The client is a UK-based designer and manufacturer of custom-made washroom cubicles, with 90 years of industry experience and commanding a vast global clientele.
The client used in-house develop software to gather inputs and store them in SQL database, and employed AutoCAD 2D for creation of technical drawings. This left very little scope for design visualization. Additionally, the design finalization process was time-consuming in the absence of a 3D design preview.
As a result, the client wanted to replace the existing system with an interactive 3D interface with a dynamic UI to facilitate sales and design processes. They were also looking to accelerate engineering lead times by automating the generation of all technical documents directly from design inputs.
The scope of work included adopting generative method of design development for automation which posed the following challenges to the project team:
A washroom configurator, developed using DriveWorks, was shared with the client’s design team, facilitating faster customization of cubicles and panel designs. This tool allowed for the auto-generation of 3D previews of finalized models and manufacturing drawings, complete with BOMs, providing higher accuracy and greater interactivity for the sales team.
The client provided primary technical documents and reference drawings for the washroom cubicles and an overview of the workflow from sales to delivery. A project team, consisting of two design automation engineers, began by understanding the design intent to recreate master models.
The system was also built to deliver relevant 2D manufacturing drawings and 3D models, along with sales quotes, once an order was confirmed.