilities for both Android and Apple devices have gained strong traction. 

To answer several common questions, let's summarize the Web AR System Requirements in a table. 

SystemsAndroidApple
HardwareSupported Devices

For the latest list, please refer to the Apple page.

iPhone SE

iPhone 6S and 6S Plus

iPhone 7 and 7 Plus

iPhone 8 and 8 Plus

iPhone X, iPhone XR, iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max

 

iPad Pro (all models)
iPad Air (3rd generation)
iPad (5th and 6th generation)
iPad mini (5th generation)

Software

Android version 8 or later

ARCore 1.9 or later

iOS 12 or later

 

Have fun. 

-Oboe

After the SOLIDWORKS Sell release 2.11.4 on June 3 to support Android devices, Web AR is getting more popular thanks to its practical and easy applications. Besides software and hardware system requirements, there are also digital model requirements according to Google. For example, here are the recommended limits: 

  • Number of vertices: 30,000
  • Number of materials: 10
  • Max texture resolution: 2048 × 2048
  • Bone (including non-weighted joints): 254 (hard limit)
  • Bone weights per vertex limit: 4 (hard limit)
  • UV: 1 UV per mesh (hard limit)
  • Model size: 10 MB (bigger models may result in poor user experience)

 

What do these mean in SOLIDWORKS Sell?

One idea is to simplify the internal model features and components before enabling Web AR. After all, most of the time, the AR mode is to help visually validate the exterior dimensions and appearances in a physical space, so internal details probably will not be seen anyway. Plus, too many hidden details would increase digital model file sizes and slow down the responses on smartphones unnecessarily. On a webpage, even one second of loading delay can impact the user experiences and conversion rates. That is why Google started using page speed in mobile search ranking in January 2018.

Let’s take the Beamy speaker configurator as an example. Figure 1 shows a SOLIDWORKS exploded view revealing extensive internal mechanical details. While valuable for complete designs and functionalities, these details are really not necessary for an exterior configurator, let alone the inner electrical components such as Printed Circuit Board, wiring and harnessing, because their appearances probably will not affect online shoppers’ purchasing decisions.

Figure 1. A SOLIDWORKS exploded view of the Beamy Speaker.

 

Hence, the published configurator focused on outer appearances and removed a large number of inner details. Figure 2 shows the comparison between the finished configurator and the simplified internal components and features. In fact, the total online geometry (OBJ) is only 25 MB, rather than 400MB of its SOLIDWORKS assembly. This is why the online configurator and AR can work smoothly on a smartphone.

 

 

Figure 2. A comparison between a finished online configurator and the internal simplifications.

One part worth calling out is the frame as shown in Figure 3. The internal holes and ribs have all been removed to cut the geometry file size down by 70 percent. 

 

Figure 3. A comparison between a complete frame and a simplified one to cut the file size and speed up online responses.

 

Now as a reminder, let’s see how to enable Web AR for a configurator in SOLIDWORKS Sell. Please check the box ARQUICKLOOK as shown in Figure 4 below on a configurator tile. Web AR is not enabled for every configurator by default due to the geometry size and performance considerations as aforementioned.

Figure 4. Enable Web AR for a configurator.

 

Then on the Preview Layout editor, please make sure the AR button is placed to the front for all necessary screen sizes, especially for low-resolution phones as shown in Figure 5.

Figure 5. Make sure the AR button is placed to the front for all necessary screen sizes. 

 

With the above measures, you should be all set with the Web AR for your online visitors. Enjoy! 

A common challenge in building a 3D configurator is to fine-tune the display settings to make the appearance professional and attractive. However, a large number of settings can be overwhelming to users, especially those without much graphics design experiences. 

 

This new release R2.11.5 added predefined environments by popular product categories, such as Accessories, Appliances, Fixtures, Furniture, Jewelry, Structures and Vehicles. Each category brings its own well-polished display settings so that you can simply pick a matching environment from the dropdown list and the model will look vibrant and practical instantly. 

 

This enhancement will improve the visualization of 3D configurators remarkably, reduce time-consuming expert-level adjustments, and empower users to build stellar configurators easily. 

