Has anyone used SolidWorks to make a planogram before? If so, I'd like to know your process but if not, what software package did you use?
EDIT: I apologize, I meant planogram not planograph.
I've worked with planograms, and I've worked with Solidworks, but never the two together. Thank you for clarifying your question.
3D would work great for that. Real products have depth also, even though it is not shown on a planogram. What has already been considered in the generation of a planogram, is the product depth in relation to how many will fit on a shelf, or on a peg or rack, and how long that peg would need to be to hold one case of product, 1/2 case of product, etc.
How I would leverage the strengths of SWx for your task is to include a Profile Sketch within every symbolic product component model (except for the shelving or rack units themselves, which are not products). Then, when looking at front view, you can either show sketches, or select them and Convert into drawing line entities upon the drawing (upon layers even). Name them all the same or similarly, and selection filters will enable you to do so to many sketches across various product components simultaneously.
That would be cool to see an isometric view as supplemental to a planogram. Some can get more complicated, if on standing towers, endcaps with sidecaps, or other marketing display complications.
Thinking about this more, the Profile Sketches could also contain text annotations, parametrically linked to that component's custom properties, which you could manage, edit, and perpetuate to variations for new products. This could be bulk-fed by spreadsheet or database data with the proper setup in place beforehand so that its useful annotation label is already present in the drawing and does not need batch-assigned in the result drawing.
I can also imagine that design automation would be particularly useful to your application. It'd be worth learning Macro & API programming for that. You could develop your own custom tools to shoehorn your efforts into making sure that the source data is formatted properly, then automatically generate all needed components, choose what's on top, bottom, left, right, etc., and nearly automate the generation of hundreds of drawings.
Not a planography. But, I have printed a lithophane on a 3D printer. It really has nothing to do with SolidWorks, it's all in the printer software/settings.
Hey Chris,.. it's interesting for sure!
That's one of my to print list.
Cura can import a photo and create topography base on brightness.
I know it can do flat.
I think it can wrap around another shape.
Chris Saller I apologize I meant planogram not planograph: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Planogram
Frederick Law I apologize. I meant planogram not planograph: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Planogram
We all got excited for nothing?
I don't think you should use SW.
SW is a 3D modeling software. You'll need to model all the shirts, hangers, sticks, shoes in 3D.
But what you need is 2D only.
Well a 3D Planogram would be impressive.
Haha, I had to pump your brakes a little.
Yes, the only thing I can do it is really in 3D in SolidWorks. I was thinking if after I make the models and shelves in 3D, I can use a cartoon or hidden line view (if I just want it in black and white) to make it look like a planogram.
For other options, I am thinking about AutoCAD or Microsoft Visio but I've been searching around online to see if anyone has done a planogram with both software and so far, nothing.
Well, I guess this is how I know SWx is not the most ideal for something like this haha.
If there were a few products to be shown in the planogram, leveraging the converted sketches of the model will be good to make one and I could see merit in performing the more complex tasks you added in your edit. However, with a lot of products, I do not think the benefits will outweigh the cost, since there are planogram software out there that are more ideal.
This was definitely helpful and I can see using it for smaller planograms.
OK. I agree, you need a different program other than SW. Look into the Adobe software maybe?
I glanced at your link. But, sorry...I don't use Wikipedia.
After learning what a Planogram was I thought the idea would be pretty cool. If you were to model the store and create scaled models of the fixtures you would be able to place fixtures where ever you desired to get an idea of what a set would look like. If you were to model the basic products sold you could color particular items to be similar to the new set of products. Once all that is done you could even do a fly through of the store to get an idea of the appearance. Would be pretty cool.
That said, this would be incredibly time consuming and I don't think would ever be efficient enough to justify the time spent.
Yeah, the time consuming aspect is something I don't think I want to entertain at this moment, although it sounds like a fun hobby or learning experience I can do at another time with SWx.
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