With the increasing demand for customized products, providing your customers with a web-based and easy-to-use configurator for your product is profitable in many ways. Instant quotations, significantly reduced strain on the sales and engineering personnel, and high-quality input for manufacturing are just some of the benefits!
Why start with a template?
So, what is the best way to get your configurator up and running? By starting from a template! A good template (also called boilerplate, starter, or seed) contains all the basic structure and code for running a simple configurator. Instead of writing all of this yourself, you can start from a copy of the template and start modifying it to fit your needs. By adopting this workflow, you both save time and learn a lot from reading and working with the source code developed by experts.
The greenhouse template
Below you can see our Customizable Greenhouse template! While it is a relatively simple configurator, it makes a great starting point for box-shaped products of various sizes and looks. Cabins, carports, sheds, barns, and garages are examples of products where this template would be helpful.
From greenhouse to shed
In the example below, we have changed the material from glass panels to galvanized steel, lowered the angle of the roof, and reduced the max-width of the panels. With three quick modifications, we now have an excellent foundation for our galvanized metal shed configurator!
Many templates to choose from
There are many different starting templates available for DynaMaker, and we have listed a few of them on this page. If you find one you would like to use or need help finding a suitable one, send us a message at email@example.com, and we’ll get you up and running in no time!
We are constantly working to improve the DynaMaker cloud service and lately we have been focusing extra hard on usability for developers.
The most important changes are listed in the docs under Changes 2020-10-20 and can be summarized as:
Since old projects needs the possibility to always carry on there is no automatic upgrade performed on your projects. You need to reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org if you want the latest features and we will assist you with the upgrade!
Are you working with doors, gates or other forms of openings in buildings? We have a nice template to get you started with DynaMaker!
When enabling parametric configuration on your homepage you can let the user do the measurements themselves. With rules restricting and validating the input you can control what sizes and resolutions are allowed, limiting mistakes and errors.
You can allow direct download of a quotation drawing (PDF/DXF) that is auto generated with the exact measurements and easily integrate your configurators with your e-commerce with the help of our plugins and integrations.
If this looks useful for you, please reach out to email@example.com and let us show you how we can help guide your clients and automate your quotation process.
A DynaMaker template project that generates a motor bracket that fits the NEMA standard for stepper motors. With very few inputs the user can modify the installation size and picking the right standard without having to know anything about the NEMA specifications.
You can navigate the model with middle and left mouse button.
Does this template look useful to you? Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can get you started with this!
This is one of many template projects available for a quick start with customization in DynaMaker. Its a simple one step configurator that enables parametric customization of a green house with automated CAD exports. See video below for example of how it could work for your e-commerce!
The CMS platform WordPress is one of the most popular ones to build your homepage on the web. We thought it might be suitable to make it easier to embed a Dynamaker project direct on a WordPress homepage. Therefore we have just launched a plugin of our own to WordPress!
Even if the most common approach for configurator builders is integrating it with an more advanced e-commerce platform or customer portal we hope this can provide a good starting point for most companies in any stage of their digitization process.
Most online applications work together with other systems and solutions to help users design and customize products online. Therefore they almost always have to be connected to a homepage, e-commerce, ERP, customer portals and similar to do their intended work.
As a fast and standardize way of connecting the applications your create with DynaMaker to these type of platforms we have now released plugins in the developer dashboard!
First out is the two plugins SendGrid and Auth0, providing e-mail service and authentication for your project.
These two provide a quick way of handling user interaction when you only have a homepage and dont yet have a full fledged e-commerce platform or customer portal taking care of things like theese.
How to use SendGrid plugin in a DynaMaker project
Open your project in DynaMaker
Edit UI in your DynaMaker project and create a checkout button in your project that should trigger an email to sales
Create an account at SendGrid and create an API key there
Create an e-mail template at SendGrid of how you e-mail should look and
Go back to DynaMaker and activate the SendGrid plugin in your project dashboard.
Add your api key to the plugin input field.
Open Edit UI in the DynaMaker project and go back to your checkout button
Import PLUGINS module under the “edit imports”
Access the SendGrid plugin api with PLUGINS.SENDGRID.sendMail( … ) with the proper templateId and content matching what you setup in SendGrid
Pres SAVE & UPDATE and test the checkout button in the editor
Now on Thursday (19/3) at 16:00 CET we have an upcoming webinar to learn how to setup an assembly and let rules and logic automatically place components in DynaMaker. Please join in by sending an email to email@example.com or read more about our other upcoming webinars at our open webinars page.
We will look into some example cases of how things can be done, explain components an instancing, show you how to work with a tool like DynaMaker and discuss together different options and possibilities.
Developing web applications containing both parametric CAD and product visualization in 3D requires three things to work properly.
Requirements for an online CAD configurator:
A Client side module with support for CAD that the users interacts with
A Server side module that hosts the application and provides additional functionality like authentication, save / load, etc.
A set of rules and formulas for the product configuration
We recommend our cloud service DynaMaker to handle all those three in a single platform. But the principles stated here apply no matter what platform you choose.
Part 1 – Client Side Module
The client side mainly focuses on:
How the interface should look (placement of buttons, toolbars)
What the user can interact with (buttons, rotation of model, etc)
What steps are needed to configure a product
Visualization in 2D or 3D
Presentation of relevant data to the user (dimensions, values)
Part 2 – Server Side Module
To make thing available on the web you need some kind of server to host the files and provide protected functionality like user handling, security, saving and loading a configuration, connections with other software, and much more. This is only exposed to the client side through an API and can be composed of pretty much any programming language available.
Developing the server side is hard and requires an experienced developer to ensure that its secure, can handle load and is possible to maintain over time. The server side is handled automatically in the DynaMaker cloud service.
Part 3 – Product Rules & Formulas
Last but not least you need a set of rules for your product configurator to work. Maybe you already have them written down in the product catalog? Or expressed in a excel sheet somewhere. These need to be translated to web compatible formulas and code (Client side or server side).
The rules and formulas can be distributed either to the server side module (secret formulas) or the client side module (compiled but available), or both, depending on how the product configuration is setup.
If you want code examples on how this can be setup on the DynaMaker you can check out the tutorials under docs.dynamaker.com