 

For newly created 3D configurators, a Default environment will be assigned until you specify a preferred one. The Default has been polished up too to ensure an awesome first impression. 

 

For existing configurators, you can either choose to save their current display settings into a new environment or discard them. 

 

Just in case you may still want to tweak the detailed display settings, the image below shows the complete list in an Environment Library. You can edit an environment, preview it for a configurator, or even assign it to multiple configurators all together. Just keep in mind that any edits in an environment in the library will be reflected in all the configurators using this environment, similar to the Material Library and Layout Library. 

 

You can also easily create your own Environment by cloning the predefined ones as shown below. 

Even better, this new release can now export Order details to a CSV file to support the specific Order metadata flowing from SOLIDWORKS Sell to other business systems and users. 

 

Enjoy! 

-Oboe

Dear all, 

I'm excited to share that SOLIDWORKS Sell just added WebAR for Android devices on June 3. 

Android Operating System accounts for about 3/4 of the global market share. This new enhancement will empower significantly more users to benefit from the plug-play Augmented Reality (AR).

  • With an Android component (ARCore 1.9 or later), you can simply use popular browsers such as Chrome and Safari to play with 3D configurators and see personalized models in your space. 
  • You don't need to place a special QR code on a surface to anchor a digital model. The software finds a surface itself. 
  • You don't need special helmets, glasses, goggles or theaters either. Simply pull out your smartphone and you can enjoy the immersive AR experiences. 
  • You can see how a personalized model looks in your kitchen, dining room or a construction site. To be honest, I'm frequently surprised by how big or small a model actually shows up in my space. The 100% display scale in a physical space provides a direct sense of sizes, which can help you and your customers to make more informed decisions. 
  • An independent project at Build.com shows:
    • AR users visit twice as often each month. 
    • The session for an AR shopper is nearly one-minute longer
    • The return rate is 22% lower
    • In one year, Build.com increased the AR-enabled products from dozens to 650 (or 1,700 SKUs)
    • What products to enable AR?
      • Products that have lower than average conversion online, but convert easily offline. 
      • Expensive or heavy items, such as a chandelier and bathtub. 
  • Gartner estimated that by 2020, 100 million consumers will shop in AR

     

The images below illustrate the steps to play with AR on Android devices. 

  1. Personalize your favorite product and touch the AR button at the upper left corner. 
  2. Touch the AR button at the lower right corner on the preview. 

3. Touch "View in your space" on the next screen. 

 

4. Scan a flat surface using your camera as instructed on the screen. 

5. Place the product of your choice in your space. 

6. Rotate the model by rotating two fingers, zoom in/out with a pinch, double-touch to set it to the 100% scale. 

 

Here are the system requirements: 

 

Here are several configurators for you to play with: an office deska chair, and a speaker/projector. Have great fun. 

 

-Oboe

Dear all,

R2.11.3 is a major release featuring multiple breakthroughs. Have fun. 

Please upgrade your SOLIDWORKS Sell Publisher Addin to 3.2 or above to benefit from the latest enhancements.

Here are the details: 

  • Enjoy 266 standard SOLIDWORKS materials in the online Design Editor material library.
    • Visualize consistently from SOLIDWORKS to the Design Editor, a configurator preview, high-quality static renderings and Augmented Reality (AR).
    • Save the effort to recreate SOLIDWORKS materials manually.
    • If a SOLIDWORKS model is assigned with these standard materials and then published online, the materials will show up automatically in the Design Editor.
    • Notes:
  • Only a subset of Fabric, Plastics, Metal, Wood and Rubber materials are added right now.
    This addition does not include user-customized SOLIDWORKS materials yet.
  • SOLIDWORKS material names are prefixed with “SW” under the SOLIDWORKS base material subcategory.
  • Optimize geometries for fast loading speed while preserving visualization quality.
    • Now the Coarse Resolution can publish smooth geometries in most cases. 
  • Split controls on the Control Bar in the Layout Editor.
    • The Control Bar used to be one unit including all the controls.
    • Now users can pick more flexible individual controls to fit your needs, such as Augmented Reality (AR), Ruler, 360 View, Predefined Views, Undo and Redo, and Fullscreen Mode.
    • The screen real estate can now be more efficiently utilized per the actual use cases.
  • Provide user-friendly layout names for multiple screen sizes. 
  • Bind shadow lights to vertical camera rotations.
    • Previously, shadow lights can only be tied to horizontal rotations.
    • Now the settings are divided into horizontal and vertical rotation bindings.
    • The visualization on body shadows will look more vibrant, especially in voids, model top or bottom details, and on overlapping geometries.
    • Comparison of a cabinet (no light binding v.s. binding vertically)

