A lot has happened with the DynaMaker platform since it was first released. We really appreciate that you, our wonderful users, get back to us with suggestions on how to improve. Your feedback has been a large part in moving the platform forward since the beginning!
Recently we have been busy giving the project dashboard an updated design and some new functionality such as file upload and texture creation (more about that in a future post). We would love to hear what you think about the new design, so if you have not already, log in and try it out yourself!
Note: If you still see the old design it is most likely because your browser has cached the old version. Try doing a hard refresh (ctrl+F5/shift+F5/⌘+F5).
Building a online tool for just switching predetermined sizes is easy. Add a few 3D-models with some nice textures and suddenly you have very visual way for the customers to test different sizes.
But from that simple product picker you can then allow export of 2D-drawings with dimensions, open up for patterns of multiple panels, and allow different downloads for adding to your own 3D-projects. Endless possibilities!
Send us some links with your preferred sizes and we will set you right up with a solar panel online configurator from one of our templates.
Take the opportunity to spend some time together with our engineers to learn how DynaMaker works and how you could become a better developer on the platform! The online IDE for developing and publishing your own 3D configurators and automated CAD customization tools has many features and lots of possibilities. You just have to learn how to navigate all that technology and start using it for your own applications!
The next webinar on the 5th of december will look on how to automatically generate 2D drawings (dxf, pdf) dynamically from whatever parameter the user inputs in a tool.
Upcoming DynaMaker Open Webinars
2019-12-05 (13.00-14.00 CET) Generate 2D Drawings
2019-12-19 (16.00-17.00 CET) Assemblies and Parts
2020-01-16 (13:00-14.00 CET) Creating UI and Workflow
The DynaMaker have lots of templates and projects to start from when setting up a 3D configurator on your homepage. One template is for configuring profiles and creating BOM-lists with customized cutting lengths. Let the customer select and add their profiles and automatically create packages of 3D files (.stl, .step) and bom-lists.
Sounds interesting? Send us a set of dxf files of the profiles you want to configure to email@example.com and we will setup your own version of this configurator and show you how to integrate it with your current homepage!
Documentation and tutorials are living documents and in order to make them as good as possible, we’ve added an edit button at the top right of each documentation page. If you have suggestions on how we can improve, press the button, log in to GitHub and make your change. You will be prompted to create a pull request with your changes, which is just a fancy way of letting us know that you’ve got some improvements.
It does not matter if you’re an experienced programmer, a CAD professional or are just getting started creating Dynamic Products; sometimes we all get stuck and could use some help getting back on track. For guidance specific to DynaMaker, we’ve created the official DynaMaker Docs which consists of a Getting Started-guide, tutorials, a FAQ and much more.
Since DynaMaker is fully cloud based, all development is done from the browser. We recommend Google Chrome, which has excellent development tools that can be used for stepping through your code line-by-line, to get a better understanding of what’s happening. Here’s a great guide on getting started with debugging using Chrome DevTools.
Help us help you!
The DynaMaker team is continuously working on improving user experience and we need your feedback to create the best platform possible! What obstacles are you running in to when working in DynaMaker? Do you have suggestions on things that should change or what new features should come next? We’d love to receive all your thoughts, so please send them in an email to firstname.lastname@example.org!
Summer is closing in here in the north and what could be better than to plan for stimulating wood working projects?
Of course you first need an online tool to interact and explore the parametric possibilities and auto generate all the material lists and drawings. Just hammering away wont do it any more.
A quick glance at a recent open project on the DynaMaker platform shows how you with a few properties and parametric patterns can generate furniture from a standard profile. From chair, to sofa, to flat surface with just a few parameters.
This is a good example of how to get started with building an interactive online customization tool, and how it can be made easy with the help of standardized tools. The time consuming part is usually integrating a tool like this into the quotation/order process of a company. Luckily we are working on standardizing that as well, but for the happy enthusiast its just to hammer away! Let us know if you want to explore this particular open project and perhaps use it for your own project.
With so many new platforms, technologies, and solutions on the market it can sometimes be hard to find the way all by yourself. Therefore we have created a strategy for navigating this and collected a few cases on how this can be done in proper way.
With focus on having an automated flow of information, orders, data through the company and working with software and technology that develops at an exponential speed, we have collected a few cases that can be used for inspiration and comparison when setting your own management strategy.
Guidelines to start with
Don`t reinvent the wheel – Never start from scratch if its not core business. There is a platform available for everything today.
Ensure Accessibility – When everybody is using digital solutions you cannot have internal IT running around patching and installing for everyone manually.
Fast feedback during development – Demand fast results to understand and test core concepts.
Make sure the simple system works first – Well functioning complex systems can only come from well functioning simple systems.
Modules instead of Monoliths – Decouple the IT infrastructure for faster development and long time maintainability
Automated Checks – Make sure that old rules are still valid when developing new
Performance – Make sure to distribute the load in a way that scales
The DynaMaker cloud services is designed to respect these guidelines and be a long term puzzle piece in your digital ecosystem.
To get started with building online dynamic tools and transforming you industry to the modern manufacturing age we offer webinars, online training, on site training and ready templates and examples.
Next upcoming webinar that focus on a general introduction to the DynaMaker cloud service will be held at 24/4. Perfect for you that are curious on how the platform works, how you can use it in your ecosystem of other solutions, and how you can get started!
The webinar will focus on how to get you started with tool building in a standardized way and will be followed by more with more specific focus on different areas.