       

    • Comparison of a handbag (no light binding v.s. binding vertically)
  • Fit background images automatically in the Header space in the Layout Editor. 
    • Previously, background images had to be preprocessed separately to fit into the header space in multiple trials.
    • Now it can automatically fit an image, such as a logo, to the header space using the default “Contain” choice. It is respected across multiple layout sizes automatically.
    • Users can customize image sizes using the “Custom” choice from the dropdown list.
  • Control material icon sizes directly via the user interface.
    • Material icons can now be easily resized to look more organized on mobile displays.
  • Replace the spinner with a progress bar when a 3D viewport is loading.
    • The bar tells the exact progress.
    • If needed, it displays on pages with 3D viewports such as:
      • A Preview
      • The Design Editor
      • The Material Library
      • The Order Page
  • Monitor release updates directly in the Design Editor.
    • The updates are posted on the SOLIDWORKS Sell forum regularly following releases.
  • Now the Facebook App and Samsung browsers are supported.

Dear all,

SOLIDWORKS Sell release R2.11.2 has gone live on April 3. More detailed are shared in the attached slides.

Now, four sizes are created automatically for each new layout, optimized for both landscape and portrait mobile displays

Out of the box, mobile presentations will look much more organized and appealing to improve online engagements and e-commerce.

 

 

Also here is a reminder of several handy UI tools. Enjoy!

 

-Oboe

Dear All,

Attached is the R2.11.1 release update.

  • Now the part orientation adjustment is much faster and more consistent.
  • The total number of possible combinations can help brands monitor skyrocketing SKUs quickly.

Enjoy.

-Oboe

Dear all,

As you may have known, SOLIDWORKS Sell has sped up the online initial loading time by 75%.

In order to enjoy this enhancement, please upgrade your SOLIDWORKS Sell Publisher to 3.0 or above.

Enjoy.

-Oboe

Cut Initial Load Time by ¾ Without Compromising Visualization

uPlease upgrade the Publisher to the latest Version 3 or above

uGeometries by the new Publisher will enjoy the enhancement by default

uThis enhancement only speed up the initial loading of geometries. E.g.

wThe first time when a configurator is loaded

wThe first time when a new shape is selected

Fit Digitally Customized Products into Your Own Physical World with Augmented Reality (AR).

System Requirements

uSoftware

wiOS12 or above

uHardware

wiPhone 6s and 6s Plus

wiPhone 7 and 7 Plus

wiPhone SE

wiPad Pro (9.7, 10.5 or 12.9) – both first and 2nd-gen

wiPad (2017)

wiPhone 8 and 8 Plus

wiPhone X

Great dynamic visualization enhancements in 2.10.0.

More details are attached.

Dear all,

Attached is a quick recap of the 2.9.6 release of SOLIDWORKS Sell.

 

  • Switch 3D Dimension Units Between Metric and Imperial
  • Display Products in Full Screen in the Online Editor
  • Monitor Template Health
  • Display Assembly Directly on Scene, Summary or Renderer Tab
  • Commit Edits More Easily in Edit Boxes
  • Lock A Template to Remind Users

 

Enjoy.

-Oboe

Oboe Wu

New SOLIDWORKS Sell Tutorials

Posted by Oboe Wu Oct 31, 2018

Dear all,

New SOLIDWORKS Sell Tutorials are available now: SOLIDWORKS | Sell.

Have fun!

-Oboe